Published on March 24th, 2020 | by Michaelw0
How to lower creatinine and boost your immune system
Hello, this is Katherine, welcome to 00kidney.
Do you want to lower your creatinine levels and boost your immune system at the same time?
You can do it with the health tips and advices of today’s video.
This will be a comprehensive guide:
Foods good for kidney health, some good habits, dangerous things to avoid and home remedies for the kidneys.
If it can help you improving both your kidney health and your immune system, it will be in today’s video.
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Back on topic.
In today’s video I’ll show you that there’s a connection between your immune system, your gut health and your kidneys.
And, most of all I’ll show you how to use this connection at your advantage.
Because your body isn’t a set of separate organs made to work each one for themselves, right?
The human body is a system that’s made to work as one.
So, what will improve the health of the immune system, will help the kidneys too. Because they’re strictly connected and one cannot work if the other doesn’t.
Now, remember that this info I’m providing about how to boost your immunity is not just good for people with kidney disease but for everyone.
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So here are the top 6, best health tips a kidney disease patient can follow right now to improve.
Number 6 recognize the symptoms
Question, do you have a weakened immune system?
If you have one or more of the following symptoms, this may be a sign of problems with the immune system.
– You feel Tired All the Time. While this is common for people with kidney disease, it is also a symptom of other problems.
– your wounds have a hard time healing.
Your skin goes into damage control mode after you get a burn, cut or scrape.
Your body sends nutrient-rich blood to the injury to help regenerate new skin. But if your immune system is weak, your skin can’t regenerate.
Instead, your wounds linger and have a hard time healing.
– your colds always last longer than normal. It’s perfectly normal for adults to sneeze and sniffle through two or three colds each year. Most people bounce back in seven to 10 days.
If you get more colds or if you never seem to completely heal, that could be a sign.
– your stress levels are too high
It’s not a coincidence that you tend to get sick after a big project at work or following an emotional situation at home. That’s because stress decreases the body’s lymphocytes, the white blood cells that help fight off infection.
– having frequent infection. This is especially important.
The American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology reports that signs of a possible immune deficiency in adults include:
Having more than four ear infections in one year.
Developing pneumonia twice during a one-year period.
Suffering from chronic sinusitis or more than three episodes of bacterial sinusitis in a year.
Needing more than two courses of antibiotics a year.
If you frequently have these symptoms, it could be a sign of a weakened immune system.
What to do then?
Keep watching this video, because I’m not going to focus on the problem here, but on the solution.
Starting from the next, very important advice:
Kidney health tip number 5, get more Vitamin D.
I told you this was going to be an easy guide, right?
Yes, vitamin D can greatly help with both your kidney health and your immune system.
But why Vitamin D?
While there’s no magic herb or vitamin you can pop to automatically boost your immunity, low levels of this vitamin may lead to symptoms such as cardiovascular problems and a weak immune system.
And, guess what, for people with kidney disease getting enough Vitamin D is a lot harder than many people think.
According to recent studies, Vitamin D deficiency is found in about 79 percent of people suffering from kidney disease.
So chances are that, unless you’re already taking action to improve your Vitamin D intake, you’re in the 79% that needs it.
The bright side here is that when you start to correct this deficiency, you will get improvements in your immune response, in your kidney health and in your creatinine levels.
The “sunshine vitamin,” so named because it is synthesized in your skin from sun exposure, has been shown to help every aspect of kidney disease.
Why does this happen?
One of the functions of the kidneys is to convert vitamin D from supplements or the sun to the active form of vitamin D that is needed by the body.
When the kidneys start to fail, they cannot perform this important function anymore.
And this is serious, as vitamin D deficiency can cause a wide array of problems.
Bone problems, fatigue, depression, weakened immune system and decrease in kidney function.
Now, wait a moment before rushing to buy some vitamin D for your kidneys.
The problem for kidney patients is not the lack of vitamin D in the diet, but the inability of the kidneys to convert it in the active form.
There are two major forms of Vitamin D you can get.
Vitamin D2 or ergocalciferol (synthetic), and vitamin D3 or cholecalciferol (natural).
D2 is often given as a prescription and studies show it benefits the kidneys, but the natural form D3 has shown additional benefits over D2.
So, you will want to get a prescription for vitamin D3, or cholecalciferol, because that’s the one that will give you most of the benefits.
Foods that are good sources of vitamin D include egg yolks, mushrooms, salmon and canned tuna.
More about foods to boost your immune system in a moment.
And, remember that you can also find Vitamin D3 as a supplement in stores and on Amazon.com, but you shouldn’t really be getting it without your doctor approval.
Let’s move on, vitamin D is great, but you need a balanced diet if you’re really going to improve both your kidney health and immune system.
Health tip number 4, eat healthier
If you follow me regularly here on 00kidney you may already be well aware of the importance of eating healthy.
But, did you know that Eighty percent of your immune system is in the gut?
So when the gut are healthy, we tend to be able to fight off infections faster and better.
And, when they aren’t, our immune system is weaker and more susceptible to infection.
And this is also bad for your kidney health, since Your body produces harmful free radicals when it’s defending itself against infection.
Free radicals are molecules associated with chronic conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and kidney disease.
But right now you may want to find some foods that have special properties to enhance both your immune system and you kidney health, right?
Here are the best ones.
Red bell pepper.
If you think citrus fruits have the most vitamin C of any fruit or vegetable, think again. Ounce for ounce, red bell peppers contain twice as much vitamin C as citrus. They’re also a rich source of beta carotene. Besides boosting your immune system, vitamin C may help maintain healthy skin. Beta carotene helps keep your eyes and skin healthy.
Research shows that the incidence of colds is reduced by 50 percent when subjects consume 250 to 1,000 milligrams of vitamin C per day.
A single medium red bell pepper contains 152 milligrams, which fulfills 170 to 200 percent of your daily needs.
Other vitamin C sources include citrus fruits and juices, kiwifruits, pineapples, broccoli, cantaloupes, strawberries and tomatoes.
But bel peppers are also loaded with vitamin A, an important nutrient for immune function.
Red bell peppers also contain lycopene, an antioxidant that protects against certain cancers.
Yes, bell peppers contain an impressive amount of nutrients and are low in potassium, unlike many other vegetables.
A small sized bel pepper contains just 156 mg of potassium and 19 mg of phosphorus.
This means that you can have them regularly in your diet without having to worry about exceeding your daily allowance of these dangerous electrolytes.
This makes the impressive list of benefits of bel peppers even more useful for people with kidney disease.
Another healthy food for your immune system and your kidneys.
Garlic is nature’s antibiotic. It’s antibacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal and antioxidant properties help to not only fight infection, but to ward-off sickness in the first place. Garlic contains sulfur-based organic compounds, which give garlic its funky order and help boost the immune system
Even the early civilizations recognized its value in fighting infections. According to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative garlic may also help lower blood pressure and slow down hardening of the arteries.
And this makes it great for the health of your kidneys. See? Two birds with a stone!
Garlic’s properties seem to come from a heavy concentration of sulfur-containing compounds, such as allicin.
Allicin is activated by heat and oxygen, so to get the best from garlic you should eat it fresh.
To get enough allicin, eat 1 to 4 cloves of fresh garlic a day.
The more you eat, the better. Garlic is great to repair the kidneys.
Ok, ok, garlic is not the tastier food on the menu, but with all these benefits maybe we should find a way to eat it, right?
Another food you should absolutely consider is
Mushroom are nature’s way of breaking down the organic matters to convert it into fertile soil.
One of the healthiest foods on the planet, mushrooms are rich in essential nutrients and minerals.
Mushrooms are rich in a type of polysaccharide called beta glucan, which has the ability to “activate” the immune system and help prevent infections.
It regulates white blood cells and keeps them in a highly prepared state so they’re ready to attack any invaders. Mushrooms are also rich in vitamins, polyphenols, sterols and zinc, which all keep our immune systems healthy and strong.
This makes them really good for the immune systems, right?
Well, this applies to any mushroom, but what makes Shiitake Mushrooms special is their low levels of potassium, just 170 mg, and phosphorus, just 42 mg per one cup.
Great for people with kidney disease.
But also remember that variety is the key to proper nutrition.
Eating just one of these foods won’t be enough to help boosting your immunity, even if you eat it constantly.
Pay attention to serving sizes and recommended daily intake so that you don’t get too much of a single vitamin and too little of others.
Now, these days the pursuit of a healthy gut is a popular goal because, as I was saying, 80% of your immune system is in the gut, right?
Now, one of the best ways to improve the gut flora are fermented foods.
You may hear many people touting the benefits of fermented foods like kefir, yogurt, Greek yogurt…
Because they’re rich in probiotics and they are great for healthy gut and healthy kidneys too.
I’ll get back to this in the next part of the video.
There’s one thing I need to clarify first:
Right now, you want your immune system to be strong enough to fight back against the germs you encounter, right?
But healthy immune systems and healthy kidneys live in healthy bodies.
So, think big picture – from eating right and staying active to reducing stress.
How to do that?
With our kidney health tip Number 3:
Go to bed already.
A lack of sleep is frequently the culprit when people find that they’re getting sick more often or unable to fend off ailments, experts say. While seven to nine hours of sleep is generally recommended, work burdens or the business of life in general can significantly reduce the amount of rest a person actually gets.
But sleep restores our bodies and it’s just another natural immune system booster.
“Your immune system is like your computer – it needs moments of rest so it doesn’t become overheated,” and “Sleep is what it uses to reboot the system.”
When you’re sleep-deprived your body releases hormones like cortisol to keep you awake and alert, which can suppress your immune system.
Cortisol, have you ever heard of it?
It’s the stress hormone. And, if you care about the health of your kidneys, you don’t want more of it in your bodies, trust me.
There are several studies linking kidney problems to lack of sleep and sleep deprivation.
Infertility, mental health problems, weakened immune system, weight gain and even diabetes and heart disease are all linked to lack of sleep.
And the kidneys may be the organ more in danger, when not sleeping enough.
A large study directly linked poor sleep to a rapid decline in kidney function.
People who slept five hours or less were those more at risk of rapid kidney function decline.
Yes, Not getting enough sleep on a regular basis can have… severe effects on your kidney health.
What to do then?
Try to get at least seven hours of rest a night, and start enjoying all the benefits this brings.
And there are some other good habits you should consider too.
These are some good habits to boost immunity and kidney health.
I’ll go over this very quickly because these are mostly things you already know from my previous videos.
However, they are still important.
Reduce Your Sugar Intake. But I don’t think I need to tell you this, right?
Don’t Forget to Exercise. Yes, this helps, too.
Find Ways to Reduce Stress. Remember about cortisol? The hormone responsible for all those damages to your kidneys and your immune response? Stress creates it.
Some effective ways to reduce stress include meditation, exercising and
Next one is personal hygiene, but I’m not gonna talk about this because it’s allover the media right now and you don’t really want more info about it, right?
Last one, maybe the most important one is
Ok, we keep stumbling on probiotics.
But why are these so important?
Kidney health tip Number 2 get more probiotics
As I was saying, a better gut health is great to improve both kidney function and your immune system.
Remember that these two things are strictly correlated.
Bacteria are everywhere: on our skin, hair and nails, and also inside our body. In our intestines, these organisms are called the gut microbiome. We don’t notice they’re there until they are changed or imbalanced due to a illness or a condition.
So getting more probiotics can help you
To Keep Your Heart Healthy, to Boost Your Immune System, to Improve your renal health and, obviously to have better balance in your gut.
Now, this mostly applies when your gut microbiome is unbalanced, right?
So these benefits are especially useful for people with kidney disease, or any other chronic diseases, actually, since it’s harder for them to have a perfectly balanced gut flora.
Yes, this is very common, as I was saying.
So, how do you tell if your gut microbiome is unbalanced?
Look for the symptoms.
symptoms of an unbalanced gut microbiome include
Digestive issues like bloating, gas or diarrhea. These are the most common. Gas in particular is a sign that food is fermenting in your gut as you have insufficient stomach acid or an imbalance of bacteria to break down the food you’ve eaten.
Sugar cravings. The bad bacteria try to get us to eat foods that they thrive on. And yes, they like sugar. Don’t give it to them.
Bad breath. While this is mostly due to problems in the mouth area, having less-than-optimal gut flora can make you vulnerable to health conditions linked to bad breath.
Food allergies or sensitivities. Very important, If you suffer from food intolerances such as gluten or dairy, this is almost always a result of leaky gut.
Moodiness, Anxiety and Depression. A compromised gut will affect your ability to use serotonin – your happy hormone – and vitamin D within your body. See, we’re coming full circle here.
Skin problems like eczema.
Autoimmune disease and suppressed immunity. Remember, 80% of the immune system is in the gut.
And even Diabetes.
So it’s perfectly clear now why I’m telling you that gut health is strictly correlated to kidney health.
Because Probiotics are the good bacteria present in your gut.
These bacteria can get out of balance, causing a long list of health problems, when factors like
Stress, taking antibiotics, taking medications, Lack of sleep, heartburn or constipation are present.
Now, if any of these factors sound familiar, chances are that probiotics can help you improving your gut health and kidney health.
Because it’s really hard to improve kidney function when you’re not getting the right nutrients, as we have seen.
And your gut cannot properly assimilate vitamins and micronutrients from foods when the gut bacteria are out of balance.
Also, when you have fewer good bacteria in your gut, these will be replaced by harmful bacteria.
This will greatly increase the chance of infections.
Now, research supports the use of prebiotics and probiotics to promote gut health by creating a healthier balance of bacteria type in your gut microbiome.
Prebiotics help create a healthy environment in the gut for the “good” bacteria to flourish.
Probiotic foods contain live organisms.
What foods are sources of probiotics?
sources of probiotics include
yogurt, especially plain Greek yogurt.
kefir, a dairy drink.
fermented vegetables such as pickles or sauerkraut.
The problem with these foods is that they may have too high levels of sodium, in the case of sauerkraut, or of phosphorus, in the case of yogurt, to be consumed regularly by kidney patients.
This makes probiotics supplements more useful, especially for patients in the advanced stages.
PROBIOTICS Supplements are what were used in most of the studies, and they are supposed to give you the best results.
Most of the studies showing benefits used dosages of 1 billion to 100 billion live organisms or colony-forming units (CFU in short) per day.
If you shop on amazon.com, you can find several brands with the necessary amount of CFU.
These supplements are widely used and considered safe.
Still there could be side effects.
Probiotics can trigger an allergic reaction or cause stomach problems, bloating, gas… and they can interact with medications.
So, as always, talk to your doctor before starting to take any new supplement.
Almost time for our number 1. There’s just one more thing I want to show you before.
If you’re serious about improving your renal function, you should consider this program.
A lot of people here are using this to improve their kidney function and lower their creatinine.
There are some very inspiring success stories here on 00kidney, people were basically able to reverse their kidney disease thanks to what they learned from this program.
You may have read their comments here if you have been following me regularly.
The bottom line: this program works, it can help you.
I’m leaving a link here if you want to know more.
And our Number 1
Vitamins help, no doubt about it. But if you have kidney disease, you cannot take regular multivitamin, as they may be dangerous. Watch this video now to learn what the best renal vitamins are.