Published on June 5th, 2020 | by Michaelw0
Probiotics to improve kidney health
Let’s talk about probiotics. These amazing bacteria can
be what you really need to improve your kidney health.
FACT: almost every single kidney disease patient will have
digestive problems, at some point.
Solving them will greatly help in your battle to lower
your creatinine levels.
And yes, getting probiotics from foods, supplements and home
remedies is a great way to do this.
My name is Katherine and I’ve
been working with kidney disease patients for 7 years.
I’ve seen people getting back
their kidney function with an improved diet and lifestyle.
And obviously after getting
informed about the best treatments for their condition.
This is why I’m here today:
to help you improving your kidney health.
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Now, Probiotics seem to be the talk of the day in the
kidney disease community.
And with good reason: you can actually use them to
improve your kidney health.
I keep getting comments asking me:
will probiotic supplements help me repair my kidneys?
Which brand should I buy?
Are prebiotics better than probiotics?
And a lot of you are asking about Renadyl. Is it really
the magic pill to stop kidney disease?
So today I’ll give you the answers you need. And I’ll
compare the various probiotic supplements to see which one is the best for you.
Yes, really a lot to talk about today, can’t wait to
Just the usual disclaimer before I start.
Probiotics are usually safe, but you should still talk to
your doctor before adding anything new to your dietary regimen if you have
Now, the very first thing you should know about probiotics
is… do they actually work?
Well, to answer this question we have to look at the
science behind them.
Because that’s the only way to know if something works,
And several studies have been made on probiotics for kidney
And this is important, it’s already a good sign, because it
means scientists think this works.
And they were already able to prove that probiotics
supplements are beneficial in the reduction of urea in patients with
non-dialysis chronic kidney disease.
So, there are large studies, conducted on people with
kidney disease, showing us that probiotics can lower your Urea Nitrogen, or bun
in your lab values.
This is really important, because urea is an indicator of kidney function.
Urea nitrogen is a normal
waste product in your blood that comes from the breakdown of protein from the
foods you eat and from your body metabolism.
It is normally removed from
your blood by your kidneys, but when kidney function slows down, the BUN level
Now, the patients tested in this study on probiotics were found to have lower
levels of Urea, meaning that their body was able to process uremic toxins
better, reducing the workload on the kidneys.
Ok, if this is not enough for you, also consider that probiotics
will help you if you have an altered gut flora.
Now, unfortunately people with CKD have altered gut flora
almost constantly. This is not news.
Kidney disease alone can mess up your gut flora, and then
we have to add the prescription drugs and therapies all kidney patients have to
So, let’s just say that it is becoming more widely
accepted that people with CKD have altered gut flora.
This is not good for your kidney health. And it will also
cause constipation or diarrhea.
Not to consider that it will decrease your body’s ability
to absorb nutrients.
And your kidneys need those nutrients.
And also consider that there are studies suggesting that
probiotics can help lowering blood sugar too.
So, if you’re diabetics there’s one more reason to
consider adding some probiotics to your diet.
And what about inflammation. This is really important.
having less inflammation, less waste products in the body
and less blood glucose in diabetics are all great ways to help your kidney
Yes, probiotics can help with all these issues.
Now, many of these benefits are not just good for kidney
disease patients, so if you know anyone who may benefit from a healthier way of
eating, send them this video.
And, with all these benefits in mind, let’s try to
understand how to get enough of this good stuff to get the job done, shall we?
Because supplements aren’t the only way to improve your
gut health and your kidney health.
There’s food too.
So, let’s see what foods you should consider.
There are several foods that are good sources of probiotics,
and some of them are suitable for a renal diet.
Starting from yogurt.
Now, this food is NOT usually recommended for kidney disease patients.
I’m still showing you this because it’s the very first
thing that comes to mind when talking about probiotics.
Also if you can fit in the added phosphorus in your diet,
yogurt could still be beneficial for you.
But choose brands that specify the presence of probiotics
on the label, because not all yogurts have live strains that provide benefits.
But also consider that
Most of the benefits I’ve shown you earlier, were found
by studies administering patients
dosages of 1 billion to 100 billion live organisms or
colony-forming units (CFU in short) per day.
1 billion to 100 billion CFUs per day, ok, keep this in
CFU stands for colony-forming unit, which simply refers
to the number of live and active micro-organisms that can be found in foods or
Now, yogurt brands only need 1 billion CFUs in a single
yogurt to put the probiotic label on their products, alright?
Some brands can have more, but don’t assume it unless
they can write on the label how many CFUs the yogurt contains.
Now, kefir is a lot better than yogurt.
It’s a fermented milk drink made from kefir grains and
Kefir, usually, has more
probiotics in it, about 25-30 billion per serving.
Kefir, unlike yogurt, contains several major strains of
friendly bacteria and yeast, making it a diverse and potent probiotic.
It is also low in lactose and, most of all, in phosphorus
Just 105mg per 100g, or less than half cup.
And just 164mg of potassium.
Kefir was studied recently, researchers found out that it
can actually reduce kidney inflammation.
But be sure to choose the unpasteurized kind.
The pasteurizing process, which is used to treat most
supermarket brands, kills active, good bacteria.
So, if you find a good brand of kefir, you can just add it
to your diet and skip the supplements part of this video.
But I wouldn’t recommend you to do that, there are still
a couple of things worth knowing about probiotic supplements.
Now, another food worth considering is
Sauerkraut is loaded with many healthy vitamins that can
help you improve your nutritional status.
And I know this is a fairly unusual food to recommend, but
it has some major health benefits we should consider.
Sauerkraut is a type of fermented cabbage, ok?
Due to the fermentation it undergoes, sauerkraut offers nutrition
and health benefits far beyond those of fresh cabbage.
Especially because it can have up to 1 billion CFUs of probiotics per single gram.
Ok, not all the preparations can
reach this quantity. There are many brands and it’s hard to tell how many CFUs
there are actually going to be in the product.
But sauerkraut can have up 28
distinct bacterial strains, and that’s a very good thing, since consuming a
wide variety of strains may give you a broader range of health benefits.
But you want to find sauerkraut that’s been handled with
care and not processed, ok?
And it may be worth it, Sauerkraut has just 241mg of
potassium per cup and 23mg of phosphorus.
And that’s really great, because you’re not going to need
a whole cup of it to get the benefits.
You’re going to need a small serving of it.
Now, if you want to try sauerkraut, you should be aware
that it’s a bit high in sodium.
So, first of all find low-sodium sauerkraut, which
contains only 437 milligrams per cup.
Again, not a lot since you’re not going to eat a whole
And drain all the brine liquid from the cabbage and rinse
it to further reduce the sodium content.
And there are some other options of foods rich in
like Tempeh. Made
from a base of fermented soybeans, this Indonesian patty makes a type of
natural antibiotic that fights bad bacteria. But tempeh is also high in
Then there’s Miso soup, A popular breakfast food in
Japan, made from fermented soybean
and Kombucha, a fermented tea.
And even pickles are rich in probiotics.
Ok, not all these foods are going to be accessible, or
even palatable, for everyone.
And many of them are too high in phosphorus or sodium.
But, in my opinion, you should at least consider adding kefir
and sauerkraut to your diet.
You would get a lot of benefits without the need for
And they’re both suitable for a kidney diet.
But if you don’t want to go trough the struggle of
finding brands that don’t process their foods,
you can still use supplements.
Now, supplements are considered the best way to add
probiotics to your renal diet by many dieticians, mainly because you will know
exactly how many CFUs you are going to get and from what strains of bacteria.
Most of the studies I’ve cited were using dosages of 1
billion to 100 billion CFUs, ok?
And they were using supplements.
Now, searching for probiotics supplements on amazon.com
we can find several brands with 10 to 20 different strains of probiotics and up
to 100 billion CFUs.
Some supplements also have PREbiotics in them.
While Probiotics are the good
bacteria present in your gut, PREbiotics are foods that feed these
So it may be a good idea to add them to probiotics.
You can find PREbiotics naturally in things like
asparagus, Jerusalem artichokes but also oatmeal and red wine.
Or in supplements.
Now, I’m not going to focus on PREbiotics because the scientific
literature all points in the direction of probiotics being responsible for the
health benefits you want.
So let’s see what probiotic supplements you should get.
Now, if we search on amazon.com for probiotics, there are
several affirmed brands with thousands of reviews from customers.
Prices as low as 12$ per bottle of 60 capsules.
And if you want to make an informed choice, we should
take a look at the strains of probiotics present in supplements and foods.
Yogurt, for example, has 3 or 4 different probiotic
Remember that each strain may have different benefits, and the more the better.
So, in yogurt you will find usually a couple of strains of lactobacillus and
maybe one of streptococcus.
In kefir you’re going to find much more concentration of
these probiotics, varying from approximately 1 million to 1 billion of CFU per
And also more strains, up to 10.
But these are foods, so they are not going to list what
strains you can find on the labels.
It’s totally different with supplements. Like renadyl, a
supplement specifically made for kidney patients.
Now, I’ll show you what the best supplements are and I’ll
confront them with renadyl in a moment.
Let’s discuss safety and side effects before that.
Probiotics are generally safe, ok? again, this is not a
prescription drug, it’s just foods and supplements.
These good bacteria already exist in the body.
But there could be side effects.
The most common side effects are a temporary increase in gas, bloating,
constipation and thirst.
Some people can also react poorly to ingredients used in
probiotic supplements or in probiotic foods.
A good way to minimize potential side effects is to start
with a low dose of probiotics and slowly increase to the full dosage over a few
And, again, ask your doctor before adding probiotic foods
and supplements to your dietary regimen, ok?
So, what are the best brands you can find?
Let’s see in the next slide.
These are the labels of two brands you can find on amazon
and the label of renadyl.
I’ve already talked about renadyl in my previous videos
and it’s an interesting supplement, in my opinion.
It’s made for kidney disease patients, and that’s great.
I mean, it was about time someone would start making
supplements to help people suffering from kidney disease.
And, according to the manufacturer, the 3 strains of
probiotics present in it are going to specifically target uremic toxins, ok?
These are the wastes your kidneys cannot remove. So this
is going to reduce the burden on the kidneys.
Ok, if we take a closer look, what they put in renadyl is
streptococcus thermophilus, Lactobacillus acidophilus and
This is their proprietary blend.
But you can actually find the same strains, and more, in
many of the brands of probiotic supplements you can find on amazon.com
Like these two I’m showing you here, from Now supplements
But they also have other strains, with other benefits,
and in newrhythm there’s also a source of prebiotics.
Now, the other difference is that Renadyl is going to
charge you 170$ for 150 capsules, while the less expensive supplements on Amazon
are going to cost about 30-40$ for 150 capsules.
And, I get it, the biotech company selling renadyl
researched it on kidney disease patients… and this is good.
But I want to see a lot more than this to recommend it.
I mean the only third party study done on rendayl was
done on 30 subjects, ok?
And it was just able to prove that renadyl wasn’t going
to cause more side effects than any other probiotic supplement.
On the other hand, the studies I’ve cited in the first
part of the video were done on brands of probiotic supplements that were
available before renadyl was even a thing.
So Renadyl is not going to be the magic pill to end
kidney disease. But it’s still great they’re making supplements for kidney
patients, don’t get me wrong.
So, and this is just my opinion, get the supplement you
can find. Don’t bother get something shipped from the other side of the world.
Check the label, verify that it has at least 10 strains
of probiotics and a reasonable number of CFUs per pill, and start from there.
And also get probiotics from food, if you can. Because
food is always the best medicine.
So, in conclusion, Probiotics may be a really good aid in
retarding the progression of CKD: this is because they can reduce the gut-derived
nephrotoxic substances present in the body and also reduce the inflammation,
giving the kidneys the chance to improve.
It’s clear in my opinion that
these beneficial bacteria can do more than just enhance your gut health.
But I must say that researchers still haven’t proven a
significant reduction of creatinine levels associated with probiotics.
But probiotics can definitely help, ok?
Especially if as part of a good treatment plan, which
includes a valid renal diet and a healthy lifestyle.
when you have better digestion, less inflammation and
gastrointestinal problems you will feel better and you will be able to do
Even improve your kidney health.
So keep getting informed
about what really matters in beating chronic kidney disease and keep watching
my videos here on 00kidney.
This is all for today, I hope
you enjoyed this video and god bless you.