I consider myself a kidney expert by personal experience – diagnosed with a chronic kidney condition at the age of 6; started hemodialysis at 23; had a kidney transplant at 26.
Healthy transplant for the last 21 years with 1 single immunosuppressive medication and lots of healthy food, supplements, and homeopathy.
I chose April to share my kidney wisdom because it’s my favourite month and coincides with my birth month.
1st of April – World Hug Day
Day 1 – Hugs and how they affect our kidneys
Hugs prevent and/or diminish the ill effects of high blood pressure!
When we hug our bodies release “feel good” hormones. These hormones include oxytocin, dopamine, and serotonin. Dopamine, in particular, has an important physiologic role in the kidney, regulating net salt and water excretion, and intrarenal activation of dopaminergic pathways serves to prevent or mitigate the development and consequences of hypertension* (high blood pressure).
2nd of April – Evaluate any symptoms
Day 2 – What are the most common symptoms of kidney
Change in urine qualities – smell, colour, quantity
Protein, blood, or sediment in the urine
High Blood Pressure
Unexplained anemia – if your kidney function is not optimal, the synthesis of erythropoietin hormone could be dysregulated which will affect the red blood cells production
What can you do, if you have any of the above symptoms:
- Conventional blood tests
eGFR – Estimated Glomerular Filtration Rate shows the level of excretion of waste products from the kidneys. Optimal levels should be above 90.
Creatinine is a normal waste product, the level of which shows the function of the kidneys. Optimal levels 70-97ⴜmol/l (Standard International Units)
Urea is again a normal waste product, however, it’s more dependent on the food ingested so it’s more relevant where there is a degree of kidney damage already. Optimal levels 1.8 to 7.1 ⴜmol/l (Standard International Units)
- Functional tests
HTMA – Hair, Tissue, Mineral Analysis evaluates physiological levels of detoxification, toxic load from heavy metals, stress levels, blood sugar dysregulation, all of which can affect the kidney function
OAT – organic acids test includes 76 urinary metabolite markers that can be very useful for discovering underlying causes of chronic illness, including oxalate metabolism, which is very important for preventing the formation of kidney stones
DNA Health – evaluates levels of predisposition to inflammation and oxidative stress, detoxication capabilities and other essential functions that might lead to kidney damage if compromised
DNA Risk – evaluates the HLA-Related Autoimmunity predisposition to autoimmune diseases like IgA Nephropathy
3rd of April – NUTRITION and KIDNEYS
Nutrition is the single most important factor in the health of your kidneys. Part of everything you put in your body will go out through your kidneys.
Is it NOURISHING your kidneys or is it DAMAGING them?!?
My TOP foods for kidney health:
Cucumbers – anti-inflammatory and highly hydrating food, contains most of vitamin Bs, as well as vitamin A, C, E, lots of potassium and magnesium – perfect for nourishing the kidneys
Oily fish – salmon, sardines, anchovies, krill – great protein with the added bonus of healthy fats
Berries – low on sugars but high on taste and nutrients value; abundance of antioxidants and phytonutrients
Lemons – my universal additive to food and drink; it’s acidic but alkaline; it’s sour but also sweet; it makes everything taste better and increases it’s nutritional value
My WORST foods for kidney health:
☠️ White Table salt – highly concentrated substance of Natrium and Chloride only!
☠️ Vegetable oils – highly inflammatory, chemically ridden, unnatural substances
☠️ Processed, packaged food or how I call it – dead food – no nutritional value, just calories!!!
4th of April – Vitamin C day and kidneys
Main functions for the kidneys:
Improves Creatinine clearance
Increases the bioavailability of Iron and Erythropoietin synthesis in the kidneys, which stimulates red blood cell production
Improves endothelial function – the internal protective lining of your blood vessels
Major antioxidant – reduces oxidative stress from all the toxins that need to be filtered through your kidneys
Best FOOD sources:
Citrus – lemon, oranges, kiwi, grapefruit
Red bell peppers
AVOID Ascorbic Acid – it’s synthetic and the body doesn’t absorb it well. If in large amounts, it gets bioUNavailable and it might get converted to Oxalic Acid which will increase the risk of kidney stones.
Look for FOOD-derived supplements made from rosehips, acerola cherry, bilberry.
5th of April – Hydration and kidneys
6th of April – Salt and kidneys
7th of April – World Health Day – Overall health and kidneys
8th of April – Protein and kidneys
9th of April – Weight management
10th of April – World Homeopathy Day – Homeopathy and kidneys
11th of April – National Alcohol Awareness Day – Effects on the kidneys
12th of April – Smoking and its effects on the kidneys
13th of April – Age and kidneys
14th of April – Get involved in your kidneys’ health
15th of April – Gut health and kidneys
16th of April – ACE score and effect on kidneys, HPA, and overall health
17th of April – Predisposition for kidney conditions
18th of April – Coffee – effect on adrenals and kidneys
19th of April – World Liver Day – Two amigos Liver & kidney/s
20th of April – Prescription drugs/ Opiates and effects on kidneys
21st of April – Oral hygiene and its effect on kidneys
22nd of April – World Earth Day – Nature and kidney health
23rd of April – My birthday and my kidney
24th of April – Mental health and kidneys
25th of April – Bacteria & Viruses
26th of April – Professional risk
27th of April – Kidney stones
28th of April – Supplements
29th of April – International Dance Day and the importance of physical activity
30th of April – Questions – I will answer any nutrition or homeopathy questions you have posted to me over the month.