Updated: Oct 15, 2018
Chronic Kidney Disease - Part 1
Kidney health doesn’t seem to garner much attention in the natural health world although it is known as the ‘silent killer disease’. It is very prevalent in Australia and most Western countries.
Professor Jürgen Vormann has stated that we begin to lose 1% of our kidney function a year starting between 25 and 30 years of age!! So, if you started to lose kidney function at 25 by the time you are 40 you may have lost 15% of your kidney function.
In Australia 1 in 10 people have some form of kidney disease! You can have reduced kidney function and be unaware you have anything wrong due to the amazing capacity of the kidneys to compensate despite kidney damage.
For the individual there are no obvious warning signs until they reach the final stages of chronic kidney disease and at that time they will need dialysis. There are 5 stages of kidney disease. If you would like to read about the stages you can go to www.kidney.org for more information about each stage.
The risks for chronic kidney disease are similar for cardiovascular disease and Type 2 diabetes:
High blood pressure
Chronic dehydration (major issue)
An injury to the kidney
Aboriginal or Torres Island descent
Research has shown that it is vital to reduce the acidic load in the diet and to focus on alkalizing foods. A diet high in acidic foods and liquids such as alcohol, animal products, including cheese and milk creates a significant burden on the kidneys which can intensify and accelerate even mild kidney disease.
The more damaged and impaired the kidneys become the more acidic the system will be.
The kidneys convert Vitamin D to its bio-available form. If there is any kidney impairment it may reduce Vitamin D conversion. Current medical literature says it is a necessity to have adequate levels of Vitamin D for kidney health, as not enough D can lead to an acceleration of kidney disease and contribute to high blood pressure.
As kidney function reduces there is a reduction in glutathione, the best anti-oxidant enzyme, so adequate selenium intake is necessary as it is required to produce glutathione.