(NaturalHealth365) Did you know that according to the Center for Disease Control, one in ten American adults has some level of chronic kidney disease? These numbers are truly staggering: about 26 million Americans suffer from some type of kidney disease. Yet, all of this pain and suffering is completely avoidable – by eating the right foods.
With this health condition on the rise, it’s essential to evaluate diet and determine which foods can help prevent this disease from growing any more than it already is. The truth is that foods play a much larger role in overall health than many may know, and kidney disease is no exception. With a change in diet, you can avoid becoming a medical statistic.
Avoid kidney disease by improving your diet
What if I told you that consuming a healthy diet can prevent your chances of developing this disease? Would you change your diet? Research is pointing in the direction of solidifying that fact that diet plays a major role in the development of kidney disease.
Alex Chang, MD, of Johns Hopkins University found that people who had regular functioning kidneys but whose diet was full of processed foods, toxic red meats, sodium, and sugary foods while being low in nutrient-rich foods like nuts, legumes, and other whole (minimally-processed) foods were much more likely to develop this disease!
Support better kidney health with these foods
Cabbage: Cabbage is part of the cruciferous vegetable family. Cruciferous vegetables are known to help reduce free radicals in the body and are rich in phytonutrients to help promote overall health. Cabbage is especially great for a kidney diet due to its phytonutrient properties and is rich in fiber, and vitamin C.
Garlic: Here is another kidney friendly food that serves as an excellent substitution to salt. If you commonly over salt your food, garlic may be a great way to get away from the salt shaker while adding in a boost of flavor.
Garlic contains anti-inflammatory properties helping to prevent overall disease in the body. If you suffer from high blood pressure, garlic is an intelligent choice. Remember, high blood pressure can damage the small blood vessels in the kidneys resulting in kidney damage.
So, try adding garlic into your diet as a natural way to help reduce inflammation and the risk of hypertension.
Asparagus: This amazing green vegetable has been known to help support healthy kidney function. Asparagus has the ability to act as a natural kidney cleanser and may even be able to break up uric acid which is excellent news for those who suffer from kidney stones.
The best part about asparagus is that this vegetable is not only great in supporting overall kidney health, but is excellent for total body health as well.
Cucumber: Who doesn’t love a delicious and refreshing cucumber?
Cucumbers are nearly 90% water, but don’t let that fool you from thinking that cucumbers aren’t rich in health promoting benefits. Cucumbers are rich in Vitamins A, C, minerals, and are even a good source of fiber; they are also excellent for any kidney diet since they help to promote hydration.
Cucumbers have also been known to help rid the body of excess uric acid – which is known to cause kidney stones, and gout, and can help to wash away debris from the kidneys. Try a deliciously refreshing homemade cucumber juice for a great way to get this kidney boosting food into your diet.
A word of caution
Keep in mind, if you’re suffering with kidney disease, seek the advice of a trusted, integrative healthcare professional before introducing new foods. For example, potassium intake needs to be closely monitored when dealing with severe kidney disease patients.
If you’re looking for ways to boost your overall health, while also supporting your kidneys to prevent kidney disease try adding these delicious foods into your diet!
Looking for a healthy recipe? Try this phytonutrient rich cucumber juice recipe for a healthy way to start your day, and keep your kidneys running smoothly.
Cucumber Detox Juice – (Serves 1)
1 organic cucumber
2 sticks of organic celery
Run these veggies through your juicer, and enjoy right away!
Add in a few ice cubes for a more refreshing juice.
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