Kidney & urinary tract disorders
Kidney disease, what should you know?
What is kidney disease?
Diseases of the kidneys range from mild infection to life-threatening kidney failure. The kidneys may be damaged by exposure to certain toxins or drugs, including heavy metals, solvents, chemotherapy agents, insect or snake venom, poisonous mushrooms, and certain pesticides. Impaired kidney function can also accompany or result from many other disorders including diabetes, hypertension, lupus, and liver disease
It is estimated that 10% of people worldwide have chronic kidney disease. In South Africa the annual incidence of end stage renal failure is roughly estimated to be 200-400 patients per 1 million of the population. This translates to 2 to 4 people out of 10 000 of the population that will go into kidney failure every year. In SA this means that up to about 19 000 people will experience kidney failure and these are the people that would need dialysis with the hope of finding a suitable donor for a kidney transplant (National Kidney Association of South Africa).
Prevention and treatment
Paramount to good care of the kidneys is reducing the toxic load they have to deal with, especially proteins and chemical contaminants which can build up in the kidneys, slowing their function, increasing acidity and raising blood pressure.
- Consider lightening the diet - instead of eating meat every day, try going vegetarian for a day or so a week. A vegetable/fruit-based diet allows the body system to alkalinize via the kidneys, lowering blood pressure, and contributing to a sense of well-being.
- Drink enough water so that the urine is a light color of yellow.
- The regular use of a kidney cleansing and rebuilding formula (such as Cellfood and Cellfood Longevity) is now mandatory considering the stresses we put our kidneys under thanks to our lifestyles.
The value of nutritional supplements
Although supplements won’t cure the disease, they do have value in alleviating some of the symptoms. An oxygen mineral supplement like Cellfood® could help in supplying oxygen to the oxygen-deprived cells. In a clinical trial on athletes at the University of Pretoria (Nolte, 2001), 35 drops of Cellfood® increased the oxygen uptake by 5%, and the ferritin levels by 31%, amongst others.
- Oxygen is one of the important elements for aerobic life as we know it and is essential for energizing and cleansing the body.
- The increased ferritin levels can assist with the production of more red blood cells that are needed to transport oxygen to the different organs and cells.
Vitamins B6, B12 and folic acid as contained in this supplement are inversely associated with levels of homocysteine, which is an important risk factor for heart disease, stroke, and diabetes (leading to kidney problems). Longevity will also assist with DNA and tissue repair.