When you have kidney disease, your kidneys have a hard time removing acid from your blood. For that reason, a high-alkaline diet, one that is low in acidic foods, can help people with kidney disease balance their pH levels. In today’s video, Robert elaborates on an alkaline diet with kidney disease.
What is Alkaline and Why is it Important?
An alkali also can be defined as a base that dissolves in water. A solution of a soluble base has a pH greater than 7.0. Alkalinity neutralizes acid in the bloodstream, which leads to increased oxygen levels — and possibly improved energy and metabolism. The alkaline diet claims to maintain its blood pH level and in some studies, it has been linked to reducing the uric acid in your body.
When you eat something, the food always leaves behind some residue. Consuming high amounts of alkaline foods can result in more alkaline leftovers and the same goes for acidic foods. Your kidneys work a lot is to maintain this acid-alkaline balance. Also, with kidney disease, incorporating more alkaline foods may help lower the acid build-up and maintain kidney function.
Part of the information Robert shares in the video is coming out of the American Journal of Kidney Disease, published in September 2020. The researchers over there recommended eating more fruits and vegetables with kidney disease as it may help reduce overall acid production.
For someone looking to start this diet, try to get 60% to 70% alkaline foods. On a pH scale, alkaline foods are 7 and above while acidic foods are 7 and below. Acidic foods mostly include animal products, red meat, grains, soda, fast foods, dairy products, and more. Some alkaline foods are fruits and vegetables, soy, egg whites, legumes, and beans.
For better insight, you can always reference an alkaline acid content food chart which is easily available on the internet and you can modify your diet accordingly. In conclusion, this video is a general approach to an alkaline diet with kidney disease and shows the benefits of an alkaline diet for a CKD sufferer.
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