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Low-Acid Diet Recommended For Healthier Kidneys

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As we age, our body’s internal system ages as well, which means that they start to slow down as we grow older. This is both natural and unfortunate because it basically means that we become more susceptible to different types of diseases the older we get. But it’s not just age that slows down our systems, it’s our lifestyle choices too, and one (or two) such organ that is very much affected by this are our kidneys, which coincidentally are also the organs responsible for filtering our blood before sending it back to our heart.

Keeping Kidneys Healthy

Besides helping regulate blood pressure and controlling calcium metabolism, the kidneys are best known for removing excess fluid and waste products from our body, which are then passed out of our body via our urine.

“The kidneys do a lot of things. One of the things they do is they get rid of acid. We know that as kidney failure progresses, you have trouble getting rid of the acid. It accumulates in your system and has a lot of bad side effects,” Dr. Lynda Frassetto, a nephrologist and professor emeritus in the department of medicine at University of California San Francisco (UCSF), said.

However, the kidneys are also susceptible to many diseases, such as kidney failure and chronic kidney disease, which happens when your kidneys can no longer filter blood properly. Usually, kidney disease happens because of heart disease, diabetes, blood pressure or even a family history of kidney failure.

Prevention

As per Dr. Frassetto, one of the best ways to take care of our kidney is by fasting, time-restricted eating and by following a low-acid diet. Devoid of any dairy products, a low-acid diet is basically a diet high in fruits in vegetables, with a moderate amount of protein. The more protein you eat, the more fruits and vegetables you also need to maintain, which is what can be considered a healthy balance. This is because fruits and vegetables contain a lot of alkali precursors that are metabolized into bicarbonate, like citrate or malate, all of which can protect kidney function.

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