Today I would like to look at how a vegan diet is healthy for the kidneys, kidney problems and adrenal fatigue. How we can help in the management of kidney problems and adrenal fatigue. It would also prove beneficial for those who have had a kidney transplant or even kidney cancer. I am also currently researching the benefits of a vegan diet for cancer in general so watch out for this article.
A vegan diet has gained recognition for its potential benefits in addressing various health concerns, including kidney problems and adrenal fatigue. I would like to say here that I learnt a lot while researching this article, I hope you do too.
Adrenal fatigue is a condition that arises when the adrenal glands -which produce hormones essential for amongst others, stress response and energy regulation– become overburdened due to chronic stress and other factors, some which may be a symptom of other diseases. While individual needs vary to some extent, adopting a well planned vegan diet, can contribute to alleviating adrenal fatigue symptoms and promoting overall well-being.
I would also respectfully suggest that you check my article on this website in relation to stress management with a vegan diet, including specific valuable foods for the process.
It should also be noted that people who are heavily overweight or obese are seven times more likely to develop end stage renal failure than those of an acceptable, healthy weight
I would stress the importance of consuming enough water at the outset here.
However good our bodies try to be at delivering nutrients where they are most needed, or ridding itself of the toxins caused by dead cells, whether our own or those ingested, this cannot be achieved without sufficient water going into our bodies! Nowhere is this more evident than proper functioning kidneys. Very few people drink enough water.
Personally I like to keep a large beaker of cold water near me at all times, winter or summer. I find the Meoky brand to be my favorite, mainly because I like the huge 40oz cup and I find it keeps the water cold for the longest time, even overnight in the height of summer.
These cups can be obtained from amazon and I have a link to my favourite by clicking here but this also links to the various other sizes available through amazon for a quick dispatch and arrival. Though if you are willing to wait for delivery you can obtain them more cheaply from the manufacturers. However, be warned mine took about ten days to arrive. A link to Meoky is attached here.
Please note should you purchase from either of these sources, via the link I will receive a small commission as an affiliate marketer though you will pay no more.
However, you do not have to go with my favourite of course, just keep a glass handy and drink from it often.
On average guidance suggests an adult male living in a temperate climate should drink a minimum of 15.5 cups or 3.7 litres of water a day and an average woman 11.5 cups or 2.7 litres per day. I would stress this is a minimum. Of course if you are bigger than average, in warmer weather or exercising, for pleasure or work, this figure increases greatly.
If you drink alcohol or coffee, this level of water needs to be increased. Even surgary sodas or pop needs an additional water source to help you “flush out” the impurites in them. If you are someone who still eats meat and dairy then as you will see you are working those kidneys much more.
A note about the purpose of kidneys
I personally think kidneys sometimes “get a bad press!” They do far more than most of us give them credit for. Here are the top 5 functions.
1) Acting as a filter removing waste and excess water from our bodies. I think we all know this one. They filter about 200 quarts or nearly 200 litres of blood each day, making 1 to 2 quarts or litres of urine. Much more urine in my case as I drink so much water! Removing all these toxins from our body is a vital job on its own.
2) Controlling blood pressure. Our kidneys need the correct blood pressure to function at the optimum levels. To help maintain this they can raise or lower blood pressure by controlling the fluid levels and making hormones that cause blood vessels to contract.
3) Make red blood cells. Your kidneys make a hormone called erythropoietin. This tells bone marrow to make red blood cells. Red blood cells carry oxygen from your lungs to supply all your body’s needs. Without these red blood cells, you would not have the energy you need for daily activities.
4) Keep bones healthy. the kidneys make an active form of vitamin D you need vitamin D to absorb calcium and phosphorus calcium and phosphorus are important minerals for making bones strong the kidney is also balanced calcium and phosphorus so your body has the right amount. You might like to refer to my article on this website, on the true cost of milk at this point. This highlights the damage that milk and other animal proteins can do to our bones. And I have to say yes, I too used to believe the clever adverts (again) that milk and dairy make our bones strong!
5) Control pH levels. PH is a measure of acid and alkaline. Our bodies can only function properly at the optimum pH level. Your kidneys maintain a healthy balance by producing chemicals that control acid levels, and filtering out the proteins that try to upset this. As cells break down they make acids. The food you eat can either increase or lower the amount of acid in your body. Your kidneys balance the PH of your body we either removing or adjusting the right amounts of acid and buffering agents. This often despite many of our best efforts of upsetting the PH level by consuming a large amount of animal cells/ proteins!
Maybe kidneys, like so many things, we only really think about when we have problems with them. How about we try and prevent problems with them. Though I know many people reading this article will already be suffering with some degree of kidney problem. You have my sympathy and I truely hope this article helps in someway.
Nutrient-Rich Plant foods
A vegan diet centered around whole plant foods provide a rich source of essential nutrients, that can support adrenal health. Foods such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, nuts and seeds are abundant in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.
These nutrients play a crucial role in maintaining good adrenal function, immune response and reducing oxidative stress, or to over simplify, our body’s ability to deal with certain and specific toxins, that can contribute to adrenal failure.
Chronic inflammation is often associated with adrenal fatigue and other kidney issues. Plant-based diets are being shown to have anti-inflammatory properties due to their high content of phytonutrients and fiber. These elements help to mitigate inflammation and promote healing within the body, potentially easing the strain on the adrenal glands, amongst various other tissues and organs.
This anti-inflammtory action is one of the most beneficial properties of a vegan diet for kidney health, kidney disease and adrenal fatigue, though please also see the next section on macronutrients for some specific foods.
A well-structured vegan diet can provide a balanced intake of macronutrients, including carbohydrates, proteins and healthy fats.
Complex carbohydrates found in whole grains and vegetables offer sustained energy and reduce the need for constant adrenal stimulation. Therefore, these are the best foods for your kidney health, problems or diseases.
Adequate protein intake is essential for tissue repair and hormone synthesis, supporting adrenal function. Plant based sources of protein like legumes, tofu, tempeh and nuts can contribute to a well-rounded diet.
I would suggest at this point that you might like to refer to my article on this website on plant protein, “vegan and protein sources”. However, put simply, protein is far more prevalent than most people feel on a vegan diet. Especially as we have all seen the clever marketing that suggests we need chicken or steak to get our protein. Clever but wrong!
Stress reduction and mindful eating
In addition to its nutritional benefits a vegan diet can encourage mindful eating practices that promote relaxation and stress reduction. Incorporating stress reducing activities like meditation, yoga and deep breathing can further complement the positive effects of a vegan diet on adrenal health. I think very few of us practice this as much as we perhaps should.
Caffeine and Alcohol Reduction
Certain dietary choices such as excessive caffeine and alcohol consumption invariably puts additional stress on the adrenal glands. This exacerbates adrenal fatigue or other kidney problems. A vegan diet often encourages a reduction in, or elimination of, these substances allowing the adrenals to recover and restore their optimal function. Though benefits will most probably be felt rapidly, true kidney recovery will take a considerable time.
Supporting gut health
A healthy gut plays a pivotal role in overall well-being including adrenal function. A pant based diet are typically high in fiber which supports good health by promoting the growth of beneficial gut bacteria.
A balanced good microbiome (levels of good microbes in the gut) greatly contributes to proper nutrient absorption, immune function system, and hormone regulation. These are essential for addressing adrenal failure, kidney problems and disease up to and including cancer.
Personally I take a probiotic daily, and would recommend you consider it even if you have a healthy diet. These probiotics are very cheap for the value they give you. The one I take contains about 5 million healthy bacteria that you benefit from in your gut. However, if price is a big issue for you you can get most of the benefits of these by taking them every other or every third day. I also consider prebiotic foods. These are the foods that feed the probiotics.
On a vegan diet we do not really have to worry about these, but most beneficial amongst others are onions, garlic, asparagus, apples and bananas. If you would like a bigger list please drop me a message.
Well, drop me a message anyway, I would love some feedback on the site in general and any questions or requests to cover specific areas. I have many articles in mind but always appreciate more ideas and feedback.
Omega-3 fatty acids
Omega-3 fatty acids are found abundantly in sources like flax seeds, chai seeds, walnuts and algae-based supplements, and to a slightly lesser extent in avocados, are known for their anti-inflammatory properties. These healthy fats can also contribute to brain health, potentially aiding in the management of adrenal fatigue related symptoms other kidney problems including disease and cancer and also problems that cause brain fog and fatigue.
Again, don’t believe the advertising hype that you can only get omega-3 from oily fish. Fish themselves cannot make Omega-3, in the same way farm animals cannot produce the proteins than many people are eating them for. Each species only pass on what they have eaten. Therefore we can cut out the savage treatment, suffering and killing of these animals by obtaining our protein or Omega-3 from the same source the farm animal or fish does, vegetables and sea weed, whilst staying much more healthy.
Vitamin B and Magnesium
Vitamin B complex and magnesium are crucial nutrients for adrenal health and stress management. Plant-based diets can provide ample amounts of these nutrients through food like whole grains, legumes, nuts, seeds and dark leafy greens. Ensuring sufficient intake of these nutrients helps regulate cortisol levels and support adrenal function, help fight disease and the effects of disease.
Caution and individualization
I certainly don’t want to give the impression that I have the cure to cancer, renal fatigue or kidney disease. However, a vegan diet can offer significant benefits for these conditions and many others. It is important to approach any dietary changes with caution and individualization, consulting with a qualified healthcare professional such as a registered dietitian or healthcare provider is essential before making significant dietary modifications. Especially if you have underlying health conditions, specific nutritional needs or are on existing medication.
In conclusion, adopting a well planned vegan diet can produce a range of potential benefits for individual struggling with kidney disease, kidney problems and indeed adrenal fatigue. By focusing on nutrient-rich, whole plant foods, reducing inflammatory triggers, supporting gut health and ensuring adequate intake of essential nutrients, individuals may find relief from adrenal fatigue symptoms and promote overall wellness.
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Thank you for taking the time to read this article and again I would appreciate any feedback or suggestions.