Reasons Why Kidney Patients Should Eat Beets

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Beets for kidney patients

If your doctor has already alerted you to a kidney problem you have, then you already know how important it is to cleanse your diet to help cleanse your kidney. You don’t even have to wait until your kidney suffers, start your beets intake now to improve your diet for the better.

Hello, my name is Suzzie. I am a vet and the owner of two adorable huskies. My story would be something you would consider unexpected – lots of people have. Hopefully, it will help a kidney patient out there, or anyone looking for ways to maintain healthy kidneys.

I’ve never thought of my lifestyle as downright unhealthy. To be honest, my life is pretty satisfying. I love animals, and I get to do what I love – treat them and help their owners take better care of them. There are the sad moments when some of the poor creatures don’t make it, but overall? I feel amazing about the countless pets that I’ve saved.

It all started with lots of fatigue, shortness of breath, and a feeling like my job wasn’t what it used to be. I wasn’t enjoying the general weakness I was feeling every day. When I went for a check-up, my doctor told me that I had to cut off my drinking (I love me some whiskey!). The dehydration from my lack of taking water and other healthy fluids on a regular basis was affecting one of my kidneys. Luckily, it wasn’t too far gone.

Diet Changes

Diet ChangesNow I have to steer clear from salt (or sodium), fast foods, and my booze. I have to go healthy – eat more protein and foods that are good for my heart. They will strengthen my kidneys and prevent fats from building in my heart, vessels, and kidneys.

Did you know beetroots are vegetables? I couldn’t figure out where to place this little root, but I eventually figured out it is full of vitamins and minerals. Alongside other organic foods, these nutrients aren’t just great health supplements; they are good for your kidneys as well!

You need your kidneys to filter the waste from your blood and regulate your blood pressure. Beetroots are a great diet choice for an easy detox. They clean your kidneys, liver, and gallbladder. The high nitrate amounts in beets also regulate your blood pressure that could be unchecked due to kidney problems.

However, beets are rich in potassium, which is great news if you’re healthy but not good if you’re a kidney patient whose potassium levels should stay low. So, if your doctor determines that your body cannot control high levels of potassium, then it would be wise to let that beet drop. Fortunately, my kidneys could handle potassium, but I kept the levels low to be on the safe side and reap some benefits from my beets.

Conclusion

Making changes to your diet once diagnosed with a kidney problem can be confusing. It was for me, and I can’t imagine how much harder it is for patients with acute renal failure. Don’t give up. Advances in medicine make it possible to get kidney transplants even with two failed kidneys.

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