Our Indian calendar has enough holidays and festivals that give us reason to eat and binge, meet and visit friends and family. It can be really worrying for those with kidney ailments. Extreme weather conditions, intake of sunlight and or length of days, lack of any physical activity or having to constantly stay indoors can take a toll on the human body, especially the kidneys.
We need to be extra careful of our kidneys – if not well looked after, a lot of other organs can get affected. Some of the symptoms to watch out for are bladder and kidney infections, lower back pain, knee and joint pains, cavities in teeth, weak or broken bones, infertility, premature greying of hair, hair loss, ringing in the ears and increase of phobias and anxiety.
Those with kidney ailments have to look for kidney-friendly foods that control and balance out proteins, phosphorus and sodium levels. The human body requires protein for muscle growth and tissue repair that is part of the physical wear and tear. People with kidney issues cannot handle the waste build-up that happens with protein consumption. Hence, protein intake has to be moderated. Similarly, phosphorus intake and sodium intake have to be controlled to avoid calcium loss and high blood pressure. In such case, the diet is usually higher in fats and carbohydrates to make up for the lack of calorie contribution from proteins.
Some kidney-friendly but high calorie foods include unsaturated fats like vegetable oils, sugar and sweets like candy and jelly and canned fruit. If opting for a high raw food diet, make sure to add spices like ginger to juices and cinnamon to foods. Eating well-blended foods are easier to digest, like healthy soups.
Foods that are good for the kidney and bladder include cranberries, grapes, strawberries, watermelon, celery, eggplants, chives, raspberries, water chestnuts, green beans, string beans, tangerines, walnuts, carrots, lettuce, black sesame seeds, clams, caraway seeds, dill, plums, pork and onions. If one is detected with or is prone to kidney stones, they must eat star fruits and walnuts; and kidney beans and sweet potatoes to counter kidney weakness.
To maintain the body equilibrium, the body’s temperature must be adequately maintained. One must do light physical activity in the form of yoga or exercises to calm the body and soothe breathing. In all seasons, it’s important to nourish our kidneys.