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Categories Advice, Fitness, Kidney Diet

Seasonal Eating

Eating what is in season is more affordable and supports healthy digestion. This will result in better sleep, mental clarity, calmness, and robust immune system.

Ayurveda acknowledges that nature’s harvest provides and antidote to the dominant qualities of each season.

Understanding the qualities of each season can help you reduce any adverse health effects. Ayurveda divide seasons into three categories instead of four. Vata, Pitta and Kapha.

Vata Season (Air and Space): This season is associated with late fall and early winter. The weather turns cold, windy and earth becomes dry. This will effect respiration, circulation, muscular action, chewing, blinking etc. you also need to watch out for dry skin, irregular digestion and unpredictable energy depletion.

Suggested Diet:

  • Emphasize on Sweet, Sour and Salty
  • Eat fresh, warm and well-cooked meals
  • Drink many warming liquids to prevent dehydration. This can include hot herbal teas
  • Eat Avocados, bananas, root vegetables, milk, ghee, fresh yogurt, eggs, nuts, seeds and lean meats
  • Favor additions like squeeze of lemon or lime juice, a splash of vinegar, a cheese slice or sour cream
  • Green grapes, oranges, pineapple and grapefruit are also helpful
  • Salt stimulates the appetite and digestion. It is a good idea to use sea salt or natural mineral salt over the common table salt.

Minimize:

  • Minimize Pungent, Bitter and Astringent
  • Chilies, radishes, turnips, raw onions
  • Kale, bitter melon, burdock roots, eggplant and chocolate
  • Keep your internal fire kindled. Eat warm, moist foods like, stews, soups and avoid salads and cold snacks.

Kapha Season (Water and Earth): This season extends from winter days to early spring.

Suggested Diet:

  • Here we switch to Pungent, Bitter and Astringent
  • Use spices like turmeric, garlic, cinnamon, cumin, cardamom, ginger
  • Apples, Cherries, lemons, peaches, pears, cranberries
  • Artichoke, asparagus, beets, bitter melon, cabbage, carrots, celery, eggplant, kale, lettuce etc.

Minimize:

  • Minimize sweet, sour and salty
  • Avoid bananas, cantaloupe, coconut, grapes, grapefruit, kiwi, oranges, papaya, watermelon etc.
  • Avoid zucchini, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, avocado, cucumber

Pitta Season (Fire and Water):  This season extends from spring to autumn. This dosa is pacified with astringent, bitter and sweet tastes while salty, sour and pungent tastes aggravate it. When you understand such tastes, you can make better food choices.

Suggested Diet:

  • Try to have a combination of carbohydrate-rich, grounding, cooling and fresh foods.
  • Prefer having cool foods over hot or warm foods.
  • Light and nourishing foods should be preferred over heavy or dense foods.
  • Have dry food items over liquid.
  • Fresh juices and other mild drinks are more preferable over caffeine based or alcohol based drinks.
  • Focus on sweet foods such as fresh yogurt, ghee, root vegetables, squashes etc.
  • Bitter tasting foods such as dark chocolate, Jerusalem artichokes, bitter melon and spices such as turmeric, saffron, neem leaves and cumin should be consumed.
  • Astringent foods are preferable, given that these can curb the tendency of the pitta to absorb excess fluid and sweat, prevent diarrhea, avoid bleeding disorders, tone tissues and curb pitta from spreading.

Minimize:

  • Avoid having too much sugary sweet foods or refined sugar. Try to eat foods that are naturally sweet.
  • Minimize pungent foods such as raw onions, turnips, radishes, chilies and particularly spices of a heating nature, as excessive pungent taste can lead to inflammation, dizziness, bleeding etc.
  • Avoid sour foods such as grapefruit, pineapple, green grapes, sour cream, hard cheeses etc that can disturb the blood, cause burning sensations in heart, lead to pus in wounds etc.
  • Avoid having too salty foods as these can disturb the balance of blood, aggravate the skin, raise heat and more.

In Ayurveda, a year is divided into 3 seasons depending on the doshas or the elemental forces that are predominant. Kapha, Pitta, and Vata are the 3 doshas that display the 5 elements in varied amounts:

  • Earth
  • Water
  • Fire
  • Air
  • Space

Once the doshas are balanced, a condition that is known as “Sattva”, one can enjoy optimal health. According to Ayurveda, the ancient Indian medical treatise, an imbalance of any element or in any particular area, can be corrected by application of the opposite. It always recommends a counterbalancing approach in life in order to prevent any imbalance – such as balancing warmth with cold and vice versa. Ayurveda has a sloka (writing) that mentions “A Food is a Medicine When Consumed Properly”. When foods that are suited uniquely to individual psychology are consumed, and a lifestyle based on sattva is supported, digestion is improved and there is full benefit for health.

Categories Health, Kidney Disease, Kundan Kidney Care Centre, Risk Factors

Kidney Disease and Edema

Kidney patients often have to deal with water retention, causing swelling or puffiness of the tissue especially in legs, arms or under the eyes.

A quick test to see if you have water retention is to press the affected area for a few seconds and see if the skin retains a dimple. Other symptoms may include:

  • Shortness of breath (especially when lying down)
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Chest pain

These conditions may require immediate attention. In many cases, your doctor may prescribe you a diuretic, also known as water pills.

As our body is made-up of almost 80 percentage of water, kidneys play an important role in the health of our body.

The kidneys and the adrenal glands are responsible for cleansing the blood, produce needed hormones, and regulate blood pressure and mineral balance.

If left untreated, edema can cause:

  • Stiffness
  • Increased risk of skin ulcers
  • Painful swelling
  • Risk of infection
  • Decreased blood circulation
  • High blood pressure

If you are healthy, it may be possible to try home remedies to address edema however, if you are a kidney patient, it is not a good idea to try things that may cause more damage to the kidneys then offering any good. It is essential to consultant a professional to address this issue.

At Kundan Kidney Care Centre we can help you understand the cause and remedy for edema.

We offer safe and natural treatment for kidney disease. Please contact us via phone or email to ask questions about your kidney health.

Categories Health, Kidney Diet, Kundan Kidney Care Centre, Risk Factors

How to Prevent Kidney Stones

If you have ever had a kidney stone you know the experience can be extremely unpleasant.  Did you know that over the course of lifetime, one in ten people will have a kidney stone?

If your doctor suspects you have a kidney stone, you may be asked to have diagnostic tests done.

  1. Blood Testing: Too much calcium or uric acid in your blood could be of concern. Blood test may also help monitor the health of your kidneys.
  2. Urine Testing: A 24 Hour urine collection test may reveal that you are exreting too many stone forming minerals.
  3. Ultra-sound Scanning: Imaging tests may show kidney stones in your urinary tract.
  4. Passed Stones Analysis: Your passed stone may reveal the makeup of your kidney stones.

Prevention of kidney stones may include a combination of lifestyle changes and medication.

Drink Fluid: People with the history of kidney stones are recommended to drink about 2.5 liters of water per day. If you live in a hot dry climate and sweat a lot then you may need to drink even more water so that you produce enough urine. A light and clear urine indicate that you are drinking enough water.

Oxalate-Rich Foods: Your doctor may ask you to prevent oxalate rich foods. Cutting oxalate rich food may sound logical but this  may not be smart for an overall health perspective. Eat and drink calcium and oxalate rich foods together during a meal. Doing so, they are more likely to bind in the stomach and intestines before they kidneys begin processing.

Diet Selection: Reduce the amount of salt and choose non-animal protein sources. Consider using a salt substitute such as herbs or spices.

Manage underlying Medical Problems: Some medical conditions like obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes can raise your risk for kidney stones.

Treatment may be required if the diet and drinking water does not work. Consult us for further information. There are herbal and safer ways to address this problem.

Categories Health, Kidney Diet, Kidney Disease

Pre-Dialysis Diet

Patients with kidney disease need to be careful about their food choices to avoid excess wastes and fluid from building up. With the progression of the disease, the dietary needs may vary. The intent of doing this is to

• reduce the workload of kidneys
• preserve the kidney function that is left

It will be important for you to understand how to eat well and how to get the right amount of protein, minerals to maintain a healthy weight and manage your fluid balance.

The goal is to delay the onset for the need of dialysis, minimizing failing kidney symptoms such as uremia and maintaining an optimal health.

General Diet Guidelines:

1. Protein: Protein needs for a kidney patient in not requiring dialysis would be less than those having dialysis. In the early stages of CKD, the kidneys are still able to work however, need to work much harder to remove all the waste. Consuming food rich in protein may lead to overworked kidneys causing more damage to the kidneys.
Eating less Protein helps to preserve kidney function and prevent additional damage to the kidneys.

To calculate the recommended intake of protein, you can multiple your weight with 0.8gms/kilogram.

e.g. A person weighing 52 kg will require 52 x 0.8 = 42gms of protein/day

2. Potassium: It is important to check your blood report to see if your potassium is beyond the range. An optimal potassium range is 3.5 – 5.0 mg/dl
if the reading shows high potassium, avoid the following food items:

• wholegrain cereals, bread and biscuits
• fruits and vegetables from the high potassium group e.g. banana
• canned fruits and vegetable, juices, milk, wine
• nuts, seeds

3. Sodium: The main source of sodium is salt. This should be avoided regardless of the kidney disease. Salt is found in almost all the packaged and processed foods.

Salt makes to feel thirsty which will result in drinking more fluid. Sodium restriction in kidney disease helps to maintain normal fluid balance.

4. Phosphorus: With the lack of kidney function, blood phosphate level may also rise. When it begins to build up in the blood, calcium is drawn from the bone. This may lead to joint pain, eye irritation, itchiness and hardening blood vessels.

Here is a list of food rich in phosphorus:

• dairy products
• dark sodas
• nuts and peanut butter
• beer
• legumes
• organ meats