A Natural Approach To Health
Living With Gitelman Syndrome
I had a question the other day about Gitelman syndrome.
Gitelman syndrome is a genetic kidney disorder causing an imbalance of ions in your body, including ions of potassium, magnesium, and calcium.
It impairs your kidneys’ ability to reabsorb salt, leading to the loss of excess salt in your urine.
It can also affect reabsorption of potassium, magnesium, and calcium.
The signs and symptoms of Gitelman syndrome usually appear in late childhood or adolescence.
Common symptoms include painful muscle spasms, muscle weakness or cramping, dizziness, and salt craving.
Also common is a tingling or prickly sensation in the skin, usually affecting your face.
Some people with Gitelman syndrome are excessively tired, have low blood pressure, and a painful joint condition.
Studies suggest Gitelman syndrome may also increase the risk of a potentially dangerous abnormal heart rhythm.
Signs and symptoms vary widely, even among affected members of the same family.
Most people with this condition have relatively mild symptoms.
Gitelman syndrome affects approximately 1 in 40,000 people worldwide.
To deal with Gitelman syndrome, it’s beneficial to:
*Drink 8-10 ounces of purified water every hour (while awake). Quality water is essential for urinary tract function.
*Drink buchu tea (but don’t boil it).
*Marshmallow tea helps to cleanse your kidneys.
*Celery and parsley seeds are natural diuretics. Taken in combination, they’re especially helpful if you have high uric acid levels in your blood.
*Drink 8 oz of pure, sugar-free only, organic cranberry juice (found in a health food store) 3 times daily. Don’t substitute commercial cranberry juice cocktail. If natural cranberry juice isn’t available, you can use cranberry capsules or supplements as a substitute.
*Dandelion root extract helps with eliminating your kidneys’ waste products.
*Consume a diet of 75% raw foods. Eat asparagus, bananas, celery, cucumbers, garlic, papaya, parsley, potatoes, and watercress. Watermelon and pumpkin seeds are also beneficial. Watermelon should be eaten by itself so it passes through your system quickly; if it stays in your body too long, toxins begin to form. Also eat sprouts and most green vegetables.
*Include in your diet legumes, seeds, and soybeans. These foods contain an amino acid beneficial to your kidneys.
*Reduce your intake of potassium and phosphates if your levels of these are elevated. Don’t use any salt or potassium chloride (a salt substitute). Also avoid beet greens, chocolate, cocoa, eggs, fish, meat, rhubarb, spinach, Swiss chard, and “normal” tea.
*Reduce your intake of animal protein, or eliminate it altogether. A diet high in animal protein puts stress on your kidneys. Good sources of protein include beans, lentils, millet, peas, soybeans, and whole grains.
*Try to eliminate toxic products.
*Avoid all dairy products except those that are soured (low-fat yogurt, buttermilk, and cottage cheese).
*Consider a 3-day cleansing and juice fast.
*If you’re taking antibiotics, don’t take iron supplements.
*Empty bladder frequently (never ignore the urge).
*Take plentiful amounts of alfalfa throughout the day.
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