A Natural Approach To Health
Living With Nephrotic Syndrome
I had a question the other day about nephrotic syndrome.
Nephrotic syndrome is a sign your kidneys aren’t working right.
As a result, you have high levels of protein in your urine and low levels of protein in your blood.
You may also have high levels of cholesterol in your blood.
Nephrotic syndrome isn’t a disease.
It’s a warning that something is damaging your kidneys.
Without treatment, the problem could cause kidney failure.
So it’s important to get treatment right away.
Nephrotic syndrome can occur at any age.
But it’s most common in children between the ages of 18 months and 8 years.
Your kidneys have tiny blood vessels called glomeruli that filter waste and extra water from your blood.
Healthy kidneys keep the right amount of protein in your blood.
Protein helps move water from your tissues into your blood.
When the tiny filters are damaged, too much protein slips from your blood into your urine.
As a result, fluid builds up in your tissues and causes swelling.
Nephrotic syndrome is often caused by:
>A type of kidney disease called minimal change disease (or nil disease). This is the main cause of nephrotic syndrome in children.
>Diabetes. This is the most common cause of nephrotic syndrome in adults.
Many other things can cause blood vessel damage leading to nephrotic syndrome, including:
>Diseases like lupus and some cancers.
>Infections like HIV, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C.
>Medicines like nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.
Sometimes it’s not known what causes it.
Symptoms may include:
>Swelling around your eyes or in your feet or ankles. This is the most common symptom.
>Weight gain (from fluid buildup).
>Foam when urinating.
>Loss of appetite.
Treatment aims to reverse, slow, or prevent further kidney damage.
The treatment you need depends on your age and what health problem is causing nephrotic syndrome.
To deal with nephrotic syndrome, it’s beneficial to:
*Drink 6-8 cups of purified water daily, which cleanses and flushes your system. Drink at least 1 cup per hour.
*Drink 8 oz of pure, sugar-free only, organic cranberry juice (found in a health food store) 3 times daily.
*Buchu tea is good; don’t boil it, however.
*Celery and parsley seeds are natural diuretics. Taken in combination, they’re especially helpful if you eat large amounts of animal proteins.
*Dandelion root extract helps with excretion of the kidney’s waste products.
*Marshmallow tea helps to cleanse your kidneys. Drink 1 quart daily.
*Try to eliminate toxic products.
*Avoid sugar, alcohol, caffeine, soda pop, dairy products, and processed foods.
*Eat 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 that it passes through the system quickly.
*Include in your diet legumes, seeds, and soybeans.
Reduce your intake of potassium and phosphates if your levels are elevated. Don’t use any salt of potassium chloride. Also avoid beet greens, chocolate, cocoa, eggs, fish, meat, rhubarb, spinach, Swiss chard, and tea.
*Consider fasting and fresh juicing.
*Empty bladder frequently (never ignore the urge).
*Practice good personal hygiene.
*Take plentiful amounts of alfalfa throughout the day.
*Review my post on Candida, because many times this can be a significant influence.
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