A Natural Approach To Health
Living With Proteinuria
I had a question the other day about proteinuria.
People with proteinuria have urine containing an abnormal amount of protein.
This is often a sign of kidney disease.
Healthy kidneys don’t allow a significant amount of protein to pass through their filters.
But filters damaged by kidney disease may let proteins like albumin leak from your blood into your urine.
Proteinuria can also be a result of overproduction of proteins by your body.
Kidney disease often has no early symptoms.
One of its first signs may be proteinuria discovered by a urine test done during a routine physical exam.
The 2 most common risk factors for proteinuria are diabetes and high blood pressure
Both diabetes and high blood pressure can cause damage to your kidneys, which leads to proteinuria.
Other types of kidney disease unrelated to diabetes or high blood pressure can also cause protein to leak into your urine.
Examples of other causes include:
>Immune system disorders
Increased production of proteins in your body can lead to proteinuria.
Examples include multiple myeloma and amyloidosis.
Other risk factors include:
>Age over 65
>Family history of kidney disease
>Preeclampsia (high blood pressure and proteinuria in pregnancy)
>Race and ethnicity: African-Americans, Native Americans, Hispanics, and Pacific Islanders are more likely than whites to have high blood pressure and develop kidney disease and proteinuria.
Some people get more protein into urine while standing than while lying down.
That’s known as orthostatic proteinuria.
Proteinuria isn’t a specific disease.
So its treatment depends on identifying and managing its underlying cause.
If the cause is kidney disease, appropriate medical management is essential.
To deal with proteinuria, 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 pure, sugar-free only, organic cranberry juice (found in a health food store).
*Maintain your alkalinity.
*Investigate possible triggers.
*Try to eliminate toxic products.
*Avoid sugar, alcohol, caffeine, soda pop, dairy products, and processed foods.
*Eat plenty of raw foods.
*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.