Improve Kidney Function and Lower Creatinine – Uncensored Guide for Renal Patients

Hello this is Katherine, welcome to 00kidney. Today’s video is all about the untold truth
on improving renal function in kidney disease patients. In this uncensored guide to lower creatinine
naturally I will focus on all those treatments that really
work and that people are actually using to improve their renal function. Home remedies, herbal supplements… some
of them work and some of them are dangerous. So I’ll show you all those things that are
usually left out or hidden or censored. Because, yes, Kidney disease can be slowed
down and, in some cases, even reversed. There’s always a way to improve your health
and getting the right information is the first step. BEFORE I START, a very quick update for the
00Kidney community… I’ve just got the silver play button, the
Youtube award for surpassing 100.000 subscribers. I just want to take a second to thank everyone
for making this possible, because this is all thanks to you
watching me right now. I want to share this award with you guys. This is… 00kidney Community… this is your
story, this is OUR award and I am honored to be part of your
lives. Thank you. And it was a great joy for me to receive this
award, but it’s nothing compared to the joy I have when one
of you tells me that my videos helped them improve their health. SO I WANT TO READ YOU THIS ONE REAL QUICK I didn’t know this could be done. I’m 52, stage 4 and the doctors and specialists
I went to always told me that I had to wait for my kidneys
to fail to get a transplant and that it wasn’t even possible to find treatments to improve
my health. Then I came here and I discovered that people
were actually fighting for their health, they weren’t just
waiting. I started watching the videos and talking
with the people here… it’s really nice to know that someone
actually cares. Well, the great news is that I actually had
an improvement in my GFR. So now I know there is still hope for people
,who are fighting against their fears, diseases, disasters and
tragedies. This is why, despite all I’ve been through,
I have and WILL NEVER give up Thank you, this was really great to know. So this is why I’m here today, to help you
improve your kidney health and to help you getting back as
much kidney function as you can. If there’s one thing that I want to show you
is that if you don’t lose hope there’s always a way to win this
battle. So let’s start with our guide. Your kidneys may be small, but they are very
powerful because they perform many vital functions that
help maintain your overall health, including filtering waste and excess fluids from your
blood. They filter about a half cup of blood every
single minute. They remove toxins and unnecessary fluids
and combine them to make urine. Now, let’s say that your kidney function is
compromised, that you have chronic kidney disease, or CKD. As your kidney function declines, your creatinine
levels rise. This disease is divided into five stages,
the fifth being the more severe. Now, what I want to focus on today is what
they usually don’t tell you, the untold truth of Kidney
disease. I’m taking about what really matters if you
want to get your kidney health back. So, let’s start from what you need to do before
using any supplement or herbal remedy It is understanding what’s causing kidney
damage Ok this is really important. Home remedies CANNOT help you if you haven’t
already removed what’s causing the kidney damage in
the first place. I’ll put this in a very blunt way:
there is no herb and no magic pill that will work if what’s damaging your kidneys is still
doing so. So watch this part very carefully because
it’s maybe the most important part. What’s causing kidney damage? Let’s take a look at some of the things that
can damage your kidneys. As you can see the first two things are
diabetes and high blood pressure. These are the two most common causes of patient
ending upon dialysis in the US. Combined, they account for up to 70 percent
of all the cases of people ending up on dialysis. So, if you go to a dialysis center, and you
see 3 people, 2 of them have either diabetes or hypertension
or both. Now, from this chart you can see that diabetes
is more common, but hypertension is equally important
because both diabetes and chronic kidney disease itself can cause hypertension. But remember that hypertension can do very
serious damage to your kidneys and to your heart and
should be never left untreated. Now, this is something they never tell you
about. But it is very important to understand that,
in a lot of cases, especially for people in the second or third
stage of CKD, kidney disease can often be slowed down or even stopped just by controlling
these two factors: diabetes and hypertension. And both these conditions can be treated with
the appropriate drugs and medications. But, in any case healthy lifestyle changes,
such as losing weight and regular exercise, often help to
control, and may even help to prevent, high blood pressure. Now, drugs have side effects and dangerous
interactions while an healthier lifestyle does not have any
hidden risks… so it’s clear which one of the two you should focus more on. Obviously don’t neglect taking any of the
medications your doctor prescribed, but if there’s a way to get
results without any of the sides… why not? Now, in diabetics, careful control of blood
sugar levels helps to prevent the progression of kidney
disease, coronary heart disease and stroke. Another complication of diabetes could be
high blood pressure. So diabetes is the first cause of kidney disease
and it is also a risk factor for the second cause of kidney
disease, hypertension. So having both diabetes and high blood pressure
is not uncommon, but it’s clear looking at this slide
that it could be a very bad situation for your kidneys. But both those conditions can be controlled
with correct treatment and an improved lifestyle. The good news is that if diabetes and hypertension
are controlled with the correct treatment, in 2
people on 3 chronic kidney disease can be stopped. The third leading cause of end stage kidney
disease is, as you can see from this chart, glomerular
disease. This is a disease that damages the kidneys
filtering units, the glomeruli. This may include an infection or a drug or
even a disease that affects the entire body, like diabetes or
lupus, that’s now affecting the glomeruli. This can even be idiopathic, meaning it happens
without any cause that can be found. Some of these diseases can be cured or, at
least, treatments can help to slow the disease and prolong
life. Now, here’s the point. If you want to improve your condition, if
you want your best chance at stopping, or maybe reversing
kidney disease, you need to know why you have it. You have to understand exactly what’s damaging
your kidneys and stop it immediately. It can be one factor or two or three… every single person is different. And I can only give you a list of causes and
tell you which one is more common and why. you have to do your part and understand what
is causing YOU the kidney damage Because, and this is the part they usually
censor, doctors and physicians are not going to do this for you. They won’t go tell you to do a thorough study
on your symptoms and on your levels until you go there
and ask them to do it. They are going to deal with chronic illness
in just one way. They give you drugs to alleviate the
symptoms and complications and tell you to wait for it to get worse, so you can start
dialysis or be put in a transplant list. But those are not the only options. If you are able to understand exactly what’s
damaging your kidneys and stop it, you can really change
things. Obviously you have to be really informed on
your own condition and you need to go to your doctor and
ask for the right tests and the right treatments. Because, in so many cases, this is your best
chance to improve your kidney health. So what’s damaging your kidneys. As you can see from this pie chart there are
a lot of cases caused by just two factors and then there’s
about one third of people ending up on dialysis for a series of different reasons. There’s even some miscellaneous and unknown
causes here. Ok, let’s understand that while I’m showing
you exact numbers here reality can be more complex and
for a lot of people it’s a mix of factors. This is why we are taking into account everything
that can damage your kidneys. So, as you can see from this other part of
my slide, other than diabetes, hypertension and PKD,
there are other causes of kidney damage worth mentioning. We can see drugs and medications. The kidneys can also be damaged by overuse
of some over-the-counter pain killers, some antibiotics and
some heartburn drugs. Drugs and medications are very important because
both prescribed and non-prescribed medications can
cause kidney damage. So you have to be careful with what you’re
taking even if it’s just an over the counter painkiller and they
told you that it’s safe. In some cases, it is not safe. More about this in a moment. Now, smoking and heart problems. Some people are convinced that the kidneys,
the lungs and the heart are separate organs with totally different
functions and what affects one doesn’t affect the other. Well, sorry if I’m blunt again, but this is
an uncensored guide, right? So if you think that what damages your lungs
and heart won’t affect your kidneys, you’re wrong. Smoking is always a cardiovascular risk factor,
meaning that it damages heart and vessels. Now, those vessels bring blood and nourishment
everywhere in the body, kidneys included. Also, the kidneys are damaged by high blood
pressure and smoking is going to cause that too. Infections can cause kidney problems too. The most common situation are infections of
the urinary tract that are left untreated and get to the kidneys. But even Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C and any
kind of infection can cause damage. But, as you can see from the pie chart, the
causes of most of cases are diabetes and high blood pressure,
so for the majority of people treating what’s causing these two things is the very first
thing to do. Ok, what drugs and medications are dangerous
for your kidneys? As you can see from my slide, the list is
pretty extensive. NSAIDs, PPI, even supplements.. and then there’s
contrast imaging studies. Now, NSAIDs are one of the worst. Several studies have proven their nephrotoxicity. So Ibuprofen, Motrin, Aleve but even Aspirin
… especially when used to manage chronic pain,
have been shown to cause serious kidney problems. These do not require any prescription so patients
usually think that they are safe. Well they are not. There are several studies proving that these
drugs damage your kidneys, can increase your blood pressure and that these are even
harmful to your heart. So just because these are over-the-counter
it doesn’t mean that they are safe. A lot of the drugs that are
over-the-counter can be potentially very toxic not just for the kidneys but for other organs
as well. What about PPI. This is short for proton pump inhibitors. These are used for heartburn and acid reflux. For these drugs too there’s, at least, an
association with increased risk of kidney damage, so be very
careful with these too. PPI is a very big class of drugs, there’s
not just Prilosec, Nexium and Pentaprozole, so be careful. If your healthcare provider gives you a prescription
for these be sure to ask if there’s a good reason why
you’re taking it and also be sure to never exceed the recommended dosage and course of
treatment. Now, here’s another thing that they always
“forget” to tell you. A lot of drugs can have interaction. I see a lot of patients that get prescribed
10 or maybe 20 different drugs from several specialists to treat
different diseases and symptoms. It’s not that uncommon, actually, elderly
patients in a lot of cases take up to 5 pills per day. The problem here is that one of the main functions
of the kidneys is to actually process and get rid of
drugs. So everything you take has an effect on the
health of your kidneys, because they have to clear it. The kidneys are always the body’s first line
of defense against toxic ingredients and chemicals, but they
are also taking the biggest blow. This has two consequences: first, if you have
kidney disease or a reduced kidney function, you need to
take drugs at lower doses. So let your physician and your pharmacist
know about this when you are prescribed anything, so they
can lower your dose. Second, and this is true even for people with
healthy kidneys, you should avoid taking any medication
known to damage the kidneys for long periods of time. DRUG INTERACTIONS
How to avoid risks from drug interaction? Bring a complete list of what you’re taking
and why you’re taking these medications along with your last
lab results every time you see your doctor or any physician that’s supposed to prescribe
you something. Before taking a drug, ask your doctor or pharmacist
the following questions: Can I take it with other drugs? Should I avoid certain foods, beverages or
other products? Remember that when your doctor prescribes
you a medication it’s always a risk versus benefits
situation. In theory the benefits have to outweigh the
risk but… this is not always the case. This is also true for over-the-counter drugs. People always think that they are safe but,
as we have seen, many of them aren’t. Ok, so we have seen the dangers of drugs and
their interactions. Ok and what about herbal supplements? Are they dangerous too? A lot of people is interested in home remedies
because some of them actually work and can help you
improving your kidney function. There’s just one problem with home remedies
and herbal supplements: the source of the ingredients. Ok, here’s another thing that they never tell
you. Have you ever heard about the Chinese herb
nephropathy? In 1994, a 44-year-old woman progressed from
normal renal function to advanced renal failure and end-
stage renal disease within 8 months. Yes in 8 months she went from being healthy
to needing a kidney transplant. This is all documented by the specialists
that treated her. According to their documentation, 5 months
before the start of the symptoms, the woman received
acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine for pain relief. Then her kidneys failed in a very short amount
of time and she had to get a transplant. After transplantation, the patient expressed
concern that the Chinese herbal medicine might have
caused the renal failure. Samples of the original herbal therapies were
sent to Belgium for analysis. What they found was the presence of Aristolochic
acid in 2 of the 6 Chinese herbs she ingested. Aristolochic acids are a family of carcinogenic,
mutagenic, and nephrotoxic phytochemicals commonly
found in the flowering plant family Aristolochiaceae. It was clear that Chinese herb she ingested
were the cause of the renal failure. This was the first time they diagnosed what
is now known as the Chinese herb nephropathy. Now, this doesn’t mean that all the herbs
you may find are nephrotoxic or dangerous, but you have to
be very careful with the source of what you may take. Other than this scary story, they can also
have agents or compounds that cause drug interactions. And that’s a lot more common. So be very cautious with any herbal supplements
or supplements in general. The other thing on this list is contrast. Some Tests Are Actually Dangerous for Your
Kidneys Now, we are talking about CT scans with intravenous
contrast, angiograms, like a cardiac angiogram when they inject dyes into your vein in your
hand or arm and MRIs. (magnetic resonance imaging). These tests are routinely used, they are being
done every day on millions of people, because they
provide information that can be helpful for a correct diagnosis. In many cases, they use a contrast dye to
enhance these tests and get the results needed. But there’s a problem here: these dyes can
both lead to kidney problems and cause problems in patients
with kidney disease. So what should you do if you have kidney disease
and your doctor prescribes you a CT scan, and
Angiogram or an MRI? Know your GFR and if you have CKD. Telling your doctor what your GFR and creatinine
numbers are will help him understanding if the test can be
dangerous for you. So talk to the doctor ordering the diagnostic
test and make sure your doctor knows about your kidney
problems. This way they can take due precautions, which
includes hydration. Water can help detoxifying your kidneys from
the dangerous substances present in the contrast. We are talking about plenty of water here,
a gallon of water the day you do the test, another gallon
when you have done the test. The sooner you flush out the substances the
better. So avoid these tests as much as you can but
if you can’t, talk to your healthcare provider and take
Ok, there’s some remedies that can really help and that, most of all, are perfectly
safe. Not a lot of patients know about this one VITAMIN D The “sunshine vitamin,” so named because it
is synthesized in your skin from sun exposure, has been
shown to help every aspect of kidney disease. This is because, according to recent studies,
Vitamin D deficiency is found in about 79 percent of people
suffering from kidney disease. Why does this happen? One of the function of the kidneys is to convert
vitamin D from supplements or the sun to the active form of vitamin D that
is needed by the body. When they start to fail they cannot perform
this important function anymore. And this is a problem, vitamin D deficiency
can cause a wide array of problems. Bone problems, fatigue, depression and higher
risk of heart disease. And, as I was saying, anything that can harm
your heart can cause kidney damage. Now, wait a moment before rushing to buy some
vitamin D for your kidneys. The problem for kidney patients is not the
lack of vitamin D in the diet, but the inability of the kidneys to
convert it in the active form. There are two major forms of Vitamin D you
can get. Vitamin D2 or ergocalciferol (synthetic),
and vitamin D3 or cholecalciferol (natural). D2 is often given as a prescription and studies
show it benefits the kidneys, but the natural form D3 has
shown additional benefits over D2. So you will want to get a prescription for
vitamin D3, or cholecalciferol, because that’s the one that will
give you most of the benefits. BODY ACIDITY
Ok, here’s something really really important that they never tell you about. BODY ACIDITY AND SODIUM BICARBONATE. You may have already heard that taking sodium
bicarbonate can help with kidney problems, but in my
opinion taking it indiscriminately is not the right way. One of the kidney’s jobs is to keep acidity-alkalinity
in balance. In people with kidney disease, this balance
is often compromised, so there’s more acid in the body than
the kidneys can manage. This is a condition called metabolic acidosis,
often associated with chronic kidney disease. This condition can result in bone problems,
protein wasting and damage to the kidneys, accelerating the
progression of CKD. The very first way of fighting this, before
taking any supplement, is to improve your nutritional status. Western diet is high in meat and tends to
have a much higher acid load. This acid load can have negative consequences
on your overall health and the health of your kidneys. And I’m not talking about the acid in your
stomach here. The important point here is that the kidneys
get rid of acid, right? When they don’t work properly this
acid will build up in the blood. And this will cause further kidney damage. This is where baking soda can help: it neutralizes
excess acids, reduces the payload on the kidneys and
brings the acid alkaline level back into balance. There are studies proving this. A treatment based on sodium bicarbonate was
tested over a period of a year. The decline of kidney function in treated
patients was two third slower than those in the control group. This rate of decline was comparable to what
would be expected with normal ageing. The study showed that treated patients were
less likely to develop end-stage renal failure. Now, I know that a lot of people would be
just tempted to grab some baking soda and start drinking it as
a supplement, but I don’t think that would be the best thing to do. It’s not just for the sodium, because the
sodium in baking soda is not completely absorbed by the body
and won’t cause water retention like regular sodium or table salt. There’s a lab test that can tell you if you
need to take baking soda. It’s called a CO2 blood test or bicarbonate
test. This test should be done regularly by kidney
patients, but this is not always the case, so talk to your
doctor and be sure that you’re being tested for CO2. That’s one of the best things you can do to
actually minimize the damage caused by kidney disease. So make sure the acid load does not build
up. The normal range for CO2 is 23 to 29 mEq/L
(milliequivalent units per liter of blood). In case you are out of the range, meaning
that your level is 22 or below, you would have to take
immediate action. Other than being prescribed sodium bicarbonate,
you should also be improving your renal diet. If you want to know more about how to improve
your renal diet, watch this video now. if you want to know more about herbs and supplements
that really work, watch this one Thank you for watching, see you there!

26 Replies to “Improve Kidney Function and Lower Creatinine – Uncensored Guide for Renal Patients

  1. OMEPRAZOLE, LANSOPRAZOLE, (PPI'S), have now been shown to cause kidney disease. I have been on these for 30yrs for a hiatus hernia. Everybody who is on these drugs for acid reflux needs to get off them! Unfortunately, my hiatus hernia measures 3cm which is too big for the Stretta procedure. I am therefore stuck with ppi's. I was put on 40mg morning and evening for 3mths. The pharmacist suggested I only take half but I was afraid to disobey the great man at the hospital!? Then 20mg morning and evening for 3 mths. I had a blood test before. My eGFR was 58. After 6mths I had another blood test. My eGFR had dropped to 39!! Neither the consultant nor the doctor noticed. It just happened that I had my usual blood tests after 6 mths. To this day the doctor has never noticed and I avoid him. The consultant asked to see me TWO YEARS later! I refused to see him. Bad doctors kill!

  2. Dear Catherine: Can you tell me who to contact regarding stem cell therapy, I understand that adult stem cell injections can be injected and used today but hard to get. Also regarding the new University Artificial Kidney. I would love to know when Human trials will begin, how the animal studies turned out and an approximate best guess when such a remarkable device may be available to the general public. I would very much like to participate as soon as the artificial kidney is at least 50% effective. If better great but I am welling to try ASAP. Thank you for any of this information you can provide me. I watch your shows all the time. I am at stage 5. But I take Blood Pressure pills, have stopped diuretics no diabetes but I am in need of either a transplant or an artificial kidney. Please advise me how these two wonderful developments are coming along and whom to contact. Stem Cell therapy and The new artificial insertable kidney. My sincere thanks for any advise on these two subjects you can provide. I watch your show every time you come on you – tube and love it as it provides much needed Hope for any one suffering from Kidney Disease. Thank You and Please keep up the great work that you do. I don't know how long I have left on this planet, maybe two years so I can't wait too long for either of these two great new medical break throughs and very much wish to try them.

  3. I have kidney failure! Stage 4 kidney failure! Is there a different between kidney failure and kidney diseases???? ๐ŸŽญ I have to watch I can't have more then 2,000mg of potassium a day! And no more then maybe 40 mg of protein a day! And low salt and low sugar when able to do so! And my kidney doctor ๐Ÿ˜ท told me to only drink when thirsty! โ˜•๐Ÿต๐Ÿถ๐Ÿน๐Ÿท๐Ÿธ ๐ŸŒŠ๐ŸŒŠโ›ฒ but when you take medicine ๐Ÿ’Š๐Ÿ’Š๐Ÿ’Š๐Ÿ’Š๐Ÿ’Š๐Ÿ’Š๐Ÿ’Š๐Ÿ’Š๐Ÿ’Š๐Ÿ’‰๐Ÿ’‰๐Ÿ’‰๐Ÿ’‰ you then get thirsty! ๐Ÿ˜ฒ and I must take Sodium bicarbonate 2 tabs three times a day! I try to take it every 8 hours? It helps with your kidneys! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ ya I am trying to keep from getting on kidney dialysis! ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿ  I do take Blood pressure pills when needed! I try to keep my B.P. at 120/ 80 but it go's up & down depending on what I eat or don't eat? ๐Ÿ˜ฒ I am on thyroid pills & pravacol for cholesterol! I try to drink trurva sweetener in my coffee โ˜• & tea ๐Ÿต and drink filter water to help my kidneys! Ya I sometimes eat chocolate or sugar foods or candy? ๐Ÿด๐ŸŽ‚๐Ÿฐ๐Ÿช๐Ÿซ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿญ๐Ÿฏ๐Ÿฉ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฆ๐Ÿจ๐Ÿง๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ“๐Ÿ๐ŸŠ๐Ÿ‰๐Ÿ‡๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ…๐ŸŒฝ but if you have to eat sweet get sugar that's organic! Or agave syrup is a slow sugar to put in coffee โ˜• and hot drinks! Or use as pancakes syrup too. But not to much! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜‰ Good luck to everyone! Our evil ๐Ÿ˜ˆ๐Ÿ‘ฟ๐Ÿ‘น๐Ÿ‘บ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ›๐Ÿ๐Ÿœ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿฒ๐Ÿ‰๐Ÿ๐ŸŠ๐ŸŠ๐ŸŠ Government ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ I believe are posing us in our foods, water, and air! Please pray ๐Ÿ™to God and come to his son Jesus Christ! The only way! Amen! ๐Ÿ‘ผ๐Ÿ˜‡๐Ÿ‘ผ๐Ÿ’’โ›ชโ›ชโ›ช๐Ÿ“–๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ“๐Ÿ“œ๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ โœ โœ โœ

  4. Ya they use to give me dyes all the time to check my kidneys! ๐Ÿ˜ฒ maybe they cause my 4 stage kidney failure? ๐Ÿ˜’ and I also was on Tylenol 3 for pain for a long time! Maybe I should sue them! ๐Ÿ“๐Ÿ“‹๐Ÿ“Š๐Ÿ“ˆ๐Ÿ“ˆ๐Ÿ“‘ they knew it's not good to do any of that! The dye once in a while maybe? But not all the time! ๐ŸŽญ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ now I am on Tramadol 50 mg for pain as needed! But you have to watch everything and everyone one! ๐Ÿ˜ท

  5. Thanks for the cool ๐Ÿ˜Ž video ๐Ÿ“น and kidney information ๐Ÿ’ it's good to stay informed! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  6. Iโ€™m on dialysis Iโ€™m stage 5 CKD Iโ€™m 33 yr old can I reverse my kidneys disease? I have hypertension but no diabetes

  7. Doctors donโ€™t help at all they just want everyone to get on dialysis or get transplant. Thatโ€™s for any sickness. Keep the patient sick means keep them on medication for more money. If they got better thatโ€™s another $1 lost for them.

  8. Good morning OO sunshine congratulations to you and the OO family but itโ€™s your information ,time ,sweat tears , that made it possible as well
    I donโ€™t have kidney disease but it is related to diabetes thatโ€™s how I found your big beautiful smile ๐Ÿ˜Š

  9. Good morning Doc… Ask ko lang Doc kung ilang beses D3 per day.. Dr. says one in morning and one in evening or two in evening… D3 also helps for better sleep…

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