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Zinc Protects Kidneys From Chemotherapy… Spaghetti Marinara Anyone?

I came across this really interesting study while reading the Journal of Renal Nutrition. It talks about how the humble mineral zinc is showing amazing protective benefits for those undergoing chemotherapy (chemotherapy drug= cisplatin). Now it must be said that these studies are being performed currently on rats, but most promising studies all start out on rats and follow on to humans. They found that zinc picolinate (a type of zinc) treatment significantly reduced urea-N, creatinine, and oxidative stress and inflammatory markers.

Zinc is an “essential trace element” because tiny quantities of zinc are required for human health. However, it only second to iron (as a mineral) in the total amount present in the body. Zinc is one of the most under-rated minerals in the body (calcium and vitamin C get all the lime light it seems lately) as it is involved in over 200 biochemical processes in the body, and is a powerful antioxidant. Only out done by magnesium which is involved in over 300. Zinc is found in all bodily tissues and therefore lends it self healing many conditions, such as: colds and flus, cuts and wounds, alzheimer’s, dementia, diabetes, acne, AIDS, dandruff, psoriasis, stretch marks, hearing loss, coeliac disease, ulcerative colitis, hair loss, depression, fertility, and on and on it goes… oh, and of course kidney disease.

The chemotherapy drug used in the study was Cisplatin, a seriously toxic drug in anyones language which has a history of causing nephrotoxicity (=kidney toxicity).

The purpose of the present study was to examine the effect of zinc picolinate on cisplatin-induced kidney damage. The study used 28 rats, divided into four groups consisting of 7 rats each: Group 1. control, group 2. zinc picolinate, group 3. cisplatin, and group 4. cisplatin plus zinc picolinate.

Buckwheat Pancakes with Raspberries, Walnuts and Maple Syrup

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Hi guys! You’re going to L.O.V.E. this recipe. It makes me feel good just looking at it (i.e. salivate)! And the great thing is is that it actually is really beneficial for your kidneys. Here’s why:

1. The overall effect of this recipe on the body is alkalising – which is one of the most important actions necessary to retaining and maintaining good kidney function.

2. Buckwheat is a fantastic gluten free grain, that not only allows for delicious pancakes to be made, but because it is gluten free it is totally edible for those with IgA Nephropathy kidney disease. Gluten exacerbates this condition.

3. And lastly because it is packed with two super foods: raspberries and walnuts. Both of these super foods actually have qualities that are beneficial for the kidneys. Particularly as seen from a traditional Chinese medicine perspective. Raspberries enrich and cleanse the kidneys, control urinary function, and treat anemia – which is a common complication of kidney disease. Walnuts on the other hand nourish the kidney-adrenals, including the brain.

A definite must to spice up your kidney diet!

Top 5 Tips To Stay Positive With Kidney Disease

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You have just been diagnosed with kidney disease and your world is completely shaken. You don’t quite know what that means and what the consequences are. You begin by having talks with your doctor and specialists, and it all sounds grim, dark, and hopeless. You just want to forget it all, and hope that it was a dream: “Nothing a new dawn couldn’t fix”.

This is the usual beginnings of someone that has been diagnosed with kidney disease as they make their way through the Kübler-Ross cycle (denial-anger-bargaining-depression-acceptance). Once one is past the initial denial stage it is important to keep a positive outlook, not just because it will be emotionally and mentally easier (i.e. less stressful), but a positive mindset is probably the single biggest factor in healing yourself from any condition.

It is now proven – through the works of Dr. Candace Pert and Bruce Lipton Ph. D.  – that the mind affects the body in a very physiological way. Think sad, X molecules are produced, think happy, Y molecules are produced, think negative, Z molecules are produced, and so on and so on. This creates a cascade of physiological events and affects our bodies in a profound way (whether they be positive or negative).

It is therefore prudent to keep a positive outlook and to work on keeping that positive outlook even when you are feeling great, and on top of things. You don’t want to keep yo-yoing between happiness and sadness all the time (well I hope not). It is emotionally and physically exhausting. Why not keep yourself maintained at an optimum level by continually practicing a few simple methods?