Kidney Failure Diet

“If it walked, swam or flew, it was probably a protein.”
-Lucho Crisalle RD

Protein intake is an overwhelmingly contentious debate especially within the conversation about a kidney failure diet. If you have normal kidney function then I am a bit of a libertarian when it comes to protein intake. Probably a little less than the “paleo” and body builder zealots on the right would recommend and far more than you would hear from most old school ADA dieticians on the left.

Without getting into functional ranges of urea, creatine, eGFR or any other kidney markers, I find that resolving digestion issues and making sure insulin isn’t in constant overproduction is a better first step than immediately blaming protein intake. I don’t care if you have one kidney, two kidneys or three- if your markers are in line and you are eating 6-9 cups of alkalizing vegetables a day, you are better off making sure you are getting enough protein than making sure you don’t get too much.

That said, yes, a kidney failure diet, although highly individualized, would include a dramatic reduction and monitoring of protein intake. Again, until you are officially diagnosed with kidney failure, removing animal protein from the diet is just throwing the baby out with the bath water.

Every single time I read a research article about 1,600 nurses and their cholesterol problems, their bone density problems, their weight loss problems or their cancer rates, it is an issue of correlation not causation. Moreover, the article always neglects to mention that the animal protein they ate was from a government subsidized inflammatory GMO corn fed feel lot and came between 2 slices of a refined flour bun with a side order of thousand calorie damaged fat french fries and a 64-ounce classic coke.

Please understand, when it comes to disease nutrition support, if the protein you eat is not organic or grass fed, it is too high in inflammatory omega-6 and too low in anti-inflammatory omega-3, not to mention it’s full of hormones and antibiotics.

The bottom line is protecting and supporting the immune systems best lines of defense- the mucosal lining of the gut, lungs and sinus, the detoxification pathway of the liver and the blood-brain barrier.

Protect your defenses by minimizing exposure when you can and support your defenses with nutrients by building a robust immune system with every bite you take.