Kidney Health Blog

Acute Kidney Injury (AKI) is a disorder commonly classified as a short term period of reduced kidney function, which causes the buildup of uremic toxins in the blood. Since the kidneys are involved in so many bodily functions, AKI is also able to affect the pulmonary system, cardiovascular system, and your brain! Commonly found in hospitals, intensive care units, and the elderly, AKI can be a life threatening disease and can lead to a wide variety of complications if it is not treated properly. (more…)

All vertebrate animals have kidneys, similar to that of humans. The functional unit of the kidney is the nephron, which filters the blood of small molecules and ions, reclaims the needed amounts of useful material, and excretes surplus or waste molecules via urine. In 24 hours, your kidney is able to reclaim 1,300 grams of Sodium chloride, 180 grams of glucose and close to 100% of the 180 liters of water that entered the tubules. (more…)

For the past 7,000 years, people have been eating garlic. This ancient herb is closely related to the onion, shallot, leek, and chive, and is a native plant to central Asia. Popular in Mediterranean dishes, garlic is also commonly found in Asian, African, and European cuisine. Garlic was even used in Ancient Egypt, for both flavoring purposes, and for its medicinal properties. China is the world’s leading producer of garlic, cultivating 20 million tons of it in 2012, eclipsing India (the runner-up), which produced only 1.15 million tons! The bulb is the most commonly used part of the plant. The bulb is divided into cloves, which can then be crushed even more via a garlic press, or diced with a kitchen knife. Garlic can be stored close to room temperature (64 degrees) and should be kept dry. Traditionally, garlic is hung, however, it can be kept in oil, wine, or vinegar. (more…)

Who can deny the fact that living a healthy lifestyle helps improve your overall health?A good way to live a healthy lifestyle is to include physical exercise into your daily routine. Anyone suffering from a serious medical condition may find it increasingly difficult to “meet your step goal,” or to incorporate physical activity into their already hectic schedule. Many people with serious kidney illness feel that physical exercise may be a health risk. (more…)

Few “super foods” along the way that can help manage the symptoms
As we continue to learn more and more about serious illness, and their symptoms. We have discovered a few “super foods” along the way that can help manage the symptoms, via protection against oxidative stress. Oxidation itself is not bad, as oxidation reactions occur normally throughout your body all the time. (more…)

Hospitals may be the last place on your mind where you’d anticipate getting an infection. However, the CDC estimates that roughly 650,000 people in the United States will develop an infection while in the hospital. Of those 650,000 people 11.5% will die (75,000) from their infection. Researchers are expecting the number of fatalities from hospital infections to increase, due to the rise in antibiotic-resistant bacteria. On any given day, about one in 25 hospital patients has at least one healthcare-associated infection. (more…)