Kidney Function

When someone mentions the idea of colon hydrotherapy, one subject will spring to mind: an enema 00004000 . And, of course, that leads to the question: how can an enema help my kidneys? That’s because it’s not an enema! Colon hydrotherapy is so much more than just enemas. Primarily, it has to do with putting the right sort of things into your body to flush out the pollutants that have built up there over time.

Often times, you’ll hear doctors warn against eating too much red meat. It’s said that it can collect in the lower intestine and stay there as a breeding ground for bacteria. Well, the same is true for other organs of your body. Kidney stones, bladder infections, and other diseases can lead to serious health problems.

A good kidney cleansing can flush out toxins, dissolve kidney stones, and improve overall kidney function. Now, one little caveat here: if you’re suffering debilitating pain from kidney stones, don’t think that one quick treatment is going to get rid of them. Kidney stones are like any other malady; they take time to build up, and will take time to deal with. There are different kinds of stones. Depending on their size and composition, days or even months will be needed to get rid of them.

The first step in proper kidney health is to prevent the stones. To that end, drink lots of water, juice, tea, and eat plenty of fruit. Lemonade, juices, and herbal teas are particularly good for the kidneys. If you start showing the symptoms of a kidney stone: low back pain, pain in the kidney, and edema that is, you’re retaining a lot of water in your body, there is a simple treatment you can try. This is known as the watermelon hydrotherapy, and you may find it a bit unorthodox. First, get a few large melons, slice them up into nice bite-sized chunks, and then sit in a nice warm bath.

You’ll have to stay there the whole day, and eat as much watermelon as you can. Now, here’s the part you may not like you have to empty your bladder into the bath water, and stay in the tub the whole time! It’s one thing to do that at the beach or even a public swimming pool (come on, admit it, you’ve done it before!), but to have to do it in a bathtub and stay in it; that’s a bit much. Yet, if you can tolerate it, this hydrotherapy has been shown to dissolve kidney stones in as little as a single treatment.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    kidney function?
    Does anyone know of natural ways or natural home herbs or foods that will improve kidney function and or keep kidneys healthy?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi KitKat, a kidney is a reddish brown, bean-shaped organ that filters waste minerals and toxins from the blood. The kidneys regulate acid concentration and the kidneys maintain the water balance in the human body by producing urine.
      Kidneys also make hormones that help keep bones strong blood healthy.

      Kidneys that aren’t functioning properly allow harmful toxins to build up. This may causes blood pressure to rise, the body will accumulate fluids, and may not produce enough red blood cells.

      If you suspect that you’re at risk for kidney stones, a life style change in diet works the best as a preventative measure. The simplest life style change you can make is drinking more liquids, pure water is best. Drink at least two quarts of water every twenty four hours. If you have a family history of kidney stones, your family doctor can perform blood tests to see if you are at risk and help you determine what factors to change in your diet to reduce your risk. Stop into your local health food store or shop online for supplements like magnesium and kidney cleanses.

      Kidney stones risk can also be reduced by consuming juniper berries or adding lemon juice to your water. Lemon juice helps prevent crystallization in the kidneys. Teas such as thyme tea and knotgrass tea are good for dissolving mineral build-up in the kidneys as well.
      Jason Homan

  2. QUESTION:
    kidney.function?
    dr never told me loss of my kidney function was serious. he said there is nothing he can do about it. he has me scared to death. i am 65 have had no problems all along he just did a blood test and found i am 40% of my kidney function never told me to do anything my self. boy so confused

    • ANSWER:
      You can live just fine on 20% of kidney function. But you should have it checked every so often from now on. If you’re diabetic, it could be that you have nephropathy and your kidneys function is slowly decreasing.

  3. QUESTION:
    Is there a correlation between kidney function and body odor?
    I need to see a neurologist. The doctor is concerned about my kidneys. My family is concerned about my strong odor. Is there a connection between kidney function and body odor? Please let me know. Thank you.
    Dominee does depression play a part in this?

    • ANSWER:
      yes – when your kidneys do not function properly waste products and excess fluid then build up inside the body and can cause a foul body odor and breath that smells like urine.

      You would usually have symptoms like persistent fatigue or shortness of breath; loss of appetite; increasingly higher blood pressure; pale skin; excessively dry, persistently itchy skin.

      #1 & 2 causes for bad body odor are Diet and hormone level. **ALCOHOL consumption is included in diet…as well as all other beverages like soda and sugary juices.

      If you have no other real symptoms … i would put money on diet.

  4. QUESTION:
    How often does kidney function return if you suffered from acute renal failure?
    Just wondering if any doctors out there happen to know…I suffered from kidney failure about 3 years ago from e coli and luckily my renal function returned (its not perfect but pretty good), but how often does kidney function NOT come back? (I take immunosuppresants for lupus nephritis and was wondering if it happened again I might not be so lucky…)

    • ANSWER:
      My wife’s has returned to normal twice after extreme renal failure due to Lupus Nephritis. Currently her renal function is normal. She is still taking immuno supressants (Myfortic – time released Cellcept). I’m sure you were given Cytoxan in the hospital. This medication seems to help greatly in returning the kidney’s to normal function. Your kidneys are damaged due to nephritis which means swelling. If caught in time and treated quickly the swelling can be decreased before any permanent damage occurs. This is why it is important to see your nephrologist regularly.

  5. QUESTION:
    What supplements can I take to improve kidney function?
    I drink plenty of fluids, but I have kidney pain. I’ve been to the dr, and had an MRI, and they found nothing. I was just curious what I can take to improve my kidney function on my own, to see if this helps my problem. Any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      potassium
      cranberry juice

  6. QUESTION:
    Is it possible to have a blocked kidney artery if I have good kidney function?
    Im getting tested to find out why i have high blood pressure, my doctor thinks it may be because one of my kidney artery is partially blocked but my tests for kidney function came back great and he didnt hear any sounds. I really dont want to have to get my kidney artery dilated, if my kidney function is good is that a sign it may not be that?

    • ANSWER:
      Your kidney function can show perfectly normal with only ONE kidney working properly…it is better to get it tested…..always safer to know for sure.

  7. QUESTION:
    How can I improve the health and function of my kidney?
    I have stomach problems including bloating that I am starting to think may be related to my kidney function. Anybody have experience with this?

    • ANSWER:
      I have polycystic kidney disease which a hereditary condition. It is basically the formation of cysts in the kidney. By itself it is not life threatening, but I am more prone to kidney infection and stones than the average person.

      To answer your question. Best things you can do for your kidneys is to drink lots or clear liquids such as water. Cranberry juice is also good. If you smoke you should quit, as smoking increases the rate of organ decay.

      Hope this helps. Have a good day!

  8. QUESTION:
    Is Purina Veterinary Diets NF Kidney Function Cat Food similar to Nutro Natural Choice Complete Care Senior?
    My vet recommends the Purina Kidney Function Cat Food, but it’s rather pricey. Does anyone know if the Nutro Natural brand is similar in nutritional content? Or any other brand that is less expensive and low in protein and phosphorus. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      NF is a prescription food specifically designed to protect the kidneys. It is prescribed in cases where the kidneys are displaying decreased function and should be fed to older cats with some level of kidney disease.

      Nutro Natural Choice is an over the counter diet suitable for any healthy, older cat.

      If your veterinarian is recommending NF, then likely your cat has some level of kidney function loss and you would be doing more to maintain your cat’s long-term health by continuing to feed the special diet than by switching to an over the counter diet. There are other options available that are suitable for this situation, but they are prescription diets, also. Science Diet K/D or Iams MultiStage Renal are comparable diets. Anything that is over the counter is not going to be comparable because over the counter diets have to be designed generically for healthy cats.

      Think of it as Tylenol vs. Darvocet following a broken leg.
      Nutro Senior = Tylenol
      NF = Darvocet

      Your cat has a specific problem that can be addressed through diet – think of it as a tasty daily medication, and maybe the cost won’t seem so high.

  9. QUESTION:
    How long can you live on 20% kidney function?
    My mother has kidney failure. There is really nothing they can do because it’s caused by diabetes. How long can you live on 20% kidney function?

    • ANSWER:
      Well. it is a bit tricky. I have been functioning with less than 20% for over a year now and holding steady at the moment. I have been told it could be tomorrow or 5 years from now until I would need dialysis or transplant. I know someone that went almost 10 years before dialysis. Once she goes on dialysis she can live up over 20 years possibly, although the average is around 10 years.
      She really needs to start taking managing her health better and I am guessing that you will also help your mom. There is a strict diet called the renal diet on www.davita.com It is awesome and I recommend it. This was recommended by my dietician that follows me closely at MUSC.

      I know you said transplant wasn’t an option, but have you talked to a transplant team? I am only 37 and have Sjogrens Syndrome. I REALLY thought there was no way I would qualify for a transplant, but I did.

      Make sure she goes to her regular follow up appointments with the kidney Doc and get that diabetes and whatever other health issues she may be having under control. She will have good days and bad days. Many thoughts going out your way during this transition!

  10. QUESTION:
    Which of the following statements about kidney function is not correct?
    help thanks!

    Which of the following statements about kidney function is not correct?

    A. The glomerulus is involved in size-selective filtration of the blood
    B. The loop of Henle acts as a countercurrent exchanger, so no energy is required to maintain the osmotic gradient
    C. the thin ascending limb of the loop of Henle is highly permeable to salt
    D. the descending limb of the loop of Henle is highly permeable to water
    E. reabsorption of water and solutes takes place primarily in the proximal tubule
    actually explain please why the “one” is not correct. thanks alot!

    • ANSWER:
      The answer is B.
      The loop of Henle is the countercurrent multiplier (a system that uses energy to create a concentration gradient) while the vasa recta is the countercurrent exchanger (a mechanism of exchanging some property of a flowing fluid to another across a semipermeable membrane. The fluid should flow in the opposite directions. In this case, blood flow in vasa recta is opposite to the direction of filtrate flow in the loop of Henle.

      Hope it helps.

  11. QUESTION:
    Will getting my kidney function checked show recently drinking?
    I have to get my kidney function checked today because its required for a medicine I take. I drank last night and stopped around 1100pm. They are checking too see if i’ve been drinking but will checking the function of my kidneys show i recently drank?

    • ANSWER:
      Maybe… I mean it is your kidney. But they might not even care if they did find that. Doctors just do their job. They will probably just see that u have drank sometime before

  12. QUESTION:
    Does anyone have a diet for someone with virtually no kidney function, but unable to take dialysis?
    I am trying to cook for a very elderly relative who needs a very low potassium and phosphorus diet as there is virtually no kidney function. Any suggestions for a source for a cookbook or detailed menu?

    • ANSWER:
      If dialysis is not an option in an individual with “virtually no kidney function” as you describe, you should try and get a hospice consult. They’re experts in ensuring comfort, and can help you with caring for your elderly relative.

  13. QUESTION:
    How to make the kidney function more efficiently?
    As one ages, the kidney usually does not function perfectly as it would have. I was wondering if there was a way to make the kidney function more efficiently as one age increases

    • ANSWER:
      Just drink lots of water, and your kidneys will do their very best. The great enemy of kidneys is getting dehydrated. This leads to problems including kidney stones.

      The other enemies are high blood pressure and diabetes, which are not good for the rest of you either! So stay healthy.

      Don’t go looking for magic potions to increase “efficiency”. Your kidneys are wonderfully efficient, as is your liver. They work together to keep you clean and alert. Treat them well. Diet, exercise, sleep, and mental attitude will keep the system working forever or until you get hit by a bus.

  14. QUESTION:
    He asks you to explain why proper blood pressure is necessary for proper kidney function?
    Your neighbor was recently diagnosed with high blood pressure and has been reading up on the problems it can cause with kidney function. He asks you to explain why proper blood pressure is necessary for proper kidney function? What do you tell him?

    • ANSWER:
      High blood pressure makes the kidneys work harder. Working harder wears them out faster, so the filters that still work have to work more, and then they wear out faster still.

      There is probably more. BP is made higher by too much water in the blood stream. One of the things that dialysis does is take the water out. That lowers the blood pressure.

  15. QUESTION:
    How does kidney function affect hair, teeth and nails?
    Could low kidney function cause cavities and dry hair, etc.? With a restricted diet, how do I counteract this?

    • ANSWER:
      see this links hope it will answer ur question

  16. QUESTION:
    How does a physician determine percentage of kidney function?
    My nephrologist determined that I had only 40% kidney function with out any tests other than a face to face examination with no tests performed

    • ANSWER:
      He may have looked at tests that your primary doctor had done.
      Kidney function is generally gauged by the Glomerular Filtration Rate. Other tests can be used, but aren’t as accurate.

  17. QUESTION:
    Kidney function, what percentage should each kidney be at?
    A friend of mine had a MAG3 scan done. He was told his right kidney is giving 80% and his left is 20%. Is this bad? How much function should each kidney have percentage wise?

    • ANSWER:
      Each kidney should be functioning at 100%! Anything else is a problem.

  18. QUESTION:
    When my doctor said my kidney function result was 53, what would she be referring to?
    From a urine test, she said that she was concerned that my kidney function was only 53 I don’t know what she is talking about, 53 is the result of – what? Apparently two years ago, it was 60

    • ANSWER:

  19. QUESTION:
    My friend is suffering from mild kidney disease due to Diabetes, Can he take beer to improve kidney function?
    his createnine is 1.0 and his GFR is 78, some of his friends advised him to take beer to improve his kidney functioning since it contains Barley, Is he right?

    • ANSWER:
      A creatinine of 1.0 is in normal range (normal range is 0.6 to 1.2). Alcohol is rather irritating to the kidneys and other organs. I don’t see any benefit that beer would give to any kind of kidney disease. I’ve been an RN for some years now treating cardiac, respiratory and kidney problems and have NEVER seen it as a treatment option. Sounds like they just want to be drunk. Tell your friend to stay away from the beer. It’s no good for you.

  20. QUESTION:
    Does your GFR level also mean your percentage of kidney function?
    I’ve been diagnosed with stage 2 chronic kidney disease. My GFR is 60, which looks like it’s at the very end of the stage since stage 3 starts at 59. Anyways, how do I know what percentage my kidneys are functioning? (Besides asking my nephrologist of course.)

    I always see that dialysis is needed at stage 5 which is 15% or lower, and the GFR is also 15. Is that how they calculate it?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Yvonne, yes GFR is the % that your kidneys work.

      The only way to calculate GFR is by blood tests. Other blood indicators for kidney failure are creatinine, urea and potassium.

      Email me if you have any more questions please.. good luck.

  21. QUESTION:
    How harmful is alcohol for someone with 75% kidney function?
    My boyfriend was born with a birth defect that caused him to undergo intense surgery about 7 years ago. It left him with his kidneys only functioning to 75% of their natural ability. He isn’t a heavy drinker, but will get drunk every so often, maybe once a month or so. Last night he drank a lot, and now he has pains in his lower back, which I believe can be kidney pains, does anyone know anything about that?

    My question is, is it okay for him to drink?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, drinking is very bad for your kidneys. Can even lead to cancer.

  22. QUESTION:
    Does the kidney affect the function of reproductive system?
    My doctor says that my left kidney doesn’t really function well. Some people say that kidneys are only responsible for the urinary system, which they process your urine from blood. However, my parents keep saying that a non-function kidney can cause the problem in the reproductive system. They even think that I can’t reproduce my own children in the future. Is it true that a kidney can affect the function of reproductive system?

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  23. QUESTION:
    is it possible to regain (some) original kidney function after a transplant?
    normally plasmaspheres is applied to regain (some) kidney function by separating plasma from blood..would a kidney transplant do the same job and eventually help the original kidneys?

    • ANSWER:

  24. QUESTION:
    if someone has diabetes 2 how do they check kidney function?
    if someone has diabetes 2 how do they check kidney function to make sure the kidneys are staying healthy and do they do that with diabetes 2 paitience from time to time? check kidney function … making sure kidneys arent failing..etc.

    • ANSWER:
      The most common screening done for kidney function in diabetics is a urinalysis. The first sign of kidney disease from diabetes is often small amounts of protein being spilled in the urine. Your doctor should check your urine on a regular basis to check for protein as kidney failure is one of the biggest complications of diabetes.

  25. QUESTION:
    elevated liver enzymes and elevated kidney function?
    I just got back some blood test results, and it showed elevated liver enzymes and elevated kidney function. What does this mean? I had the same test done about 2 months ago, and the results were the same. Now they don’t want to do anything until they do another blood test in 6 months. Can anyone tell me what could be going on, and should I wait for 6 months?

    • ANSWER:
      You should be with a gastroenterologist now.
      He will do more blood tests to see if the liver cells
      have become damaged:
      1) the liver enzymes are made by the liver cells…
      when there is damage to the liver cells, these enzymes
      will leak out and go higher in the blood. However,
      there is only one liver enzyme that is specific to the
      liver (because it is made mostly by the liver cells)
      and that is the ALT. The other enzymes are found
      in other organs, also.
      These tests can be higher if you exercised before
      the test was done, had an intramuscular injection or
      muscle injury.
      The enzymes in the liver are known as the ALT, AST,
      GGT, and Alkaline Phosphatase
      2) The liver function tests will give the doctor an idea
      of how well the cells of the liver are still able to do
      the many functions, the liver does as a whole, to
      keep the body well.
      The liver function tests are the Bilirubin, INR, Albumin,
      Pt, PTT.
      3) The liver viral tests will show if a virus has entered
      the body and is using the liver cells to replicate itself.
      (these virus are known as Hepatitis A,B,C,ETC.
      4) The liver cancer tests known as alpha fetoprotein.

      All these tests can be looked up for an explanation at
      this site:

      http://www.labtestsonline.org

      OR you can place “liver function tests” or “liver enzymes”
      in your search engine and it will bring up much information
      on them.

      To check how well the kidney’s are functioning…this would
      be the Creatinine test and the Bun test.
      Creatinine is a product produced from the use of our muscles.
      The kidney dispose of this in our urine. If the kidneys cannot
      remove this from the blood and let it go into the urine, then
      the kidneys are having a problem.
      Bun stands for Blood Urea Nitrogen. When our body’s
      use protein, it produces ammonia as a by product. The
      liver takes this ammonia and converts it into urea, that
      the kidneys pick up so it will also go out in the urine.
      This will also show if the kidneys is having a problem.

      It depends on what these tests show, whether you have
      a liver or kidney problem.
      When the liver cells become damaged, the immune
      system of the body will respond to this damage and
      cause inflammation inside the liver (which will cause
      the liver to enlarge in size). An ultrasound test will
      show if this enlargement has taken place.
      Someone who has liver problems can develop kidney
      problems because the liver isn’t able to handle toxins
      (to convert them to a non toxic form) the way it used
      to and it puts a strain on the kidneys to do this.
      However, this usually occurs if someone has advanced
      in liver disease.

      There are many things that can cause a liver problem:
      alcohol consumption, medication toxification,
      chemical exposure, mushroom poisoning,
      hereditary conditions, metabolic disorders,
      auto immune disease, fatty liver disease,
      viral or parasite infections, cardiac/vascular
      problems, cancer/cysts/growth/tumors,
      biliary obstruction/malformation/infections
      and others.

      All liver patients are told, “no alcohol”.
      They are not suppose to take any medications
      that are not approved of or prescribed by their
      doctors (over the counter, herbs, herbal teas,
      vitamins, minerals, supplements, etc)

      If you find the cause of the liver problem and
      it can be stopped, then the liver cells may heal
      and the problem can be reversed. It is only when
      the liver cells die off and form scar tissue inside
      the liver that it becomes irreversible…progressive
      disease, known as Cirrhosis.

      Elevated kidney function can come from electrolyte
      imbalance or being dehydrated, also.
      Considering you have two sets of blood tests done
      that both show a problem…I believe 3 months to
      wait for the next blood test or a referral to a specialist
      is warranted. No one blood test is 100% accurate,
      but two and a comparison between them should be
      sufficient to make a determination on whether you
      need other tests done. It depends on much,
      out of normal range, these tests really where.

      I hope this information has been of some help.
      Best wishes to you

  26. QUESTION:
    anyone please help about my sister’s kidney function percentage is decreasing every year pls?
    my sister born with a single kidney..
    she turned 50 this year…
    this recent years, her kidney function percentage is decreasing by 1% every year…
    doctors said ppl can live normally until the percentage turned 3%.. now it’s 8% please help if anyone knows any medicine or doctors everywhere i can contact so that it can stop or slow it decreasing?

    • ANSWER:
      She should be seen by a nephrologist if she has not yet seen one. If she has high blood pressure or diabetes these should be controlled as they contribute to kidney disease.

  27. QUESTION:
    Does a person ever regain kidney function?
    My father-in-law only has one kidney after having the other removed due to cancer. This happened two years ago. He is also diabetic and on meds for high blood pressure. His “good” kidney is only functioning at 21% now. The dr. took him off of meds for diabeties & blood pressure. Is it possible for the kidney to regain any of its function or is dialysis the only answer?

    • ANSWER:
      The answer is yes, but it depends on how much damage has been done to the kidney and whether the underlying cause of kidney failure is cured.

      Basically, the human body is very good at healing itself. As a example, when you cut your skin, given time and proper treatment, it will heal. Likewise, the kidney can regain its function if the conditions are right.

      First, the underlying cause of kidney failure has to be properly treated. For instance, in the case of your father-in-law, once the cancer, high blood pressure, and diabetes are successfully dealt with, he can regain some kidney function. He needs to be careful of his diet, exercise regularly, and detox.

      In the mean time, however, he needs to continue with dialysis and follow his doctor’s advice.

  28. QUESTION:
    Does Plavix damage Kidney function in any way?
    I am trying to find out if anyone knows if taking PLAVIX can damage KIDNEY FUNCTION in any way as someone asked me if I could find out. So I am trying to find out.

    • ANSWER:
      not normally no

      and it shouldnt cause further damage to someone with impaired kidney function either

  29. QUESTION:
    I just found out that they are starting my grandma on kidney dialysis & that she only has 30% kidney function?
    I just found out that they are starting my grandma on kidney dialysis & that she only has 30% kidney function. How long can someone live with only 30% kidney function?

    • ANSWER:

  30. QUESTION:
    Is there anyway to make kidney function better?
    I am 18 years old im on dialisis and i have been for 1 year i havent been aproved for a transplant and i wont be without going through a bunch of other operations PLEASE if anyone has anyway or any idea how to make kidney function come back just a little please tell me i’ll try anything to not be sick anymore PLEASE HELP…..thank you ..Jc

    • ANSWER:
      This article shows how diet can reverse disease.

      Julisa’s Excellent Diet Defeats Lupus

      The following story was written by Rosario P. who lives in Clifton, New Jersey.

      In March 2004, Julisa developed a rash and after consulting several doctors, it was treated as poison ivy with topical medications. When the problem persisted, we took Julisa to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Patterson, NJ. Following many tests, including kidney DNA, she was diagnosed with stage-four lupus (end stage), and placed on immunosuppressive drugs and steroids, including prednisone, creating very difficult side effects for a teenage girl. Desperate for alternative treatments, Julisa’s mother and I searched the Internet for lupus information and found Jill Harrington’s book, The Lupus Recovery Diet. The book credits included Joel Fuhrman, M.D. and we made the first appointment in August 2004.
      Dr. Fuhrman explained the benefits of natural, balanced nutrition and prescribed a completely plant-based diet to cleanse Julisa’s system. Of course, we were very skeptical that a diet could have such a drastic impact on her condition.
      About the same time we took Julisa to a kidney specialist at Presbyterian Hospital in New York City, who told us that she was facing kidney dialysis and placed Julisa on the national kidney transplant list. We struggled with the options facing her and the family. On one hand, Julisa would endure a weekly routine of dialysis sessions and eventual kidney failure, if a transplant wasn’t found. On the other hand, she (and the family) would have to completely change eating habits — no more pizza or cheeseburgers — to comply with Dr. Fuhrman’s program, and we weren’t sure it was going to work.
      Under Dr. Fuhrman’s care, we finally decided to stop all Julisa’s medications and treat her lupus with a plant-based diet. April 2005 testing revealed absolutely no trace of lupus in Julisa’s system. Her kidney function has improved dramatically and continues to return to full function. Julisa recently celebrated her “Sweet Sixteen,” with a healthy future and junior year in high school ahead of her. We all take every opportunity to tell other lupus patients and anyone we know about the miraculous results obtained from Dr. Fuhrman’s nutritional approach. We are so very grateful to Dr. Fuhrman.

      http://www.diseaseproof.com/archives/lupus-julisas-excellent-diet-defeats-lupus.html

  31. QUESTION:
    How does coffee affect kidney function?
    And how is it different from other beverages when the kidney is filtering and reabsorbing it?

    Also, is it possible if a test subject who drank 12 cups of coffee between 6 am to noon, is it possible to know the rate at which the kidneys were filtering and reabsorbing the coffee in each hour? I need to create an experiment, thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      coffee contains a drug known as Caffeine. A side of effect of Caffeine is frequent urination. When you urinate, what you drink has been filtered by the kidneys. So drinking Caffeine puts added stress onto the kidneys.

  32. QUESTION:
    Ayurvedic, homeopathy and alopathy which is the best option to recover kidney function more?
    which treatment is good for children. is there any case which has less function and later recovered and function noramally after certain treatment.

    • ANSWER:
      well this is very tricky question, what i can say is all three systems of treatments has its own place and depending on the seriousness of the condition this has to be decided, for example, in a acute kidney condition, which can risk the life of the patient, alopathic treatment is the first to think of, but if the condition is not a life threatning case, yes then i sugest Homoeopathy, to be thought of first, coz taking ayurvedic medicines though could do some good, the fact is ayurveda too uses crude medicines, which can create problems to the already diordered kidney, while homoeopathy does not use physiological doses but only in dynamic doses, it will be the best treatment

  33. QUESTION:
    what stage of kidney function can you survive on?
    what is the minimum for a kidney to function normally (just curious). im 10% renal failure really felling slow and tired all the time no time for bordem. ps i know im sick you dont have to tell me that LOL

    • ANSWER:
      Well you could have no kidney function at all and be on dialysis and be fine. My dad did that. He just had to go be on the machine 2 or 3 times a week.

  34. QUESTION:
    What effect does a restricted ureter have on long-term kidney function?
    In Aug last year I had acute renal pain, in ultrasounds my left kidney was shown to be enlarged & not emptying properly, X-Rays showed no stone but a CT scan revealed a 6mm stone 2/3 of the way up my ureter.

    In November this was removed ureteroscopically with a holmium laser. However, I continued to have pain, & a further CT scan this January revealed that my kidney was still enlarged & not draining properly. So on the 8th of this month I had another ureteroscopy with a pylogram, & was found to have a severe narrowing caused by scar tissue, caused either by the stone, or by the procedure to remove the stone.
    I am due to go back to have the ureter widened & to have a stent inserted for a month.

    My question is this, given that my problems started in August last year – 7 months ago, how long does it take for a kidney to become damaged when the flow of urine is restricted? Is any damage reversible?

    Many thanks for taking the time to read this & for any help you can give me.
    Thanks ‘greatbrickhill’ for your lovely answer, I fully intend to ask my consultant this when I next see him (which will be when I’m having the stent put in), but in the meantime if anyone out there has experiences that can help me then I’m interested to hear from them.
    Also what were people’s experiences of living with a ureteral stent?
    Sorry Matador 89, but I asked about kidney function not what procedures are appropriate. My Consultant has already decided what he is going to do to relieve the narrowing. Blinding me with science… ‘It may be curative in patients with isolated epithelial strictures (no involvement of corpus spongiosum). Stents are designed to be incorporated into the wall of the urethra and provide a patent lumen. They are most successful in short-length strictures in the bulbous urethra.’

    That would mean something to a Urilogy Consultant, but it sure as heck don’t mean anything to me as someone who simply has GCSE’s in Human Biology and Human Physiology & Health.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi,

      You poor thing I totally understand, I went through the urethra widening operation about 18 months ago. I’m please to say you will notice an immediate difference. In terms of long term damage, they will need to do a scan on your kidneys to see if there is any scarring on the actually kidneys themselves if not then you have escaped long term damage.

      Make sure you are drinking loads of water at least 2.5 litres a day, it will help flush out the kidneys. Absolutely no tea or coffee.

      Oh just to add on your further information I had a stent for a month also and its fine okay not the most pleasant thought I give you but as long as you follow the doctors advise its okay.

      Best wishes though its horrible.

  35. QUESTION:
    is dialysis permanent or temporary solution. Will the kidney function improve after initial dialysis?
    doctors say kidney function is 60%, but still my uncle was put on dialysis as his creatinine level has increased to 9.0. Will the kidneys function normal after certain period of dialysis, as the kidney function shows it is working 60%

    • ANSWER:
      In some cases where the Renal impairment is temporary..and I do hope this is the case..mostly when dialysis is initiated, a Kidney transplant is the only other solution..my best wishes for your Uncle.

  36. QUESTION:
    What is the kidney function in people over 70?
    Related to age. Last time I asked, I just got generic kidney info.
    I’m sure it means what decreases in functionality. Nephrons fail?

    • ANSWER:
      The function doesn’t change. That’s probably why you just got generic kidney info.

  37. QUESTION:
    What would be the best brand of 100% juiced fruit juice would work to improve kidney function?
    Due to my having tuberous sclerosis, I hadta lose my left kidney and the kidney I have left is a touch better than the one I lost and is watched every 6 months. Ocean Spray has high fructose corn syrup in it and I’d like to avoid that[ high fructose corn syrup] if at all possible. Any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      Water is the best option, although very boring! Make smoothies or your own fruit juices. That way you know whats going in them and you can make them with the fruits you like best.

  38. QUESTION:
    Does bad kidney function affect the rest of your body?
    I’ve recently had kidney problems stemming from what I believe to be a mild case of alcohol poisoning. I’m also currently sick and have been for quite some time, probably around 2 weeks (the start of which began around the same time I got alcohol poisoning), I’m wondering if, due to the poor condition my kidneys are currently in, this could be the reason my body is unable to get over the sickness. When I say sickness I mean mainly coughing, headaches, general disorientation, and a general feeling of inability in doing anything physically challenging.

    • ANSWER:
      You need to see a doctor…never get medical advice online.

  39. QUESTION:
    My friend GFR (related to kidney function )is 78,What diet do you suggest?
    His GFR levels shows mild change in kidney function, can he take protein and suggest him proper diet to stop further damage to kidneys

    • ANSWER:
      When you have chronic kidney disease, you need to make changes in your diet, including:

      Limiting fluids
      Eating a low-protein diet (this may be recommended)
      Restricting salt, potassium, phosphorous, and other electrolytes
      Getting enough calories if you are losing weight
      Your recommended diet may change over time if your kidney disease gets worse, or if you need dialysis.
      Recommendations
      Your daily calorie intake needs to be high enough to keep you healthy and prevent the breakdown of body tissue. Ask your doctor and dietitian what your ideal weight should be, and weigh yourself every morning.
      CARBOHYDRATES
      If you are overweight or have diabetes, you may need to limit the amount of carbohydrates you eat.
      Otherwise, carbohydrates are a good source of energy for your body. If your health care provider has recommended a low-protein diet, you may replace the calories from protein with:
      Fruits, breads, grains, and vegetables. These foods provide energy, as well as fiber, minerals, and vitamins.
      Hard candies, sugar, honey, and jelly. If needed, you can even eat high-calorie desserts such as pies, cakes, or cookies, as long as you limit desserts made with dairy, chocolate, nuts, or bananas.
      FATS
      Fats can be a good source of calories. Make sure to use monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats (olive oil, canola oil, safflower oil) to help protect your arteries. Talk to your doctor, nurse, or dietitian about fats and cholesterol that may increase your risk for heart problems.
      PROTEIN
      Low-protein diets may be helpful before dialysis. Your doctor or dietitian may recommend a moderate-protein diet (1 gram of protein per kilogram of body weight per day).
      Once you start dialysis, you will need more protein. In fact, a high-protein diet with fish, poultry, pork, or eggs at every meal may be recommended. This will help you replace muscles and other tissues that you lose.
      CALCIUM AND PHOSPHOROUS
      You will need to limit the amount of dairy foods that you eat. This includes milk, yogurt, and cheese. Some dairy foods are lower in phosphorous, including tub margarine, butter, cream cheese, heavy cream, ricotta cheese, brie cheese, sherbet, and nondairy whipped toppings.
      Fruits and vegetables contain only small amounts of phosphorous.
      You may need to take calcium supplements to prevent bone disease, and vitamin D to control the balance of calcium and phosphorous in your body. Ask your doctor, nurse, or dietititan.

      If dietary measures to lower phosphorous are not enough, your doctor may recommend “phosphorous binders.”
      FLUIDS
      In the early stages of chronic kidney disease, you do not need to limit how much fluid you drink. As your kidney disease becomes worse or when you are on dialysis, you will need to watch how much you drink. In between dialysis sessions, fluid can build up in the body.
      Your doctor and dialysis nurse will let you know how much you should drink every day. Do not eat too much of foods that contain a lot of water, such as soups, Jell-O, popsicles, ice cream, grapes, melons, lettuce, tomatoes, and celery.

      Use smaller cups or glasses and turn over your cup after you have finished it.
      Tips to keep from becoming thirsty include:
      Avoid salty foods
      Freeze some juice in an ice cube tray and eat it like a popsicle (you must count these ice cubes in your daily amount of fluids)
      Stay cool on hot days
      SALT OR SODIUM
      Reducing sodium in your diet helps you control high blood pressure, keeps you from being thirsty, and prevents your body from holding onto extra fluid. A low-salt diet is usually needed.
      Do not use salt when cooking and take the salt shaker away from the table. Most other herbs are safe, and you can use them to flavor your food instead of salt.

      DO NOT use salt substitutes because they contain potassium. People with chronic kidney disease also need to limit their potassium.
      POTASSIUM
      Normal blood levels of potassium help keep your heart beating steadily. However, too much potassium can build up when the kidneys no longer function well. Dangerous heart rhythms may result.
      Potassium is found in many food groups, including fruits and vegetables. Choosing the right item from each food group can help control your potassium levels.
      When eating fruits:
      Choose peaches, grapes, pears, cherries, apples, berries, pineapple, plums, tangerines, and watermelon
      Limit or avoid oranges and orange juice, nectarines, Kiwis, raisins or other dried fruit, bananas, cantaloupe, honeydew, prunes, and nectarines
      When eating vegetables:
      Choose broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, cucumber, eggplant, green and wax beans, lettuce, onion, peppers, watercress, zucchini, and yellow squash
      Limit or avoid asparagus, avocado, potatoes, tomatoes or tomato sauce, winter squash, pumpkin, avocado, and cooked spinach
      IRON
      Patients with advanced kidney failure usually need extra iron.

  40. QUESTION:
    Where is plasma involved in kidney from? What is it’s function?
    I’m confused what exactly is the plasma that is involved with kidney function. Is plasma the filtrate going through the tubules/loop, the plasma from the bloodstream, or plasma that’s suppose to be excreted?

    • ANSWER:
      your blood is composed of cells and plasma… in the kidneys, the plasma is filtered through but the cells are left back because they are too large… the plasma contains proteins, sugars, ions, and othe rmolecules… the kidney moves these into and out of the filtrate (plasma), and back into the blood vessels, after balancing the components of the plasma to ‘clean’ the blood… the moleculs not absorbed back into the blood vessels are secreted via urine

  41. QUESTION:
    How long should I fast before getting a kidney function test?

    3 weeks really? So you think I shouldnt eat or drink anything for 3 weeks LoL i dont think the question was understood. I have blood work for kidney function coming up and i need to know how long I have to fast for?
    I do have to get my lipids tested so I think I will not eat anything after midnight thank you so much for your help.

    • ANSWER:
      NO NOT 3 WEEKS. i get a kidney function panel on my blood tests every time i get one, which used to be weekly (once every 1.5 months now). They should tell you if you have to fast, I almost never have to, unless they are checking your lipids/triglycerides (cholesterol). Ask your doctor if fasting is needed, it usually isnt just for a regular old kidney function panel. Usually, they dont want you to eat after midnight if you need to fast

      good luck and be well

  42. QUESTION:
    Is it possible to increase kidney function rate?
    If someone’s kidney is functioning at rate Left-29%, Right-71%, is it possible to increase it by treatment..?

    • ANSWER:
      Ignore onlymatch4u.

      Depending on the cause of the kidney dysfunction, it may or may not improve over time. Some causes are reversible (like acute dehydration) and would thus be easily corrected, with subsequent improvement in kidney function. Others, however, are much harder to reverse (like diabetes-related kidney dysfunction), and thus our focus becomes slowing progression rather than an overt improvement in kidney function (though modification of risk factors at times can result in small increases in function).

      In other words, the only way to know for sure would be to talk with your physician (since s/he has access to your medical information and would be able to help determine the cause of the decline in function).

  43. QUESTION:
    What kidney function tests or lab work is used to diagnose high blood pressure?

    • ANSWER:
      Not necessarily to diagnose high blood pressure, but kidney function tests are usually BUN and Creatinine (which check their function and ability to produce urine.)

  44. QUESTION:
    What’s the difference between kidney function & renal dialysis?

    • ANSWER:
      Kidney function is the natural way your body disposes of impurities (through urine). Dialysis is the medical procedure that does this when the kidneys for some reason are not able to anymore.

  45. QUESTION:
    Is eating meat damaging to kidney function?
    I am having troubles with my kidneys at the moment. there is +protein in the urine and basically i’m on my way to kidney failure…

    i’ve been a meat eater all my life and was wondering if its because of the meat i eat that is making my kidneys leak protein?

    is eating meat damaging to protein function? if so, how much meat should i cut back? i currently have meat in just about every meal. i am willing to explore a vegan option…

    • ANSWER:
      YES.

      ATLEAST once meal per day should be meatless, at LEAST. And one day per week should be TOTALLY meatless. And even eating like this is overconsumption of meat. It’s not your fault, per se, our society focuses way way way too much on meat being the focal point in EVERY meal. And that’s wrong & unhealthy. Also, meat has been thought of as a “diet food” (and hey, the Atkin’s diet is ALL MEAT—-so what does that tell you?!), so people think by having it 7 days a week at every meal is being healthy. It’s not. You are destroying your body and putting yourself up for a number of health risks. Why doesn’t the general population who eats omnivorously know about this? Well, because MOST of the population eats meat, and probably 75% or more overconsume it. So eating meat & overconsuming it is the NORM, meaning, everyone will suffer these health changes of a bad meaty diet, and thus, no one thinks ‘i bet this could have resulted from the amount of meat I’m consuming’, they just assume it’s a normal part of aging/growing up, because the same health problems are happening to everyone else.

      If you can manage, I encourage you to try being a vegetarian (that way you can still have milk & egg) or if you want, a vegan option (no milk & eggs), and see how you improve, but I definately bet that you will feel much much better and your kidney’s WILL improve.

      There are fake meats out there, and some of them are pretty good. Of course, just as with meat, you don’t want to overconsume them.

  46. QUESTION:
    What effect could such a reflux have on kidney function?
    Rennie suffered spinal trauma which left her with an atonic bladder. Her urologist was concerned about the possibility of urinary reflux, a condition in which urine passes from the bladder back to the kidneys.

    • ANSWER:
      My 2 year old has urinary reflux high grade,VUR.It was detectected when he had first urine infection at the age of 2 months.since then he is on small dose of antibiotics at night time,to prevent from infection and gone through sting procedure 2 times.Our main goal is to prevent urine infection by maintaing hygiene,voiding frequently at the interval of 2or3 hours to prevnt pressure on kidneys,urine testing monthly.

  47. QUESTION:
    What does water retention and kidney function have to do with hypertension?

    • ANSWER:
      water retention will increase the intravascular volume wich will increase the pressure
      if there is renal (kidney) failure there will be water & sodium retention

  48. QUESTION:
    Does hypothyroidism affect kidney function or does low kidney function have a negative effect on the thyroid?
    Which one has the greater effect on the other?

    • ANSWER:
      I think that hypothyroidism affects kidney function as well as any other organ’s functions and the metabolism of the whole body. and that’s a direct and GREAT effect.

      But low kidney function can affect protein stockage and protein is needed to build hormones within thyroid’s hormones but that doesn’t have the same great effect as the former

  49. QUESTION:
    If you examined the kidney structure and function of two species of mice – one from the desert and another fro?
    If you examined the kidney structure and function of two species of mice – one from the desert and another from a meadow or grassland. What differences would you expect to find? Explain your reasoning.

    • ANSWER:
      The nephrons from the desert species would show longer Loops of Henle in their nephrons.

      The longer Loops result in more water reabsorption which is important for water conservation in hot conditions.

  50. QUESTION:
    My friend GFR (related to kidney function )is 78, should it be treated as imairment?
    He is slightly diabetic and his kidney GFR value is 78ml/1.73m, how it should be understood?

    • ANSWER:
      The severity of chronic kidney disease (CKD) is described by six stages; the most severe three are defined by the MDRD-eGFR value, and first three also depend on whether there is other evidence of kidney disease (e.g., proteinuria):
      0) Normal kidney function – GFR above 90mL/min/1.73m2 and no proteinuria
      1) CKD1 – GFR above 90mL/min/1.73m2 with evidence of kidney damage
      2) CKD2 (Mild) – GFR of 60 to 89 mL/min/1.73m2 with evidence of kidney damage
      3) CKD3 (Moderate) – GFR of 30 to 59 mL/min/1.73m2
      4) CKD4 (Severe) – GFR of 15 to 29 mL/min/1.73m2
      5) CKD5 Kidney failure – GFR less than 15 mL/min/1.73m2 Some people add CKD5D for those stage 5 patients requiring dialysis; many patients in CKD5 are not yet on dialysis.

      this is only one aspect of renal function
      hope this will help