Reduced kidney function can improve with lifestyle modification and natural remedies

Reduced kidney function can improve with lifestyle modification and natural remedies

Reduced kidney function can improve with lifestyle modification, natural medicine, and Rife treatments

Reduced kidney function can lead to kidney failure if not intervened in an early stage. A natural intervention in an early stage can spare your kidneys which then can last as long as you live and you can prevent dialysis.

Are you at risk for chronic kidney disease?

It surprises me that there is not more public awareness about chronic kidney disease. There are so many patients out there that are at risk for chronic kidney disease.

Causes for kidney disease

  • Autoimmune disorders: systemic lupus erythematosus and scleroderma
  • Polycystic kidney disease
  • Toxic chemicals
  • Injury to the kidneys
  • Kidney stones and chronic infection
  • Problems arterial blood flow the kidneys
  • Some pharmaceutical drugs
  • Backflow of urine into the kidneys (reflux nephropathy)
  • Missed glomerular nephritis
  • HIV and Aids
  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure


  • Loss of appetite
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Itching and dry skin
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Weight loss

Advanced symptoms

  • Abnormally dark or light skin
  • Pain in bones
  • Dizziness or problems concentrating or thinking.
  • Numbness and or swelling in the hands and feet
  • Frequent muscle twitching or cramps
  • Halitosis (bad breath)
  • Easy bruising and or blood in the stool
  • Excessive thirst all the time
  • Hiccups
  • Problems with sexual interaction
  • Menstrual periods stop
  • Shortness of breath
  • Insomnia (sleeping problems)
  • Vomiting

Call to action

If you suffer from any of the mentioned diseases or have regular symptoms of the above, please ask your doctor for an annual blood test for kidney function. Look after your kidneys, and they will look after you as long as you take care of them. Kidney disease can be prevented, get checked and take action.


Managing kidney disease with lifestyle

Reduce your risk factors:

  • Reduce weight if you are overweight
  • Reduce salt intake
  • Reduce sugar intake
  • Reduce Phosphorus intake
  • Reduce Potassium intake
  • Reduce caffeine intake – one cup a day
  • No alcohol – it depletes magnesium and increases epinephrine and norepinephrine e and that leads to an increase in blood pressure
  • Follow a low protein diet or become vegan


25 Best foods for patients with kidney disease  

  1. Cauliflower
  2. Blueberries
  3. Salmon
  4. Red grapes
  5. Egg whites
  6. Garlic
  7. Buckwheat (gluten fee)
  8. Olive oil
  9. Bulgur
  10. Cabbage
  11. Skinless chicken
  12. Bell peppers
  13. Onions
  14. Arugula (cousin of broccoli)
  15. Macadamia nuts
  16. Radish
  17. Turnips
  18. Pineapples
  19. Cranberries
  20. Shiitake mushrooms
  21. Flaxseeds
  22. Pomegranates
  23. Asparagus
  24. Okra
  25. Broccoli

10 Foods to Avoid with Kidney Disease

  1. Processed meat
  2. Fruit high in potassium: kiwi, bananas, avocado, apricots and oranges
  3. Dried fruit
  4. Beans and lentils
  5. Coke
  6. Ready prepared meals and fast food
  7. Fruit juice
  8. Spinach and Swiss chard
  9. High salty snacks and refined carbohydrates
  10. Potatoes and sweet potatoes

The importance Glycocalyx in kidney function

What is Glycocalyx

It is a thick outer covering of the plasma membrane. It is composed of strands of sugars and proteins bound together and  help cells stay put in an environment with lots of physical stress.   A healthy glycocalyx level supports kidney function.

In kidney disease the  glycocalyx is damaged.   The aim in treating the patient with chronic renal failure is to maintain a healthy glycocalyx functionality.   Glycocalyx needs Glutathione

The following foods contain glutathione and is safe for renal patients: asparagus, okra, broccoli, and other sulfur-rich vegetables


Ways to build Glycocalyx

  • Omega 3
  • Diosmin
  • NAC (S-Acetyl Glutathione)
  • Vitamin D
  • Vitamin K2
  • EDTA

Supplementation programme for Chronic Renal failure patients

  • Omega 3
  • Diosmin ((Diovasc)
  • NAC (S-Acetyl Glutahione)
  • Magnesium Malate and or Magnesium Glycinate (Optimag)
  • Vit D
  • Vit K
  • Glucosamine
  • EDTA
  • Milk Thistle
  • Progast Butyric Acid


Aerobics and water aerobics, cycling, swimming, walking, cycling and dancing.   Visit the national renal care website:

Your feet

Always keep your feet warm. Kidneys need heat – also put Curasoles (reflexology for feet) in shoes-phone Lucy: 0845594990 or

Rife treatments

Frequency treatment with a Rife machine can enhance kidney function.   For more info:





This means no white flour, no white or brown sugar and no food or drinks containing these:


Bread                   Puddings              Jellies                   Molasses

Pasta                    Scones                 Ice-cream            Sucrose

Pizza                    Tarts                    Soft drink             Glucose

Biscuits                Sweets               Canned fruits

Cake                     Chocolates

Honey                  Pastries Jams      Golden syrup

White flour         Semolina             Gluten flour


  • Gluten free bread
  • Gluten-free pasta
  • Stevia, Carob, Sucralose, Xylitol
  • Rice cakes/Corn cakes
  • Rice flour, Potato flour and Corn flour
  • Caring candies sweets if needed
  • Brown rice
  • Maize meal
  • Maltabella
  • Hummus
  • Millet
  • Buckwheat
  • Corn


  • Milk (cows)
  • Yellow cheese
  • Mature cheese
  • Blue veined cheese
  • Cheese spreads
  • Sweetened, fruit-flavoured yoghurt


Limit yourself to skim / low-fat lactose free dairy products, white cheeses e.g. Feta Cheese, cottage cheese, ricotta cheese, mozzarella and Bulgarian yoghurt containing live cultures (Camphill and Bonnita are the best, containing high quantities of live cultures). Rice milk, almond milk and quinoa milk.



Berries with gluten free

Muesli with yoghurt (recipe 1)

Rooibos/herbal tea



2 Slices gluten free bread with scrambled egg and tomato

Rooibos/herbal tea



Maltabella with rice milk

Rooibos/herbal tea



Tuna hash (recipe 2)

Rooibos/herbal tea


2 slices gluten free bread with tuna salad

Rooibos/herbal tea


Salad with salmon fish cakes (recipe 5)

Rooibos/herbal tea


Broccoli soup with gluten free bread (recipe 6)

Rooibos/herbal tea


2 slices gluten free bread with cottage cheese

Rooibos/herbal tea


2 Chicken breasts fried in olive oil with grilled vegetables


Grilled fish with vegetables


Tomato and tuna topping (recipe# 9) with gluten free pasta


Grilled sole with vegetables


Mediterranean breakfast (recipe 3)

Rooibos/herbal tea


Scrambled Tofu (recipe 4)

Rooibos/herbal tea


Puffed brown rice with rice milk

Rooibos/herbal tea


Tuna salad with mayonnaise (recipe 7)

Rooibos/herbal tea


2 Slices of gluten free bread chicken liver pate (recipe 8)

Rooibos/herbal tea


Chicken with 3 vegetables

Rooibos/herbal tea


Chicken kebabs – recipe 10 with brown rice and salad


Aubergine quiche (recipe 11) with baked potatoes


Pancakes (recipe 12) with French cream (recipe 13)


Recipe 1


Rice flakes with seeds

Try adding a handful of any seeds you fancy – sunflower, sesame, pumpkin or linseeds.  Keep it in an airtight container.


Recipe 2


1 tbsp unrefined olive oil

1 cold potato chopped

1 small tin tuna in brine

1 tomato, chopped

Heat oil and lightly fry potato. Add tuna and tomato, heat through and serve.


Recipe 3


1 tomato

chunk of cucumber

chunk of cabbage

1  Egg white

1 tbsp pumpkin seed

1 tbsp sunflower seed

1 tbsp unrefined sunflower oil

Finely chop tomato, cucumber, cabbage. Toss together with seeds and oil


Recipe 4


½ packet (about 150 g) tofu

1 tomato chopped

freshly ground black pepper

optional:  pinch of Lo-salt

toasted gluten free bread

Mash tofu with the tomato and add seasoning.  Spread over toast and grill for 2 – 3 minutes


Recipe 5


400 g tin pink or red salmon

Gluten free oats for binding

3 large potatoes, cooked but still firm then mashed well

freshly grated nutmeg

Rice flour or maizena

Mix together the flaked salmon, oats and nutmeg. Shape into small round cakes and cover with rice flour. Grill for a few minutes on each side, till slightly brown and heated through.


Recipe 6

Broccoli soup



900 ml water

herbs to season

freshly ground black pepper

2 tbsp rice milk

Chop vegetables, cover with water and bring to boil. Simmer for 15-20 minutes. This can be served as it is or put through a blender. Just before serving, stir in the rice milk.


Recipe 7


1 yolk

2 tbsp lemon juice

300 ml sunflower oil or mixed sunflower and olive oils, unrefined pinch mustard powder

freshly ground black pepper

1 tbsp boiling water

Optional: 5 tbsp of either chopped fresh tarragon or chives.

Beat the yolk and lemon juice, using whisk or blender, till creamy. If using herbs, stir in now.)  Add the oil very gradually, beating continuously. Add the seasonings and lastly beat in the boiling water. Chill.


Recipe 8


2 large onions

2 tbsp unrefined olive oil

225 g chicken livers

2 tsp dried mixed herbs

2tbsp tomato puree

1-2 tbsp rice milk to blend

Finely chop onions and soften in the oil over a low heat. Clean and chop the livers, add to onions and cook for 5 minutes, stirring well. Reduce heat and add herbs, cover pan and cook gently for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until liver is completely cooked. Place in blender with tomato pure and mix to a smooth paste. Add a little rice milk if mixture is to stiff to blend. Put into a small dish and allow to cool.


Recipe 9


1 tsp tomato puree

150 ml water

1 small chopped onion

1 small tin tuna in brine (drained)

pinch of oregano

Mix tomato puree with the water, add onion and cook over low heat for a few minutes until onion is soft. Flake the tuna and add it with oregano to the pan. Cook until heated through and liquid has reduced a little.


Recipe 10


600 ml natural yoghurt

1 clove garlic, crushed

juice of 1 lemon

freshly ground black pepper

500 g chicken cut into cubes

2 medium onions

1 green pepper

1 red or yellow pepper

225 g cherry tomatoes

4 metal kebab skewers

Make a marinade from the yoghurt, garlic, lemon and seasoning. Soak the meat cubes in it for 2-3 hours. Prepare the vegetables by slicing the onions downwards and cutting the washed peppers into 8 sections each, removing all the seed. Wash the cherry tomatoes. Thread everything onto the skewers, alternating cubes of meat with pieces of onion, pepper and tomatoes, ending with a tomato. Brush all over with the marinade and cook under a hot grill for 15 – 20 minutes, turning several times.


Recipe 11


half an aubergine, diced

1 medium onion, chopped

1 tsp cold-pressed olive oil

3 egg white, beaten

300 ml rice milk

Preheat oven to 200 degrees Celsius. Lightly fry the aubergine and onion in the oil and put into flan dish. Mix the eggs with the rice milk and pour onto the vegetables. Bake for 45 minutes, reducing heat to 160 degrees for the last 30 minutes.


Recipe 12


100 g buckwheat flour

1 egg

300 ml rice milk

4 tbsp cold filtered water

unrefined olive oil

Sieve the flour into a bowl and make a well in the centre. Lightly heat the egg then pour into the well. With a fork, gradually mix the flour into the egg, and continue mixing while adding the soya milk. When thoroughly mixed, add a small knob of butter or a few drops of oil. As soon as the fat is hot, add 2 tbsp of the batter, tipping the pan about to ensure that the batter covers the base of the pan. Cook until set then turn with a fish slice (or toss it) and lightly brown the other side. Slide onto a warm plate. Melt another knob of butter or oil before cooking the next pancake. You can make pancakes in advance, stack them on a flat plate and wrap in a clean tea towel, then put in the refrigerator. Then next day you can unwrap them into a deep casserole dish with a lid, and heat through in a warm oven.


Recipe 13


450 Bulgarian yoghurt

4 drops natural vanilla essence

2 egg white

Stir the vanilla essence into the yoghurt.  Whisk the egg whites until stiff, then gradually fold both into the yoghurt. Chill.


For more info

Cape Kidney Association:



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