Written by on February 26, 2017
Despite the fact that the ketogenic diet has not been scientifically linked to any medical issues pertaining to kidney health, it’s common knowledge that high-protein diets with a very low carbohydrate intake can damage the human urinary system, to a certain extent. I’ve become interested in the topic because I’m always looking for ways to improve the shape our athletes are in, and so I don’t want to suggest to them to eat anything that’s remotely unhealthy.
The main problem is that the ketogenic diet relies on an initial phase where the body goes into ketosis. Many folks find it hard to make the difference between ketoacidosis and ketosis, and that’s because the terminology and the medical explanations are downright too complicated to wrap your head around them.
Ketoacidosis is a dangerous condition that implies that the ketone bodies that you will have to eliminate via your urinary tract due to high protein intake are unable to leave the body for one reason or the other. That’s why they build up in other tissues, such as the lungs, the skin, and eventually, the brain. This is a life-threatening condition that occurs in extreme situations involving hunger and dying of hunger. It happens both in animals and humans alike.
Dietary ketosis is different from ketoacidosis, and let me tell you how. In a nutshell, it’s a natural response of the body to reduced intake of carbohydrates. Because it has no other sources to create energy from, the body relies on fat deposits. Mild ketosis is to be preferred, which basically means that you will have to consume little amounts of carbohydrates, all of which have to be healthy. Eating tomatoes, cucumbers, cauliflower and other vegetables that have low sugar content is mandatory, and you have to do it on a daily basis if you decide to choose the ketogenic diet as your lifestyle.
Maintaining a certain balance is what’s key to your kidney health. Because this diet is very high in protein and fat, it goes without saying that you will have to do a bit of calorie counting and avoid consuming too much out of these two nutrient groups. That’s why I suggested the low-sugar veggies I was mentioning above. They can’t do too much harm but you have to stay focused and avoid consuming too great amounts.
As for the whole ketosis-ketoacidosis business, all I can say is that everyone’s body goes in ketosis at night, for example. If six hours have gone by and you haven’t eaten anything, it’s safe to say that you’ll be in ketosis when you wake up in the morning. Some people have taken this to a whole different level and have designed the so-called intermittent fasting method.
In a nutshell, this diet is safe for your kidney health as long as you have no chronic conditions that forbid you from starting it. Everything has to be done in moderation, so be sure to consume several types of low-sugar carbohydrates.
I also recommend reading: http://www.battlediabetes.com/articles/diabetes/what-is-the-difference-between-ketosis-and-ketoacidosis
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