Today I came across two posts on the same subject, the first was disappointing in that it left out the most valuable piece of information which has helped me but it contained some wonderful recipes, the other was this week’s challenge at Reduce Footprints.
While many of you already know I was born with Muscular Dystrophy, but what you may not know is that I was also born with one kidney which doesn’t work. The Dystrophy was no problem compared to the kidney issues I endured. This led to many hospitalizations, tests and medications in my youth. When I say it doesn’t work, it doesn’t. This kidney does allow things to pass through it but doesn’t process anything. Certain foods and beverages will not move through the kidney in a timely enough manner to prevent infections from setting in, which resulted in years of experimenting rather than agree to have the kidney removed.
This brings me to this week’s challenge:
If you are vegan or find this challenge too easy, please share a recipe with your readers and encourage them to try meatless meals … for their health and for the planet.
Living with Kidney problems as a child
I had a wonderful team of doctors who did their homework. Between their homework and having me keep a food and beverage diary we were able to come up with some of the things which cause problems which resulted in severe infections. The list was crazy. For instance, I could drink hard alcohol but not anything fermented. I had to watch the amount of sugar I ingested and bread was another food I had to be careful of. Fried foods could also overtax the kidney and clog it up.
But the end of infections came when my doctor and I realized it had been almost two years since I had suffered from any kidney related problems. The only thing I did differently was to stop eating animal products. Sure I had the occasional egg and at the time still ate yogurt once in a while (I no longer eat yogurt). But I stopped eating meat, fish and cheese. I never drank milk so that wasn’t an issue for me.
The final piece falls in place
It was then that I wanted to smack my doctor! He shared with me the information that we can’t digest animal products so our bodies send them to the kidney to be broken down. In order to break these foods down the kidney pulls calcium from the body (bones and teeth). He informed me that he knew this could help me but thought a vegetarian diet would be too hard for me to follow. Let that be my decision! Nothing could be harder to handle than the constant pain and hospitalizations I had suffered through for the first 24 years of my life!
I mentioned earlier that I had read another article today on kidney health and while it never touches on the elimination of animal products to protect the kidney, it contains valuable information along with some wonderful recipes which would be helpful to keep your kidneys clean and healthy.
Let food by thy medicine ~~ Hippocrates
Would you consider giving up a food group if it meant better health for you and the planet?