Supplements for Kidneys & Bladder
Our kidneys filter the blood and remove waste materials from the body. They also help to regulate blood pressure, maintain electrolyte balance and blood pH levels. The bladder supports the kidneys by holding urine and facilitating urination.
Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs) are an extremely common condition affecting the bladder, urethra and kidneys. Symptoms include an urgent need to urinate, pain on urination, unpleasant odour of the urine, cloudy or dark urine (sometimes it may contain blood), lower abdominal pain and pain during sexual intercourse. UTIs are common in women and according to Kidney Research UK, approximately 50% of women in the UK have had a UTI. Drinking enough fluids, limiting alcohol, urinating when required, addressing constipation and wiping from front to back can help to reduce the risk of UTIs.
Kidney function can also be affected by kidney stones or chronic conditions including diabetes, high blood pressure or liver disease, as well as exposure to toxins. However, there are a number of foods and nutrients that can help to support kidney and bladder health.
Key Foods for Kidney and Bladder Health
Fibre, magnesium, vegetable proteins, sufficient fluids and probiotic foods can all help support kidney function, reduce constipation and protect against kidney stones and UTIs. Try to include the following foods for optimal kidney and bladder health.
- 30g fibre per day - include fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, legumes and wholegrains such as oats, brown rice and quinoa in your diet. These foods also have important antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties to support healthy cells and tissues of the kidneys and bladder.
- Magnesium is found in dark green leafy vegetables, nuts, seeds, legumes, avocados, bananas and cacao.
- Vegetable proteins include lentils, peas, beans, tofu, buckwheat, quinoa, nuts and seeds.
- Sufficient fluids - drink between 1.8-2.4L daily with at least 50% of this being water. Include unsweetened cranberry and blueberry juice if you are susceptible to UTIs.
- Probiotic foods such as unpasteurised sauerkraut, yoghurt, cottage cheese, tempeh, kimchi and miso can help to support the gut-kidney axis.
Which Supplements Can Support Kidney and Bladder Health?
Top Tips on Buying Supplements for Kidney and Bladder Health
- Be mindful that some cranberry sachets contain unnecessary added sugar and sweeteners, however capsules are available.
- Garlic supplements may interfere with blood thinning or blood pressure medications.
- Magnesium glycinate and magnesium citrate are good bioavailable forms of magnesium.
- For UTIs, choose a probiotic that contains multiple strains especially lactobacillus species and provides at least 10billion CFUs.
Nutritional Therapy Support For Kidney and Bladder Health
Work with a registered Nutritional Therapist for a personalised nutrition and diet plan, tailored to your specific health requirements. For one-to-one support with Kidney and Bladder Health and to book a consultation, head over to our expert page here: https://www.vitaminology.co/consultations
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