Adding fruits and vegetables to the diet may help protect the kidneys of patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) with too much acid build-up, according to a study appearing in an upcoming issue of the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (CJASN). Metabolic acidosis, which means that the body is producing too much acid or when the kidneys are not removing enough acid, can cause rapid breathing, confusion, and lethargy. Severe cases can lead to shock or death.
Western diets are high in acid because of our reliance on grain and meat, but adding fruits and vegetables can decrease the high acidity levels that can end up harming our kidneys. Putting CKD patients on a diet of fruits and vegetables, in addition to alkali therapy with sodium bicarbonate, reduced acid levels and protected the kidneys from further damage.
Read more at the American Society of Nephrology.