10 July 2019

IS A LOW CARB KETO DIET SAFE FOR YOUR KIDNEYS?

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dr. Nick where my purpose is to inspire and power and motivate you to live longer healthier and more abundant lives and today I want to talk to you about is the ketogenic diet safe or is it harmful to your kidneys and I get this question a lot because I know so many of you were scared you're worried you're concerned about this you want to start the keto diet but you've heard it's going to be hurting your kidneys maybe the fact that you already have kidney disease and you're worried it's going to make it worse well hopefully today I'm going to put you at ease give you a little bit more insight into how this all works and like I said hopefully I'll calm you down a little bit and you can understand that the kidney a keto diet I think is gonna be perfectly fine for you anyway if you like we're talking about please make sure you like you share you comment and subscribe and watch this video to the very end so that you can get all the information you need to make sure that it's right for you anyway let's dive on in number one let's talk about some of the myths that we see and typically the number one myth is the keto diet cause kidney stones and I

think a lot of people are worried about that because they're thinking so much about the amount of protein we take in and it's not really so much about protein because as you know the keto diet is moderate protein not high protein but let's look what the British Journal of nutrition said about this a carbohydrate diet and the corresponding high protein diet was not harmful for renal function in other words kidney function in overweight and obese individuals without renal dysfunction so what they found was in fact had it was beneficial turns out because of the fact you reduced weight you got thinner because you went on to ketogenic diet it was actually much much healthier right myth number two does the ketogenic diet overwork your kidneys due to increased acidity well that one comes from the fact that most people are concerned about because they're thinking of ketoacidosis now that is a very harmful very damaging and life-threatening condition basically when you have too much glucose and too much ketones so they're very very high and elevated much higher outside the normal range and that

typically happens in type 1 and type 2 diabetics so that's something very very different if you're doing the ketogenic diet right you get in till we call nutritional ketosis what that simply means is that when you're in nutritional ketosis your body's ketone levels are in a normal range of 0.5 to about 3 that's really where you want to be and when you're in that range it's perfectly safe perfectly effective it's not ketoacidosis and it's not going to damage your kidneys because of increased acidity what does cause kidney disease is this though we see diabetes causes kidney disease stroke blood pressure issues high blood pressure heart disease obesity family history tobacco use and being over 60 those are your main causes that we see of kidney disease has nothing to do with ketosis now I will tell you we're going to get into this in just a moment getting into ketosis and doing the ketogenic diet is going to help you with all these now it might not help you stop smoking and it might not it's not going to reverse your age you're still going to be 60 but it will help you with virtually everything else it'll help you

with your diabetes it'll help you with your blood pressure issues your heart disease it'll help you prevent strokes it'll help you with obesity and even if you had a family history we're going to get into that as I did on a previous video where I talked about epigenetics and that the choices you make the things you eat that the lifestyle you live will determine if the genes that you have for certain diseases get turned on or turned off so even if you have the genes for kidney disease it's not going to matter you can turn them off with your lifestyle the ketogenic diet will do that for you so one of the important things to understand about ketosis is that it's normal this is the way our ancestors always ate they ate this way for centuries and maybe thousands of years if not hundreds of thousands of years because they didn't have access to carbohydrates three times a day you just walk to a refrigerator you have carbs constantly you're eating carbs all day long just because you're bored I know because I do that myself sometimes but they didn't have access to this there were times when they ate just purely the fat off the animal and they ate the

animal from nose to tail they ate everything they ate the fat they ate the organ meat they ate the the muscles they ate the tendons the ligaments they used to you know scoop out the bone marrow they'd everything okay and it was prized especially the fat why because the fat gave them so much more energy the fat of the land we hear about that all time because the fat was so much more prized because it had such high energy value much higher energy value then even carbohydrates do so this is the way our ancestors ate now research now proves that ketones of course are the preferred fuel source so if they're the preferred fuel source why would they cause kidney damage if this is the way our bodies have adapted why would they call it kidney damage if this is the preferred way that our bodies were designed to eat so I don't see that now it's important to note is that the ketogenic diet has been shown to actually improve kidney function and reverse kidney disease why because it helps something called diabetic nephropathy this is damage to the kidneys due to diabetes and high blood pressure and it's characterized by damage to the glomeruli which are the

tubules that are inside your kidneys that actually help filter your blood so because blood pressure and diabetes causes so much pressure into these tubules the tubules don't work properly and it doesn't filter your blood as well as it could and it can lead directly to kidney disease not only that studies have shown that the ketogenic diet can actually reverse diabetic nephropathy why because it reverses heart disease it can reverse diabetes and when it reverses those two specifically it can actually reverse kidney disease now what we also find is there's actually mounting evidence that shows that kidney disease is a major contributor of heart disease and that congestive heart failure is a major cause of kidney disease so these two go hand-in-hand and why that's so important is because the ketogenic diet can help both so if the ketogenic diet can help both reduce your risk of heart disease and reduce your risk of kidney disease you're really getting double benefit there from that also - we talked about the fact that it helps with diabetes and diabetes helps with diabetic nephropathy another major contributor to to kidney

dysfunction and kidney disease now one of the things I want to talk about - and I spoke about this on a previous video was that when your liver makes cholesterol and your liver makes anywhere from 75 to 80 percent of the cholesterol your body needs so it's not coming from your diet understand that it's coming from the fact that your liver makes it cuz it feels the need for it so one of the things that's important about this is because the way you eat can determine if you're gonna make healthy LDL cholesterol or deadly LDL cholesterol so that's a key thing now what causes that well when your liver makes the LDL cholesterol if your diet is rich in vegetables and plant-based things like that in other words not carbohydrates your body will make light fluffy LDL particles above 25 nanometers and when they're that thick or that fluffy and that large they don't stick to the walls of the arteries now if you're reading a diet rich in process refined carbs your bread your rice your cereals your gluten things like that your body makes much smaller denser LDL particles less than 25 nanometers and those are the ones

that actually can embed in the walls of the arteries and those will cause heart disease so another great benefit of the ketogenic diet is it changes your cholesterol profile and by doing that you reduce heart disease rather than increase your risk of heart disease so once again anything that we can do that helps reverse these problems here especially the ones on this side those are the key ones if you can reverse diabetes which the ketogenic diet does if you can reverse or prevent high blood pressure or reverse or prevent heart problems and strokes especially when it comes to obesity a lot of research is showing the fact now that when you have so much weight around your waist that visceral fat that's deadly fat that's not the same kind of fat that you have in your legs it's the kind of around your gut means it's typically around your organs if the ketogenic diet can reduce or reverse these right here you're gonna win so if you're worried about it harming your kidneys understand these are major causes of kidney disease we talked about some of these other ones but these here are the major ones that the ketogenic diet could actually

reverse prevent in Reverse so hopefully this was maybe life-changing for you I hope it puts you at ease and I hope it made you feel comfortable that the ketogenic diet is a very beneficial diet whether you have kidney disease or you're trying to prevent kidney disease that even if you have it it's okay all right so hopefully you'll give it a try see how you do with it once again I thank you so much for joining me today I love and appreciate you this is dr. NIC have a blessed day and once again if you like we're talking about please make sure you like you share you comment and subscribe god bless take care bye bye