How Does Protein Affect Kidney Disease ?

What Exactly Is Protein?

proteins as a whole are considered the foundation upon which our bodies are built… the building blocks of the proteins themselves are amino acid molecules

nutritionists tell a person to consume certain amounts of protein everyday, they are essentially advising people that they need to consume certain amounts of amino acids.

You can literally think of proteins as being the foundational pieces that build up our body. Not only that, but they are literally involved with every process that occurs in the body.

Here are some of the main processes that proteins are involved with in the body:

1. Enzymes: It’s not well known but the fact is that all Enzymes are basically proteins which help your body carry out the various chemical reactions within your body.

2. Proteins For Energy: When your body isn’t being provided with enough fats and carbs to derive energy from, your body will turn to your muscle protein as a source of energy to keep going.

3. Hemoglobin: this is known as a carrier protein which basically carries all the oxygen your body requires to the parts where it is needed.

4. Clotting of The Blood: There is a protein found in the blood called fibrin which causes the blood to clot and therefore prevent excessive bleeding.

A Deeper Look Into Amino Acids

There are 20 natural amino acids that your body uses for a variety of different processes. However only 8 amino acids are extremely important because your body just can’t produce them, and so you need to make sure that you are getting them via your diet. The other 12 can be produced within the body.

One of the most interesting things about amino acids is the fact that they each have a different effect on the body. Another really interesting thing about amino acids and proteins in general, is that they are never stored within the body to use later like fat often is.

Protein is something that you have to consume on a daily basis to give your body what it needs. This is true whether or not you have kidney disease.

The Connection Between Protein and Kidney Disease

 you should know  how important protein is and why you must have it on a daily basis. Without it you will just die.

 a person with kidney disease is going to have to take some things into consideration when it comes to protein intake. These factors are really important to implement if you want your kidneys to function at their optimal level.

You really need to play the balancing act now that you have kidney disease. Consuming too much protein will cause further damage to your kidneys, but too little will result in your body not being able to carry out its needed processes properly.

So you see you need to play the middle ground when it comes to your kidneys. Not too much and not too little, but just enough to get the job done.

Too much protein in your system can result in your kidneys swelling up which is never great especially if you have kidney disease.

How Much Protein Should You Consume?

I’ve given some basic guidelines below on exactly how much protein you should consume a day (maximum) depending on what stage of kidney disease you have.

This is just a basic idea of how much protein you should be consuming a day, but to get a better estimate you should consult with your doctor.

1. Maximum protein intake for those with Stage 1 & 2 of Kidney Disease
– Protein: 0.8 to 1 gram per KG of body weight

2. Maximum protein intake for those with Stage 3 & 4 of Kidney Disease
Protein: 0.6 to 0.8 gram per KG of body weight.

3. Maximum protein intake for those with Stage 4 & 5 of Kidney Disease
– Protein: Between 20 and 30 grams a day.

The people that are in the latter stages of kidney disease need to keep protein intake to a minimum.

What Are The Best Sources of Protein?

 There have been many studies conducted which show us that chicken is a far better source of protein than red meat, especially for those people that have kidney disease.

eating chicken all day, every day can become really boring. Here are some other great sources of protein you should try - Turkey, tofu, fish, beans, lentils, brown rice, nuts and seeds. The most important thing to note is that you will want to avoid all the red meat out there.

What Is The Difference Between Complete and Incomplete Proteins

Complete proteins contain all the amino acids that your body requires in the perfect amounts that your body needs, to keep your body running in tip top condition. The incomplete proteins are those that don’t have a couple of amino acids that you need.

In basic terms proteins sourced from animal products are usually complete and those sourced from plants are usually incomplete.

Vegetarians can consume the following foods together to get a complete set of the required amino acids. Eat grains, legumes, and nuts/seeds for a complete protein.

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