Keto and Kidneys. How Much Protein is Too Much?
Do we need to follow the keto diet to make our body fit and slim? What about achieving the desired weight? Do we need to remove those carbs and replace them with animal meat that is high in Fat to control those calories? We all know that ketogenic diet helps to loosen those excess body weights and cut down calories in order to maintain those sexy shape, and it shows with more people who claimed to be at their perfect shape when they started to follow a ketogenic diet. What about its long-term impact on our health? Will it be advantageous if we will follow a ketogenic diet for a lifetime? Or will it be one of the reasons for our body to slowly diet in a beautiful way by having a slim tone muscle and curves? Let us consider the scientific basis of how ketogenic diet affects one of the most crucial organs in our body that is responsible for removing toxins and maintaining our internal environment balanced and hydrated, the Kidneys.
How kidneys work anyway?
Kidneys are two organs that are bean-shaped and is found in the upper part of the abdominal cavity that is responsible for removing waste materials, excess water, and harmful toxins in our body. Without these two essential organs for waste removal, toxins and waste products will destroy other organs and could lead to organ failure and, worst, death. We need to make choices about diet and exercise to maintain our kidneys healthy.
How kidneys can benefit from Ketogenic Diet?
The idea between a ketogenic diet and health is related to the contents of a meal plan. Real ketogenic diet centers on foods rich in Fat since 60 to 80% of the calories will be coming from Fat, 10 to 20% from Protein, and 5 to 10% from Carbohydrates. Many studies have revealed that fatty foods lead to non-communicable diseases such as Heart Disease and Stroke — short-term benefits in a person following a ketogenic diet such as weight loss. However, there have been no studies that revealed its long-term benefits to our body, as claimed by Kathy McManus of the Department of Nutrition at Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital. McManus said that Ketogenic Diets promotes foods high in saturated Fat that link in increased LDL- cholesterol that is related to heart disease and stroke. According to McManus, we should only be consuming 7% saturated fat from the total calorie requirement due to the increased risk of getting heart disease.
What other implications long term Keto Diet can have on our kidneys?
We will experience a nutritional deficiency, such as a lack of Vitamin C found in most fruits and vegetables. Our body needs essential vitamins and minerals such as B-vitamins and Folic Acid to maintain the balance between cell integrity, immune system function, and a healthy heart. However, if our diet will be rich in harmful fats and low in carbohydrates, then we are increasing the risk of developing certain nutrition-related diseases such as anemia and poor performance of the immune system.
We may also develop the fatty liver disease due to fatty foods and kidney problems since the following ketogenic diet produces a high level of ketones in the body that adds burden to our kidneys. The recommended average intake of Protein for women is 46 grams, and for men is 56 grams, but each and everyone’s protein requirements are individualized; it depends upon the activity, lifestyle, and health status of a person if how much Protein requires to their individual needs. We may also develop constipation since a ketogenic diet is low in fiber; most of these are from carbohydrate-rich foods such as fruits, vegetables, and whole-grain products.
Other people also experience confusion because our brain gets energy from blood glucose. If there is a low supply of carbohydrates, most of the energy comes from Fat and will form too many ketones in the bloodstream. Again, too many ketones might cause, not just physical disturbance, but also psychological implications such as irritability and confusion due to lack of energy source from glucose.
Our body is programmed to perform different sets of functions and produces different outcomes. Each medical intervention will always have an individualized approach. For some, the ketogenic diet is beneficial, and for others, it might be harmful. Let’s always consider the impact of following a high-fat diet and low carbohydrates consumption. It shows in different research conducted from all parts of the world, and a high-fat diet links to certain diseases such as hypercholesterolemia, heart disease, cancer, stroke, and worst, which may lead to death.
Always choose what is best for you. Keep your meals colorful, and include a variety of foods on your plate that will include nutritious and healthy food items.
- National Kidney Foundation
- Harvard Health Publishing
Title: Should you try Ketogenic Diet