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How Does Keto Affect Your Kidneys?

how does the ketogenic diet affect your kidneys see all too often we only hear the negative stuff we hear people talking about how the ketogenic diet could give you kidney stones or the excess protein that you consume on a ketogenic diet is bad for the kidneys overall the fact is those things aren't really even that true but there's a lot of positive science that shows that the ketogenic diet is actually very powerful at helping out the kidneys and supporting the overall long life of the kidney cells I'm Thomas de Lauer with keto mojo and we're gonna break down how the ketogenic diet truly impacts the kidneys you see the first thing I want to talk about is gonna be kidney stones we generally think that kidney stones are just these like compositive crystals that form that just happen because we're either super dehydrated or because we have a bad diet the reality is it's a lot more complex than that and kidney stones quite frankly are really formed more so from the genetic level more than anything else we either more genetically predisposed to kidney stones or we're not all kidney stones are are just the formation of crystals that aggregate a tad too much in other words we always have crystals in our urine okay crystals in our urine are just components of different minerals just just types of minerals that compiled together and ultimately form either a small crystal or a larger crystal so there's three factors we have to look at when it comes down to forming a crystal in the kidneys it's going to be do we have a lot of crystal promoting products do we have not enough anti crystal products or are we just super super to hydrate it or very low urine volume those are the only three factors that play a part when it comes down to developing larger kidney stones and the ketogenic diet really doesn't have too much to do with that see as long as you're getting your minerals in as long as you're eating a healthy diet in the first place there's no reason that the ketogenic diet is going to lead you to have more kidney stones that's purely a genetic thing and something that is really only caused by a serious urine obstruction issue or a very very bad diet now when it comes down to the protein consumption on a ketogenic diet and how that could potentially damage the kidneys that quite frankly is just somewhat irrelevant a lot of the studies that talk about protein being bad for the kidneys have completely been debunked these days in fact a lot of times we're finding that protein actually helps support the life of the cells within the kidneys additionally when you're on a ketogenic diet you're not eating a ton of protein you're actually eating less protein on a keto diet than you probably would an ordinary diet so really not even a cause for concern there okay let's get into the positive stuff you see studies have found like a study those published in kidney international that the ketogenic diet actually supports the genetic function that allows kidney cells to live longer so in research they were looking at what's called nephropathy okay where the kidney starts to die and they found that when patients went on a low-carb ketogenic diet they had an increase in what's called the sirt1 gene the sirt1 gene basically activates protective mechanisms that protect the proteins within the kidneys so basically our kidneys became stronger and more protected when we went on a ketogenic diet so this is pretty cool stuff and all has to do with the activation of AMPK where the body essentially starts going into preservation mode because weird apprised of glucose so this is a very powerful thing so the other thing that we have to look at is when we're on a ketogenic diet our glucose levels are lower which means our insulin levels are lower and it's been hypothesized before that higher levels of glucose and higher levels of insulin increase the amount of blood volume that is rushing through the filtration portion of the kidneys this sounds like a good thing but when you're really jamming it in there through a filtration process you can cause the small little capillaries and the kidneys to actually collapse and this forms some scar tissue and the scar tissue of course can form lesions and can be very detrimental to your overall health not to mention just your kidney health so the ketogenic diet actually reduces the risk of this and lastly let's take a look at a meta analysis that was published in the British Journal nutrition found when looking at 1,000 participants from multiple studies that the ketogenic or low-carb diet did not have any adverse effect on kidney health on renal health at all or renal function for that matter it didn't really change anything the only thing that you may want to be concerned with or at least consider is the fact that on a ketogenic diet it's a little bit easier to become too hydrated so just make sure you're drinking water and you're not gonna have any kind of issue for the kidneys so the only thing that we might want to be somewhat concerned with or at least be aware of is when you're on a ketogenic diet you're losing some water okay you're usually in a little bit of dehydrated state but you're in that dehydrated state because the kidneys are being told to excrete more water so you actually have a good amount of urine volume flowing through the kidneys you just more dehydrated systemically which means your minerals can come a little bit in balance you just want to make sure you're taking some magnesium and taking the proper steps to get your minerals in by eating the right veggies like you should be doing anyways as always if you want to make sure that you're truly in a ketogenic state you're gonna want to measure and that's exactly where keto mojo comes in utilizing the keto mojo meter we can see exactly where our glucose levels are at but also where our ketone levels are at so you can make sure that you're not only living in a nice moderate glucose fashion so you feel good and have stable energy you can also make sure you're getting the most out of the ketogenic diet so make sure you're leaving it to keto mojo when it comes down to doing your measuring as always keep it locked in here at the keto mojo and I'll see you in the next video

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