"Juice Or Not To Juice?" That's The Question For CKD & Diabetics Who Desire Improved Health Outcomes

A regular KidneyBuzz.com viewer emailed and said, "Hi, I'm a Dialysis and Diabetic patient. I have been juicing and seeing improvements in my health.  My question is, are there any other Dialysis patients out there who have had success juicing on a regular basis and if so, how did they do it?"

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This is a great question because many Diabetics and Chronic Kidney Disease patients, especially those on Dialysis, believe that they cannot juice due to sugars, potassium and fluid restrictions. However, this is not always the case. While Chronic Kidney Disease patients on Dialysis should not drink more juice than they and their team have planned to meet their fluid and potassium restrictions, and Diabetics should be watchful for added sugar in store bought "Fresh Juice," juicing has several promising health benefits and healing properties. 

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According to Living Greens Juice, for instance, "Not only will juicing facilitate weight loss, increased energy levels, strengthened immunity, strong bones and a glowing complexion, it may also reduce chances of heart disease, cancer and strokes" which are three of the leading causes of death in Chronic Kidney Disease and Diabetic patients. Liquefying your raw food by juicing can be an excellent source for Chronic Kidney Disease and Diabetic patients to intake the recommended amounts of fruits and vegetables while reducing inflammation.

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Chronic Kidney Disease and Diabetic patients should limit or avoid fruits and vegetables high in potassium and/or carbohydrates such as oranges, bananas, mangoes, strawberries, spinach, and tomatoes. Also, juicing is not meant to replace all meals, as it will not provide a balance of all the nutrients the body needs. 

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Moreover, note that fresh squeezed juice can quickly develop harmful bacteria and when juicing, Chronic Kidney Disease and Diabetics should try to keep some of the pulp because it can help fill them up. Still, needless to say if Chronic Kidney Disease and Diabetic patients are thinking about juicing then they should first discuss it with their Nephrologists, Primary Care Physicians and/or Dietitians to make sure it is safe for their specific medical conditions and individual needs. 

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"To Juice or Not to Juice?" Https://www.kidney.org/. The National Kidney Foundation.

"Juicing Benefits." Http://www.livinggreensjuice.com/. Living Greens.

"Juicing: How Healthy Is It?" Http://www.webmd.com. WebMD.

"Juicing: What Are the Health Benefits?" Http://www.mayoclinic.org. Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research.