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Food Therapy

One of the major branches of Traditional Chinese Medicine is Food Therapy. Chinese food therapy is said to date back as early as 2000 BC, though documentary evidence goes only to about 500 BC. The Yellow Emperor's Classic of Internal Medicine, also known as the Huangdi Neijing, which was written around 300 BC, was most important in forming the basis of Chinese food therapy. It classified food by four food groups, five tastes and by their natures and characteristics.

Food therapy is a practice in the belief of healing through the use of natural foods instead of, or in addition to medications. Chinese food or nutrition therapy, is a modality of traditional Chinese medicine. Central to this belief system is the idea that certain foods have a "hot" or heat-inducing quality while others have a "cold" or chilling effect on the body and its organs and fluids. An imbalance of this "heat" and "cold" is said to increase susceptibility to sickness or to directly cause disease itself. Such an imbalance is not necessarily related to the subjective feeling of being hot (tending toward sweating) or cold (tending toward shivering).


How is food therapy operated?

What are functions of food therapy?

What should we think about before a healthy diet?

What kind of diet is suitable for CKD patients?

How is food therapy operated?

The ideas of yin and yang are used in the sphere of food and cooking. Yang foods are believed to increase the body's heat (e.g. raise the metabolism), while Yin foods are believed to decrease the body's heat (e.g. lower the metabolism). As a generalization, Yang foods tend to be dense in food energy, especially energy from fat, while Yin foods tend to have high water content. The Chinese ideal is to eat both types of food to keep the body in "balance". A person eating too much Yang food might suffer from acne and bad breath while a person eating too much Yin food might be lethargic or anemic.

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What are functions of food therapy?

Good nutrition is the basis of good health. Food Therapy is passionate about guiding people to good health through making good choices with food, and offers expert advice in general health and wellbeing. Our aim is to provide you with realistic and sustainable nutrition solutions to help you achieve your health goals. Food Therapy is not about going on a diet, but improving ones' diets by allowing them to eat tasty and easy to prepare foods. A prescribed diet can be used not only for treating disease, but also for maintaining a person's good health. Garlic, for example, can be used to treat indigestion, diarrhea, dysentery, and whooping cough. Fortunately, most of the foods and herbs used in diet therapy have a good taste and are pleasant to take.

The purpose of diet is to maintain a balance of electrolytes, minerals, and fluid in patients who have chronic kidney disease or who are on dialysis. Patients who are on dialysis need this special diet to limit the buildup of waste products in their body.

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What should we think about before a healthy diet?

Different kinds of foods can be used as treatments for various ailments. Before suggesting a therapeutic diet, there are many factors to consider: the patient's constitution, the nature of the patient's illness and type of syndrome, and even the season and climate. The proper diet for the patient is based on all of these factors, not just upon the disease alone.

If you are a person with kidney disease, you should start to pay attention to your diet and habit, in order to better protect your kidney and improve your lifestyle for a healthy life. For instance, if you are a person with chronic kidney disease stage 3, you should control less for eating; but if you are in stage 4 or 5, you need to control more and be careful in choosing your diet, including low-salt, low-sugar, high quality protein and etc. However, if your symptoms are more serious, maybe you need quit more than the normal. For certain stage for a right diet, you may consult us online or email us to igacure@gmail.com.

Everyday we have been having meals at home or dining out. Anyhow, after we get up in the morning, one of the most important things to do is eating, and what we eat each day directly affects our body quality and fitness level. So we need to rightly choose our diet.

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What are the functions of dialysis?

Dialysis can work as a replacement of kidney to some extent, so it can have some functions of kidneys. Temporarily, dialysis can effectively relieve your discomforts and symptoms and improve your life quality for a longer lifespan. Dialysis may be either temporary or permanent, depending on the person. If a dialysis patient is waiting on a kidney transplant, the procedure may be temporary. However, if the patient is not a good transplant candidate, or a transplant would not alleviate the condition, dialysis may be a life-long routine. In all, it has significance in prolonging one's life expectance.

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What kind of diet is suitable for CKD patients?

As we know that food therapy is beneficial for the patients, different diet is suitable for different patients. If you are a person with kidney disease, you need to make some changes in your diet. Everyday diet can make a big contribution to our health, patients or non-patients alike. In the following, we will focus on a right diet for the patients with kidney disease including limiting fluids, eating a low-protein diet, low-salt, restricting potassium, phosphorous, and getting enough calories if you are losing weight. A special diet can help to control the buildup of waste products and fluid in your blood and to decrease the workload of your kidneys. This diet may also help to slow down the loss of kidney function. The main goal of the diet is to keep you healthy. Detailed information is in the below:

Fluid:

In the early stages of chronic kidney disease, you do not need to limit how much fluid you drink. As your kidney disease becomes worse or when you are on dialysis, you will need to watch how much liquid you drink. In between dialysis sessions, fluid can build up in the body. Too much fluid will lead to shortness of breath, an emergency that needs immediate medical attention. Do not eat too much of foods that contain a lot of water, such as soups, Jell-O, popsicles, ice cream, grapes, melons, lettuce, tomatoes, and celery.

Iron:

Patients with advanced kidney failure also have anemia and usually need extra iron. Many foods contain extra iron (liver, beef, pork, chicken, lima and kidney beans, iron-fortified cereals). Because of your kidney disease, talk this over with your doctor, nurse, or dietitian.

Potassium:

Normal blood levels of potassium help keep your heart beating steadily. However, too much potassium can build up when the kidneys no longer function well. Dangerous heart rhythms may result, which can lead to death. Potassium is found in many food groups, including fruits and vegetables. Choosing the right item from each food group can help control your potassium levels.

1. When eating fruits:

Grapes: Grapes invigorate Qi and enrich the blood. strengthen the bones and muscles, nourish Yin, promoting the production of body fluid and promote urination. Grapes can increase Qi and Blood. They also treat coughs, palpitation, night-sweats, joint pain due to wind-dampness, slow and painful discharge of the urine, fatigue and edema. Grapes are a good fruit for autumn as they can alleviate dryness.

Pineapple: Pineapple strengthens the spleen and stomach, promotes the production of body fluid, increases Qi and blood, reduces swelling, and eliminates dampness. It is used to treat dehydration due to excessive summer-heat, thirst, dry throat, restlessness, fatigue, anorexia, weakness in the back and knees, hypertension, and coughs with profuse phlegm.

2. When eating vegetables:

Carrots: Carrots are anti-inflammation and anti-allergy, can strengthen the spleen, ease indigestion due to overeating, lower blood pressure, protect the stomach and intestines, and strengthen the function of macrophages (infection-attacking blood cells). Carrots are used to treat indigestion, dysentery, coughs, and hypertension.

Cabbage: Cabbage has the ability to strengthen the spleen, regulate the stomach, and relieve spasm and pain. It can promote the healing of ulceration. It can be used to treat pain and spasm in the upper abdomen due to gastric or duodenal ulcer.

For more information about the diet of the kidney disease patients, you can contact us by email us to igacure@gmail.com or onlne

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