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 DeLauer with Keto-Mojo, and we’re going to break down how the ketogenic diet truly
impacts the kidneys. You see the first thing
I want to talk about is going to be kidney stones. We generally think that kidney stones are just these 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’re 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 already
have crystals in our urine. Crystals in our urine are just components of different minerals, just
types of minerals that compile 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 dehydrated, 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
on an ordinary diet. So really, not even a
cause for concern there. But yeah, let’s get
into the positive stuff. You see studies have found, like a study that was 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, 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 protects 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, it all has to do with
the activation of AMPK, where the body essentially
starts going into preservation mode because
we’re deprived 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 in 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 of Nutrition. It found when looking
at 1000 participants, from multiple studies, that the
ketogenic, or low-carb diet, did not have any adverse
affect 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 dehydrated, so just make sure you’re drinking water and you’re not going to 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, you’re usually in a little
bit of a 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 become more
dehydrated systemically, which means your minerals can
become a little imbalanced. 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 going to 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 with Keto-Mojo, and I’ll see you in the next video.

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