Podcast – Wise Athletes #125 | Make Your Kidneys Last a Lifetime | Dr Rick Johnson


How to Keep Your Kidneys Healthy.  A podcast with Joe Lavelle.

Listen to the podcast here.

Bullet Points

What causes kidney disease?

  • High sugar diets / Metabolic syndrome / Diabetes (cut back on sugar in food)
  • Gout / High Uric acid: stay hydrated, avoid fructose (sugar is ½ fructose), minimize the purines (beer, shellfish, sardines, processed meats, gravy, bacon), take vit C (500 mg / day), quercetin, certain diuretics, SGLT2 inhibitors lower uric acid
  • “Aging” (may be related to high sugar or high carbohydrate diets)
  • High blood pressure
  • NSAIDs (ibuprofen is bad for kidneys; aspirin and Tylenol are okay)
  • Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPI)
  • Dehydration (drink 8-10 glasses of water every day, and drink before consuming salty foods). Don’t drink too much too fast, especially after getting behind (being dehydrated).
  • Spikes in blood sodium leads to temporary increases in BP which can progressively develop damage in the kidneys.