Eat Your Fruits and Veggies; Your Kidneys Will Thank You

Most people understand the health benefits of eating fruits and veggies, but a new study reports that these foods can actually help protect the kidneys of patients with chronic kidney disease.

Western diets containing high amounts of animal and grain products can lead to metabolic acidosis, an excessive acid build-up in the body. This is particularly harmful for those with kidney disease since the kidneys are responsible for removing acid through the urine. Left untreated, kidney patients can suffer a wide range of repercussions from rapid breathing to death.

While there are treatments for this condition, simply adding fruits and vegetables to the diet was reported to help in many cases. And even if you don’t have kidney disease, it never hurts to eat your fruits and veggies.

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