Evidence-Based, Simplified Nutrition and Lifestyle Strategies


Microblog: Detox – Kidney and Bladder

✖️General weakness and malaise
✖️Bad or potent breath
✖️Metallic taste (different than keto breath)
✖️Get colds pretty easily
✖️Burning sensation during urination (can be similar to UTIs)
✖️Frequent urination
✖️Increased blood pressure
✖️Swelling and inflammation

🪣 Insulin resistance
🪣 Diabetes
🪣 Endocrine/steroid hormone imbalances (aldosterone)
🪣 Processed foods
🪣 High blood pressure
🪣 Obesity
🪣 Chronic UTIs
🪣 Heavy metals (cadmium, aluminum, lead, iron, mercury)
🪣 Food sensitivities
🪣 Electrolyte imbalances (potassium!)
🪣 Mineral deficiencies
🪣 NSAIDs, Tylenol
🪣 Antacids, PPIs
🪣 Antibiotics, OTC and Rx drugs
🪣 Dehydration (more water less diuretics)

🥩 Now count how many go away with a meat-based diet.

Creatinine is a waste product that comes from the normal wear and tear on muscles of the body. As kidney disease progresses, the level of creatinine in the blood rises.

💉Glomerular Filtration Rate(eGFR)
This test is a measure of how well the kidneys are removing wastes and excess fluid from the blood. It is calculated from the serum creatinine level using age and gender.

❗️A GFR below 60 is a sign that the kidneys are not working properly.

💡I see this marker increase on carnivore diets. (functions above age range).

💉Blood Urea Nitrogen (BUN) – Urea nitrogen comes from the breakdown of protein in the foods you eat. As kidney function decreases, the BUN level rises.

💡Carnivores tend to see this marker go up. If this marker is slightly elevated with creatinine being normal, it may be less of a concern. (work with a practitioner)

This test uses sound waves to get a picture of the kidney. It may be used to look for abnormalities in size or position of the kidneys or for obstructions such as stones or tumors.

🔬CT Scan
This imaging technique uses X-rays to picture the kidneys. It may also be used to look for structural abnormalities and the presence of obstructions.

⚠️This test may use of contrast dye which can be of concern for those with kidney disease.

🌟Meat. It really is simple.

Nutrition with Judy


  • Susan Stanfield
    March 1, 2023 at 3:07 pm

    Hi Judy, I was just diagnosed with Stage 3 CKD due to an eGFR of 58 (26 pts lower than in Oct 2022). I have been on a carnivore diet since 1/11/23. From my studying, it is my understanding the serum creatinine increases with an all-meat diet and since serum creatinine is used to estimate eGFR that this may falsely alter that estimate to indicate CKD. However, on your Microblog: “Detox: Kidney and Bladder” you state that you see the eGFR marker INCREASE on a carnivore diet (functions above age range), rather than decrease . So, I’m confused…can you help? Thanks, Susan

    • Nicola Mostert
      February 8, 2024 at 2:44 am

      Hi Susan, did you ever get a reply on your question? I’m in the same situation at the moment and really needing some guidance…

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