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Can You Raise GFR Renal Function Naturally

2013-01-14 16:14

Glomerular filtration rate (GFR) is a test which measures how much blood is filtered by the glomeruli each minute. It indicates how well your kidneys are functioning. However, if kidney disease happens, GFR will reduce. Are there any ways to raise your GFR and renal function naturally?

Diet changes

※Limit the amount of sodium you consume. If kidneys fail to work adequately, extra sodium and fluid can build up in your body.

※ Reduce the amount of fatty and high-calorie food in diet. These foods can increase the risk of high blood pressure and cardiovascular diseases.

※ Increase the amount of fruits, vegetables and whole grain foods.

※Protein intake should be adjusted. Kidney disease patients are recommended to keep a low-protein diet. But once they start dialysis, a high-protein diet is needed.


Qigong has roots in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). It is the practice of aligning the breath, body and mind as one. The very core of this practice is to harmonise you, your soul on a higher level. Therefore, it can improve the patients’ overall health, thus enhancing renal function and improving GFR.


Exercise is an easy way to raise GFR and renal function. It has the following health benefits for people with Kidney Disease.

* Lower high blood pressure

* Reduce fat levels

* Better control blood sugar

* Boost immune system

* Strengthen heart and bone

Exercise can help eliminate the risk factors of kidney disease progression. Thereby, it can slow the disease progression and improve GFR to some extent.

Chinese herbal medicine

In kidney disease, as the kidneys are damaged, less blood is filtered by kidneys. To raise GFR, the goal of the treatment is to restore the impaired kidney structure and improve filtering ability of the kidneys. Chinese herbal medicine can stimulate the self-repairing system of kidneys to restore kidney structure.

The above are several natural ways to raise GFR. As the kidney disease conditions vary from person to person, it is important to make an individualized treatment plan on your condition.

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