First things first, we should know what creatinine is and why it is important since a lot of people have no clue about this useful body waste product. Creatinine is the chemical by-product generated via normal wear & tear of muscles of the body. Primarily, creatinine found in the body is a form of creatine, a natural chemical. According to Dr. Puru Dhawan, Ayurvedic Kidney Expert (BAMS, Medical Director & CEO at SRIAAS), most of the creatinine is released into your bloodstream & then filtered via the kidneys, being finally eliminated via urine. Yet, sometimes, creatinine levels can build up & lead to health problems.
High creatinine levels are generally resultant of improper kidney function or underlying disease. Abnormal creatinine levels might also be a sign of kidney disease. Here are some FAQs on creatinine and their answers from our expert.
What do low creatinine & high creatinine symbolise?
“Creatinine levels outside of the normal ranges might indicate an underlying condition. Usually, low creatinine means – there is too little creatine being produced in your body. This particular state is related to the muscles, liver, or diet. More often, low creatinine levels are a sign of losing muscle mass, or it is a temporary condition during pregnancy, periods of illness, or due to malnutrition. High creatinine levels usually mean – there is too much creatine in your body, or that creatinine is not being removed & filtered from your body properly,” Dr. Dhawan explains.
Can creatinine be reduced naturally?
Dietary changes can be helpful in lowering creatinine levels. Eat more fibre & less protein. Eating more fibre-rich foods also helps to decrease the amount of creatinine in your body because fibre helps to remove toxins & other chemical waste byproducts.
- Also, you should cut down dense proteins. Eating less red meat & fish might reduce high creatinine levels. Try to incorporate more sources of vegetable protein, like beans, in your diet.
- Avoid Dehydration – Dr. Dhawan says that creatinine levels can rise when a person is dehydrated. Signs of dehydration include fatigue, dizziness, and thirst. Severe dehydration can put a strain on cardiovascular & other systems of the body. It can be life-threatening.
- He also suggested that controlling your blood sugar and keeping a check on your blood pressure are also helpful to control high levels of creatinine.
Tips to reduce creatinine naturally?
Following a healthy lifestyle and consuming a healthy diet is the crux of reducing creatinine naturally.
1. Cut down your protein intake
Protein is the building block of the human body that is needed for various functions. However, excessive protein can increase creatinine levels in the body. We recommend restricting a high protein diet and including plant-based proteins, more vegetables, and fibrous food in your daily intake.
2. Increase the output of urine
Increase urine output by keeping yourself hydrated. If the protein intake is decreased, it will reduce creatinine production, and when urine output increases, the accumulated creatinine also flushes out, leaving the body with normal creatinine levels.
3. Maintain your blood pressure
An individual should have 120/80 Hg blood pressure ideally When blood pressure increases, it can start to damage kidneys and their functioning gets affected. Try maintaining a normal blood pressure so that kidney function does not deteriorate and excessive creatinine in the body can be flushed out easily.
4. Maintain healthy sugar levels in the body
Diabetes is the cause of up to 80% of kidney problems. So, think of sugar as your enemy and do not incorporate it into your diet excessively. This will keep your kidneys healthy, and lower creatinine levels in the body.
5. Do not indulge in smoking
Smoking is injurious to our kidneys as it can lead to poor blood flow and in turn disrupt the functioning of kidneys .
6. Reduce the use of alcohol
Alcohol damages the filters of our kidneys. Lower your alcohol consumption as it increases blood pressure causing a decline in kidney health.
7. Avoid intense exercising
High intensive exercises such as weight lifting or bodybuilding can increase creatinine levels in the bloodstream. If your creatinine levels are on the rise, try going for a less strenuous exercise routine to keep kidney health balanced. Try indulging in walking, yoga, aerobics, and indoor cycling.
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