Jeremiah 33:6 - Nevertheless, I will bring health and healing to it; I will heal my people and will let them enjoy abundant peace and security.
You’ve been to the doctor and he sends you to the lab to have some routine blood work done.
It’s not a big deal. You’ve had lots of blood tests in the past, and for the most part they had turned out normal.
But then a week after your blood test, you receive a call from your doctor asking you to come back in. Now, you’re getting worried. They’ve always given you results by phone and the medical assistant told you what you should do next.
Your mind goes to many places as you imagine the worst. It could be cancer. It could be diabetes. It could be an incurable disease. After all, the doctor wouldn’t have called you in if it’s wasn’t serious.
A couple of days later you face your doctor. He begins to explain your blood test and remarks that for the most part the test was normal except for one area: Your kidney function test is low. Our kidneys act like a filter taking impurities out of our blood. The normal kidney function marker is greater than ninety points and yours is only 67. Now what?
Your doctor may suggest you cut back in strength and amount of the medications you’re on, so that your kidneys don’t have to work as hard. You may have also been on a boat load of vitamins and minerals, some that are doubled up, so it is suggested that you cut back on those. All of this must be reviewed with your doctor, as cutting back on certain medications can cause serious affects on your body.
But then the doctor does a strange thing. He tells you about some dietary changes you can make to enhance the health of your kidneys.
So what kind of diet was he talking about? Healthline.com posts the article, “The 20 Best Foods for People with Kidney Problems.” The article not only lists helpful foods, but also tells you how much sodium, potassium and phosphorous are in each food. These levels are especially important for people contending with kidney problems.
• • • Please note, if you have kidney disease, your health care provider will have a nutritionist determine the best diet for your individual needs.
Take a look at the Bible verse above. God is interested in your health, and with your help, he can bring health and healing. Then you can be at peace as your kidney function normalizes.
Karen Dalske is a freelance writer, public speaker, is active in her church and writes her blogs out of her own experiences of pain, illness and loss.