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Do not die from kidney disease.

Animal products—especially those high in cholesterol—have been linked to causing kidney disease. This is because plugs of fat and cholesterol tend to “clog up the works” in kidneys, disallowing kidneys from functioning at their full capacity and forcing them into a state known as “hyperfiltration,” where they have to work twice as hard to accomplish half as much.

While cholesterol-lowering statin drugs can slow the progress of kidney disease, eating healthier will create a much bigger positive impact.

A higher dietary acid load is associated with a significantly higher chance of protein leaking into the urine—a known symptom of kidney disease. This is because when there is excess acid in your diet, your kidneys produce a base (ammonia) to neutralize the acid. However, high concentrations of ammonia can be toxic, thereby triggering kidney disease.

Luckily, plant-based foods alkalinize the kidneys, so eating more plant-based foods is a good way to prevent high dietary acid levels! The alkalizing effect of plant-based foods also plays a role in the prevention and treatment of kidney stones.

Excess phosphorus in the body is linked to causing kidney failure.

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