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Home Remedies For Nephritis

Submitted by Loring A. Windblad on December 14, 2009

An inflammation of one or both kidneys is termed as nephritis. The kidneys are one of the most important organs in the body as its main function is to filter the blood and eliminate excess fluids and toxins from the body. There are many conditions that can cause inflammation of the kidneys but timely medical intervention can help in reversing the condition.

When the inflammation worsens, symptoms are likely to develop and become acute and hence medication is extremely critical in resolving the condition. If nephritis is not treated promptly, it can lead to advanced kidney rubor resulting in renal failure and may ultimately cause death.

One of the most important aims when treating nephritis is to reduce the inflammation and control the damage brought to the kidneys due to the medical condition. Medication helps in supporting the body until renal function is resumed to normal. Home remedies can be used in conjunction with conventional treatment but must never be used as a primary form of treatment.

It can help in restricting the intake of sodium, potassium, excess protein and certain kinds of fluids during a bout of nephritis. In some cases doctors also advise complete bed rest. Most forms of nephritis are treated along with medication to control hypertension.

In most acute forms of nephritis, dialysis may be necessary and in due course of time it may only be a temporary measure to control the condition. Fortunately children recover faster from nephritis under proper treatment but adults are slower to recover and stand at a greater risk of developing complications or progressing into chronic nephritis.

Some home remedies that can be useful in controlling nephritis include drinking plenty of fresh vegetable juice such as cucumbers, carrots and celery.

Fresh juicy fruits such as pineapples, watermelons, apples, oranges and grapes may also be introduced into the diet. However certain vegetables must be avoided, such as rhubarb and spinach as these contain large amounts of oxalates that can interact with the functioning of the kidneys.

Similarly, foods containing cocoa and chocolate must also be restricted, owing to the [presence of oxalic acid in them. Certain foods that must be avoided include caffeinated beverages, alcoholic drinks, saturated fatty products and junk food. A glass of freshly prepared carrot juice blended with a tablespoon of honey is believed to be an ideal remedy for treating nephritis. The blended juice must be consumed everyday in the morning prior to breakfast.
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