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What about juicing?

Juicing with nutrient dense fruits and vegetables help a body to gain all the required vitamins and minerals plus many of the micronutrients. The intake of micronutrients allows the body to feel full, to obtain many of small ingredients needed to keep a body functioning and to remain healthy. Some juices that are particularly helpful and alkaline producing are: melon, cabbage, lemon, orange, citrus. When a body has very large cystic organs the room is limited within the body to obtain and eat quantities of food. Juicing also provides a nutrient dense source of food that has low or limited volume, important when our cystic organs become huge.

How to easily swallow large tablets?

If  bananas are allowed in the diet, try chewing a bite of banana but do not swallow it. Then place the tablet in amongst the chewed banana and swallow both together without chewing the pill. Another method is to see if the tablet is made in an easy to swallow gel cap. Calcium Citrate now comes in petites, that are smaller and easier to swallow.

Why is Glucosamine and Chondroitin to be avoided?

It is made from shellfish and shark cartilage, these are high in copper and high in oxalates. These are detrimental to individuals with PKD. If one has an iodine allergy to imaging dyes, this may have a cross over allergy. A low - oxalate diet may be necessary to prevent future kidney stone formation. Completed GAIT clinical trials, a multi-center trial of 1500 individuals Glucosamine/chondroitin Arthritis Intervention Trial (GAIT), run for 24-weeks, concluded that Glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate alone or in combination did not reduce pain effectively in the overall group of patients with osteoarthritis of the knee. Analyses suggest that the combination of glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate may be effective in the subgroup of patients with moderate-to-severe knee pain must be confirmed by another trial. Another clinical trial of Glucosamine supplementation showed that it does not affect blood sugar in individuals with type 2 diabetes mellitus. The American College of Radiologists concluded that there was a possible benefit in severe cases of knee osteoarthritis. Another comment from the NIH. Here are vegetarian glucosamine.

Why is Noni juice (Morinda citrifolia) to be avoided?

Hawaii is home to the growers of noni juice. Noni has had some cases of harm to kidneys according to the growers of noni juice. They suggested with my history of both kidney and liver  disease, I avoid noni. Noni is very high in potassium and has been a cause of very high potassium levels. Lemon juice is a great flush, low in potassium, cheaper to obtain, and makes one alkaline .There are several cases in the literature that  link noni to inflamed livers (hepatitis).

Hepatitis induced by Noni juice from Morinda citrifolia
Hepatotoxicity of Noni juice: report of two cases.
Acute hepatitis caused by Noni

Why are multivitamins to be avoided?

Unless prescribed for you by your physician, avoid multivitamins. Ask if you can take individual vitamins as needed. Multivitamins contain high amounts of copper. Researchers have noted that individuals who develop cancers have higher amounts of copper in their bodies. Additionally multiple vitamins contain many of the fat soluble vitamins that can lead to an vitamin excess. Choose an all natural vitamin made from a food source so the micronutrients will be present. Some take supplements or vitamins specifically needed than re-check these vitamin levels. This allows the body to continue to manufacture its own vitamins such as B12 from food. Certain vitamins if taken after 2pm, interrupt a restful night's sleep i.e. B vitamins. Some alternate ways to take a month's vitamins is one month on, and one month off.

For Your Reference

These lists are gathered from individual experiences living in a body with cystic organs. This is based on empirical knowledge.
Useful Alkaline Diet Trials Avoid
Useful Chemicals Low High K+ Avoid Chemicals
Useful Grains Menus Avoid Grains
Useful Herbs Better Proteins Avoid Herbs
Useful Other Recipes Avoid Other
Meat Carbon Footprint Xenoestrogens Avoid What's On My Food? App
Meat Choose Well Calculate neutral protein Produce:Dirty Dozen App
Meat Methodology Safe cosmetics Produce:Harvest App
Sunscreen guide Phytoestrogens Avoid Sunscreen App
City water Phthalates Restaurant nutrition App
Moringa Saving Failing Kidneys Fish: Seafood Watch App
Fish: guide Fish: Mercury content Fish: Mercury App

PKD Diet Kidney iBookstore Alkaline Diet Foods App PLD Diet Liver iBookstore

We are  sharing our experiences with PKD/PLD Diet, an adjunct diet envisioning it complementing a physician's prescribed medical therapy. Consider testing this with your doctor's prior knowledge, who can  adjust it according to your own uniqueness by adding it to your current  treatment.

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