The opportunity for extending life grows brighter. While advances in the CR Way approach to caloric restriction and stem cell activation offer a whole-body approach to slowing aging, strategies to optimize the function of the body’s vital organs are also part of the CR Way approach.
For example, consider last night’s teleconference, which launched the CR Way Healthy Kidney Project. To slow and possibly reverse the age-related decline of kidney structure and its vital filtration function, we discussed how pure water and additional fluid intake can play an important role. Here, use of the NutriBase CR Way edition software to manage fluid intake is very helpful.
The soon-to-be-released NutriBase CR Way Software Edition 10 will add a new Kidney Stone Profile, which helps users evaluate the content of their fluids to make sure that oxalates and other dietary intake that may affect kidney function and plaque build-up are not excessive. It will also emphasize more advanced nutrient monitoring. Going beyond simple evaluations, along with vitamin and mineral intake, we will encourage users to be on the cutting edge by using the customized analysis, offered by the software’s “My Fields” function.
Consider this diagram that shows the approximate oxalate content of 100 grams of sweet potatoes, 29 mg. It’s an example of how you can use the flexible “My Fields” function to enter oxalate content of your favorite CR Way foods.
Addition of the oxalate content allows analysis of one’s daily oxalate intake. Dietary oxalates are a prime risk factor for kidney stones, which occur among 2 million Americans every year and are increasing rapidly worldwide. See this:
Romero V, Akpinar H, Assimos DG.
Reviws in Urology 2010 Spring;12(2-3):e86-96.
Oxalates may also be involved in plaque accumulation: Atherosclerotic Oxalosis in Coronary Arteries
“There are many forms of oxalosis, with deposition of oxalate crystals in various organs, including arteries. In this retrospective study we describe deposition of calcium oxalate crystals within atherosclerotic plaques in coronary arteries of four patients, a site of oxalate deposition not previously reported. We suggest the phrase “atherosclerotic oxalosis” for this finding.
Knowing the oxalate content of your diet is a first step in oxalate management. Citrate and fluid intake should also be monitored. The NutriBase CR Way Edition 10 will make oxalate management easier and ultimately improve kidney function and possibly preventing deadly oxalate build up in other tissues. And if you are at risk for painful kidney stones – you will have a new tool that helps you avoid them.