12 Easy Ways To Save Your Kidneys And Lower Creatinine Levels Naturally

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Has your doctor told you that your creatinine levels are too high? Don’t despair; they are easier to lower than you might have been told.

In case you don’t know, creatinine is a chemical waste product that happens through the natural metabolism of the muscles. The kidneys normally expel this compound. However, when creatinine levels remain high for some time, this is often an indicator of weak kidney function. The normal range for males is 0.6 to 1.2 MG/DL. For women, the normal range is 0.5 to 1.1 MG/DL. Men usually have slightly higher levels because they generally have more muscle mass.

There are many factors that can contribute to high creatinine levels, including dehydration, certain medications, kidney disease, diabetes, thyroid problems, excessive strenuous exercise, and high blood pressure.

Most people experience high creatinine levels due to body building, eating large quantities of meat, and taking creatine supplements.

How do you know if you have high creatinine levels? You might have high levels if you experience problems such as poor appetite, itchy skin, shortness of breath, dark colored urine, nausea, vomiting, decreased urine output and fatigue.

Since high creatinine levels can mean kidney problems, you should see your doctor for a proper diagnosis. However, if you have seen your doctor and you are looking for ways to lower your creatinine levels, we have 12 of the easiest ways that you can do exactly that!

Want to know more? Keep reading; you are going to love it when you find out just how easy this is going to be!


1. Chitosan

Although many people think of chitosan as a way to manage their weight, adding chitosan supplements to your diet can reduce both cholesterol levels and creatinine. Most people consume between 1,000 and 4,000 mgs each day. Speak with your doctor about the proper dosage for your unique situation.

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2. Chamomile Tea

The Journal of Agriculture Food Chemicals published a study that found that subjects who consumed chamomile tea had lower creatinine levels. This natural tea also works as a mild sedative and will help you sleep at night. Start off drinking one cup of chamomile tea each night about 30 minutes before bedtime.


3. Go Vegetarian

Since eating a diet high in meat is one of the causes of high creatinine levels, eating a mostly plant based diet will help to remove creatine from the body since you won’t be adding more of it to your system. Plant based diets have been shown to reduce the risk of kidney disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure. So if you have very high creatinine levels, you might want to consider going vegetarian.

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4. Stinging Nettle

Stinging nettle is known to remove toxins and metabolic waste from the body. This herb is also a mild diuretic which helps to flush out the kidneys through a higher urine output. Of course we don’t expect you to eat stinging nettle plants right out of your yard, but drinking the tea from this herb is super healing. It will lower creatinine levels and improve your immunity at the same time. Please note that nettle can interfere with certain prescription drugs. Please consult with your doctor if you are taking any medication.


5. Barley Water

This is a natural kidney cleanser and also works as a mild diuretic. Barley water reduces blood urea nitrogen levels, and since it is rich in fiber, barley can help reduce blood sugar levels as well. To use this method, boil one cup of barley in 4 cups of water for 30 minutes. Strain and allow to cool until it is just warm. Drink this water each day. You can also replace the refined flour in your diet with some barley flour.


6. Dandelion Root

That weed out in your garden? Go pull it up! You are going to use it to make tea. OK, if you don’t have any dandelions, you can buy premade tea bags. This common weed is a powerful detoxifying agent that will flush out toxins and lower creatinine levels all at once. Dandelion root also improves overall kidney function. Drink a cup of dandelion root tea two or three times each day for 2 weeks.

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7. Chinese Rhubarb

This plant is also a mild diuretic that encourages detoxification. By increasing the excretion of metabolic waste, it will lower creatinine levels naturally. This plant also improves overall kidney function. Boil one stalk of Chinese rhubarb in one cup of water. Strain and drink this twice each day for 7 to 10 days. If you have a history of kidney stones, choose another method.


8. Cinnamon

No, the people you saw in that YouTube video doing the cinnamon challenge were not trying to lower their creatinine levels, but you can use it to do exactly that! Cinnamon is good for those with kidney problems and high creatinine levels. This spice increases urine output and stimulates renal filtration. Cinnamon also regulates blood sugar levels, which can prevent further kidney damage. Add cinnamon to everything! Your baked goods, oatmeal, coffee, hot chocolate, and cereal. Consume no more than one teaspoon of cinnamon each day.


9. Sage

Sage has been found in studies to help remove creatinine from subjects who were suffering from kidney failure. Sage removes creatinine from the body as well as improving blood circulation. Drink one cup of sage tea three times each day. Please note that if you are diabetic or if you have liver or kidney disease, you should choose another remedy.

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10. Siberian Ginseng

The compound in Siberian ginseng, eleutheroside, is mostly thought of as a way to obtain more energy, but it is also very effective at removing excess creatinine from the body. Siberian ginseng revitalizes the kidneys and improves blood circulation. You will also have that energy thing going on, so you win all the way around with this one. A typical dose is 300 to 600 mgs each day. Consult with your doctor for the proper dosage for your unique situation. Siberian ginseng may also interfere with certain prescription drugs. Again, consult with your doctor.


11. Corn Silk

This is a natural diuretic that is also a powerful anti-inflammatory agent. The diuretic action will lower high blood pressure and reduce edema as well as removing excess levels of creatinine. Drink corn silk as a tea by adding two teaspoons of dried corn silk to a cup of boiling water. Cover and allow to steep for 15 minutes. Strain and drink three cups of this tea each day.


12. Astragalus

This traditional Chinese herbal medicine can help to slow the progression of chronic kidney disease and help to lower creatinine levels. This ancient herb will also improve digestion and strengthen the metabolism. Drink two or three cups of this tea, preferably one cup after each meal. Please note that those with autoimmune diseases should consult with their doctors before consuming this herb as it can stimulate the immune system.


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Extra Tips:

  • Be sure to increase your water intake
  • Avoid strenuous exercise as this encourages the breakdown of creatinine
  • Reduce minerals such as potassium and sodium in your diet
  • Avoid foods such as soybeans, peanuts, pumpkin seeds, nuts, and seafood as they tend to increase the liver’s production of creatine
  • Replace sodas, tea and coffee with herbal teas and water