Lemon is often used as juice or herbal tea with a lot of nutrition, so patients with Stage 4 FSGS would like to recommend drink some lemon juice. Can patients with Stage 4 FSGS drink lemon juice?
Stage 4 FSGS Kidney Disease
FSGS is the abbreviation of focal segmental glomerular sclerosis. Glomerular filtration rate (GFR) divides FSGS into five stages. Stage 4 FSGS means kidneys are functioning at 15%~29%. In this case, kidneys are not functioning so efficiently, so patients should choose correct foods to eat to reduce the burden on kidneys.
This just is made from lemon, which is rich in vitamin C, potassium, folic acid, protein, vitamin B1, vitamin B2, sugar, calcium, phosphorus, and so on. These substances determine lemon juice can bring the following health benefits for patients with Stage 4 FSGS.
1. Prompt appetite
With the buildup of waste products and toxins, Stage 4 FSGS patients may have poor appetite that makes patients can’t take in enough nutrition. From this point, it is important for these patients to improve their appetite and take in enough nutrition. Lemon juice is one drink that can prompt the secretion of protease in stomach, so as to stimulate gastrointestinal peristalsis. This is beneficial to assist food digest.
2. Reduce hypertension
High blood pressure is one common symptom of Stage 4 FSGS. As the above mentioned, lemon juice is rich potassium which can fight against the effect of sodium on blood pressure, so as to lower high blood pressure.
3. Prevent and treat infections
Organic acids like niacin in lemon have a strong bactericidal property, so it can protect these kidney patients from various infections especially caused by bacteria.
Although lemon juice can bring the above health benefits for patients with FSGS, it doesn’t mean all patients with Stage 4 FSGS can drink lemon juice. If you want to know whether you can drink it, just consult the online doctor.