I don’t want to write about the Coronavirus. After being on immunosuppresants for 24 years, I know how to stay safe. Everything, and I mean everything, comes down to personal hygiene. Wash your hands. Don’t go to places with a lot of people, don’t move in groups. Wear a mask, change your masks regularly. Only wear gloves while driving or being driven, after which you should throw them away and wash your hands. Then wash your hands again. To be completely frank, you’d be surprised how dirty some people are. They seem clean, but fundamentally, they’re not. That’s why you have to take care of yourself, and not count on other people. It’s unreliable.

During the Coronavirus, the dialysis is shorter. That doesn’t just cause excess water, but a very basic, yet important issue: Accumulation of potassium and phosphorus in the organism.

How to get through this?

Potassium is in every foodstuff, and is crucial to the function, namely contraction, of muscles. It’s the kidney’s job to filter out extra potassium out of your body. When kidneys fail, dialysis is very successfull at quickly and efficiently depose of the excess potassium. However, in times such as these, when dialysis is shortened, adjustements to food preparation need to be made. Don’t eat bananas and tomatoes at any cost. At least for the time being. First and foremost, leave your fruits and vegetables in water, for around two hours (especially potatoes), and throw that water away. You can now consume the fruit, but should throw away the water in which you cook your potatoes, just in case. Fruits are best consumed when in a jam or dessert. You can eat them raw once, and as a dessert the second time. It’s the best of both worlds! You’re eating everything your heart (which is also a muscle) desires, while avoiding putting stress on it.

How to recognize excess potassium in your organism­?

If your mouth, tongue or feet tingle, make sure to let your physician know.

Phosphorus and phosphates are essential for teeth, bone, and muscle composition. It’s also in every foodstuff, some less, some more. In pasta and rice, for example, it’s a lost less present. It’s also closely associated to protein. This doesn’t mean you should take in less protein, especially not meat or fish. One should decrease “Old cheese” intake, fresh cheese and eggs are fine. Milk is full of phosphorus, and should be substituted by cream and water. Look out for baking powder, it’s also chock-full of phosphates. The most important thing when avoiding phosphates is consuming fresh food, rather than canned and semi-frozen. Look out for emulsifiers, the dreaded E, which became a common staple in most produce. There are drugs prescribed by doctors, if one needs to reduce phosphate levels in the organism, which are taken with food.

That’s it from me. During this age of the Coronavirus, state of emergency, help yourself, because no one else will.

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