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Does 'Buko' juice cure kidney problems?

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Have you been told that drinking fresh 'Buko' (coconut) juice enhances the health of our kidneys and solves conditions like Urinary Tract Infection (UTI), highly concentrated urine or high level of createnine?
Did you actually believe that?
According to medical researches, no study has yet proven the accuracy of these claims; therefore, drinking coconut water to enhance kidney functions is a myth, or just an old hypothesis waiting yet to be backed-up by medical stats.
Actually, one medical practitioner even said "It is just hype-up," said Dr. John Li, a nephrologist.
"Buko juice has a high calorie content which is not good for those with hypertension and high blood lipid levels particularly triglyceride," he added.
Meanwhile, renal transplant surgeon Dr. Alvin Roxas likewise agreed that it is all hype-up.
"Coconut juice is actually a diuretic and is not good for some with certain diseases," bared Roxas.
"Nothing beats water to hydrate the body," he added.
One of the tips on renal care cited by Li is drinking lots of water to avoid dehydration- a condition which is common in tropical countries like the Philippines.
Roxas, on the other hand, said the only way to avoid chronic kidney dysfunction is early detection which is simply submitting to an annual urinalysis examination.
"Urinalysis only costs P60 which is very cheap compared to close to a million pesos in case of kidney transplant due to renal failure," said Roxas.
Li said the only way to take care of one's kidneys is to live a healthy lifestyle by kicking bad habits such as smoking, and limiting alcohol intake to only one beer bottle per day. He also encouraged more vegetables and fruits in the diet, drinking lots of water, while avoiding salty and sweet foods. Li added that regular exercise is good for the health. (PIA)
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Last Modified: 2017-Sep-19 23.31.24 UTC+0800