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Is fermented drinks such as kefir safe for the liver and kidneys? Do they contain alcohol?

Is fermented drinks such as kefir safe for the liver and kidneys? Do they contain alcohol?

Etoh in kefir: From what I just found out by googling the alcohol content of Kefir it depends on how it is made. Amazing what u can find on google. Try it sometime. The highest % ETOH is 3%. So convert your source ETOH % to how much you drink a day and see if you exceed 4 Oz of ETOH a day. If not should be OK. Seems like a lot of kefir. Cheers! ...Read more

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Liver (Definition)

This organ plays a major role in metabolism and has a number of functions in the body, including glycogen storage, decomposition of red blood cells, plasma protein synthesis, hormone production, and detoxification. It lies below the diaphragm in the abdominal-pelvic region of the abdomen. It produces bile, an alkaline compound which aids in digestion via the emulsification of ...Read more


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What to do if I've been drinking a lot of alcohol over the past month. Have I done serious damage to my kidneys/liver?

What to do if I've been drinking a lot of alcohol over the past month. Have I done serious damage to my kidneys/liver?

Alcohol ingestion: The kidneys merely excrete water and excessive alcohol (A) ingestion does not really affect them. The same cannot be said for your liver. Excessive A ingestion can damage your liver, as the liver metabolizes A. If your drinking was only for one month, not much damage should have been done, unless you have a long history of A ingestion previously. If you make dark urine, see a physician. ...Read more

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How long can it take to damage your liver/kidneys from drinking alcohol?

How long can it take to damage your liver/kidneys from drinking alcohol?

It depends: There are many factors involved, such as other stressors on these organs, your age, how often you drink and how much at a time. If you have a family history of alcoholism or other drug addiction, it becomes more likely that your drinking will at some point get our of control. In general, the heavier you drink, the more damage is done. ...Read more

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Can alcohol poisoning kill you? How badly can it damage you liver and kidneys if you've had it 3 times?

Can alcohol poisoning kill you? How badly can it damage you liver and kidneys if you've had it 3 times?

Too much alcohol: Too much alcohol can kill you in many ways, such as it can put you in a coma and acidosis, you can fall and hit your head, you can get into an accident driving and you can hurt others in accident or even emotionally. The risk of liver and later kidney disease if from prolonged intake of alcohol and constant damage to the tissues. ...Read more

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Hi. If I have astained from alcohol for 7 days is that long enough to be outta my system for a cbc, lipid, liver and kidney?

Hi. If I have astained from alcohol for 7 days is that long enough to be outta my system for a cbc, lipid, liver and kidney?

Water soluble: EtOH is water soluble and out of your system in 24 hours. If you are a heavy drinker it can take months for your liver enzymes to normalize. It is long enough to give you a realistic picture of your actual health. ...Read more

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What if the patient has liver cirrhosis (alcohol) and his kidneys have failed/are failing. Can Dialysis help. He is unconcious:- (?

What if the patient has liver cirrhosis (alcohol) and his kidneys have failed/are failing. Can Dialysis help. He is unconcious:- (?

Poor prognosis: Renal failure in a patient with end-staged liver disease portends a very poor prognosis. Hepatorenal syndrome is complex and poorly understood but mortality is very high within weeks of development. While dialysis can prolong life, unless he is a liver transplant candidate, his quality and length of life will be severely curtailed. ...Read more

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My dad has macrocytic anemia. 10 hemoglobin, 29 hematocrit, 14 platelets, MCV 107. Tests for kidney, liver, wbc, mch, vit B12 are normal. Why? No alcohol

More labs: Thyroid and Folic Acid should be assayed. A reticulocyte count is also in order as new-made reds can be quite large. Has the pathologist or hematologist looked at the peripheral smear? ...Read more

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Can I continue to be taking alcohol with a lower back pain nd itching on every area of my abdomen after drinking?

Can I continue to be taking alcohol with a lower back pain nd itching on every area of my abdomen after drinking?

No: While many people use etoh to help relieve anxiety and/or pain- it is not a good idea to try to fix something you don't understand. In your case, I would see your doctor to get labs and check your health. ...Read more

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Every time I take even 1 sip of alcohol, I get pain across my mid/lower back & abdomen, almost as if I had been working out and my muscles are tensing. Goes away after 10 min or so. Blood work always normal. What could be the cause?

Every time I take even 1 sip of alcohol, I get pain across my mid/lower back & abdomen, almost as if I had been working out and my muscles are tensing. Goes away after 10 min or so. Blood work always normal. What could be the cause?

? Heritage: Some people are deficient in an enzyme that is needed for metabolism of alcohol. In the absence of this enzyme, acetyl-aldehyde, a product in the metabolic pathway of alcohol, accumulates and causes symptoms. Consider it a blessing, as alcohol is a poison that never did anybody any good, ever. Stay away from alcohol.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more

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Is my liver going to fail if I don't give up drinking alcohol?

Beats me: Did a doctor tell you that it was causing damage? If yes, then if you keep drinking, you will do more damage. We have lots more liver than we need, and it takes many years of heavy drinking to cause liver failure, and not all heavy drinkers get liver damage. Assuming you did have liver abnormalities and you are still drinking, then you clearly need some help. Talk to doctor about treatment. ...Read more

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The last 3 days, my liver hurts a lot and I can't concentrate. I don't drink alcohol, but I eat a lot. Is that the problem?

The last 3 days, my liver hurts a lot and I can't concentrate. I don't drink alcohol, but I eat a lot. Is that the problem?

"Liver" pain: If you are having pain on the right upper side of the abdomen in the region of the liver, it is more likely that you're having pain from the gallbladder or pancreas than from the liver itself. It is important for you to get this evaluated. I would see your doctor or go to the emergency room ASAP. Good luck. ...Read more

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I don't smoke and drink alcohol... But my liver is fatty... May I know the causes for this... How can I improve on my condition through diet?

I don't smoke and drink alcohol... But my liver is fatty... May I know the causes for this... How can I improve on my condition through diet?

Excess carbs-lowcarb: You have non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, caused by excess simple carbs, esp. High fructose corn syrup, other sugars ; grains, as well as trans fats in fried foods. Avoid sugars ; starches ; emphasize vegies ; quality proteins. Weight loss ; exercise, fish or flax oil, vit d3 ; natural e with mixed tocopherols help. See http://bit. Ly/1l0v1ev
i advise dr. Fuhrman's diet: http://bit. Ly/1dhw9ht. ...Read more

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If your liver GGT is elevated twice in a row within 3 months apart and don't consume alcohol, should I be concerned? Any follow up tests necessary?

If your liver GGT is elevated twice in a row within 3 months apart and don't consume alcohol, should I be concerned? Any follow up tests necessary?

Need more info: What were your GGT levels? Did the level increase between two readings? What medications do you take? Have you been tested for Hepatitis C? What are the results of other liver function tests? It would be prudent to discuss the matter with the doctor who ordered the tests. ...Read more

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What's effect of alcohol on the liver?

What's effect of alcohol on the liver?

It's a toxin: In large doses... It's relatively beneficial in small amounts. ...Read more

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Is alcohol or soda bad for the kidneys?

Is alcohol or soda bad for the kidneys?

Harm to kidneys...: ...Is of lower degree than harm to brain, liver and stomach from alcohol. ...Read more

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Would a damaged liver worsen the effects of alcohol?

Absolutely: Alcohol is a toxin. If your liver is already injured, using alcohol can make this worse.

However, a damaged liver should worsen the effects of alcohol elsewhere in the body (such as getting drunk more easily). ...Read more

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I've been drinkin for years but haven't touched any now for nearly 1 week, would alcohol still be in my liver? Thanks

I've been drinkin for years but haven't touched any now for nearly 1 week, would alcohol still be in my liver? Thanks

Damage Present: The damage would be present but the alcohol would have been metabolized by now. A blood test could tell you and your doctor how much damage is present and how long for your liver to recover so you should see your md. Congratulations on stopping the use of alcohol. ...Read more

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What helps in clearing the liver and blood of alcohol?

What helps in clearing the liver and blood of alcohol?

Don't binge!: A healthy liver will clear alcohol quicker than you may think. Your brain, that's another story. So, do not binge, drink in excess, or think your liver will last forever... ...Read more

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What are the causes of psorosis of the liver besides alcohol?

What are the causes of psorosis of the liver besides alcohol?

Many: There are many causes of liver injury and cirrhosis besides alcohol. Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, hepatitis viruses b and c, autoimmune liver disease (pbc, psc, autoimmune hepatitis), genetic liver disease (hemochromatosis, wilson), and other less common causes. ...Read more

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How far back can a liver biopsy detect alcohol?

How far back can a liver biopsy detect alcohol?

It depends/extent,,,: This depends on the perceived amount of alcohol consumption as well as the patient's sensitivity to alcohol. The biopsy actually determines the extent of liver damage which may be caused by alcohol as well as other things. Early damage, like fatty liver can be from alcohol or obesity, while later damage like cirrhosis can be from these and/or hepatitis. Biopsy is the last, most definitive test ...Read more

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Can a liver repair itself after abuse by alcohol?

Can a liver repair itself after abuse by alcohol?

That depends largely: On the type and amount of damage to the liver. Your doctor will be in the best position to determine how much your liver can repair. ...Read more

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What's the effect of alcohol on the kidneys and lungs?

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Alcohol kidney lung: Massive amount can overwhelm kidney and liver capacity to eliminate alcohol and toxic levels can kill. Kidneys otherwise filter much faster (to be simple) but main organs that suffer are brain liver heart and vascular system. Cirrhosis can occur 15-20y later, hypertension can be consequence of alcoholism, heart muscle can loose power to contract properly and enlarge then fail, arrythmia then occur. ...Read more

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Can liver disease symptoms go away if you quit alcohol?

Yes and no: If liver disease is caused by alcohol and damage is still reversible, yes. Sometimes, if cirrhosis is severe enough, nothing will reverse it, and only treatment is transplant. If liver disease is caused by viral hepatitis, fatty liver, or any other cause, probably not. ...Read more

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What does alcohol do to the kidney I have kidney failure

What does alcohol do to the kidney I have kidney failure

Alcohol in ESRD: You should check with the dietician and your nephrologist at your dialysis center before you have any alcohol (a). If you have a, check the potassium, sodium and phosphorus levels found in the beverage you are consuming. You also need to include the liquid content of the beverage you are ingesting into your daily allowable fluid intake. A is metabolized in the liver and make sure it is healthy. ...Read more

Kidney (Definition)

The kidneys are paired organs that lie on either side of the vertebral column. Part of their critical functions include the excretion of urine and removal of nitrogenous wastes products from the blood. They regulate acid-base, electrolyte, fluid balance and blood pressure. Through hormonal signals, the kidneys control the ...Read more