Our muscles contain something called as creatine and it is broken down into creatinine when we work out. This waste product is usually flushed out of our bodies by the kidneys but when they fail to do so, creatinine starts building up which may lead to kidney failure.
Also, there is a spike in creatinine levels when there is a case of impaired renal function, nephritis, urinary obstruction, muscle diseases, acromegaly and heart failure. When dehydrated, there is a slight increase in creatinine levels.
The normal range of creatinine should be 0.5-1.1 for females and 0.5-1.2 for men. If your numbers fall out of this range, here’s what you should do.
– Avoid food with high protein content in it. This includes beans and their products, fish, milk, egg white and lean meat.
– Foods high in potassium and phosphorous should also be avoided. Also avoid food with high sodium content.
– Cabbage, cucumber, omega-3 rich foods, raw onions, garlic, radish, cauliflower, sprouts and soy products are healthy choices for those with high creatinine content.
As kidneys start failing, they may not function very effectively. At this point, water intake should be monitored.