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Old 05-19-2009, 11:27 AM   #1
Elizabeth Hall
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Crossfit w/ Kidney Disease?

Wondering if CF is safe for people with kidney disease? I did 2 out of the 3 chipper classes but got intense migraines after each one. I talked to the trainers today and they suggested gatorade or upping my salt intake. I'm on a low salt diet due to kidney disease. I emailed my Nephrologist to ask her about doing CF. Anyone know? Is there an alternatives to gatorade or salt that aren't hard on the kidneys and keep you well hydrated? Thanks everyone!
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Old 05-19-2009, 01:16 PM   #2
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Re: Crossfit w/ Kidney Disease?

If you're sweating and not getting enough electrolytes (and kideys aren't doing their job well) then yeah you could have problems with hyponatremia or something along those lines... would cause the brain to swell a bit and give you the headaches.

You can't just add some salt to water? I would THINK that wouldn't be bad on them because it's fairly normal stuff

Well, I'm not too sure what would be hard on the kidneys at least so I'll refrain from posting any -_-
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Old 04-12-2010, 08:50 PM   #3
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Re: Crossfit w/ Kidney Disease?

I found this low sodium sport drink.
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Old 04-14-2010, 05:24 PM   #4
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Re: Crossfit w/ Kidney Disease?

pedialyte works or
just squeeze some pure orange juice and water that down 4 parts. this will give you sufficient na k+ and glucose replacement. If your on a Renal diet of ANY SORT... then ask your nephro md or RDN for guidance.

But as a rule of thumb, some migraines are triggered by dehydration ( drink more water unless your on a fluid intake restriction) 2-neck strain 3 breathing too fast.
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Old 05-12-2010, 08:04 PM   #5
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Re: Crossfit w/ Kidney Disease?

My mother is currently training with me and is in End Stage Renal Failure due to polycystic kidney disease... she's on dialysis and struggles with the balancing of her liquid intake more than the wods! For her, drinking a sports drink during and after seems to be working. She has a lot of monitoring (3x week) though, so it's fairly straightforward to be sure that she's balanced.

Kudos to you for not letting kidney disease stop you from CrossFitting. My mom is sad she didn't have this earlier in life when she may have avoided some of the difficulties of her current status.
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