Granuflo is an acid concentrate which contains certain chemicals that can be converted in a patient’s body to form bicarbonate. Research indicates that sodium bicarbonate can dramatically slow the progress of chronic kidney disease. In fact, bicarbonate for some patients can delay the need for dialysis, and in other cases, medical doctors believe it could help certain individuals, who are already on dialysis, reverse their condition.
For people with healthy kidneys, however, the kidneys are able to produce sufficient bicarbonate. In fact, it’s estimated that a healthy person’s kidneys can produce up to two hundred and fifty grams of bicarbonate per day to neutralize acidity in the body and restore the body’s pH balance. If the kidneys are unhealthy, however, excess acid builds up in the body, leading to acidosis.
Patients with kidney failure cannot rely on their kidneys to perform their normal functions: filtering wastes, excess fluids, and toxins from the blood. Instead, they often have to have kidney dialysis which uses a machine to performs these functions for their kidneys, restoring the blood to its normal state.
Granuflo is used with the dialysis process to personalize the serum bicarbonate concentration levels. Medical experts believe the use of this additive in some patients can improve “the metabolic aspects and treatment tolerance thus improving the patients’ life quality.”
Unfortunately, in some cases, the improper mixing of Granuflo and bicarbonate prescriptions may also cause the patient’s body to become too alkaline, leading to a metabolic alkalosis.