Urine pH and Kidney Disease



In this video, Santa Barbara Nutrients President and UCSB Professor Thomas Weimbs, PhD, discusses how to measure urinary pH, why it’s important for individuals with kidney disease to monitor their urinary pH, and the effects of diet on urinary pH. Santa Barbara Nutrients also announces its sponsorship at the Metabolic Health Summit.


Urinary pH is important to monitor for those who have kidney disease. The urine pH can vary considerably depending on the kind of foods we eat and depending on certain health conditions. A perfectly neutral pH (neither acidic nor alkaline) has a value of 7. Most people in industrialized societies have acidic urine pH (for example, around pH 5 which is 100x more acidic than pH 7) due to the high consumption of acidifying foods such as grains and animal protein (meats, dairy, eggs). Furthermore, many health conditions can affect the urine pH. For example, individuals with chronic kidney disease frequently have acidic urine pH. If the urine pH is too acidic or too alkaline, there is a higher risk that microscopic crystals can form that can damage kidneys and can also lead to kidney stones. For example, acidic urine pH increases the risk of forming crystals and stones composed of calcium oxalate, uric acid, or cystine. A urine pH value near neutral (around pH 6-7.5) is ideal for most people unless they have been told by their healthcare practitioner that their urine pH should have a different value.


Thomas Weimbs, PhD discusses:

– Why it is important for individuals with kidney disease to monitor the pH of their urine

– The relationship between urinary pH and kidney stones

– What the ideal pH range of urine samples is and why

– How to measure urine pH – How often one should measure urine pH

– The best time to measure urine pH

– What low and high urinary pH means


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Please ALWAYS consult your doctor before changing your diet or taking supplements or medication. The posts and discussions in this video do not constitute medical advice. Please consult with your own health care professional regarding any changes you would like to make to your own health care plan.

Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) and Oxalates – Interview with Sally Norton

Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) and Oxalates - Interview with Sally Norton


Dr. Jacob Torres, Head Researcher at Santa Barbara Nutrients interviews oxalate expert and health consultant Sally Norton, MPH. Sally has 35 years of health education and research and is passionate about helping individuals eat for vitality and long-term health.

During this interview, Sally discusses how oxalates are processed in the body, the effects of high oxalate foods for patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD), and why it is important for people with CKD to monitor their oxalate intake.

In this video, Sally Norton, MPH discusses: 

What is oxalate and why is it bad for us? 

-Oxalates and the gut?

-What happens from eating too many oxalates?

-Lost seasonality and high oxalate foods? 

-How to remove oxalate but not all at once?

-What can people do now with oxalate consumption?






To view the full video, please visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rQXEYZuYpN0&t=4s

Nutritional Management for Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD)

Nutritional Management of Autosomal Dominant Polycystic Kidney Disease (ADPKD)

Whatis the latest Nutritional Management for ADPKD? 
Above is a webinar recording from the Virtual PKD Summit 2021, PKD Foundation of Canada, on September 3rd, 2021. Dr. Thomas Weimbs, PhD, Santa Barbara Nutrients President and UCSB Professor speaks on the nutritional management of ADPKD and a ketogenic-focused diet. There is a lot of information regarding diet and polycystic kidney disease. Watch above to see the most recent research! 

YouTube link: https://youtu.be/HxHUUDOy_sU  


 What are the distinct nutritional needs and limitations of individuals with ADPKD?

Recent research has shown that ADPKD is a metabolic disease and that the cells affected in ADPKD exhibit distinct metabolic abnormalities that drive disease progression. Individuals with ADPKD have metabolic abnormalities that can be addressed by nutritional management as detailed below. The specific nutritional interventions that are addressed with KetoCitra are provided by supplementing patients with two natural compounds, beta-hydroxybutyrate (BHB) and citric acid (citrate), in a formulation that also delivers beneficial minerals and an alkaline load.

For more specific nutrition needs, please visit: https://santabarbaranutrients.com/faq/#1632543363936-53c5b16f-2526

Breakthrough Patent Related to Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD)

Santa Barbara Nutrients’ Scientists Awarded Breakthrough Patent Related to Polycystic Kidney Disease


University of California Professor, Dr. Thomas Weimbs, a recognized leader in the Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) research field and Dr. Jacob Torres, Head Researcher of Santa Barbara Nutrients (SBN), identified distinct metabolic polycystic kidney disease mechanisms that can be addressed by the unique formulation of two food ingredients that are Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS): beta-hydroxybutyrate (BHB) and citrate. SBN’s first product, KetoCitra™, is a medical food for the dietary management of PKD and will be launched this year. KetoCitra™ is intended to be used under medical supervision and is covered by this new patent.

What is polycystic kidney disease (PKD)?

PKD is one of the most common, life-threatening genetic diseases, causing kidney enlargement and function loss over time. The disease affects over 600,000 Americans and 13 million people worldwide and is one of the leading causes of kidney failure requiring dialysis or kidney transplantation. There is no cure.

About KetoCitra™
The research by Dr. Weimbs and Dr. Torres showed that two natural compounds, beta-hydroxybutyrate (BHB) and citric acid (citrate), can help the nutritional management of PKD by addressing the metabolic abnormalities that manifest during the progression of the disease. KetoCitra is specifically designed with these two ingredients in a formulation that also delivers beneficial minerals and an alkaline load intended to support the balancing of urine pH.  The inclusion of calcium and magnesium helps to manage the dietary absorption of the renal stressors oxalate and inorganic phosphate.KetoCitra uses only ingredients that are generally recognized as safe (GRAS), is sodium- and sugar-free and formulated to be kidney-safe when used as directed. As a medical food, KetoCitra is to be taken under medical supervision. KetoCitra can be taken by itself but is recommended to be taken in conjunction with specific dietary and lifestyle changes. Researchers at SBN have collaborated with experienced renal dietitians to create a dietary program called Ren.Nu that is administered by the non-profit RenAlign. Patients in the Ren.Nu program, which launches in January 2022, learn to implement a plant-focused, kidney-safe ketogenic diet, together with KetoCitra, in a sustainable way.
“We are pleased that the U.S. Patent Office has recognized our unique research in understanding a complex disease like PKD. This is an important step in our company’s effort to bring affordable products to market that can bring hope to millions of people with PKD around the world,” said Dr. Weimbs, President and Founder of Santa Barbara Nutrients.
To read the full press release, follow this link: https://www.prweb.com/…/santa_barbara…/prweb18206928.htm

Dietary Interventions for Kidney Disease – Interview with a Renal Specialist

Santa Barbara Nutrients Interviews Renal Nutrition Specialist Jessianna Saville

Dr. Jacob Torres, Head Researcher at Santa Barbara Nutrients interviews Jessianna Saville who is a Registered Dietitian and Board Certified Specialist in Renal Nutrition (CSR). She is the President and Executive Director of KidneyRD and the non-profit organization, RenAlign, and co-creator of the Ren.Nu dietary program for PKD. Jessianna focuses on pioneering integrative nutrition approaches for CKD, runs courses for dietitians to teach them in-depth nutrition therapy for CKD, and develops nutrition resources for renal dietitians.

In this interview, Jessianna shares her deep knowledge about dietary interventions for kidney disease, the benefit of ketosis for those with PKD (polycystic kidney disease), and she explains what a plant-focused diet for PKD means.

To watch the full video, please visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LOwT5uf9kXI&t=865s