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Healthy Kidney Diet

Healthy Kidney Diet

This entry is part 2 of 10 in the series Renal Diet

Healthy Kidney Diet

Healthy_Kidney_DietWhy you need a Healthy Kidney Diet and the things of concern in a Renal Diet.

There are many causes of kidney disease and when your kidneys are not working well, waste materials and fluid builds up in your body. When left as it is, the waste and extra fluid lead to bone, heart, and other health problems. When you are in this condition it is a must that you opt for a renal diet. A good kidney-friendly meal plan limits the quantity of certain minerals and fluid you consume on a daily basis. This healthy kidney diet is necessary to help keep the waste and fluid from accumulating and causing problems in your body.

Before deciding on the meal plan you should find out the causes of kidney disease and the healthy kidney diet you select must depend on your stage of kidney disease. In the early stages of your kidney disease, you may not go for the real renal diet and have little or no limits on what you eat and drink. But when you find that your kidney disease is getting worse your doctor has to recommend you to limit the intake of the following in your diet you are taking daily:

  •   Potassium
  •  Phosphorus
  •  Fluids

Potassium

Potassium is a mineral that is available in almost all foods. Potassium is needed for making your muscles work but it must be noted that the intake of potassium must be limited. When you take too much potassium it is dangerous. When your kidneys are not working well, your potassium level may be too high or too low. So, while deciding on the intake of potassium in your renal diet take into consideration that too much or too little potassium can cause irregular heartbeat, muscle cramps, and muscle weakness. But generally the doctor will advise you to limit the amount of potassium you are taking and it is always better to take the advice of a dietician to know the foods that can be taken in your daily diet based on what causes kidney failure in your case.

When you are advised to take low potassium foods you can add more of Apples, Cranberries, Grapes, Pineapples and Strawberries Cauliflower, Onions, Peppers, Radishes, summer and Zucchini Squash, Lettuce, Pita, Tortillas And White Breads Bran Products And Granola Beef And Chicken, White Rice Etc.

At the same time if your dietician prescribes a high potassium diet then you can add more of Avocados, Bananas, Melons, Oranges, Prunes And Raisins, Artichokes, Kale, Plantains, Spinach, Potatoes And Tomatoes, Beans (Baked, Black, Pinto, Etc.), Brown Or Wild Rice etc.

Phosphorus 

is one of the most essential minerals needed by the body and in the studies conducted to find out what causes kidney failure the importance of keeping this at correct levels in any healthy kidney diet   is stressed. When your kidneys are not healthy, they cannot maintain the balance of phosphorus in the body and hence you have to limit the amount of phosphorus in your diet and depending on the stage of the kidney disease you may be given a phosphorus binder to keep the level of it in your blood within the right levels. To maintain the right phosphorus levels add more of Italian, French or sourdough bread, Corn or rice cereals and cream of wheat, Unsalted popcorn, light-colored sodas and lemonade etc

 

Fluids

When your doctor has ascertained the real causes of kidney disease, he would have advised you to take little fluids and you must avoid drinking too much fluids as this gets accumulated in your body. This may lead to dangerous problems and hence you have to reduce the amount of water you take in.

When you are wondering about what causes kidney failure, you must understand the diet you are taking plays a major role and hence you have to be very careful in taking only a very good healthy kidney diet to help your kidneys function well for a long time.

Diet Tips For Healthy Kidneys

Diet Tips For Healthy Kidneys

This entry is part 1 of 5 in the series Dr Joycelyn

Diet Tips For Healthy Kidneys

 

Diet Tips For Healthy KidneysDiet Tips For Healthy Kidneys. Your kidneys are important to keep your overall health. This pair of kidney-shaped organs filters product wastes from your blood and throws them all out through your urine. Aside from producing urine, your kidneys also help in regulating your blood pressure, keeping your bones stay strong and making healthy red blood cells.
Drink lots of water to stay hydrated
Keeping yourself well-hydrated helps keep your kidneys functioning well. Your urine should look straw-colored or even paler. If your urine looks darker, then it is a sure sign that you need to drink lots of water to correct your dehydrated. The recommended amount of water you need to drink every 24 hours is 8 glasses – that is roughly 2 liters of water per day. You should never substitute your water needs with any sugar-containing drinks, says Kidney Health Australia. Drinks that contain sugar or caffeine may cause or even worsen health problems.
Eat a healthy and well-balanced diet
Eating a healthy and well-balanced diet ensures you that you are taking in all the essential nutrients, vitamins, and minerals to keep your kidneys, as well as all the other organs within your body, healthy. Eat lots of colorful fruits and vegetables. Moderate your fat and salt intake. A study published by Journal of Nephrology states that high intake of salt can overload and damage your kidney’s function, causing it to enlarge, thicken and become stiff.
Don’t drink too much alcohol
Your kidneys can tolerate a little alcohol. However, drinking too much of it can damage not only your kidneys but also other organ systems within your body. Your kidneys filter the harmful substances within your body – and that includes alcohol. Alcohol changes the way your kidney functions causing them to filter your blood less, explains the National Kidney Foundation. Alcohol also dehydrates your body, thereby affecting the normal functions of your cells, tissues and organs, including your kidneys.
Having a healthy diet is important if you want to preserve the normal function of your kidneys. Observing these diets tips can keep your kidneys on the go. Staying healthy and eating healthy can keep your kidneys healthy too.

Dr. Jocelyn Ibanez-Pantaleon is a physician and a professional blogger. Her greatest passion is to share her knowledge about disease prevention through healthy living. Through her articles, she strives to make a difference by educating patients about chronic health problems, such as kidney diseases, hypertension, and diabetes.

Learn more about Diet Tips For Healthy Kidneys on this website.
Dr. Jocelyn

Reference:
Kidney Health Australia: Drink to satisfy thirst – water is the recommended fluid!
Journal of Nephrology; Sal Intake and Kidney Disease; Boero, R. et al; May-June 2002
National Kidney Foundation: Alcohol and your kidneys

Kicking it with kidney food

Kicking It With Kidney Food

This entry is part 7 of 10 in the series Renal Diet

Kicking It With Kidney Food

Kicking it with kidney foodKicking it with kidney food was a topic I never thought I would be discussing. Isn’t life strange? Food! It’s what binds us-it’s what brings families and foes together and except for the longing for love, nothing could be more important to us. Lately, we are texting images of our dinner. We are consumed with the newest food fad and watch countless episodes of television food channels. It is all the rave…for healthy people.

Kicking It With Kidney Food

Being a kidney patient pretty much eliminates the ability to explore food scenes and it’s not just due to the very restrictive diet imposed by kidney disease. A huge part of any food journey begins with a concept in the mind. The thoughts of delicious herbs brought to life in the oven-the mental image  of subtle sense stimulation on the palette. An idea. The food revolution begins with a new thought. Instead of traditional carne asada tacos, why not add mushrooms sautéed with a spicy arugula? Let’s experiment.

And thus the journey begins – the exploration and the delightful implementation of new ideas takes hold. As the flavors finally dance across the palette, we come alive both physically and imaginatively. However, this dance is reserved for the healthy. They are not Kicking It With Kidney Food!

Most kidney patients are simply too sick to ever imagine such a journey. Getting from medication to dialysis, then recovering from the difficulties of an unnatural exchange of blood doesn’t leave much of an appetite and surely the invitation for a new food adventure is not even on the table. No pun intended.

Nourishing a patient in kidney failure is essential to wellness and must encompass healthy ingredients and preparing this is a difficult task because a kidney diet is a whole new way of eating and there are very few people who know how to cook delicious Kidney Friendly food.

How do you accomplish these great tasting meals? It’s simple, you start with lab results and work backwards. What is the patient supposed to avoid? What lab results are in line? Can you add phosphorus? Perhaps increase potassium?  With solid blood work you can create meals and finally get to the point where you create meals that are actually tasting pretty good.