High-fiber diets are extremely beneficial for a number of health conditions, and it should come as no surprise that chronic kidney disease is likewise one of those conditions. Fiber can also lower cholesterol levels, which are often elevated in chronic kidney disease patients and can help to alleviate digestive concerns.
Many recent studies have also indicated a direct benefit of high fiber diets to kidney disease sufferers, with lower inflammation rates and lower mortality rates being cited. This can keep creatinine levels low and also improve eGFR. Fiber can, however, be tricky for some kidney disease patients to implement because they must simultaneously watch for high-potassium foods. Supplemental fiber can be added to different foods to make any drink or food a fiber-packed powerhouse, but there are also some foods naturally rich in fiber that are also kidney-safe in terms of potassium content.
Here Are The Safest, High-Fiber Foods For Kidneys
Blueberries make an excellent snack or addition to a fruit smoothie. They are low in potassium, yet contain ample amounts of fiber and antioxidants. Adding frozen blueberries to shakes or smoothies along with some added supplemental fiber are a great way to get an extra boost of fiber throughout the day.
Apples are low in potassium and high in fiber. Consumed baked and with some cinnamon and/or honey, you have a wonderful source of fiber that’s as delicious as it is nutritious.
Cabbage is a potent source of fiber that’s also an anti-cancer food. Boiling, which we’ve already talked about as one of the best ways to prepare kidney-friendly food, is the preferred method of preparing cabbage to lower its potassium content. Cabbage is so versatile, it can be added to a variety of dishes, so you should try to eat it as often as you can.
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