Chronic kidney disease is an illness which will change a person’s life. As the name implies, it is a disease effecting the function of the kidneys. The kidneys are responsible for filtering the bloodstream and removing toxins and waste products. They transfer these wastes into the urine where they can be expelled.
When a person falls ill with chronic kidney disease the organs lose the ability to filter the urine or can only do so at a very reduced level. There is no cure for this condition and a person must make serious life changes simply to manage this condition. One of those changes includes diet. After coming down with the condition, a person can no longer eat certain foods or drink certain beverages. The ingredients could cause more damage and contribute to the buildup of various toxins and wastes in the body.
Those who suffer from chronic kidney disease should avoid a variety of foods such as: white potatoes, dairy products, red meat, sugary drinks, bananas, canned food, pickeled food, do not drink alcohol and egg yolks. In addition, a healthy person who may be at risk for chronic kidney disease should avoid phosphorous rich foods like meat, dairy products, most grains, legumes and nuts.
There are plenty of foods and drinks, however, a person with chronic kidney disease can enjoy. Water is great as the kidneys use water to wash out the toxins by creating urine. Fatty fish and their omega-3 content. Dark leafy greens like spinach, kale, and chard. But be careful as greens can be high in potassium.
Some other additions include: strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries, all of which are abundant in antioxidants and nutrients. Apples are also nutritious and make good snack food. Cabbage and red bell peppers are very good as well. Cauliflower, with the right preparation has plenty of nutrients and can replace rice, mashed potatoes and pizza crust. For more of the most comprehensive information on diet and kidney disease be sure to watch our YouTube videos and read some of our blog articles and don’t forget to take a look at the Complete Guide to Renal Diet Plans & Cookbooks if you haven’t already.