Kidney Friendly Foods

It’s human nature that until and unless we loose something, we don’t value it. Same applies to our human body. Till the time any of the organ from inside will shout and say ‘Hey, am done with you’, we don’t really care. With the wooopppping increase in Diabetics and Hypertension, the kidney disease or Chronic kidney disease is also on the rise. And until our kidneys start dancing here and there and creating commotion, we don’t care. But unfortunately, it’s irreversible. No matter how many cars or houses you buy, you cannot buy another body to live it, this is your only one, so let’s start respecting it.
Common symptoms of kidney disease
Swelling of face
Loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting
Metallic Taste in Mouth/Ammonia Breath
High blood pressure/ hypertension
Anemia and weakness / feeling cold
Low back pain, body ache, itching and
leg cramps are frequent complaints when
a person has kidney disease

High risk groups for chronic kidney disease (CKD) include those with diabetes, hypertension and a family history of kidney disease. In addition to controlling your blood pressure and glucose levels associated with diabetes, there are other concrete steps you can take to reduce your risk of acquiring chronic kidney disease

There are five different stages of CKD. Nutrition plays a important role in managing CKD. So if you or your near one shows any or combination of signs given above, better visit a doctor and later meet a renal dietitian. Every individual is different, and so will be his nutritional needs. In general you need to restrict

1. Potassium
2. Phosphorus
3. Fluids

High-potassium foods to avoid
Avocados, bananas, melons, oranges, prunes and raisins
Artichokes, winter squash, plantains, spinach, potatoes and tomatoes
Bran products and granola
Beans (baked, black, pinto, etc.), brown or wild rice

High-phosphorous foods to avoid 
Whole-grain bread
Bran cereals and oatmeal
Nuts and sunflower seeds
Dark-colored colas

Restrict the amount of Fluids after consulting with your doctor or dietitian

Regular multi-vitamins may not be healthy for you if you have kidney disease. They may have too much of some vitamins and not enough of others. Your doctor or dietitian can help you find vitamins that are right for you.

Treatment will depend on which stage the disease is. From our side, what we can do easily is – be aware, get your tests done, stay active, stay healthy, control your diabetics and hypertension, don’t take too many pain killers or drugs, take care of what you eat.

Foods low in Potatissum

BREAD & STARCHES: Breads (any type); Bagels; Crackers (graham, soda, snack); Cookies; Corn Chips; Croissants; Doughnut; English Muffin; Pasta; Popcorn; Rice; Sweet Roll; Triscuit; CEREAL – all others including: Cap N’ Crunch; Cheerios; Corn Chex; Cornflakes; Cream of Wheat; Crispix; Grits; Kix; Life; Oat Bran (1/4 cup); Oatmeal; Special K; Wheaties

VEGETABLES: Alfalfa Sprouts; Beans (green, wax); Bean Sprouts; Beets, canned; Cabbage, coleslaw; Cauliflower; Cucumber; Eggplant; Garlic; Hominy; Lettuce; Onion; Parsley; Peppers; Radish; Snow Peas; Turnips; Water Chestnuts

FRUITS: Apples; Apple Juice; Applesauce; Apricots, canned (4-halves); Blackberries; Boysenberries; Blueberries; Cranberries; Cranberry Juice; Fruit Cocktail; Grapes; Grape Juice; Lemon; Lime; Papaya Nectar; Passion Fruit; Peaches, canned; Peach Nectar; Pears, canned; Pineapple; Plums; Raspberries; Strawberries

DAIRY PRODUCTS: Cheese; Eggs; Cottage Cheese; Sour Cream;  Hunt’s pudding cups


Foods Low in Phosphorus 

MEATS, ETC: Egg (one): Hot Dog (one); Sausage, fresh; Frozen Fish Sticks (two sticks)

BREAD & STARCHES: Bagel (one); all Bread (one slice); Biscuit (one made from refrigerated dough); Croissant (one); all Crackers (four); Cereals, including: Cocoa Puffs (1 cup); Corn, Rice CHEX (1 cup); Corn Flakes (1 cup); Corn Pops (1 cup); Cream of Wheat (3/4 cup); Kix (1-1/3 cup); Rice Krispies (1-1/4 cup); Special K (1 cup); English Muffin (one); Pasta (1/2 cup); Noodles (1/2 cup); Rice (1/2 cup); Popcorn (1 cup); Tortilla (one)

VEGETABLES: All Vegetables are Low in Phosphorus

FRUITS: All Fruits are Low in Phosphorus

DAIRY PRODUCTS: Brie (1 oz); Cream Cheese (2 Tbsp); Feta Cheese (1 oz); Ice Cream (1/2 cup); Half & Half (1/2 cup); Grated Parmesan Cheese (2 Tbsp); Sour Cream (2 Tbsp); Whipping Cream (1/2 cup)

NUTS & SEEDS: Macadamia Nuts (12 nuts); Peanuts (28 nuts); Walnuts (14 halves)

Foods Low in Sodium
1 serving is about 1 cup or as stated

MEATS, ETC: All Meats that are NOT Cured, Smoked or Highly Processed; Boiled Eggs (1); Egg Beaters; Tofu, raw firm; Low Sodium Canned Tuna (1 can)

BREAD & STARCHES: Salt Free Bread (1 slice); Corn Pops; Cream of Wheat, instant cooked (3/4 cup); Frosted Mini-Wheats; Pasta, Noodles, Rice, white/brown

VEGETABLES: Canned Vegetables without Salt, All Fresh Vegetables, Frozen Vegetables without Sauce, Campbell’s Low Sodium Soup

FRUITS: All Fruits are Low Sodium

DAIRY PRODUCTS: Butter (1 Tbsp); Colby Jack Cheese (1 slice); Cream Cheese (2 Tbsp); Evaporated Milk, canned (1 Tbsp); Milk (whole, 2%, 1%, skim); Muenster Cheese (1 slice); Neufchatel Cheese (1 oz); Parmesan, Grated (1 Tbsp); Ricotta (1 oz); Sour Cream (1 Tbsp); Swiss Goat’s Milk; Yogurt

What counts as fluid?

Milk, Coffee, Lemonade, Soup, Ice cream, Tea, Juice, Soft drinks, Gelatin, Sherbet, Water, Ice cubes, Alcohol, Popsicles, Pudding, Yogurt, Gravy


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