Nutrition and Kidney Disease~ A Guide To Healthy Eating
Eating a healthy balanced diet is essential if you are on dialysis or have Kidney Disease. You should try to eat a balance of different types of food, with the right amounts of protein, carbohydrates, fresh fruit and vegetables. Another part of a healthy diet is to maintain portion control. One of the best things you can do to prevent health problems such as high blood pressure, heart disease, and type 2 diabetes is to limit fluid, eat low protein diet, limit salt, phosphorous, and potassium. We, at It Only Takes 1 One, take pride in offering samples of yummy smoothies, juices and chronic kidney disease (C K D)-friendly meals. Through It Only Takes 1 One we can advance our knowledge on kidney health awareness, and the effects of nutrition on kidney disease. Healthy eating is about variety, balance and moderation. Modifying your diet will improve kidney health, save a life and keep you informed to better impact the live of others.
1. Eat a high protein food at every meal. This includes meat, fish, poultry, fresh pork or eggs.
2. Cut out potassium and phosphorus. Avoid peanut butter, nuts, seeds, dried beans and lentils. Even though these are high in protein, they are also high in potassium and phosphorous.
3. Use less salt and eat fewer salty foods. This may help to control blood pressure and reduce weight gains between dialysis sessions.
4. Use herbs, spices, and low-salt flavor enhancers in place of salt.
5. Limit your intake of milk, yogurt, and cheese. Limiting dairy-based foods protects your bones and blood vessels.
*All fruits and vegetables have some potassium. Choose apples and berries over oranges and bananas, broccoli and cabbage over potatoes and asparagus.
Health Benefits of Apples - Apples are a good source of fiber and pectin, a soluble fiber that can lower cholesterol and glucose levels. And don’t forget the peel! It is a significant source of antioxidants, including one called quercetin, which is thought to protect brain cells. Fresh apples are also a good source of Vitamin C. For a tasty treat, sprinkle apples with cinnamon.
~National Kidney Foundation