The Best Foods For People With Kidney Problems

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The kidneys are small but powerful bean-shaped organs that perform many important functions. They are responsible for filtering waste products, releasing hormones that regulate blood pressure, balancing fluids in the body, producing urine and many other essential tasks. Unfortunately, kidney disease is a common problem affecting about 10% of the world’s population.

There are various ways in which these vital organs can become damaged. Diabetes and high blood pressure are the most common risk factors for kidney disease. However, obesity, smoking, genetics, gender, and age can also increase the risk. Uncontrolled blood sugar and high blood pressure cause damage to blood vessels in the kidneys, reducing their ability to function at an optimal level.

When the kidneys aren’t working properly, waste builds up in the blood, including waste products from food. Therefore, it’s necessary for people with kidney disease to follow a special diet. Diet is incredibly important for kidney disease patients. What you eat can cause, prevent, or even help alleviate pain and symptoms. Dieticians can help determine a diet that is specific to each patient, but there are a few foods that are packed with nutrition, low in potassium, taste great, and are fabulous for everyone.

Here Are The Best Foods For People With Kidney Problems

1. Cabbage

A cruciferous vegetable, cabbage is packed full of phytochemicals, chemical compounds in fruit or vegetables that break up free radicals before they can do damage. Many phytochemicals are also known to protect against and fight cancer, as well as foster cardiovascular health.

High in vitamin K, vitamin C and fiber, cabbage is also a good source of vitamin B6 and folic acid. Low in potassium and low in cost, it’s an affordable addition to the kidney diet.

Raw cabbage makes a great addition to the dialysis diet as coleslaw or topping for fish tacos. You can steam, microwave or boil it, add butter or cream cheese plus pepper or caraway seeds and serve it as a side dish. Cabbage Rolls Made with Turkey are a great appetizer, and if you’re feeling fancy, you can stuff a cabbage with ground meat and bake it for a flavorful meal bursting with nutrients.

2. Blueberries

Blueberries are packed with nutrients and one of the best sources of antioxidants you can eat. In particular, these sweet berries contain antioxidants called anthocyanins, which may protect against heart disease, certain cancers, cognitive decline, and diabetes. They also make a fantastic addition to a kidney-friendly diet, as they are low in sodium, phosphorus, and potassium.

3. Garlic

When your diet is limited for health reasons, spices are one of your best friends. Garlic is tasty and a nutritious addition to your menu, with anti-inflammatory properties as well as the ability to lower your cholesterol.

4. Onions

Onions are excellent for providing sodium-free flavor to renal-diet dishes. Reducing salt can be difficult for many patients, making finding flavorful salt alternatives a must. Sautéeing onions with garlic and olive oil adds flavor to dishes without compromising your kidney health. What’s more, onions are high in vitamin C, manganese and B vitamins and contain prebiotic fibers that help keep your digestive system healthy by feeding beneficial gut bacteria.

5. Fish

An excellent source of quality protein, fish should be eaten two or three times a week as part of a kidney-friendly diet plan. The anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids in fish are not just good for the kidneys, they help prevent heart disease and cancer as well. Fish with the highest amounts of omega-3s include albacore tuna, mackerel, herring rainbow trout, and salmon.

6. Apples

Apples have been known to reduce cholesterol, prevent constipation, protect against heart disease and reduce the risk of cancer. High in fiber and anti-inflammatory compounds, an apple a day may really keep the doctor away. Good news for people with kidney disease who already have their share of doctor visits.

This kidney diet winner can be paired with the previous good-for-you food, onions, to make a unique Apple Onion Omelet. With versatile apples, you can eat them raw, make baked apples, stew apples, make them into applesauce, or drink them as apple juice or apple cider.

7. Strawberries

Low in potassium and high in vitamin C, manganese, and fiber, strawberries don’t just taste good, they really are good. This natural “candy” feels like a treat when your diet is restricted for health reasons.

8. Blueberries

Blueberries are high in antioxidant phytonutrients called anthocyanidins, which give them their blue color, and they are bursting with natural compounds that reduce inflammation. They are a good source of vitamin C; manganese, a compound that keeps your bones healthy; and fiber. They may also help protect the brain from some of the effects of aging. Antioxidants in blueberries and other berries have been shown to help slow bone breakdown in rats made to be low in estrogen.

9. Red Peppers

Also low in potassium but high in flavor. Including red peppers in your recipes can add flavor and nutrition.

10. Cranberries

Although they protect against Cardiovascular Disease and cancer, cranberries also benefit CKD patients by protecting their Gastrointestinal (GI) tract and preventing ulcer-causing bacteria from attacking their stomach. Watch out for cranberry “juice” drinks that imply they are healthy but contain a lot of sugar and preservatives. The average cranberry juice drink contains the same number of calories as a “fried chicken leg,” according to Ulive.com. Try to drink 100% natural Cranberry Juice and check labels for nutritional facts.

Sources & References:
www.niddk.nih.gov
www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov
www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov
www.davita.com
www.kidney.org
www.stjhs.org
www.healthline.com
www.kidneybuzz.com

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Photo by Jessica Lewis on Unsplash The kidneys are small but powerful bean-shaped organs that perform many important functions. They are responsible for filtering waste products, releasing hormones that regulate blood pressure, balancing fluids in the body, producing urine and many other essential tasks. Unfortunately, kidney disease is a common problem affecting about...
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