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Kidney Disease in Women

National Kidney foundation says that, chronic kidney disease affects 26 million American adults. Many studies show that a high fructose corn syrup contaminated with mercury may be the underlying cause of some kidney problems.

Many soda drinks may cause harm due to its refined sugar content (high fructose corn syrup). Drinking two or more servings of soda per day could link to kidney disease; particularly in women.

A recent study published in the science and medical journal, PloS ONE, provided evidence for the link between soda consumption and kidney damage. Scientists from Loyola University Health System examined the dietary habits of a sample of 9,358 adults from the United States. From the urinary samples provided by participants, an excess amount of albumin protein (albuminaria) was present in those who consumed two or more sodas. Specifically, it was women who claimed to have had two or more sodas within the 24 hours before the urine test. As a result, these women were 1.86 times more likely to have albuminaria than those who had drank only one or less than one serving of soda in the previous day. Healthy kidneys usually filter out albumin molecules in urine, so the higher concentration of this protein led scientists to conclude it was a sign of early kidney damage.

While the study did not necessarily blame high fructose corn syrup as the main cause for the kidney damage, scientists are increasingly wary of the highly refined sweetener’s negative health effects. There are an alarming 13 teaspoons of high fructose corn syrup in one twelve ounce can of soda. Based on previous studies, soda consumption is potentially causing diabetes and excess fat.

High fructose corn syrup can withstand long storage times and is cheaper than sugar, leading it to become a leading popular sweetener used in everything from breakfast cereals and processed meat, to soup and condiments. With the heavy consumption of soda in the United States, online doctor consultation services are quickly growing as more and more people become accustomed to receiving health care for minor medical problems possibly related to diet online and through the telephone.

The study that made a strong case about the dangers of contaminated high fructose corn syrup was featured in the journal of Environmental Health. The study demonstrated that mercury in high fructose corn syrup proves to be dangerous to the kidneys. Nine out of 20 commercial soda products tested positive for mercury, which is a known toxin. A follow up study showed that there was mercury in almost half of tested samples of commercially used high-fructose corn syrup.

There are several of those in the food industry who do not believe that the high fructose corn syrup in their products contain mercury. Such manufacturers claim that they use mercury-free hydrochloric acid and caustic soda. However, contamination could have occurred if mercury cells were used to produce caustic soda. At present time, there is a push for the industry to regulate how high fructose corn syrup is manufactured, to prevent further health risks from mercury contamination.

So, what can one do to avoid or limit consumption of contaminated products such as sodas? There are many alternative beverages to drink, which include home-brewed hot or iced tea, or iced tea in stores that do not contain high fructose corn syrup; seltzer or still water; flavored water (be cautious of artificial sweeteners used); juices, lemonade; hot or iced coffee; and more. For sweeteners, try honey, especially local varieties. With small dietary changes such as this, people can save their kidneys! It is forever important for people to read labels and ingredient of pre-packaged foods to know what they are putting in their bodies.

In addition, seek out the professional services of those who provide quality online doctor consultations and prescriptions should you have the need to see a doctor for any diet-related or other reason that would otherwise have you trekking out to the doctor’s office unnecessarily.

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Categories Advice, Fitness, Kidney Diet

Seasonal Eating

Eating what is in season is more affordable and supports healthy digestion. This will result in better sleep, mental clarity, calmness, and robust immune system.

Ayurveda acknowledges that nature’s harvest provides and antidote to the dominant qualities of each season.

Understanding the qualities of each season can help you reduce any adverse health effects. Ayurveda divide seasons into three categories instead of four. Vata, Pitta and Kapha.

Vata Season (Air and Space): This season is associated with late fall and early winter. The weather turns cold, windy and earth becomes dry. This will effect respiration, circulation, muscular action, chewing, blinking etc. you also need to watch out for dry skin, irregular digestion and unpredictable energy depletion.

Suggested Diet:

  • Emphasize on Sweet, Sour and Salty
  • Eat fresh, warm and well-cooked meals
  • Drink many warming liquids to prevent dehydration. This can include hot herbal teas
  • Eat Avocados, bananas, root vegetables, milk, ghee, fresh yogurt, eggs, nuts, seeds and lean meats
  • Favor additions like squeeze of lemon or lime juice, a splash of vinegar, a cheese slice or sour cream
  • Green grapes, oranges, pineapple and grapefruit are also helpful
  • Salt stimulates the appetite and digestion. It is a good idea to use sea salt or natural mineral salt over the common table salt.

Minimize:

  • Minimize Pungent, Bitter and Astringent
  • Chilies, radishes, turnips, raw onions
  • Kale, bitter melon, burdock roots, eggplant and chocolate
  • Keep your internal fire kindled. Eat warm, moist foods like, stews, soups and avoid salads and cold snacks.

Kapha Season (Water and Earth): This season extends from winter days to early spring.

Suggested Diet:

  • Here we switch to Pungent, Bitter and Astringent
  • Use spices like turmeric, garlic, cinnamon, cumin, cardamom, ginger
  • Apples, Cherries, lemons, peaches, pears, cranberries
  • Artichoke, asparagus, beets, bitter melon, cabbage, carrots, celery, eggplant, kale, lettuce etc.

Minimize:

  • Minimize sweet, sour and salty
  • Avoid bananas, cantaloupe, coconut, grapes, grapefruit, kiwi, oranges, papaya, watermelon etc.
  • Avoid zucchini, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, avocado, cucumber

Pitta Season (Fire and Water):  This season extends from spring to autumn. This dosa is pacified with astringent, bitter and sweet tastes while salty, sour and pungent tastes aggravate it. When you understand such tastes, you can make better food choices.

Suggested Diet:

  • Try to have a combination of carbohydrate-rich, grounding, cooling and fresh foods.
  • Prefer having cool foods over hot or warm foods.
  • Light and nourishing foods should be preferred over heavy or dense foods.
  • Have dry food items over liquid.
  • Fresh juices and other mild drinks are more preferable over caffeine based or alcohol based drinks.
  • Focus on sweet foods such as fresh yogurt, ghee, root vegetables, squashes etc.
  • Bitter tasting foods such as dark chocolate, Jerusalem artichokes, bitter melon and spices such as turmeric, saffron, neem leaves and cumin should be consumed.
  • Astringent foods are preferable, given that these can curb the tendency of the pitta to absorb excess fluid and sweat, prevent diarrhea, avoid bleeding disorders, tone tissues and curb pitta from spreading.

Minimize:

  • Avoid having too much sugary sweet foods or refined sugar. Try to eat foods that are naturally sweet.
  • Minimize pungent foods such as raw onions, turnips, radishes, chilies and particularly spices of a heating nature, as excessive pungent taste can lead to inflammation, dizziness, bleeding etc.
  • Avoid sour foods such as grapefruit, pineapple, green grapes, sour cream, hard cheeses etc that can disturb the blood, cause burning sensations in heart, lead to pus in wounds etc.
  • Avoid having too salty foods as these can disturb the balance of blood, aggravate the skin, raise heat and more.

In Ayurveda, a year is divided into 3 seasons depending on the doshas or the elemental forces that are predominant. Kapha, Pitta, and Vata are the 3 doshas that display the 5 elements in varied amounts:

  • Earth
  • Water
  • Fire
  • Air
  • Space

Once the doshas are balanced, a condition that is known as “Sattva”, one can enjoy optimal health. According to Ayurveda, the ancient Indian medical treatise, an imbalance of any element or in any particular area, can be corrected by application of the opposite. It always recommends a counterbalancing approach in life in order to prevent any imbalance – such as balancing warmth with cold and vice versa. Ayurveda has a sloka (writing) that mentions “A Food is a Medicine When Consumed Properly”. When foods that are suited uniquely to individual psychology are consumed, and a lifestyle based on sattva is supported, digestion is improved and there is full benefit for health.

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How to Prevent Kidney Stones

If you have ever had a kidney stone you know the experience can be extremely unpleasant.  Did you know that over the course of lifetime, one in ten people will have a kidney stone?

If your doctor suspects you have a kidney stone, you may be asked to have diagnostic tests done.

  1. Blood Testing: Too much calcium or uric acid in your blood could be of concern. Blood test may also help monitor the health of your kidneys.
  2. Urine Testing: A 24 Hour urine collection test may reveal that you are exreting too many stone forming minerals.
  3. Ultra-sound Scanning: Imaging tests may show kidney stones in your urinary tract.
  4. Passed Stones Analysis: Your passed stone may reveal the makeup of your kidney stones.

Prevention of kidney stones may include a combination of lifestyle changes and medication.

Drink Fluid: People with the history of kidney stones are recommended to drink about 2.5 liters of water per day. If you live in a hot dry climate and sweat a lot then you may need to drink even more water so that you produce enough urine. A light and clear urine indicate that you are drinking enough water.

Oxalate-Rich Foods: Your doctor may ask you to prevent oxalate rich foods. Cutting oxalate rich food may sound logical but this  may not be smart for an overall health perspective. Eat and drink calcium and oxalate rich foods together during a meal. Doing so, they are more likely to bind in the stomach and intestines before they kidneys begin processing.

Diet Selection: Reduce the amount of salt and choose non-animal protein sources. Consider using a salt substitute such as herbs or spices.

Manage underlying Medical Problems: Some medical conditions like obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes can raise your risk for kidney stones.

Treatment may be required if the diet and drinking water does not work. Consult us for further information. There are herbal and safer ways to address this problem.

Categories Health, Kidney Diet, Kidney Disease

Pre-Dialysis Diet

Patients with kidney disease need to be careful about their food choices to avoid excess wastes and fluid from building up. With the progression of the disease, the dietary needs may vary. The intent of doing this is to

• reduce the workload of kidneys
• preserve the kidney function that is left

It will be important for you to understand how to eat well and how to get the right amount of protein, minerals to maintain a healthy weight and manage your fluid balance.

The goal is to delay the onset for the need of dialysis, minimizing failing kidney symptoms such as uremia and maintaining an optimal health.

General Diet Guidelines:

1. Protein: Protein needs for a kidney patient in not requiring dialysis would be less than those having dialysis. In the early stages of CKD, the kidneys are still able to work however, need to work much harder to remove all the waste. Consuming food rich in protein may lead to overworked kidneys causing more damage to the kidneys.
Eating less Protein helps to preserve kidney function and prevent additional damage to the kidneys.

To calculate the recommended intake of protein, you can multiple your weight with 0.8gms/kilogram.

e.g. A person weighing 52 kg will require 52 x 0.8 = 42gms of protein/day

2. Potassium: It is important to check your blood report to see if your potassium is beyond the range. An optimal potassium range is 3.5 – 5.0 mg/dl
if the reading shows high potassium, avoid the following food items:

• wholegrain cereals, bread and biscuits
• fruits and vegetables from the high potassium group e.g. banana
• canned fruits and vegetable, juices, milk, wine
• nuts, seeds

3. Sodium: The main source of sodium is salt. This should be avoided regardless of the kidney disease. Salt is found in almost all the packaged and processed foods.

Salt makes to feel thirsty which will result in drinking more fluid. Sodium restriction in kidney disease helps to maintain normal fluid balance.

4. Phosphorus: With the lack of kidney function, blood phosphate level may also rise. When it begins to build up in the blood, calcium is drawn from the bone. This may lead to joint pain, eye irritation, itchiness and hardening blood vessels.

Here is a list of food rich in phosphorus:

• dairy products
• dark sodas
• nuts and peanut butter
• beer
• legumes
• organ meats

Categories Kidney Diet, Kidney Disease

The Definitive Guide on Requirement of Potassium in Kidney Disease

Potassium is necessary even in kidney disease. Moreover, you need not run down the hills if a certain food has high potassium levels. Eating a well balanced diet full of fruits and vegetables is essential when you have any kidney disease. The natural kidney disease treatment along with right intake of potassium will help in curing this life threatening problem.

 

What Is Potassium?

Potassium is a mineral that helps keep the right mix of fluids in your body. It also helps in proper functioning of nerves, muscles, and heart. Most people get enough potassium from the foods they eat.

How Does Chronic Kidney Disease Affect Potassium Levels?

Healthy kidneys help in maintaining the right balance in your blood. One such is potassium. If you have been suffering from chronic kidney disease, it becomes difficult for the kidneys to control the amount of potassium in your blood. You may get too much potassium which becomes harmful.

In some cases, other medicines may make your body get rid of too much potassium. If this happens, you may need to take a potassium supplement.

Kidney Disease and High Level of Potassium

People suffering from chronic kidney disease are at a higher risk of suffering from hyperkalemia. CKD patients with the highest risk include those with diabetes, cardiovascular disease, advanced CKD, transplant recipients, and patients taking renin-angiotensin aldosterone system (RAAS) inhibitors.

Hyperkalemia is also prevalent amongst those who have undergone kidney transplantation or those who have received immunosuppressive therapy with calcineurin inhibitors.

How Can You Manage Your Potassium Levels?

Learn how much potassium does certain food contains. Then keep a check how much potassium you are taking in through your diet.

With the help of your dietitian or doctor, plan a diet in which you take the right amount of potassium. There is no diet that is right for everyone. Your diet will be based on how well your kidneys are working and whether you are on dialysis.

With the change in your disease, your diet may also undergo change. See your doctor for regular testing. Testing helps you know when you need to change diet. Changing your diet can be hard. You may have to give up many foods you like. But it is very important to make the recommended changes. They will help you stay healthy for as long as possible.

What Foods and Products Have Potassium?

You can keep a track record of potassium in your diet if you know which food has high or low content of potassium:

Foods Low in Potassium:

• Blueberries and raspberries
• White or brown rice, spaghetti, and macaroni
• Cucumbers, radishes, and hummus

Foods High in Potassium:

• Apricots, oranges, prunes, and bananas
• Broccoli, spinach, and potatoes
• Milk and yogurt

While undergoing kidney disease treatment, keep track of your nutrient levels. A natural kidney disease treatment comprises natural herbs that are free from any sort of chemicals, steroids and metals. This natural kidney cure can help you reduce creatinine and urea.

Categories Kidney Diet, Kidney Disease

Healthy Diet – Key To Successful Treatment For Kidney Disease

You may need to change your diet and your respective eating habits to manage your chronic kidney disease (CKD). While seeking treatment for kidney disease, ask your dietitian to develop a meal plan that includes foods that you enjoy eating but at the same time, they do not cause any adverse effect on your kidneys.

 

Choose & Prepare Foods with Less Salt & Sodium – This is because such foods help you control your blood pressure. Each day in your diet you should consume less than 2,300 milligrams of sodium.

• Always buy fresh foods. Many packaged foods that you buy at the supermarkets or at restaurants contain sodium.

• Cook foods from scratch instead of eating prepared foods, “fast” foods, frozen dinners, and canned foods for they have higher sodium content.

• When you prepare the food on your own, you keep a check over the ingredients and vegetables and other things.

• In place of salt, try to use spices, herbs, and sodium-free seasonings. Check for sodium on the Nutrition Facts label of food packages.

• In case of frozen dinners and other convenience foods, select those foods that have lower-sodium versions. Thoroughly rinse canned vegetables, beans, meats, and fish with water before eating.

Eat the Right Quantity and Right Type of Proteins – This is to protect your kidneys from disease. When your body uses protein, it produces waste. Kidneys help in removal of this waste. If you happen to eat more protein, your kidneys will have to work all the harder.

• Eat small portion of protein-based foods

• Protein is found in foods from plants and animals. Most people eat both types of plant and animal-based protein

Choose Foods & Drinks with Less Phosphorous – A check on phosphorous will help in the protection of bones and blood vessels. When the person suffers from CKD, phosphorus gets build up in the blood. Too much phosphorus in your blood pulls calcium from your bones, making your bones thin, weak, and more likely to break. On the other hand, high level of phosphorous in your blood can cause itchy skin, and bone and joint pain.

• Many packaged foods contain a remarkable amount of phosphorus

• Deli meats and some fresh meat and poultry can have added phosphorus

Choose Foods With Right Amount of Potassium – This is because it will help your nerves and muscles to work the right way. When the blood potassium level is either too low or high, it can lead to problems. Damaged kidneys allow potassium to build up in your blood, which can result in serious heart problems. Always select food and drinks that lower the potassium level.

• Salt substitutes can be very high in potassium

• Rinse and drain canned fruits and vegetables before eating

Diet and nutrition play a very vital role in well-being of those suffering from kidney disease. As your kidney disease progresses, your dietary needs are likely to undergo change as well. The main purpose of the diet is to maintain the levels of electrolytes, minerals, and fluid in your body when you’re seeking treatment for kidney disease or when you are on dialysis.

Categories Health, Kidney Diet, Kidney Disease

Overweight, Obese & Kidney Disease – Alternative Treatment Can Help You

Today, many people are overweight than ever before. In fact, almost 70 percent of people across the world aged 20 and older are overweight. Out of them, about one third are considered obese. Those who are obese and overweight, they are often at the risk of kidney disease. Not taking care of your weight can lead to kidney failure. The good news is that alternative treatment for kidney disease can help you take care of your kidney problems early if in case they have developed due to increased weight.

Alternative Treatment For Kidney Disease

Difference Between Being Overweight and Being Obese?

Being overweight and obese are inter-related terms. Both terms mean having more body fat than what is considered healthy. Both are used for identifying people who are at risk of health problems due to too much body fat. However, the term “obese” generally means a much higher amount of body fat than “overweight.”

We all require some body fat for energy, heat insulation, and other body functions. But the excess of fat can lead to serious health problems. The more body fat you have, the higher the risk of diabetes, kidney disease, heart disease, and other problems. Being overweight or obese increases the chance of developing diabetes or high blood pressure, which are the leading causes of kidney disease and kidney failure.

The Leading Cause of Weight Gain and Obesity

People become overweight or obese from eating more calories than they burn up. The leading causes of this imbalance are:

• Poor diet / Poor food choices
• Lack of exercise
• An inactive lifestyle
• Family history of being overweight or obese
• Oversized or “supersized” food portions
• Negative emotions like boredom, sadness, or anger

What Should You Do If You Are Overweight or Obese

Keep A Check On Your Diet – A steady weight loss of about one pound a week is considered to be the safest way to lose weight. Ask your healthcare practitioner to refer you to a registered dietitian who can help you plan a suitable diet chart.

Regular Exercise Is Must – Do regular exercise such as brisk walking, running, swimming, biking, dancing. However, the duration of workout each day varies from person to person. Talk to your healthcare professional before you begin any new exercise program.

Get Your Kidneys Checked – Since the risks of developing a kidney disease are higher in overweight and obese people, so it is essential to get your kidneys checked regularly. Two simple tests blood and urine are enough to determine any signs of kidney disease. Keep control over blood sugar if you have diabetes. And, control blood pressure if you have high blood pressure. You can go for alternative treatment for kidney disease after consulting a kidney specialist.

It is important to keep control over your weight so as not to develop any hazardous disease such as high blood pressure and diabetes to protect your kidneys. In case of kidney problem, treat yourself with alternative kidney disease medicine. Avoid fast food and oily food – they are the leading cause of weight gain and obesity. Maintain a healthy lifestyle. The alternative treatment for kidney disease provided by Kundan Kidney Care Centre is all safe and natural. The supplements are all free from steroids and metals. Our herbal remedies not only help you to avoid dialysis but also aid to reverse the kidney disease in a natural way.

Categories Health, Kidney Diet, Kidney Disease

Yoga And The Ayurvedic Treatment Can Cure Chronic Kidney Disease

Nowadays, the kidney disease is the leading cause of morbidity and mortality. There are several reasons responsible for the kidney failure however the most important causes are chronic blood pressure and chronic uncontrolled diabetes. Synthetic drugs used for uric acid and other diseases are also one of the reasons in some cases along with nephritis, nephrotic syndrome and autoimmune diseases.

Ayurvedic treatment for kidney disease

No matter whatever is the cause, once the creatinine level goes beyond the limits, it becomes very difficult to bring it back in the range. There are however certain natural herbs and Ayurvedic treatment for kidney disease which have shown excellent results in lowering down the creatinine levels without causing the elevation in the potassium levels or affecting the sugar levels. The herbs used together helps to improve the overall health and improve kidney function.

AYURVEDIC / HERBAL TREATMENT FOR KIDNEY FAILURE

Ayurvedic treatment for kidney disease mainly focuses on strengthening of kidneys, restoring its function and improve their filtration capacity. It also reduces the need for dialysis.

There are a number of herbs present which is the alternative treatment for kidney failure like Punarnava (Boerrhavia diffuse), Gokshur (Tribulus Terrestris), Kaasni (Chicorium intybus), Varun (Crataeva nurvala), Bhumi Amla (Phyllanthus niruri) etc.

YOGA FOR KIDNEY FUNCTION IMPROVEMENT

Advance medical equipment and modern medications have helped the doctors to curb the damage caused to kidneys. However, due to the economic and health concerns associated with these methods of treatment, people have started switching over to one of the most natural alternatives – yoga, for kidney ailments. Yoga is an ancient branch of holistic living which promotes the healthy lifestyle through meditation, asanas, and Ayurveda. The biggest advantage of yoga for curing kidney disease is that it does not have any side-effects likewise Ayurvedic treatment.

THE BEST YOGA POSES FOR KIDNEY HEALTH

Yoga stimulates and massages various organs that help to bring the body to an optimal level. Along with yoga poses, taking an ayurvedic diet can help you keep check over diabetes and blood pressure level.

Practice these simple yoga poses on the regular basis so as to ensure the health of your kidneys:

1. Salamba Bhujangasana (Sphinx pose)

2. Ardha Matsyendrasana (Sitting Half Spinal twist)

3. Bhujangasana (Cobra pose)

4. Paschimottanasana (Seated forward bend)

5. Setu Bandhasana (Bridge pose)

6. Naukasana (Boat pose)

SOME IMPORTANT TIPS TO REMEMBER

• Make sure that you consume home cooked food and stay away from outside food as much as possible.

• Try to include more and more fruits and green vegetables in your platter.

• Stay away from food with high potassium content and include more iron-rich food in your diet.

• Opt for Ayurvedic treatment for kidney disease as they are rich in nutrients.

• Drink plenty of water and get 6-8 hours of sleep every day.

WHY KUNDAN KIDNEY SUPPLEMENTS

• They provide the best healthcare experience.

• Together with the patients and families, they meet their health needs.

• Responsive, respectful and caring for their patients and community.

• Honest, trustworthy and accountable for the resources, services, and behaviors.

• Strive for innovation and commitment to continuous learning.

Categories Health, Kidney Diet, Kundan Kidney Care Centre

What is Gout?

Gout is one of the most painful forms of arthritis. Gout is caused when the body produces an excess of uric acid, and the sharp uric acid crystals collect in the spaces in the joints. This causes stiffness, swelling and often very intense pain.

Usually the first attack of gout occurs in the big toe, this may wake you up from sleep. The toe becomes very sore, red, hot and swollen. In addition to the toe, gout can also affect; insteps, ankles, heels, knees, wrists, fingers, elbows.

Uric acid comes from the breakdown of substances called purines. Purines are found in all of your body’s tissues. When uric acid levels in the blood are high, it is called hyperuricemia.

The main source of purines is:
– organ meats (kidneys, liver, brains)
– meats including bacon, beef, pork and lamb
– any other meat in large quantity
– anchovies, sardines, herring, mackerel and scallops
– gravy

Foods that are low in purines and are safe to eat are as follow:
– green vegetables
– fruits
– breads and cereals that are not white-grain
– butter, buttermilk, cheese and eggs
– coffee, tea and carbonated drinks
– peanut butter and other nuts
– low-fat milk and yogurt

So, one of the easiest way and the most natural way of eliminating the symptoms of gout is to reduce the levels of purine going into the body.

There is a natural production of purines in the body, so there will always be some purine which will be broken into uric acid. You can manage the level of purine by diet selection to a point that the kidneys can restore a balance.

How is it diagnosed?

We may ask about your symptoms, blood report and family history. Signs of gout may include the following:
– hyperuricemia (high level of uric acid in the blood)
– uric acid crystals in joint fluid
– arthritis that may develop overnight and produce swollen, red and warm joint
– attack of arthritis in only one joint usually the toe, ankle or knee

We may may also prescribe you anti-inflammatory drugs to address gout.

Categories Kidney Diet, Kidney Disease

CKD and diet

Chronic kidney patient may need to make changes to their diet. These changes include limiting fluid, limiting salt, potassium, phosphorus and eating low-protein diet. Further changes in diet may be required if the kidney disease gets worse or a regular dialysis is required.

As the urine output may also be impacted, it is a good idea to limit the fluid intake in kidney disease patients. Without passing of urine, fluid can build up in the body and can cause fluid accumulation in heart, lungs and ankles.

You may consult your physician and/or dietitian about your ideal weight and design your diet accordingly. Weigh yourself often to keep track of your goals.

Protein: Your may be asked to go on a low protein diet before you start dialysis. This may change once the dialysis is started. People on dialysis may required to eat up to 10ozs of high protein food each day.

Calcium and Phosphorus: These two minerals go hand in hand and are checked very often in kidney patients. Even in the early stages of this disease, the level of calcium can go low and phosphorus can go high.

High phosphorus level can also cause itchiness and low level of calcium can cause body to pull calcium from the bones making them weak and easy to break. You may need to take calcium pills to prevent bone disease and take vitamin D to keep the balance between calcium and phosphorus in the body.

Dairy foods contains large amount of phosphorus, this includes milk, cheese, yogurt. You can look for labels where the dairy products have lower amount of phosphorus. To address high phosphorus you may also be prescribed the phosphorus binder.

Potassium: Potassium is another electrolyte that should be aware of. Fruit and vegetables are a good source of potassium. You will need to look for items that are low in potassium. Higher levels of potassium can cause dangerous heart rhythms.

Avoid orange juice, nectarines, kiwis, raisins, dry fruit, bananas, cantaloupe, honeydew, prunes, avocado, potatoes, tomatoes, pumpkin, spinach, asparagus as they are high in potassium.

In the early stage of the chronic kidney disease you may not be required to limit the intake of fluid however, as the disease progresses, you may be required to limit the amount of fluid you can drink. To avoid the thirst – you may avoid salty snacks and stay cool on hot days.

Iron: Advanced kidney disease can also cause anemia and patients in this case may require iron supplements. This can be addressed via iron supplements or by taking the Erythropoietin (EPO) injections.

 

 

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