Here’s the thing.
Dialysis is one agonizing procedure you never want to experience. The physical pain, the financial strain, and the psychological burden it entails will make you wish you could turn back time and see what you could have done differently.
Personally, as a registered nurse, I'd never want you to go through what other uninformed patients went through. Although your condition resembles a ticking time bomb, there is hope for you yet. I will teach you and guide you.
But no, I’m not gonna point you to a magic pill, nor a healer with exceptional powers to reinforce your kidneys. Let me be clear about it now: there is no shortcut (yet) to solving kidney problems.
Undergoing a renal dieting regimen gives you an opportunity to save your renal system from total shutdown. It may sound a bit tedious but, with the right information (like foods allowed on a renal diet), the proper tools, and the determination to triumph against kidney disease, you will succeed.
But first, let’s try and see what a fellow expert, nutritionist Karen Graham from Scottsdale, Arizona, has to say about avoiding certain food groups...
The video warns you of staying away or limiting your intake of the food groups mentioned, but do you know why you have to avoid them?
Basically, your body needs a diverse amount of nutrients and minerals in order to function properly. On the other hand, too much of these can cause you a lot of trouble.
What it does: helps maintain blood pressure, maintains the liquid portion of the blood
Where it comes from: almost every piece of food
Why control it: sodium attracts and holds water, and too much of both in the body can cause edema
What you should do: look for food labels that say salt-free, sodium free, low sodium, very low sodium, no salt added, unsalted, and lightly salted
What it does: builds and repairs muscles
Where it comes from: meat, fish, dairy products, eggs, certain vegetables
Why control it: low-protein diets may prevent or slow the progress of some kinds of kidney disease
What you should do: consume smaller portions of protein and find healthier alternatives for your diet. Leaner meats will do, such as chicken or fish.
What it does: keeps normal water balance of cells and body fluids, stabilizes your heartbeat’s rhythm
Where it comes from: fruits like bananas, and other foods like chocolate
Why control it: too much of this overworks your kidneys' filtering process, and can cause heart problems
What you should do: go with a low potassium diet. Look for fruits with low-to-moderate potassium levels, like apples, blackberries, cherries, watermelon and peaches.
Phosphorus and Calcium
What they do: help in bone development
Where they come from: dairy products
Why control them: high levels of phosphorus cause diseases, especially in the heart and bones, and excess amounts of both can form hard deposits in your vital organs and cause tissues to calcify
What you should do: look for foods that are low or moderate in both phosphorus and calcium
Bonus info: Water
You've seen the 5 nutrients you need to watch out for, but they're not the only ones that you should learn to control. You need to take note of your fluid intake, as well.
Paired with sodium, too much of it can cause edema; the swelling of extremities. Too little, and your kidneys will have even more difficulty in filtering wastes from your blood.
Consult closely with your renal doctor/dietitian to know how much water you are allowed daily.
If you want to go through CKD dieting successfully, you have to track these nutrients in your food intake. You'll also have to find foods low in sodium, protein, phosphorus and potassium for your diet.
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(Sidenote: there are 4 other nutrients that could harm your kidneys when left unchecked. Find out which ones in this article.)