- On June 24, 2017 /
- By davita /
- In Treatment Options
Chronic kidney disease
Patients with chronic kidney disease will have to make specific changes to their diet like limiting fluid intake, eating low-protein food and limiting salt, phosphorus and potassium and other electrolytes. The purpose of the dietary changes is to keep the levels of electrolytes, minerals, and fluid in your body balanced when you have chronic kidney disease or are on dialysis. People on dialysis especially need to limit fluid intake between sessions, because they urinate very less and less urination leads to fluid buildup in the body that may affect the heart and the lungs.
Things to follow
Diet: Making healthy food choices is important for kidney disease patients because good nutrition can help to:
- Provide energy to your daily tasks
- Build immunity and prevent infections
- Avoid the loss of muscle mass
- Help you maintain healthy weight
- Slow down the progression of the kidney disease
A well-balanced diet provides you with the right amounts of protein, calories, vitamins and minerals. Eating a healthy diet, being physically active and taking medicines on time will all help you remain healthy and feeling well.
Fluid intake: One of the main functions of the kidneys is to balance fluid in the body. Kidney patients commonly face the problem of getting rid of excess water from the body. If the fluid intake is more than the urine output, the patient may suffer from swelling of the body, starting from the ankles and moving up. Excess fluid intake can also lead to heart problems and pulmonary edema, which is a life-threatening condition. Therefore, it is suggested to keep your fluid intake to the minimum. You can avoid thirst by avoiding salty foods, gargling ice cold water and sucking an ice cube. The doctor or the herbalist treating you will tell you how much water you should consume in a day, depending on your kidney condition.
Exercise: Exercise is rarely considered as an essential component of kidney failure treatment. Exercise helps improves metabolic function of the body by stirring blood and helps in eliminating waste from the body. Aerobic exercises, resistance exercises, or skill-based exercises help deal with kidney disease and improving them.
Reducing stress: Kidneys are usually damaged by stress, so it is important for you to get stress under control. Yoga, meditation, fishing or any stress relief measures will benefit your kidneys. In addition, slowing and deepening breathing is a powerful way of bringing stress down.
Kidney disease and baking soda: Baking soda or sodium bicarbonate is one of the basic medicines for kidney disease. Many studies have shown baking soda to slow the progress of chronic kidney disease. Baking soda brings down the inflammation of the kidneys through a chemical reaction that limits ammonia production in the kidneys.