Changing seasons bring with it a change of how we manage Chronic Kidney Disease. Unseasonal temperature changes, extreme cold affects not only your physical body but also your physiological self. Here are some handy tips and preventive measures to help you brave the winter.
- Be on top of your vaccinations
Flu and other viral ailments are the choice of winter season. Ensure you are on top of all your vaccinations well before the winter
- Chances of pneumonia
CKDs have a lower immunity and therefore the propensity to certain infections like pneumonia is more. We need to be cautious so as to none of the patients don’t land up attracting this infection either.
- Keeping yourself warm
Braving the winter begins with keeping yourself adequately warm. If you are in a colder climate, it necessitates proper clothing for the season. You can layer up or wear thermals if necessary.
- Keeping your access sanitized
It goes without saying that your access, be it a fistula or a catheter, needs to be sanitized and hygienic at all times.
- Check on fluid intake
Due to the inclement weather, ensure that you keep track of your fluids – including those from beverages like coffee, tea, hot chocolate, etc. You should not indulge in extra cups of hot beverages to fight the cold.
- Eat for the season
Consume foods that keep you warm and are renal friendly. Talk to your dietician for recipes.
- Pamper your skin
Winter brings in dry skin and since a lot of CKD patients are diabetic – it is important that you attend to foot care much more during this season. Special attention need to be paid on your heels and dry skin, liberal use of moisturizer and body lotions are suggested. The dry and itchy skin should not lead to bleeding of those affected area – which in turn might lead to infections.
This is an easy and kidney-friendly recipes that we can try out for our lunch or dinner.
Easy Recipe for a Cold Winter Night
Indian Chicken Curry (Non-veg)
Portions : 6
Serving Size : 2 small chicken drumsticks
Ingredients:5 tablespoons vegetable oil
3/4 teaspoon whole cumin seeds
1 – inch cinnamon stick
2 bay leaves
1/4 teaspoons whole peppercorns
2 raw onions, minced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 – inch cube fresh ginger, peeled and minced
1 medium tomato, peeled and chopped
1 – 1/2 pounds small chicken drumsticks, skinned
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 – 1/2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon garam masala
- Heat oil in a large, wide pot over a medium-high flame. When hot, put in the cumin seeds, cinnamon, bay leaves and peppercorns. Stir once.
- Add the onions, garlic and ginger. Stir this mixture until the onion picks up brown specks.
- Add the tomatoes, chicken, salt and cayenne pepper. Stir to mix and bring to a boil.
- Cover pot tightly, turn heat to low and simmer for 25 minutes or until chicken is tender. Stir a few times during this cooking period.
- Remove cover and turn up the heat to medium. Sprinkle in the garam masala and cook, stirring gently for about 5 minutes to reduce the liquid.
Apple & Rice Salad (Veg)
Based on 4-6 servings per recipe.
2 cups Cooked rice (any kind), chilled
2 cups (about 2 medium) Apple, chopped
1/2 cup Celery, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons Unsalted sunflower seeds, shelled
2 tablespoons Balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon Olive oil
2 teaspoons Honey
2 teaspoons mustard powder
2 teaspoons Orange peel, finely shredded
1 clove Garlic, minced
- Combine chilled rice, apple, celery, and sunflower seeds in a large bowl.
- In a small bowl, stir together remaining ingredients.
- Pour over the rice mixture and toss gently to coat.
- Serve immediately, or cover and refrigerate for up to 24 hours.
Schedule regular appointments with your nephrologist
It is not a matter of seasons, but for any doubts or clarification we should not hesitate to reach out to our treating nephrologist on a regular basis. It is better to be informed by an expert when it comes to any health related problems.