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Diet & Nutrition

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Diet and nutrition play an important part of living well with kidney disease. As your kidney disease progresses, your dietary needs are likely to change as well. The purpose of this diet 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 need this special diet to limit the build-up of waste products in the body. Limiting fluid intake during dialysis treatment is very important because most people on dialysis urinate very little. Without adequate urination, fluid will build up in the body and cause fluid accumulation in the heart, lungs, and ankles.

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Garlic

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Garlic contains antioxidants that help in reducing inflammation. It is also thought to play a role in reducing renal reperfusion injury which is linked to increased mortality due to acute kidney failure. Garlic juice helps to prevent renal reperfusion-induced injuries.

 

Capsicum

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Capsicums are high in vitamins, which help to neutralize the free radicals responsible for damaging tissue and cells, naturally building a good immune system. This can protect you from cold, flu and other ailments. It also has anti-inflammatory properties.

 

Strawberries

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Strawberries may be small, but they are big in benefits! This delicious red fruit is a powerhouse of vitamins, antioxidants and fiber. They protect the heart, as well as has anti-cancer and anti-inflammation properties. Toss them in a salad or even eat them plain for a healthy treat!

 

Turmeric

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Turmeric, is a wonder spice that can safely be incorporated in our daily diet as it has got no side effects. Turmeric supplements are also available in the form of capsules containing powder, tincture or fluid extracts. For appropriate dosage, it is recommended that you consult your renal physician.

 

Bamboo Shoots

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Incorporating bamboo shoot in our daily diet can help improve our immunity, and it can help to prevent infections. Taking bamboo shoot can help lower high blood sugar and cholesterol, especially for those with Chronic Kidney Disease.

 
 
 
 

Figs

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Figs are high in potassium and low in sodium, so they are act as a perfect defense against hypertension. A relaxing food as well, fig soothes frayed nerves and calms you down after a hectic day. calmness to your day.

 


 
 

Apples

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Apples are not just good for your kidneys but can also reduce the overall ill-effects of kidney disease in the initial stages. They are a good source of pectin, a soluble fiber that can lower cholesterol and glucose levels. It is a significant source of antioxidants, including one called quercetin, which is protects brain cells. Fresh apples are also a good source of Vitamin C. For a tasty treat, sprinkle apples with cinnamon.

 

Ginger

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It is considered an excellent herb for improving kidney function. Ginger can work to relive clots, stimulate the circulatory system, promote the blood flow to the kidneys, and clean the blood. This herb is well-known for its ability to ease these discomforts and improve patient’s quality of life. Important: Always consult your doctor for suitable doses especially herbal supplements!

 

Onions

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A usual base for Indian recipes, onion brings immense health benefits specially to people who have a high creatinine levels along with reduced kidney function. They contain a substance called prostaglandin that naturally reduces blood viscosity and helps to lower high blood pressure, thereby reducing the progression of kidney disease.

 

Carrots

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Beta-carotene, the water-soluble form of vitamin A in carrots, helps the kidneys filter toxins out of the blood and prevent urinary tract infections. Carrots contain a high concentration of pectin, a form of soluble fiber. Pectin also decreases levels of creatinine, a marker of kidney function that, when elevated, indicates stress on the kidneys. Researchers concluded that pectin shows potential as a natural therapy option for treatment of chronic kidney failure. They are high in phosphorus, so their intake needs to be monitored.

 

Omega-3 Fatty Acids

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Omega-3 fatty acids are essential nutrients our body cannot make, so we must get them through the foods we consume. They have many important functions in the body including controlling blood clotting and building cell membranes in the brain. Omega 3 has been shown to decrease risk of abnormal heart beats, decrease triglyceride levels and slightly lower blood pressure. They are being looked at for their potential benefits for conditions such as cancer, autoimmune diseases and inflammatory bowel diseases. Salmon is a favorite ‘go-to’ source of omega–3 fatty acids, but you can also consider mackerel or tuna.