Kidneys are important to your overall health.
You may be able to live without one, but they are essential and need to be taken care of.
Kidneys are responsible for blood filtering,urinary waste removal, hormone production,
mineral balance and fluid balance.
Many risk factors are associated with kidney disease.
Uncontrolled diabetes and high blood pressure are among the most common.
Alcoholism, heart disease, hepatitis C virus and HIV infection are also causes.
When the kidneys get damaged and can not function properly,
fluid can build up in the body and waste can build up in the blood.
However, avoiding or limiting certain foods in your diet can help to reduce the accumulation
of waste products in your blood, improve the functioning of the kidneys and prevent further
Here are 15 foods that you should likely avoid on a renal diet.
Dark-colored colas should be avoided on a renal diet because they contain phosphorus in
its additive form,
which is highly absorbable by the human body.
Bananas are a rich source of potassium and may need to be limited on a renal diet.
Pineapple is a kidney-friendly fruit, as it contains much less potassium than certain other
For a healthy individual, avocados are nutritious and beneficial,
but for those with kidney problems, these fruits can be harmful.
Avocados contain almost double the amount of potassium of bananas.
Dairy products contain high levels of phosphorus, potassium and protein and should be
restricted to a renal diet.
Despite the high calcium content of milk, its phosphorus content may weaken bones in
those with kidney disease.
Soups, as well as canned vegetables, are popular because of their convenience.
The high sodium content is what gives these items a long shelf life but also makes
them dangerous for impaired kidneys.
As a fruit or in juice form, oranges contain potassium, making them dangerous for
patients with kidney disease.
Try apples, cranberries, or grapes instead.
Caffeine in coffee, tea, soda, and foods can also place a strain on your kidneys.
Because caffeine is a stimulant, it can stimulate blood flow, increasing blood pressure
and stress on the kidneys.
Processed meats have long been associated with chronic diseases and are generally
considered unhealthy due to their content of preservatives.
They are high in salt and protein and should be consumed in moderation on a renal diet.
Pickles, olives, and relish are all examples of highly salted foods that need to be
limited when following a renal diet. Choose lower sodium options if they are available.
Pretzels, chips and crackers are easily consumed in large portions and tend to contain
high amounts of salt.
Additionally, chips made from potatoes provide a considerable amount of potassium.
so it wise to avoid these foods.
Tomatoes are dangerous because of potassium, and unfortunately these fruits are part
of many meals and products.
Apricots are a high-potassium food that should be avoided on a renal diet.
They offer over 400 mg per 1 cup raw and over 1,500 mg per 1 cup dried.
Brown rice has more potassium and phosphorus than white rice,
so it can put unnecessary strain on kidneys that have already been damaged.
Some brown rice can be consumed as part of a balanced kidney diet with portion control.
For impaired kidneys, the high potassium content of greens such as spinach,
Swiss chard, and beet greens is not ideal.
The potassium content remains high even when cooked,
so it’s best to cut it out of your diet completely.
Potatoes and sweet potatoes are high-potassium vegetables.
Though Boiling or double cooking potatoes can decrease potassium by about 50%.
so it is wise to avoid it completely.
Thats all for today.
If you have kidney disease, reducing your potassium, phosphorus and sodium intake
can be an important aspect of managing the disease.