We all know that every organ in our body possesses a unique role and functioning of all is important equally. If any organ fails to function normally, a disease might occur, which with time and no care, the condition might worsen. Kidneys are one such pair of organ in our body, which plays various essential roles. However, people with kidney diseases like kidney damage, chronic kidney disease (CKD), diabetes, vascular diseases, cystic diseases, etc. need to stay alert and require proper treatment, monitoring, and diagnosis. With NextDoorLab, you can easily maintain your routine habits and kidney functioning by registering on www.nextdoorlab.com. Nextdoorlab is here to hold your hand and pull you up from your disease condition to improve it for your betterment.
Along with this, consulting a dietician is necessary because:
1. he/she will provide you with a healthy diet plan,
2. he/she will help you in preserving your flexibility in diet and your lifestyle, and
3. he/she will monitor and help you in lowering down your weight.
A change in diet to a healthy one will help in preserving your kidney functions. Following points are thus to be looked upon apart from the changes in lifestyle and diet:
1. intake of protein,
2. fluids intake,
3. salt content – sodium salt and potassium salt,
4. prevention of bone diseases by managing the amounts of calcium, phosphate, and vitamin D,
5. amount of minerals intake, and
6. intake of calories – fat and carbohydrates taken.
Its better late than Never! This is true and here below we present a briefly detailed chart, which provides you with essential information on what fruits and vegetables people suffering from kidney diseases should focus on more and include in their diet.
Table 1. A brief chart of super foods – fruits and vegetables – recommended for the kidney patients.
|S. No.||Fruit/vegetable name||Rich in||Low in||Miscellaneous characteristics|
|1||Red bell peppers||Vitamins A, B6, and C, folic acid and fiber||Potassium||Contains antioxidant and protect against certain cancers|
|2||Garlic||Vitamin B (B1 and B5), calcium, iron and zinc||—||Prevents plaque formation, reduces inflammation and lowers cholesterol|
|3||Cabbage||Vitamins B6, C, and K, folic acid and fiber||Potassium||Packet of phytochemicals (breaks down the free radicals)|
|4||Cauliflower||Vitamin C, folate and fiber||—||Packet of indoles, thiocynates, and glucosinolates (neutralizes liver’s toxic substances)|
|5||Onions||Flavonoids and chromium||Potassium||Contains antioxidant (reduces heart diseases and protect against cancers)|
|6||Blueberries||Anthocyanidins, vitamin C, fiber, and manganese||—||Contains natural compounds that reduce inflammation and help the brain from the some aging effects|
|7||Raspberries||Ellagic acid, flavonoids, vitamins B and C, fiber, manganese, and folate||—||Inhibit cancer cell growth and tumor formation|
|8||Cranberries||Vitamin C and dietary fiber, manganese, and dietary mineral||—||Protect against bladder infections, cancer and heart diseases, and promotes gastrointestinal (GI) tract|
|9||Strawberries||Anthocyanins, ellagitannins, vitamin C, fiber and manganese||—||Contains anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer components, and provide heart protection|
|10||Olive oil – virgin or extra virgin||Oleic acid and polyphenols||—||Contains antioxidant and prevents inflammation and oxidation|
|11||Apples||High in fiber and anti-inflammatory compounds||—||Reduces cholesterol, reduces cancer risk, protect against heart diseases, and prevent constipation|
|12||Red grapes||Flavonoids and anthocyanins||—||Protect against inflammation and cancer, and reduces blood-clot formation|
|13||Fish||Omega-3s||—||Raises HDL (good) cholesterol and lowers LDL (bad) cholesterol|
|14||Egg whites||High-quality protein||Phosphorus||Provides essential amino acids|
|15||Cherries||Antioxidants and phytochemicals||—||Reduce inflammation|
Thus, following the above chart and the details provided below can really boost up your kidney health.
1. Avoid foods rich in potassium
a. Bananas, kiwis, nectarines, prunes, dried fruits and oranges
b. Potatoes, beets, spinach, avocados and tomatoes
c. Beans and nuts
d. Whole wheat pasta and bread
2. Avoid foods rich in phosphorus
a. Sunflower seeds
b. Dark-colored colas
c. Whole-grain bread
e. Dairy items like milk, soy yogurt, hard cheese, soy cheese, etc.
3. Fast foods, canned foods, highly processed foods and restaurant foods are not to be taken strictly.
“Eating Right for Kidney Health is Important.”