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Kidney-friendly diet plan is usually recommended to patients with kidney damage, because watching what you eat will help you stay healthier. Well then, for kidney failure patients, what can they eat can be one of the concerned questions. Please hold on and you will find the answer.
As we all know, kidneys are important internal organs which are endowed with numerous functions. It can help discharge extra wastes and toxins, regulate blood pressure, promote EPO generation, keep electrolyte balance and so on. However, when kidneys are damaged, they will lose some functions more or less. Then, your body will suffer from some disorders. In order to control the progression of illness condition, apart from necessary medical treatment, I support you do changes in your daily diet. If you agree with me, the several aspects should be considered.
According to following dietary principles, find out an individualized diet. Any questions, please be feel free to ask kidney experts online.
1. Protein in the diet
For kidney failure patients, they need to have a low-protein diet. Because too much protein will produce more wastes like urea, increasing kidneys’ burden. But in order to prevent malnutrition, foods with high-quality protein are recommended to patients like lean meat, fish, egg white, milk and so on. If you are on dialysis with kidney failure, it is important to supply enough protein so as to supply the loss of protein.
2. Salt intake
Renal failure patients are required to have a low-salt diet. Generally speaking, the recommend daily intake for salt is six grams. Reducing salt intake lowers high blood pressure and reduces the risk of a stroke or heart attack. It also can relieve swelling to some extent. Of course, different illness conditions have different requirements.
3. Fluid intake
It is well known that water is the best clearer of the body. Drinking enough water can help the damaged kidneys remove more wastes and toxins from the body, while when you have severe swelling, you should reduce your water intake.
4. Management of calcium, phosphate and vitamin
Some kidney disease patients have particular problems with high phosphorus level but low calcium level. Therefore, it is important to balance the two minerals. Therefore, a low-phosphorus and high-calcium diet should be recommended to patients.