Your kidneys are important organs, performing many crucial functions in your body… including filtering your blood, removing waste through your urine, balancing minerals, maintaining fluid balance and producing hormones.
Needless to say, if your kidneys aren’t functioning properly it wreaks havoc in your body. Among other things it can cause fluid to build up in the body and lead to an accumulation of waste in your blood.
However, by avoiding (or at least limiting) certain foods in your diet you may help decrease this accumulation of waste products in your blood as well as improving your kidney function and preventing further damage.
5 foods to avoid for healthier kidneys
These five foods are full of ingredients, additives and chemicals that have been shown to cause problems to your kidneys and your overall health. If you want to protect your kidney health… keep these five supermarket staples out of your shopping cart!
If you have chronic kidney disease (or want to prevent it) good nutrition and diet are critical components of the treatment plan. While the right dietary regimen is important for everyone, those with diminished kidney function have shown the worst reaction to an unbalanced diet.
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Patients suffering from chronic kidney disease CKD and end stage renal disease cannot rely on their kidneys to maintain the delicate balance. Their body needs the kidneys regulate the quantity of water electrolytes, minerals and waste products in the metabolism.
Losing this delicate balance will not just make you feel tired, out of energy and sick… it will also make your kidney disease progress at the higher rate. This is why bad dietary habits can be disastrous for those with impaired kidney function.
So, here are the main foods you may want to avoid or limit…
An excess of salt in your diet will alter the delicate sodium balance in your body. The kidneys will have to work harder to restore this balance and the result will be fluid retention and higher blood pressure.
While water retention will cause some cosmetic issues like cellulite, high blood pressure is one of the main risk factors for kidney disease. In our modern day diet most people just eat way too much sodium. It’s heavily used in almost all processed foods.
So, almost anyone can see an immediate health improvement by reducing their salt intake. Table salt is the worst since it’s heavily processed and contains lots of added chemicals. Himalayan salt is a good substitute.
2: Red meat
There are several studies confirming that an excess of red meat can be a danger for kidney health. Protein metabolism requires a lot of work from the kidneys. This is why high protein consumption has been linked to a higher risk of kidney disease as well as kidney stones.
Still, meat is a source of high quality proteins and should be a component of healthy diet. However, if you want to protect your kidneys, you may want to reduce the intake of meat… especially red meat to one or two portions per week. Processed meat should be completely avoided.
3: Potassium rich vegetables and fruits
There is a number of fruits and vegetables that contain high levels of potassium which kidney patients should be avoiding. These include:
These are too rich in potassium and can be dangerous if you suffer from kidney disease. Healthy kidneys are perfectly able to process the excess potassium from these fruits and vegetables. However, an excess of potassium in the blood of a kidney patients can cause symptoms as severe as a heart attack.
On a whole, fruit and vegetables are really good for your health and should always be an important part of your diet. However, if you want to relieve your kidneys, you do have to pick the right ones.
Research indicates that for every 150 calories of dietary sugar you consume a day your risk of diabetes (one of the main risk factors for kidney disease) increases by 1.1 percent!
If this is not enough, dietary sugar has been linked to esophageal cancer, colon cancer, breast cancer, and lung metastasis. While the sugar industry has done its best to cover-up the harmful effects, it is pretty obvious nowadays that excess sugar is one of the main causes for many health issues, including obesitas and diabetes.
So, how can you reduce sugar in your diet? Sugar is hidden in almost every processed food under a variety of names, like: dextrose, fructose, lactose, corn syrup, maltose, molasses, sucrose and so on. The best way to avoid these hidden sugars and protect your kidneys (and your overal health) is to totally avoid processed foods as well as sugary beverages. Your kidneys and your waistline will thank for it!
5: Sodas and soft drinks
The influence of drinking sodas and other soft drinks on human health has been widely researched over the last decades. It’s logical that the regular consumption of unhealthy beverages isn’t going to be very beneficial to your health. However, the results of most studies were way worse than the expectations.
But why are sodas are so bad for your kidney health? That’s because they contain a very high concentration of caffeine, sugar, artificial sweeteners, phosphoric acid and other chemicals.
In a study conducted on more than 3000 women during 10 years a rate of decline of more than 30% in GFR was observed in test subject who drank two or more servings a day of artificially sweetened sodas. GFR stands for glomerular filtration rate, used to measure your level of kidney function.
These numbers here are pretty scary! It means that by drinking two cans of soda per day, you may end up losing 30% of renal function!
What about diet sodas? Research shows that drinking just two servings of diet-soda per day can cause a significant drop in your glomerular filtration rate (an important measure of the kidney’s function).
One of the best things you can do to protect your kidneys is to completely eliminate sodas and soft drinks from your diet. Replace them with water or green tea… your kidneys will thank you for it!
So, there you have it… 5 of the most harmful foods for your kidneys which you should seriously consider ditching (or at least reducing) from your diet if you suffer from kidney issues… or want to prevent them in the first place.