Kidney disease is one of the most popular problems faced globally affecting around 10-15% of the population.
The kidney is a very important organ in our body that helps to filter waste products out of our body. It also reduces hormones, forms urine, helps in the formation of red blood cells, and maintains Vitamin D in our body.
If our kidneys are not functioning properly, a lot of waste will accumulate in our body including in our blood cells. This will increase the risk of high blood pressure and diabetes-like diseases.
Changes in diet and lifestyle can help us to keep our kidneys healthy.
Here are the top 7 foods for healthy kidneys. These are healthy for kidneys and can repair and improve your kidney's health.
Before starting the list, let's have a look at which type of nutrients you have to restrict consuming.
- Sodium: If you have a damaged kidney then, it will have a hard time filtering out excess sodium from the body. So, it is recommended to limit sodium intake to less than 2,000 mg/day.
- Potassium: Potassium is a required nutrient for our body, but the person who has kidney diseases, must limit the intake of foods high in potassium.
- Phosphorus: A person with kidney disease also has t limit the intake of phosphorus. One should limit it to 800-1000 mg/day.
With this in mind, let start with the food list.
Garlic is one of the best alternatives for extra salt. You often use it in most dishes. If not, add this magical food to your dish next time.
It is rich in nutritional values. It is a perfect source of Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, Manganese, and sulfur compounds. It has anti-inflammatory properties, which prevent you from many kidney-related diseases.
Olive oil is very popular among health-conscious people because it is a phosphorus-free and healthy source of good fats. It is very beneficial for kidney patients.
Olive oil has mono-saturated fat oleic acid which offers anti-inflammatory effects to the body. Mono-saturated fats are highly stable in high temperature so you can use them while cooking food for patients suffering from kidney diseases.
Cauliflower is another item in our list that is full of nutritional contents. It is a great source of vitamin B, C, and K making it a good choice for people with kidney disease. It is also a good source of anti-inflammatory compounds such as indoles and offers fiber - compounds that help the liver neutralize toxic substances that can damage our cell membranes and DNA.
It is also a good replacement for mashed potatoes because it is also low in potassium content and is very useful for the person who is on dialysis.
It is a type of cruciferous vegetables that are loaded with minerals along with vitamins and essential plant compounds.
Cabbage is a perfect source of vitamin C and Vitamin B. It offers insoluble fiber that helps to keep the digestive system healthy and promotes bowel movements.
The best part about cabbage is that it has a low content of Potassium, Sodium, and Phosphorus which makes it a healthy choice for people with kidney-related problems.
Most Tropical fruits are rich in potassium but luckily Pineapple is the only tropical fruit that is very low in potassium when compared to other tropical fruits.
It is rich in manganese, fiber, bromelain, vitamin C, and other nutrients which is very helpful in reducing the information in our Kidneys.
Bell Pepper is one of the nutritious food which is also less in potassium. This makes it more suitable for people with kidney diseases.
Bright color peppers are high in Vitamin C and it has good antioxidant properties.
It is also a great source of Vitamin A (especially, Red Pepper) which improves your immune system and help you fight other dangerous disease related to kidneys.
Onion is the last but not the least item which can help you in many ways. It is a member of the Allium family and used as a flavoring in many dishes.
It is a rich source of flavonoids-an antioxidant that reduces heart attack and prevents cancer cells to develop. It is also rich in Vitamin B, C, manganese, and probiotic fibers which increase good bacteria in our guts.
Moreover, Onions are a good source of chromium and also low in potassium content, which makes them more suitable for consumption for people with kidney diseases.
You can consume onions in many ways. Eat it with burgers, use it in the dishes, and consume it in the form of salad.
The Bottom Line
Restriction on diet may vary from person to person depending on the level and type of their kidney problems.
One in the early stage has different restrictions than the other which has chronic kidney disease.
So, try including these foods in your diet to improve your kidney health.
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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2021 Ankit Singh
Ankit Singh (author) from New Delhi on March 04, 2021:
Thank You, E Randall. You are so true. We all have only 2 options
"Either we eat food like medicines, or we have to eat medicines like food".
E Randall from United States on March 03, 2021:
Very nice, and well written. I am not against medicine, but if there are foods that we can take to help our bodies, then I am all for it. Thanks for writing this.