As a Renal Failure and Nephrotic patient, there are a lot of exceptions when it comes to a good diet to keep your health in check. Quick one’s for those who do not want to read the full article include:
- Low Sodium
- Low Glucose/Sugar
- Less Fatty Foods
- Artificial Flavourants
- Lots of Water
So those are just 5 quick points, but let’s dwell more into that by first looking at what the kidney actually does, this will give you a better understanding.
The overall role that the kidney plays is to filter out or remove the waste and water (in excess) from the blood, converting it into the urine. So this also includes all the food you eat and the liquids we drink. I am sure by now you can see why we said exclude and include certain things above in your diet.
This is a common question and it is true, the majority, if not all renal failure patients suffer from hypertension (High Blood Pressure) and what do we know aggregates high blood pressure? Salt. Salt is the number one silent killer when it comes to raising your pressure levels. Other foods and drinks that can raise your pressure are foods that are difficult to break down, such as fatty and greasy junk food and also Energy Drinks *STAY AWAY*.
Drinking a good amount of water helps the kidney stay regular and constantly flushes all the toxins collected in the membranes and nephrons. Like we said, the kidney filters excess water, so too much water is no good!
Now to the difficult part, yes it gets worse if you thought that was it. Processed foods. We talking about your process meat, chicken and even Soy products. Any processed products contain tartrazine and other chemicals that can cause strain to the kidney as it is really difficult to filter such substances from the blood.
There will be more information on this as we go on and soon we will be talking about the nephron! So, Enjoy!
Below is a quick and simple list of food and drinks to avoid if you are hypertensive and/or a renal failure patient.
- Dark-Colored Colas
- Canned Foods (Processed as LOAN Blog mentioned above)
- Processed Meats
- Whole-Wheat Bread
- Brown Rice
- Oranges and Orange Juice
- Fizzy and Sugary Drinks
- Energy stimulating foods and drinks
- Protein shakes and bars
Reference: lifeofanutcracker.com (LOAN Blog) and healthline.com