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Renal Disease A Good Nutrition Can Help You

Aug 12, 2008
Not only medical treatment can help you to cure renal disease, good and proper nutrition can reduce a symptom of renal disease. So, when your kidneys are no longer work properly, you have to control the way you eats for both kinds and amounts of food you eat.

A proper nutrition can help to control renal disease. It helps to cut down the workload on your kidneys. Also it can control the build-up of food wastes like urea, reduce symptoms like fatigue, nausea, itching and bad taste in the mouth, and control the effects of high blood sugar if you have diabetes.

Each person has different need in renal disease nutrition depending on their age, medical history and kidney function. Your diet plan will work with you to drawing an individual daily eating map that is suitable for you. Together you can plan proper food choices to keep you feeling as well as possible, and to try to slow the loss of kidney function. Below are the foods and nutrients you will have to consider to help relieve renal disease symptoms, control blood pressure and maintain health.

Calcium and phosphorus (Phosphate) are minerals which normally keep your bones strong and healthy, in the right balance, work together in the body to keep your teeth and bones strong and a change in one can cause a change in the other. When the kidneys start to fail, your blood phosphate level will rise. Thus, you may need to less certain foods which contain of phosphorus. These include milk, cheese and other milk products, and protein foods such as meat, fish and poultry. However, you still need some milk products and protein foods for overall good nutrition, so your dietitian will make sure you have enough of these in your daily eating plan. The bound phosphorus will pass in your stool. You need to take phosphate binders at meals and snacks. But do not take phosphate binders at the same time as iron supplements.

Sodium is found mostly in salt. Sodium affects your body fluids and blood pressure. You need to control your salt intake and avoid foods with high sodium content. In addition to the salt shaker, there are other sources of high sodium foods such as processed meats including bacon, sausage and luncheon meats. Snack foods, canned foods and frozen prepared meals also contain large amounts of salt. Anyway to improve the taste of unsalted food, you can use unsalted spices, herbs, vinegar and lemon.

Potassium is a mineral which helps your nerves and muscles work well. It is a mineral present in many fruits and vegetables as well as in meat and dairy products. Some potassium is necessary for good health, but too much can be dangerous. If your kidneys do not work well, potassium can build up in the blood. Too much or too little potassium in the diet can affect the muscles in the body, particularly the heartbeat and a very high level can cause the heart to stop beating. Usually people with renal disease don't need to limit their potassium intake; however, if necessary your doctor and dietitian may recommend you adjust how much potassium you eat. Some high potassium foods are potatoes, squash, bananas, oranges, tomatoes, dried peas and beans.

Protein is needed daily to build muscles, repair tissues, fight infection and heal wounds. As your body breaks down protein foods, a waste called urea is formed. Your daily eating plan should provide enough protein for your body while limiting the amount of urea formed. Protein is present in many food items, but the highest quality protein comes from beef, pork, poultry, seafood and eggs. Well-nourished patients do better on dialysis, get sick less often and live longer.

Energy foods provide the fuel or calories which is necessary to do your daily activities and help you keep a healthy body weight. Calories come from all the foods you eat, including proteins, carbohydrates and fat. Calories are a concern if weight is too low or too high. It is important to get the energy you need from other food sources. Energy is found in most foods, particularly starches, sugars, grains, fruits, vegetables, fats and oils. Your daily eating plan will help you to select enough food choices to meet your energy needs and assist with blood sugar control.

You are what you eat. These words are still in common. Surely you should set up your nutrition plan with all above suggestion then you can relief from renal disease.
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