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The Best and Worst Foods for Your Kidneys

Eat This, Not That! Logo By Samantha Faragalli Younghans of Eat This, Not That! | Slide 1 of 23: When it comes to your diet, unless you know you suffer from poor kidney health, it's likely you're not really thinking about which specific foods are good or bad for the two renal system organs. And even if you suffer from kidney disease, failure, or other kidney issues, you may not be aware of or adhere to a proper every day, best renal diet.While the strictness of your meal plan depends on the stage of your kidney disease, it's important to understand what you should and shouldn't put in your body to bolster kidney health, or a kidney cleanse, if you will."The kidneys are essential organs that help us maintain fluid and electrolyte balance and remove waste from our blood," Patricia Bannan, MS, RDN, says. "People who have kidney disease don't have fully functioning kidneys. Consuming nutrients that the kidney has trouble processing, including protein, sodium, potassium, and phosphorus, can damage the kidneys."Unfortunately, in addition to further damaging the kidneys and not boosting kidney function, not following a healthy renal diet for kidney disease management can also potentially cause other health risks, including an increase in blood pressure, an increase in protein in the urine, and it could also contribute to other problems related to bone health and heart health, according to Bannan."When your kidneys are not working as well as they should, fluid and waste build up in your body. Over time, the waste and extra fluid can cause bone, heart and other health problems," she says. "A kidney-friendly meal plan can limit how much of certain minerals and fluid you eat and drink. This can help keep the waste and fluid from building up and causing problems."So how do you know what to eat for a kidney-friendly meal?Lucky for you, Bannan has provided a list of the best foods approved for the renal diet, which obviously all focus on the health of your kidneys, along with foods that won't help improve your kidney health. She strongly advises consulting with your healthcare provider to learn what dietary choices are advised for you based on your specific kidney condition and treatment plan.Scroll down for the complete list of the best foods for a kidney cleanse and for the worst foods, too. And if you're really trying to keep yourself on track, here are 50 Foods That Can Cause Heart Disease you should stay away from, too.

The Best and Worst Foods for Your Kidneys

When it comes to your diet, unless you know you suffer from poor kidney health, it's likely you're not really thinking about which specific foods are good or bad for the two renal system organs. And even if you suffer from kidney disease, failure, or other kidney issues, you may not be aware of or adhere to a proper every day, best renal diet.

While the strictness of your meal plan depends on the stage of your kidney disease, it's important to understand what you should and shouldn't put in your body to bolster kidney health, or a kidney cleanse, if you will.

"The kidneys are essential organs that help us maintain fluid and electrolyte balance and remove waste from our blood," Patricia Bannan, MS, RDN, says. "People who have kidney disease don't have fully functioning kidneys. Consuming nutrients that the kidney has trouble processing, including protein, sodium, potassium, and phosphorus, can damage the kidneys."

Unfortunately, in addition to further damaging the kidneys and not boosting kidney function, not following a healthy renal diet for kidney disease management can also potentially cause other health risks, including an increase in blood pressure, an increase in protein in the urine, and it could also contribute to other problems related to bone health and heart health, according to Bannan.

"When your kidneys are not working as well as they should, fluid and waste build up in your body. Over time, the waste and extra fluid can cause bone, heart and other health problems," she says. "A kidney-friendly meal plan can limit how much of certain minerals and fluid you eat and drink. This can help keep the waste and fluid from building up and causing problems."

So how do you know what to eat for a kidney-friendly meal?

Lucky for you, Bannan has provided a list of the best foods approved for the renal diet, which obviously all focus on the health of your kidneys, along with foods that won't help improve your kidney health. She strongly advises consulting with your healthcare provider to learn what dietary choices are advised for you based on your specific kidney condition and treatment plan.

Scroll down for the complete list of the best foods for a kidney cleanse and for the worst foods, too. And if you're really trying to keep yourself on track, here are 50

(Editor’s note: The opinions in this article are the author’s, as published by our content partner, and do not necessarily represent the views of Microsoft News or Microsoft. Always check with your doctor before making any changes to your health routine.)




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