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On Dialysis? Here is how Food can help 

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Kidneys are bean-shaped organs that are responsible for filtering waste and other harmful toxins generated by our bodies. However, sometimes the functioning of the kidneys might be disturbed for various reasons. When the kidneys are not able to function properly, waste from food, toxic substances, and fluids can accumulate and cause discomfort to the body generally. In these cases, healthcare providers prescribe dialysis to keep the body working better and in a healthy way. A dialysis machine helps to maintain balance by doing the activities of the kidney. Dialysis treatment helps in the removal of excess waste, salt, and water from the body. Even during dialysis, some waste fluid can accumulate. A buildup of these compounds in the body over time might cause heart and bone problems.

First of all, have a look at foods that should be avoided if you are undergoing dialysis. 

  • Sodium 

When you have a kidney disease your kidneys are unable to flush out excess sodium and that is the reason people with kidney disease are recommended less than 2000 gm of salt in a day.

  • Potassium 

No doubt that potassium is good for your body but you should limit the amount if diagnosed with kidney disease. Similar to sodium it should be consumed nearly 2000 gm per day. 

  • Phosphorus 

Having kidney disease means your body cannot eliminate phosphorus from the blood, it can be dangerous for you so limit the consumption from 800gm to 1000gm 

There are certain foods that you should include in your diet for better functioning of the kidneys. One should consume these foods after consulting the quantity with their Doctors. 

  • Berries 

Blueberries and strawberries are high sources of nutrients and antioxidants. They have great antioxidants, which help combat heart disease and diabetes. In addition to this, they have low amounts of sodium, phosphorus, and potassium, which makes them perfect kidney-beneficial foods. 

  • Egg whites

No doubt egg yolks are very nutritious, but they have high amounts of phosphorus, which is why egg whites are a better choice for people looking to live a healthy lifestyle. Egg whites have kidney-friendly protein, and they are best for people undergoing dialysis as they need a high-protein, low-phosphorus diet.

  • Olive oil

Switch your regular cooking oil from vegetable oil to olive oil. Olive oil is phosphorus-free and contains healthy fats, which are excellent for people suffering from kidney problems. It is advisable to use olive oil as it helps in not gaining much weight and leads to a healthier life. 

Here are some additional tips that you should consider and get all the benefits. 

  • Make sure to include high-protein food items in your diet.
  • Make sure to consume foods that contain low levels of sodium and potassium and high levels of phosphorus.
  • Ask your dietician about the quantity of fluid you can have, including water, tea, coffee, and other beverages.

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