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Can diet modifications help improve kidney functions?

Having a thorough eating plan can maintain and improve kidney function to a certain extent, depending on the severity of your disease.

Perhaps the most important aspect when it comes to diet if you struggle with kidney disease is to reduce the amount of salt you are eating to a minimum. For this reason, you should try to buy fresh food as often as possible, since sodium is a very common additive in packaged foods. Another good idea is to cook meals from scratch instead of using frozen foods and canned foods. You should always check the label of every ingredient and food you buy for the amount of sodium it contains. If it has 20% sodium or more, it is too much for your kidneys.

Paying attention to the protein you consume is another essential aspect of your diet. Because your kidneys produce waste when you eat protein, you should eat small amounts of food rich in protein at a time. You should also choose quality sources of protein, such as fish, chicken, dairy, grains, and beans. Red meat should be avoided as much as possible. By eating a small amount of food, which contains protein, you make sure you do not overwork your kidneys, which are already damaged.

Eating foods, which are beneficial for your heart is another important change to make in your diet if you suffer from kidney disease. Thereby, you should avoid deep-fried foods and go for grilling, broiling, baking, roasting, or stir-frying your meals. You should also replace butter with olive oil whenever possible. Another good idea is to trim the fat from the meat you are cooking to avoid extra fat in your diet. Lastly, you should limit the amount of food rich in saturated and trans fats you eat on a daily basis.

Avoid sources of phosphorus in your diet. Some of the most common foods rich in phosphorus are meat, poultry, fish, oatmeal, dairy, beans, lentils, and nuts. Make sure you only include a small amount of these foods in your diet, as too much phosphorus is going to take a heavy toll on your kidneys, as well as damage your bones and blood vessels.

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