There are several strategies to extend the life of your kidneys and enhance your general health, regardless of whether you have recently received a diagnosis of chronic kidney disease, have been receiving dialysis for some time, or are awaiting a transplant.
Healthy nutrition is crucial if you have renal illness. A nutritious diet can not only improve your overall well-being but also help your kidney disease progress more slowly. Here are some tips for improving your diet, even though it may initially feel like a significant lifestyle change:
- Limit your salt consumption: Consuming foods with a lot of salt can greatly strain your kidneys. Try to limit your daily sodium consumption to no more than 2,000 milligrammes.
- Avoid high-protein diets: As a general rule, one serving of protein (about the size of a deck of cards) should be consumed with each meal. Your kidneys will start working overtime if you take any more.
- Select foods reduced in cholesterol and saturated fat because renal disease patients have an increased risk of developing heart disease. Select foods low in cholesterol and saturated fat, such as lean meats, spreads in place of butter and margarine, fish, and egg alternatives.
- Quit smoking. Smoking significantly raises your risk for heart disease as well as any kidney-related issues. Find ways to stop smoking by working with your doctor.