So how can you take care of your kidneys?
Diet is so important when dealing with kidney disease and here are a few suggestions to make menu planning easier.
1. Get back to basics.
Eat what Mother Nature intended us to eat. Fresh fruits and vegetables are key, in addition to low-sodium foods. If you are making your own meals, you can control the amount of sodium you're getting.
There are so many options at your local grocery store for pre cut lettuces, spinach, cabbage salads, cleaned green beans, pre washed carrots, fresh fish, etc. Try having simple meals like a salad, poached fish and green beans for dinner. Mash an avocado with olive oil and lemon juice on toast for lunch. A fruit smoothie made with coconut milk, hempseed and frozen fruit as a snack.
2. Stay away from pre-packaged foods.
Avoid deli meats and store bought soups, which are laden with salt. Depending upon your type of kidney disease, you may need to avoid potassium-type fruits, so check with your dietician or nutritionist.
3. Ask and ye shall receive.
If you're living alone, ask a family member or neighbor to make you some homemade soup or to prepare a meal every now and again. Express how important it is for you to consume healthy food that is not laden with preservatives. Most friends and family want to help out, they're just not sure how!
Maintaining a healthy diet and positive attitude helps in your recovery so think about what you are putting into your body-mind.
Try this delicious quinoa salad