If you have recently discovered that you or may be your closed relative is suffering with early stage kidney problem; learning about dietary restrictions and good nutritional add on, would serve as a better kick start towards managing the issue. Although, renal friendly diets are quite confusing as the do’s and don’ts do not apply to everyone the same way, in general potassium and other minerals are supposed to be the real culprits for many kidney patients.
Potassium is a mineral that is mainly responsible for controlling vital nerves as well as muscular functions, like beating of the heart, and/or health muscular contractions and relaxations, etc. Moreover, potassium is as well responsible for keeping electrolytes as well as pH, at a balanced state to promote muscular as well as central nervous system functions.
How high potassium is related with kidney diseases?
Kidneys are identified as the body’s inherent bean shaped filtration devices, helping to prevent toxin accumulation and waste build up in the body, through purification of blood and converting it into urine. It has been apparent that people with diminished kidney activity tend to accumulate potassium back into the blood, due to ineffective filtration. High potassium in the blood can initiate nausea, weakness, numbness and tingling sensation, slower pulse, irregular heartbeats, etc. Thus, potassium although is a crucial mineral; its consumption in moderation is always better to keep away kidney issues; accordingly, the current write up will detail about the renal diet in order to limit the potassium intake.
Some of the food, that are consistently very low in their potassium, offering less than 200 mg per servings, can be listed as apples, berries, grapefruits, pineapples, cauliflower, broccoli, egg plants, green beans, white rice, salmon, etc.
Contrary to which, some foods are supposed to be avoided by people with functional issues of kidneys, as in these foods are very high in their potassium offering, thus adding up excessive stress to the kidneys. Accordingly, these foods should either be consumed in a very small quantity or to be completely avoided. They can be listed as bananas, avocados, raisins, oranges and orange juices, tomatoes, lentils, spinach, sprouts, milk, nuts, beefs, chicken, cheese, etc.
Although, according to the National Kidney Foundation, it is possible to leach out potassium from some of its known sources; although, it cannot offer you permanent potassium freedom but with these simple tips, you can still have them on your plate, but off course, in limited portion.
- It is advisable to peel and place vegetables in the cold water before their consumption, to drain out the excessive mineral content.
- Thick slicing of veges, and soaking them in warm water for more than 2 hours can significantly reduce their sodium and potassium count.
- Cook the vegetables with maximum amount of water and reduce the water content through boiling.
Thus, for people with kidney problems, it is necessary to meet their nutritional needs through proper dietary guidance that will imply what is to be eaten and what can be omitted. Accordingly, one should as well check out for some alternative therapeutic implications to delay further damage associated with kidneys, like stem cells therapy, which has been come up recently as an effective therapeutic alternative to traditional organ replacements or surgeries.