Having good kidney functions is always a good thing and the better that you can take care of them the better that they will take care of you in the long run. Each day your kidneys process around 200 quarts of blood to sift out around 2 quarts of extra water and waste product which become urine which then flows to the bladder through tubes called ureters which direct it to the bladder which then stores it until it releases it through urination. This fact alone makes the kidneys an incredible and sophisticated reprocessing machine. Having good food choices can reduce the workload on the kidneys and prevent kidney disease so knowing what foods to eat and drink will help you in taking care of your kidneys and in planning good and tasty meals, snacks and drinks for not only you but your loved ones as well.
Potassium is kept in check by the kidneys and when the kidneys are not working up to par potassium levels will increase and cause an irregular heartbeat and other more serious medical ailments. So do not include foods like bananas, tomatoes, cantaloupes, mushrooms and prunes and switch to foods like grapes, carrots, watermelon, apples, pears and cranberries.
Carbohydrates can make up the bulk of a kidney patients diet and many follow a low carb diet to lose weight because the energy is just enough to provide your body with what it needs to function properly. Those who have been diagnosed with kidney damage or kidney disease need to keep their energy levels up with light and complex carbohydrates like whole grain breads, most vegetables and brown rice and many wonderful carbs can be found simply in fruits. Also those diagnosed should stay clear and withhold from their diet foods that contain refined sugars which are found in soda pop and pastries like cakes, cookies, candies and pies and most importantly any sweet candy that can be found in a 7-11 candy section as this is pure poison to your kidneys.
Eating foods too high in protein can put a strain on the kidneys simply because protein breakdown results in an increase of urea in the bloodstream so eating foods that are lower in protein will help in decreasing the levels of urea and greatly improve the way in which kidney patients feel. So by replacing high protein foods like eggs, cheese and meats with lower protein foods like vegetables and grains.
The amount of salt that you add to your foods will also make an impact on your recovery because if the kidneys are not functioning properly the sodium will not excrete properly in the urine which will lead to swelling and fluid retention particularly around the ankles, writs and other joints. So eating foods which are high in sodium like bacon, cheese, canned soups, canned vegetables, frozen microwave meals, potato chips or any bagged snack including salted peanuts is not really a good idea. Its best to add sea salt which is natural in careful but tasty measures and use herbs and spices that can add flavor without increasing sodium intake.
Phosphorus is a mineral which is important for healthy nerves, bones, muscles and teeth and although a decline in kidney functions makes it difficult for the body to balance the levels of calcium and phosphorus in the blood. The thing is that when phosphorus levels are too high calcium levels will decrease and cause the bones to leach calcium which will lead to brittle bones and the additional bonus of joint and bone pain. So stay clear of drinks like ALL SODA DRINKS, and foods like cheese, sardines and peanut butter and replace them with foods like broccoli, zucchini and frozen fruit sherbets.
with these things in mind you should have an easier approach to a good and steady diet plan which your kidneys will be able to enjoy more thoroughly and put them to good use and make your recovery a lot easier to deal with.