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Potassium And The Kidney Disease Diet

The kidney disease diet is often confusing to individuals who have never had to be conscious of the amounts of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients they consume in their daily diet. Potassium is one of the minerals that individuals with a kidney disorder must be very conscious of. Too little creates deficiencies in the body and too much causes further damage to the kidneys. The amounts of potassium required will vary due to an individual’s level of kidney function. Dieticians are able to help sort through the confusion, especially for those individuals who are on dialysis or taking medications for kidney problems or disease.

Whole body wellness depends on the proper balance of vitamins, nutrients, minerals and exercise. When the body is busy fighting infection or disease it is especially important to understand the needs that the immune system has in order to function at its best. Whole body wellness is the ideal state for the body and is obtained by a kidney disease diet rich in all the nutrients, vitamins and minerals that the human body requires. In order to be at optimal health, even when recovering from a disorder or fighting infection the diet must supply what the body needs to function smoothly.

Most people know that potassium is one of the essential minerals needed by the body to ensure the proper function of cells, tissues and vital organs. Obtaining the levels of potassium that the healthy body requires is not difficult if the diet includes vegetables and fruit on a daily basis. Individuals with kidney disorders or disease must be careful to get just the right balance in order not to overwork the already ailing kidneys.

The condition known as hyperkalemia is when there is too much potassium in the blood. This is commonly seen in kidney disease, as the kidneys can no longer effectively remove excess potassium from the body. Knowing the facts about potassium is essential to repair the kidneys or slow the progression of kidney disease. High sources of potassium include potatoes, bananas, tomatoes, chocolate, pumpkin, nuts and seeds. For individuals who must strictly control their intake of potassium these foods must certainly be limited. Meal planning is best done with qualified healthcare providers who can educate each person on their unique needs to repair damage or slow the progression of kidney damage using a kidney disease diet.

Always seek the advice of your healthcare provider, be it conventional medical practitioners or holistic practitioners before you change your diet drastically or plan to add supplements to your diet. This holds particularly true for those who are afflicted with kidney disease.

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Fluid Requirements For A Kidney Disease Diet

Kidneys that function in a healthy manner are able to maintain the balance of fluid in the body. Unhealthy kidneys however, cannot handle the volume of fluid most individuals will consume in the course of twenty-four hours. It is well noted by the medical community that excessive dietary levels of fluid in the body leads to high blood pressure, which contributes to heart disease as well as kidney disease.

When the fluid content of the body can no longer remain balanced, the excess fluid causes swelling in the body. This swelling is often first seen in the lower extremities may spread upwards over time, or otherwise swelling may be generalised. If left untreated, this fluid will cause the life threatening condition known as pulmonary oedema. As kidney disease advances, the renal system becomes unstable and not able to flush fluids out as urine. This is when restricting fluid intake becomes vital for the kidney patient.

It is difficult to restrict fluid intake because many foods that we eat and certainly everything we drink adds to the fluid levels in the body. Hydration is necessary to maintain a level balance in the healthy body, but this same course of hydration can be extremely dangerous to a patient suffering renal failure or other kidney disorders.

The more able the kidneys are to flush out fluids, the more fluid intake an individual with kidney problems can ingest. Most healthy individuals should ingest at least 1.5- 2 litres of water per day. Those with kidney stones should drink even more to help facilitate the body’s efforts to eliminate the stone or stones, as well as prevent new stone formation.

Whole body wellness depends on balancing diet, fluid intake and exercise in order for our organs to function effectively. Eating foods high in water content and drinking soft drink, alcohol or excessive amounts of water will upset this balance, and even more so in individuals afflicted with kidney disorders. Follow the advice of your healthcare practitioner in regard to your appropriate daily water intake, to avoid overburdening an already ailing kidney function. Remembering to avoid salty foods, prepared foods and foods high in saturated fats in order to help reduce the strain on the kidneys.

Kidney patients are often advised to drink (in water) the total urine output for 24 hours, plus another 600mls (just over half a quart). This will enable each patient to know just how much fluid and water consumption their body can handle the following day. For instance, if your total output of urine was 800mls for 24 hours, you would add another 600mls to get your total fluid intake of 1400mls (1 ½ Quarts) – this seems to be the best rule of thumb fluid measurement for all. Careful monitoring of the daily output of urine as the indicator of a safe level of fluid intake is a good rule of thumb to follow for the kidney patient; put back in what comes out. I hope those tips enable you to manage your kidney disease diet with ease!

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