WHAT ARE SOME DIETARY CHANGES TO MAKE FOR KIDNEY FAILURE AND DIALYSIS

DIETARY CHANGES TO MAKE FOR KIDNEY FAILURE AND DIALYSIS

Dietary changes!! If you have a loved one or you yourself are suffering from kidney failure and dialysis here are some tips for your diet to try to stabilize your results for check-ups.

SOLUTION ONE

Reduce amount of salt and sodium in foods eatten.​

SOLUTION TWO

Incorporating fresh grown foods in the everyday diet.

SOLUTION THREE

​Cutting down the amount of daily liquid.

SOLUTION ONE

Reduce amount of salt and sodium in foods eatten.​

 

One significant issue once dialysis becomes a new routine is that one sodium levels are always too high, causing fluid build-up to be high. The problem faced becomes finding a way to lower fluid build-up by monitoring sodium intake. Because salt is used to flavor just about everything found in stores from canned food to bottled drinks, you can start with a  complete diet tear down.

Cut out all fast foods, bottled beverages and pre-packaged meals.
This requires ever meal to be planned and home made from natural and fresh ingredients.

The hardest obstacle will be the taste of each meal. With salt being America’s number one seasoning, you will have to play around with other seasonings that do not contain sodium. Naturally grown herbs and vegetables work well if not better than salt and sodium seasonings. Things such as onions, chives, peppers, cilantro, basil, and sage offered great taste to homemade meals that and meats that can be baked at home. You may notice that there are certain foods you used to salt more than you realized. For one person, cutting red meat and pork out of their diet offered a considerable difference that was noticed by dialysis nurses through the sodium levels each week. Baked, Boiled, and grilled chicken seasoned with fresh homegrown herbs as well as backed and grilled fish offer delicious meal options with health benefits.

 

SOLUTION TWO

Incorporating fresh grown foods in the everyday diet.

 

Fresh grown products are by far the most expensive foods on the market for more than a few reasons. One reason being the fact that fresh foods go bad eventually no matter how they are stored, preserving them would add sodium, and this is precisely what we are trying to avoid. Also, because healthy foods are just more expensive in stores, whatever the reason, the fact remains they are expensive. If you are living on a budget and do not have an endless grocery allowance obtaining these fresh ingredients yields a hurdle for this journey to healthier living. One solution was to grow them yourself.

Start a herb garden both indoors and outdoors for the main seasonings such as chives, sage, basil, cilantro, bay leaf, and other easy to grow herbs you can use often.

To store these herbs, you can infuse bottles of virgin olive oil and coconut oils with the herbal cuttings after washing them, of course. This can make seasoning things like meats and salads easier and offered tasty salad dressing alternatives. As for the larger fresh vegetables, you can create an outdoor garden, which does take time and knowledge. However, we found that in-between harvest times, the best places to obtain fresh foods were farmers’ markets and organic food supplies though it required some shopping around and travel.

 

SOLUTION THREE

Cutting down the amount of daily liquid.

 

How were we suppose to reduce the amount of liquid considering a person should drink at least eight glasses of water daily? This does not apply to dialysis patients as the eight glasses also applies to the liquid found in their everyday meals. This may at first seem like it would be the hardest of all the goals to complete. However, you might not find it that hard once you complete the new diet challenge of reducing sodium, cutting off fast food, pre-packaged foods, and bottled beverages, and use fresh grown herbs and vegetables. You may find that the urge of thirst was almost eliminated.

However,  when dry mouth did present itself sucking on ice chips or home made fruit pops was a perfect options to satisfy that need.

With all three of these changes practiced daily sodium levels and fluid retention levels can be improved dramatically.

 

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