Kidneys are small, yet powerful organs responsible for filtering waste products and balancing fluids in our body. They also perform a number of other important functions for your body, but the most important thing to note is that you need them to work properly.
Various factors can contribute to kidney damage, however, diabetes and high blood pressure are the most common risk factors for kidney disease and these can both be prevented, or at least, relieved with a healthy diet.
Following a healthy kidney-friendly diet is the best way to nourish your kidneys and prevent further damage. If you’re now wondering which foods are good for kidneys, we’ve got the answer for you. We have compiled a list of the best foods that will keep your kidneys healthy, so include them in your grocery list to maintain healthy kidneys.
Salmon is a fatty fish that is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which is an important nutrient that isn’t made by your body. The omega-3 fatty acid is a specific type of fat that is actually good for your body. Omega-3 is good for the heart, cholesterol levels, and overall health. Since high blood pressure is one of the kidney risk factors, salmon is a great addition to the diet as it will help lower blood pressure.
2. Egg Whites
Eggs whites are a great source of high-quality protein for patients undergoing dialysis or who have kidney disease. Although the egg yolk is equally nutritious, it has a high phosphorous content so it should be avoided by patients with kidney diseases.
Cauliflower is a versatile vegetable that has a range of healthy nutrients with low sodium, potassium, or phosphorous. It’s also full of anti-inflammatory compounds like indoles and is an excellent source of fiber.
Blueberries, cranberries & strawberries are packed with vitamins and antioxidants that help prevent urinary tract infections and protect your vital organs.
Parsley is a great ingredient to add flavor and nutritional benefits to your meals. It has anti-inflammatory properties due to its antioxidants, including flavonoids, carotenoids, and vitamin C. Additionally, parsley is rich in nitrates which helps keep the kidneys healthy by reducing high blood pressure.
Apples are wholesome fruit that are a good source of pectin, a soluble fiber that helps lower cholesterol and glucose levels.
7. Skinless Chicken
High-quality protein intake is necessary for healthy kidneys. Hence fresh, skinless chicken breast is a great option as it contains less phosphorus, potassium, and sodium.
Cabbage contains relatively little potassium and sodium but is loaded with vitamins, minerals, and powerful plant compounds that are beneficial to the body and kidneys.
It is also a great source of insoluble fiber, which maintains a healthy digestive system.
9. Bell Peppers
Bell peppers are loaded with vitamin A – an important nutrient for immune function, often compromised in people with kidney disease.
10. Lemon Water
Lemon is a rich source of citric acid and can help detoxify the body and flush out toxins from the body. Since kidneys are responsible to filter urine and discard waste products out, drinking lemon water daily will help support the kidneys and increase their efficacy.
The foods listed above are an excellent choice for people following a renal diet. But always consult your doctor or renal dietician before following any diet, as they will be able to advise you on the best diet for your individual needs.
Pyramids Dialysis Center (PDC) is the first stand-alone dialysis center and renal-care facility in Al Ain, Abu Dhabi. For more tips and updates, follow us on our social media Facebook @pdckidneycare & Instagram @pdckidneycare