KidneySteps Newsletter – Food For Kidneys

iStock_000001466099XSmallThis month’s KidneySteps Newsletter is out. It focuses on food and kidney health. Isn’t it great that researchers are devoting more time studying the effects of diet and other lifestyle factors on kidney function? These are things within our control, giving us some power to stop or slow kidney disease progression.

Numerous recently-published studies help explain the impact of our eating patterns on the kidneys. These delicate organs can endure some poor eating but are susceptible to our over-indulgence of junk and processed foods. Preservatives, high in phosphates and salt, are kidney killers. Sugar is developing as another kidney enemy. Fruits and vegetables appear to be kidney heros.

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2 Responses to KidneySteps Newsletter – Food For Kidneys

  1. Jackie says:

    Thank you , I truly believe this. Is juicing safe? I am stage 5 pre-dialysis and hoping for a living donor kidney in the future.

  2. Vicki says:

    Hi, Jackie. Thank you for leaving your very good question. Juicing is all the rage right now. You place into the (rather expensive) juicer whole fruits and vegetables and squeeze from them their juices. The juice is filled with lots of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and phytochemicals–all good for you. The problem is that the juicing process leaves behind loads of nutrients remaining in the pulp, along with all the fiber of the produce. The fiber is very valuable for controlling the sugars that naturally occur in the fruits and vegetables. When you drink the juice without the fiber, the accompanying sugars cause a spike in blood glucose levels, which is not a good thing. This is one of the reasons why you hear that it is better to eat the whole fruit rather than drink fruit juice.

    Also, if you are in stage 5 of CKD, you soon will need to watch your intake of potassium (if you don’t already), which can be quite concentrated in the juicing product.

    We soon will publish a book on smoothies for kidneys. It will have recipes for pre-dialysis and dialysis patients. The smoothies use the whole fruits/vegetables. Please stay tuned for it. A renal dietitian has reviewed and approved the recipes.

    Thank you,
    Vicki