5 worst foods for your kidneys – eat this and not that

The the kidneys They are the human body’s warriors: balancing fluids, electrolytes, and solutes to filter water and waste products from our blood to produce about 1,500 milliliters (50 fluid ounces) of urine per day. This is handled by a million functioning units in each kidney called the ‘nephrons’ which include the tubes, limbs and other structures, along with the glomeruli that produce ultrafiltration.

Two chronic diseases that increase the risk of infection Kidney disease Diabetes and high blood pressure (hypertension). Kidney disease is ultimately classified into four conditions: kidney stonesacute kidney injury, chronic kidney disease (CKD), or end-stage kidney disease (ESRD). Reducing sodium and saturated fat intake are key ways to reduce risk and/or manage diabetes and high blood pressure, which can be protective against kidney disease.

All this to say that the kidneys are a force to be reckoned with, but that they also can be susceptible to damage if we do not take care of them with healthy behaviors, including what we eat. Here we discuss five of the best foods to avoid to provide the best protection for your kidneys. Read on, to not miss any more #1 best eating habit for kidney disease, says science.

Delicious meat and various sausages
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Processed meats, such as bacon, sausage, hot dogs, deli meats, and burger patties pose a double threat to kidney health: They’re likely rich in sodium and animal-derived protein. Sodium intake in excess of 2,300 milligrams (mg) per day, on a regular basis, helps with a diet that may increase blood pressure, and this creates additional stress on the kidneys. It is also suggested in recent literature that more animal protein than vegetable protein is in the diet Increased rate of progression of kidney disease.

Chicken noodle soup
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Often seen as a light lunch side or a way to soothe a sore throat if you have cold or flu-like symptoms, soup is unfortunately full of salt. Even if the soup is made at home, it often uses beef, chicken, or vegetable stock that has more than 800 milligrams of sodium per cup. there Low sodium and low sodium versions In the market, but most consumers find the flavor off and they can use more salt. You can try your luck on making a sodium-free stock from leftover vegetables, herbs, and spices to give the soup base flavor; However, it may be best to steer clear of soup altogether.

Cooked frozen pizza
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America’s favorite dessert pie is usually made with the same layers: white bread crust, high-sodium tomato sauce, high-fat cheese, and processed meats like sausage or pepperoni. Flip your next frozen pizza You might be amazed to find nutritional facts in four figures on sodium and exceed recommendations for saturated fat. Takeaway or restaurant pizza is not much better but can have some nutritional value redeeming properties if you are able to customize the order (eg meat-free, half-cheese, whole-wheat crust, etc.).


fried potato
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Potatoes are the number one consumed vegetable in the country. And the first form in which it is consumed? fried. Whether you prefer french fries, hash browns, potato chips, or potato pancakes, these foods are not good for your kidneys. fried foods It’s best avoided to protect your heart and kidneys. Potatoes are also high in potassium, a mineral that is usually recommended to follow if your kidneys are compromised and you reach CKD stage 3A or later stages of kidney failure.

soy sauce
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Soy sauce, as well as its cousin tamari, are some of the Highest sodium sauces Available in the supermarket. These products contain 950 milligrams of sodium per 1 tablespoon, which is nearly 50 percent of the Daily Value (DV) for sodium. Soy sauce is classically used to impart an umami, or savory, flavor. See if there’s a way in your recipe to substitute low-sodium ingredients like mushrooms, tomato paste, nutritional yeast, or flavored vinegar in place of soy sauce.

Molly Hembrey, MS, RD, LD

Molly Hembrey, MS, RD, LD, is a nationally registered dietitian. Read more