Are you “kidney conscious”?
Because of what the Institutes of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health tell us, we all (especially people over 50) need to pay attention to kidney health. One of the most important ways to be kidney conscious is to maintain a healthy weight. Why? Because one of the primary associations with Type 2 Diabetes is obesity. Type 2 Diabetes and High Blood Pressure lead to kidney damage when they are not managed well, so these considerations all play into being “kidney conscious”.
What do Kidney Friendly Foods look like?
Kidney friendly foods are mindful of calories and the make-up of those calories (proteins, carbs, fat). And they are mindful of appropriate portions which is tied back to maintaining a healthy weight, maintaining appropriate blood sugar levels, and keeping blood pressure in check. The following items all take core minerals – sodium, potassium, and phosphorous – into account.
With that in mind, here is a quick list of go-to foods to maintain a healthy kidney.
- Unsalted Popcorn – You will find fantastic unsalted popcorn at Foods 4 Your Health.
Raw is best, but if you buy canned products, be conscious of sodium. Look for “no salt added” on the label. Don’t forget to read Are Canned Soups Healthy?
- Lettuce – Iceburg, Bibb, Boston, & Romaine
- Cabbage – Cooked or raw are both low in potassium and good for you.
- Squash – Summer and Zucchini
If you buy canned fruits, look for “juice-packed” only, not syrup-packed.
- Berries – Any berries – blueberries, blackberries, strawberries
Whole Grain Breads
We are looking for fiber here. These breads will help us maintain good balance of sodium, potassium, and phosphorous.
- Pita Bread
- French Bread
- Water – The primary focus in this category
- Juice – Juices labeled as “100 percent juice” on the label.
Pastas and Rice
- Pastas and Rice – These should be in controlled portions (again, we are paying attention to weight and blood sugar levels).
From the Registered Dietitians at 2YourHealth