Kidney Diet Tips

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Cold-Busting Tips

Winter will be here soon. Unfortunately this means the arrival of winter colds. There are some cold-busting things you can do to stay healthy. One of the things you can do to help maintain a healthy immune system is practice good nutrition.

  • Eat high quality protein foods
  • Enjoy fruits and vegetables for a dose of natural vitamin C
  • Include vitamin D sources such as fatty fish like salmon and tuna, whole eggs, or fortified dairy, milk substitutes or cereal
  • Take a daily vitamin D supplement if prescribed
  • Choose immune-boosting foods for cold-busting impact
  • Make a pot of homemade Chicken Noodle Soup
  • Enjoy a cup of hot green tea full of antioxidants

Since prevention is key, there are some things you can do to help prevent colds and flu:

  •  Wash your hands frequently
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you sneeze or cough
  • Keep a distance from those who are sick or wear a mask for protection
  • Avoid touching your face–germs can enter through your nose and mouth
  • Be sure to get a flu shot
  • Relax and de-stress

Wishing you a happy and healthy start to this holiday season!

Sara Colman, RD, CDE

Sara Colman, RD, CDE

Sara is a renal dietitian with over 20 years experience working with people with diabetes and kidney disease. She is co-author of the popular kidney cookbook "Cooking for David: A Culinary Dialysis Cookbook". Sara is currently the Manager of Kidney Care Nutrition for DaVita. She analyzes recipes and creates content, resources and tools for the kidney community. In her spare time Sara loves to spend time with her young grandson, including fun times together in her kitchen.