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How to get your nutrients on a kidney diet
People on dialysis and those with chronic kidney disease who are not yet on dialysis are usually given a special diet to eat. Many foods are limited on the diet, especially foods that are high in phosphorus, potassium and sodium. However, there are many foods that are okay to eat on the dialysis and pre-dialysis diet. Eating a variety of foods from the recommended food list helps a person get the vitamins and minerals needed to maintain health. A source of protein should be included at each meal. Protein intake is limited in the pre-dialysis diet, but still important for good health. Those on the dialysis diet will need to increase their protein intake. Good sources of protein for dialysis patients are eggs, meat, fish and poultry.Patients will receive information about their nutritional needs from their doctors and renal dietitians. Getting enough nutrition is important to helping the body stay healthy. Even though the kidney diet limits many foods there are still nutritious foods to choose from. Try new foods on your food list to help add variety to your diet. When it comes to good nutrition, variety is not only the spice of life; it’s essential for life.