Kidney Diet Tips

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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.

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.