Chronic Kidney Disease Patients No Longer Have To Be Confused About The Role Of Sodium In Their Diet

If you have Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) the first thing you are told is to cut your salt intake. But it is difficult. How many times have you been tempted to eat a dish or snack that you knew was higher in sodium? When was the last time you did? 

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Do not be mislead, sodium is important. It helps your body transmit nerve impulses, maintain healthy fluid levels, and improves how your muscles relax and contract. Too much sodium, however, can increase CKD patients' blood pressure, increase fluid retention, worsen risk of Heart Disease, and induce a heart attack or stroke. 

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So, I guess you are stuck eating tasteless, boring meals. If that is what you are thinking, you are 100% wrong. If you have visited KidenyBuzz.com regularly or receive your Daily Impact Meals via email, you probably know by now that you can cook and make meals that are both flavorful, tasty and follow the strict of renal diets. 

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However, our goal is to get you excited about cooking and the different meals YOU can create. Renal recipes are great to get you started and to give you inspiration, but there is no need to feel that you have to tip-toe around the spice cabinet or even the grocery store; avoiding the garnishes and other foods because you are unsure of their sodium content.  

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Let me get you started with some basic low sodium foods you can enjoy and others to avoid. 

Protein helps tissue repair and provides the body with energy. Dialysis patients are typically encouraged to eat protein to replace what is removed after treatment. Try fresh or frozen beef, veal, lamb, pork, poultry and fish without using salt in the preparation. Other good low sodium sources are low sodium water packed tuna or salmon and free range eggs. 

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Most grains prepared without salt are good for your diet. What may be more surprising is that you can eat popcorn, bagels, English muffins, crackers or bread sticks from time-to-time as long as they are unsalted and it's alright with your Dietitian. Now these are high in carbohydrates which can spike blood sugar so be sure to limit high carb grains. 

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Although you cannot eat all fruits (grapefruit, star fruit, and others) all fruit is low in salt. If you have vegetables that are frozen or from a can, make sure that there is no sodium added. You can do this by simply checking the label. 

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Olive oil and unsalted butter or margarine are always good choices to cook with. To add spice and flavor to your dishes, some basic condiments and extras that are low sodium include: Vinegar, lemon, fresh horseradish (prepared without added salt), baking powder, baking soda (baked products only), cream of tartar, mustard, Tabasco sauce, Mrs. Dash, and low sodium Ketchup. 

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Avoid frozen prepared meals, canned entrees and soups, snack chips, cured meats, and seasonings high in salt. Also, remember not to eat out too much. Fast food and Chinese food can be especially high in sodium.

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This should give you a helpful start. If you feel that you need more insights on not only cooking, but how to best structure Renal and Diabetic meals, tips for success, full lists of what to purchase, and accountability metrics; pick up a copy of Fight Kidney Disease and Diabetes (FKDD). It is on sale all of National Kidney Month for only $5.00 (U.S.). Visit KidneyBuzz.com every day for more useful News & Information. 

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References: 

"Low-sodium Diet: Foods Allowed and Foods to Avoid." Http://www.webmd.com/. WebMD.

"List of Low-Sodium Diet Foods." Http://www.livestrong.com/. LIVESTRONG.COM.

Michelle Anderson. "List of Low-Sodium Foods." Http://diet.lovetoknow.com/. LoveToKnow.

"Dietary Protein and Chronic Kidney Disease." Http://www.davita.com/. DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc.

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