"What steps should you take when you have a lack of appetite? Should I be worried?," a KidneyBuzz.com viewer inquired. Many Chronic Kidney Disease patients, particularly those on dialysis, have problems with their appetite. Some complain that they do not want to eat because they always "feel full," or that they have "a strange taste in their mouths" or "no taste for food at all." Most commonly, people with CKD say they do not want to eat because they "feel too sick or too tired to eat."
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Depending on the reasons and symptoms for their appetite loss, a CKD patient can take certain steps to correct the particular issue.
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If you are battling a general loss of appetite then in order to get your daily required nutrients you should try to eat even if you are not hungry. This can be done by eating 4-6 small meals every day. Typically cold or cool foods that look attractive will best stimulate the appetite. If the issue persists, it may stem from poor dialysis clearance. Hence you should talk to your Nephrologists about ways to correct your loss of appetite. They may recommend supplements in order to meet your daily recommended vitamin intake.
When suffering with a funny taste in your mouth or the lack of taste altogether, try eating colder foods like chicken salad, egg salad, or tuna salad. Be generous with herbs and spice in your food as well as salt free marinades.
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There may be days that you are just too sick or tired to eat meals. In this case, you should eat your largest meal during the time of the day you have the most energy (probably before dialysis or after a long nap). You may also consider preparing and freezing meals before hand, or keeping ready-to-eat meals on hand so that you can easily prepare a full meal on days you feel "out-of-it." Be sure to eat well on your good days and try to correct your tiredness by getting 8 hours of sleep.
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Sometimes CKD patients "feel full." By avoiding fats such as fried foods and rich sauces, eating appropriate snacks regularly, planning five or six small meals during the day, and sipping fluids between meals you will better regulate your digestive system and boost your appetite. KidneyBuzz.com shares daily articles that help you love longer and get a transplant sooner. Follow us on Twitter, Like our Facebook Page and visit our Brand New Shop section.
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