Common Foods That Combat Major Ailments Common Among Chronic Kidney Disease Patients

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Easing the pain that you experience from Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) has never been so delicious. By incorporating these foods into your renal diet on a consistent basis you can lose weight, lower your blood pressure, reduce pain from arthritis, and control other diseases you may be battling such as diabetes, heart disease and osteoporosis. Obviously food cannot replace medicine or the quality care you may be receiving from your healthcare team but with a few minor diet adjustments you can radically improve your health and quality of life.

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As many as half of all patients with gout have some degree of renal impairment which is a particularly painful form of inflammatory arthritis. Patients with CKD appear to face a heightened risk of gout because urate crystals build-up in joints which cause pain and inflammation. For patients with arthritis kidney problems complicate treatment because their diminished kidney function causes them to avoid non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs for pain relief. But there are many other options for you. For example, Ginger contains compounds that work similarly to some anti-inflammatory medications. Ideally, you want to get a hit of ginger every single day by slipping a few slices of the root in hot water to make tea, grating it into stir-fry or adding ground ginger to drinks. However, ginger can also act as a blood thinner, so if you're taking a blood-thinning medication,

ask your doctor if it is safe to eat ginger. Also,  Pumpkin contains antioxidants that can help slow the progression of arthritis and relieve pain by reducing inflammation. You should aim to have three red bell peppers a week because they contain large amounts of inflammation-fighting carotenoids. Peppers can be mixed in salads and can be placed on sandwiches for lunch.

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Diabetes is the most common cause of kidney failure, accounting for nearly 44 percent of new cases. Egg whites have proven to be the perfect base for a diabetes-friendly meal because they are low-calorie, cholesterol free and rich in high-quality protein. Thus, egg whites can help keep your weight and blood sugar level on an even keel. Try to have at least three or four egg-based meals a week.

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If you do not get enough calcium in your diet your body will start "borrowing" what it needs from the calcium stored in your bones. So fractures are a common problem in CKD patients because Calcium and Phosphorus levels are consistently out of balance. Broccoli gives you four bone-building nutrients in one convenient package: vitamins C and K, potassium and some calcium. Studies have found that getting enough vitamin C and K is linked to having high bone density. Eat broccoli at least three times a week by serving it as a dinner side or eating it raw for a quick snack.

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Cardiovascular disease accounts for more than half of all deaths among people with kidney failure. Oatmeal is rich in soluble fiber which latches on to cholesterol compounds and helps carry them out of your body. Research shows that people who eat an average of 2.5 servings of whole grain oats daily have a 21 percent lower risk of cardiovascular events such as heart attack and stroke than people who hardly eat any. Wild salmon is one of the most concentrated sources of omega-3 fats, which can help lower triglycerides, raise levels of good cholesterol (HDL), and help reduce inflammation in the body. What's more, numerous studies have found that people who eat salmon at least twice a week have a substantially lower risk of coronary heart disease, as well as sudden death from an irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia).

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Eat healthy to live longer and improve your quality of life!  Each person is different and the recommended food options may have unintended effects on your current renal diet. Hence, before you make any changes,  advises that you discuss these recommendations with your healthcare team before implementing any of them. The wonderful thing about these c

hanges is that they can easily be adopted with very little disruption to your present lifestyle or budget, and you should start seeing improvements a few months after implementation if you stick to your plan. 

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