Health foods that can make CKD Patients Feel Happy

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Here are some health foods that can increase the dopamine activity in the brain's reward centers to help give you a feeling of happiness.

Salmon and other fatty fish that are high in omega-3 acids DHA and EPA could play a role in overall mood and well being. Research shows these fats have a protective effect against depression and in one study helped reduce the anxiety experienced by medical students.

Unsalted almonds are high in a compound called tyrosine, which is one of the building blocks for the production of dopamine and other mood-associated neurotransmitters. That means eating a handful of these healthful nuts will not only improve cardiovascular health, thanks to their richness in fiber and monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids - it could also help your mood. Processed nuts should be avoided by CKD patients. Although, people at the early stages of Kidney Disease are generally allowed to eat nuts; if the disease develops into an advanced stage,  KidneyBuzz.com recommends that they should restrict nuts because of their phosphorous and potassium content. Sunflower seeds are also a source of tyrosine , and are rich in heart-protective vitamin E and selenium. Seed products can be beneficial for kidney health, but KidneyBuzz.com recommends that patients first seek a Nephrologist's advice to develop a proper eating plan and maintain a balanced diet tailored to them.

Apples are rich in quercetin, a compound that defends your brain cells from free-radicals that can damage the lining of neurones, CNN reported.  

Tofu (soy) is another rich source of tyrosine, but also provides a heart-healthy dose of protein and can help benefit everything from bone health to reducing symptoms of menopause.

Controlling portions is critical for those who have Chronic Kidney Disease, but even more so for those on dialysis. The items discussed above should be endorsed by a Registered Dietitian and your healthcare team.

References:

"Can People with Kidney Disease Eat Nuts and Seeds." Kidney Cares Community.

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