During the warm days and months of the year, Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis patients suffer terribly in the heat. Patients must manage the sweltering temperatures while avoiding over consuming water and fluids to cool down; even chewing too much ice can cause fluid overload. However, by eating the following fruits and vegetables which are light, cool and refreshing, Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis patients can feel significantly more refreshed for longer periods of time and even have improved energy levels without going over their desired fluid intake:
Cucumber: Eating cucumber can help keep Chronic Kidney Disease patients hydrated and offers more nutrients than regular drinking water and can protect patients from inflammation and degeneration of the gums and other tissues surrounding the teeth which surgeons carefully analyze when considering Kidney Transplant Surgery. Additional health benefits, cucumber contains thirst quenching juice, minerals such as magnesium and fiber which are very helpful for treating both low blood pressure and high blood pressure. Researchers also found that a compound (sterols) found in cucumber may help reduce cholesterol levels, a major concern for Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis patients as Heart Disease is the leading cause of death in patients.
Pineapple: Beyond its ability to be wonderfully refreshing, pineapple has a long list of health benefits including help to lower the risk of Cardiovascular (Heart Related) Complications, increase Immune System Health, fight against Cancer, and improve digestion. A nice tip is to refrigerate pineapple to enjoy a cold, crisp and refreshing fruit treat on warm days.
Grapes: Grapes contain vitamin C and K, along with more than 20 antioxidants found in the red, purple and black varieties which help to bolster the immune system to fight against germs, bacteria, infections, cold and the flu. To help improve the refreshing nature of grapes, try freezing them and eating them during hot days. 15 grapes have only about 60 calories, suggested the website Fruits and Veggies - More Matters
Cherries: Who doesn’t love a good cherry? They’re sweet and sour all in one, and they even come with their own little stick to pick them up with! The best part is that cherries are great for your health. They can boost your energy, provide pain relief and even help you sleep better while helping to keep you cool during days or evenings with high temperatures.
Strawberries: Small, light and sweet, strawberries are the perfect refreshing fruit to eat this summer. They’re great on their own or even atop a fresh salad. Moreover, strawberries are extremely easy to take on the go and naturally juicy to help cool the body down.
Blueberries: Strawberries aren’t the only great berry for the heat. Blueberries are just as hot-weather-friendly and portable. They are sweet, tart and great added on just about any dish or entrée. Bonus point: They can also reduce inflammation, prevent UTIs and improve skin and hair health.
Cauliflower: Eating more vegetables like cauliflower has been found to help Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis patients decrease the risk of obesity, Diabetes, Heart Disease, and overall mortality while promoting improved skin health (fewer blotches), increased energy, and overall better weight management. What's more, cauliflower is very refreshing. Before eating, place a bit of cauliflower in a bowl or strainer and run it under cold water. Drain and enjoy the crunchy, fresh, water infused delight.
Let's be clear, all fruits and vegetables must be enjoyed by patients in moderation. You may consider discussing with your Healthcare Team which fruits and vegetables are best for you, given your dietary restrictions.
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