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Dialysis Diet for Kidney Disease Treatment

Patients that are placed on dialysis due to renal failure often experience some drastic changes in their daily lives – and their dietary requirements will also alter. The appropriate diet changes because their bodies now have different needs than before they were on dialysis. The diets focus now is on consuming the appropriate level of fluid, the calories that are needed, and the correct amount of protein required to help keep the body in balance.

Many individuals experience a lack of appetite, yet it is vital to keep their body weight at a healthy level. Yo-yoing up and down on the scale is dangerous for a dialysis patient. The diet must also restrict sodium, potassium, phosphorus and the amount of liquid that is taken into the body. The kidneys are already functioning ineffectively, so avoiding these items that the kidneys are having difficulty removing will further reduce the burden on the kidneys.

With kidney damage, protein needs to be limited, but in the case of dialysis patients, protein requirements increase because dialysis essentially saps all the proteins or amino acids from the body, while flushing toxins and waste. Since the kidneys are no longer performing the flushing process, the dialysis is essential for life. Protein is to be included at every meal and high protein supplements such as protein drinks are also encouraged.

Potassium sources must be limited because the potassium overload in the kidneys can cause serious problems in other organs of the body, including the cardiovascular system. Processed foods are not required to list the amounts of potassium contained in the food, so educating yourself is critical if you are undergoing dialysis or have high potassium levels. Dialysis diets also limit sodium intake prior to dialysis taking place. Sodium can place extra burden on the kidneys and also increases blood pressure.

Phosphorous is limited in the dialysis diet because the body cannot flush the excess out. A condition that results from a high phosphorous count is very itchy skin. Foods that should be limited that contain high amounts of phosphorous are whole bran cereal, dried legumes, organ meats, beer, peanuts, chocolate, whole dairy products, and carbonated drinks.

As a dialysis patient, it is vital that you consult a qualified dietician before adding or subtracting any foods from your diet. The body’s pH balance must be carefully monitored to make sure that the kidneys and other vital organs are getting the support they need. Eating foods that will help keep that balance, and consuming the correct amount of fluids is essential to avoiding a kidney transplant and supporting the dialysis process.

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