Everyone enjoys good food. But more than the delicious satisfaction we get from it, what you eat can greatly reflect on your health. Food is an important source of nutrients and energy that supports different body functions. One organ that can be affected the most by your diet is your kidney. Your kidneys perform many functions in the body, such as absorbing minerals, filtering blood, producing hormones, and excreting waste products. To know more on why it is important to have healthy kidneys in good health, you can read the previous article here.
What foods are bad for the kidneys?
The kidneys act as the main filtering system of the body. It excretes waste products that are no longer needed. An unhealthy diet of processed foods contain many chemicals, fillers, preservatives, and other compounds that can cause damage to the kidneys in the long run. Here’s a list of foods that are bad for the kidneys:
- Foods packed in BPA (bisphenol) (read a new research about its risk) BPA is linked to diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity
- Canned beans
- Foods rich in pesticides (apples, peaches, strawberries, grapes, spinach, cherry tomatoes, potatoes, etc.) – most thin-skinned fruits and vegetables
- Fast food – poor ingredients, cheaply prepared (e.g., deeply fried), rich in calories, salt, etc.
Many frozen foods are still good like fish and frozen vegetables because they still contain a high amount of nutrients, vitamins, and other essential substances. It’s important to check food labels to help you identify the foods you should avoid for your kidney’s health. Keep note that most good foods don’t have more than six ingredients.
What foods are give you healthy kidneys?
All foods that are from nature like vegetables, nuts and seeds, fruits, beans, peas, whole grains, and leans meats are good for the body. Organic foods are great choices because they don’t contain GMOs and other chemicals.
Here’s a list of foods that are good for your kidneys:
- Foods rich in protein (meats, nuts, seeds, dairy products, some vegetables). Protein is essential for building muscle, hormones, red blood cells, and others. However, consuming too much protein can be harmful for your kidneys. Consider taking our Mor’s Nutrition Balance Cellular Phytonutrient Protein supplement and other adjustments as they have helped people in my practice.
- Foods that are rich in salt are good as the body needs sodium (for blood pressure and fluid balance): bacon
- Low in phosphorus (dairy products, fish, beans, poultry, meat, cola drinks have high amount of it) foods
- Potassium rich foods, but not too much! You need to know your limit to keep safe and protect the heart. Limit your intake of foods with very high levels of potassium like bananas, avocados, carrot juice, beets, dried fruit, mangoes, oranges, potatoes, spinach, low-fat yogurt, etc.
- Foods with less sugar and carbs. It is especially important for those who are at the risk of diabetes.
- Fluids (e.g., from water, not soda).
Our bodies differ from one another. Each food to eat needs a professional assessment to make the best diet. That is why when it comes to diet and nutrition, it’s best to get an expert’s advice on what to eat to have healthy kidneys.