Ok, we know, in my case prolonged high blood pressure caused my kidney problems and they will never be normal again, but I don’t want them to get any worse so I have to make some changes to my lifestyle. Some studies show there are certain foods to avoid for kidney problems and I want to share some of this information with you.
I Fall Off The Wagon
Hey, I’m stuck with this dilemma; maybe you are too, so why not try certain food balances to make us feel better and prevent the problem from getting any worse. I have to warn you, I find balancing certain foods in my diet, when I’m used to eating another way, is very difficult, but even on those days when I fall off the wagon, I still try again a few days later. You will find on the days you eat the proper food balance you will feel much better.
Absolutely No Energy
Before we start, I would like to talk a little bit about potassium, which is probably in most foods. Potassium is vital to our bodies, we need it because; (1) It keeps our heart beating regularly (2) It helps to maintain fluid levels in our bodies (3) It allows nerves and muscles to work properly.
When my kidneys are not working well, I know my potassium levels are either too high or too low. For me this causes stomach nausea and muscle weakness; I have absolutely no energy. This is why it is so important for me to eat the right foods while living my regular everyday life.
Shins, Ankles, and Cheeks Go Back To Normal
Another thing, sodium (salt) like potassium, is essential for normal body function, but if I have too much salt, my damaged kidneys can’t get rid of it fast enough. This causes fluid retention throughout my body. It really shows in my shins, ankles and cheeks; they swell up. Take the test; weigh yourself when this happens, and then weigh yourself a couple days later after you quit eating foods that contain a lot of salt; the reduction in your weight is amazing. Sometime I loose, easily, five pounds or more and my shins, ankles, and cheeks go back to normal.
Dieting And All That Other Stuff
We all know that potassium and salt (sodium) are important for our health, but the proper balance is essential, especially if you have damaged kidneys.
Below is a list of the foods I choose to eat that help maintain my balance. I don’t look at milligrams per day, portioning my food, dieting and all that other stuff; I only look at what’s good for me to eat, how I feel after I eat it, and the amount of energy it gives me. This is food that I can eat during the day, take a walk, do a little exercise and feel great; no nausea and muscle weakness.
I love all junk food, and I know it’s not good for me, especially with my damaged kidneys; food like potato chips, caramel corn, corn chips, licorice, caramel candy, and white chocolate. We all know that none of this stuff is good for us, some of it has too much salt and some of it has too much sugar; it all tastes great, too much of it is not good for our bodies, but we eat it anyway.
Examples Of Low And High Potassium Food
Examples of food with low potassium that I eat are: Strawberries, apples, grapes, pineapples, cauliflower, onions,
peppers, lettuce, white breads, beef, chicken and white rice.
Examples of food with high potassium that I like but I don’t eat all the time are: Avocados, bananas, melons, oranges, prunes, raisins, potatoes, tomatoes, bran products, granola, baked beans and brown or wild rice.
These are some of the things I look at but almost everything you eat has potassium in it so you will have to decide yourself what you should and shouldn’t eat; our tastes are all different.
Make Me Fat
It’s not hard to go on the Internet and find out which foods are high and low in potassium and salt. Things high in pure sugar like candy, and the sugar derived from eating high carbohydrate foods like bread, don’t seem to bother my kidneys; these types of food just make me fat.
I say I don’t diet, but I know that eating too much food at once makes me feel crappy; especially eating the wrong foods; it drains all my energy; worse for me because of damaged kidneys.
Pee and Poop It Out
We all know that when we make pigs of ourselves the extra food has to go somewhere; where does it go? It has to be processed through our intestines and kidneys, and then we pee and poop it out.
To do this intestines and kidneys use of lot of body energy. If all the energy is used for food processing and you have none left for other activities you feel nauseated and weak; you become a couch potato and don’t feel like doing anything else except watching TV and possibly eating junk food an hour or two later. You certainly don’t feel like going for a walk to get a little exercise.
Cheese And Processed Meats
Oh yeah, one thing I try to stay away from is cheese and a lot of processed meats, which I love to eat; they are some of my favorite foods. Because these types of foods contain a lot of salt they really make my shins and ankles swell.
These are some of the foods to avoid for kidney problems and there are many more, you will have to decide what’s best for you. I’m telling you what works and doesn’t work for me; it doesn’t necessarily decide what’s best for you. All I’m doing is giving you a guideline, you will have to experiment on yourself like I did; good luck.
If you have anything to share with me please leave me a comment or send me an email. There are a lot of unanswered questions about kidneys and food; certain things affect people different ways. Doctors must find it very difficult at times to come up with the right answers.
Hope I was helpful
Have a great day
Founder of www.stresstalks.com