Be Kind to Your Kidneys: 15 Foods to Avoid with Renal Disease


Nobody ever wakes up and says, “Gee, I’d like renal disease.” It just happens, but it’s usually tied to lifestyle factors.

If you’re living with renal disease and have kidneys with only partial function remaining, eating the right foods and avoiding other foods could save your life.

Your kidneys filter blood, remote waste, produce hormones, and balance minerals, and fluids. But when you have renal disease, it’s harder for your kidneys to get the job done. But you can compensate for that by eating the right foods, and avoiding others.

Why should you avoid certain foods? When you have renal disease, it’s critical to protect the remaining health of your kidneys. One of the best ways to do this is managing your diet by:

  • Limiting sodium to 2,000 mg per day
  • Limiting potassium to 2,000 mg per day
  • Limiting phosphorus to 800 to 1,000 mg per day

Some foods have higher levels of these nutrients than others that could put your health at risk. If you have kidney disease, here are 15 foods to avoid on a renal diet…

  1. Dark-colored soda
  2. Avocados
  3. Canned foods
  4. Whole-wheat bread
  5. Brown rice
  6. Bananas
  7. Dairy
  8. Oranges/orange juice
  9. Pickles, olives and relish
  10. Apricots
  11. Potatoes and sweet potatoes
  12. Tomatoes
  13. Swiss chard, spinach, beet greens
  14. Dates, raisins, and prunes
  15. Pretzels, chips, crackers

If that looks like the list of everything you like to eat, you’re probably wondering...what can you eat with renal disease? Obviously, there are restrictions and foods you should avoid to protect your health. But there’s lots of healthy food that tastes great you can enjoy.

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