Renal Diet: Are You Taking Meds for Acid Reflux? Read This…


You just polished off a plate of spicy chicken wings. You doused your food in your favorite sriracha hot sauce. Or you’re planning to eat some pepperoni pizza to kick off the weekend. Can your stomach handle it?

If not, you may be reaching for some antacids or even take prescription-level medication to manage acid reflux disease. And that may be a problem. New research suggests the most commonly-prescribed acid reflux medication may raise your risk for developing kidney disease.

In the study published in Scientific Reports, researchers looked at 43,000 records for patients taking medication to manage acid reflux disease.

They found that patients taking proton pump inhibitors (such as Prilosec, Nexium, and Prevacid) were 28 times more likely to develop kidney disease, than those taking an alternative prescription medication known as histamine-2 receptor antagonists.

If you’re experiencing acid reflux, or already taking medication for the condition, talk to your doctor about histamine-2 receptor antagonists and diet and lifestyle habits you can change to manage acid reflux disease. It could help you maintain the kidney function you have left.

A big part of managing renal disease is eating the right foods, avoiding others. You should avoid or limit sodium, potassium, and phosphorus, and get adequate protein, to protect your health. For a lot of people, making that adjustment can be hard. But it doesn’t have to be.

Just check out all the meals to choose from on our Renal-Friendly menu. Pick your favorites, and you’ll have a healthy and meal ready in minutes. And clean-up is easy. Some popular options include:

  • Eggplant Parmigiana and Polenta with Spinach & Roasted Peppers
  • Spinach Mushroom Lasagna with Garlic Green Beans
  • Vegetable Caponata with Orzo & Spinach

There’s even a Renal-Friendly meal with a little salsa zing...Cheese Omelet & Salsa, with Broccoli & Hash Browns