Below you will find 4 quick tips to help manage your chronic kidney disease by Nutrition Practitioner, Carol D’Anca MS, CNS, LDN.
A little about Carol
As a result of personal experience and professional training Carol D’Anca is fiercely committed to guiding people preventing the major cause of death in the U.S., heart disease and the associated chronic illness of diabetes and hypertension.
Combining advanced degrees in nutrition and nearly two decades of exploring solutions to help her husband and others regain their health; Carol is both professionally and personally prepared to help you and your loved ones.
1. Reducing your sodium intake
Absolutely reduce your intake of sodium to no more than 2000mg. per day or less. Even 1500 mg. would be good. Read labels in minute detail and calculate the amount of sodium in anything you are consuming. High sodium blood levels are extremely detrimental to managing blood pressure – a known contributor to kidney disease.
2. Monitoring your blood pressure
You can easily monitor blood pressure with an Omron Blood Pressure monitor for home use. They are easy to purchase at Walgreens, CVS and other stores and easy to use.
3. Eliminate soda and sugary drinks
Eliminate the use of any soda, regardless of its color. The sugar content in soda contributes to all metabolic diseases. If you are a soda drinker, try using carbonated water (perhaps with fresh squeezed lime or lemon juice) while eliminating the use of all sodas.
4. Reduce protein intake
Reducing your daily protein to around 46 grams (or 0.6 g protein/kg body weight) per day, mainly plant based protein which will reduce saturated fat helping to manage cholesterol. (you may want to have a plant-based protein meal immediately after dialysis as dialysis can reduce your protein stores.) A diet high in fiber and low in saturated and cholesterol has been shown to be greatly beneficial for CKD.
Article by: Nutrition Practitioner, Carol D’Anca MS, CNS, LDN. Check out her website over at https://www.foodnotmeds.com/
She also has a wonderful book which is available on Amazon.
More than a cookbook, “Real Food for Healthy People” serves as a resource guide for organizing the kitchen, stocking the pantry and learning basic culinary tips that are extremely helpful when preparing a whole food plant based diet.
Carol’s unique combination of her Mediterranean background, clinical nutritional training, and gourmet cooking skills makes this distinctive book a go to staple for plant based cooks.