Foods to Avoid for Optimal Kidney Health-Part II (health

1- Avocadoes- They are very healthy, full of vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals a very healthy source of fats. Unfortunately they are very rich in potassium, which can be difficult for the kidneys to process. So say no to guacamole once and awhile or foods high in sodium, potassium, protein and phosphorus, even healthy kidneys can lead to kidney disease later in life.

2- Too Much Dairy- Dairy has long-since been a controversial foodstuff. Some nutritionists say it’s good for you, others say not so much. Regardless dairy products, such as milk, contain quite a bit of phosphorus and potassium. Both can be difficult for our kidneys to process. A better alternative to dairy may be rice or nut milk.

3- Apricots- Also high in potassium, a cup of this fruit has about the same amount of potassium as a medium-sized banana, about 425 milligrams. Normally, our intake of potassium should be 3,500 milligrams per day or more, which could help to prevent high blood pressure, strokes, and osteoporosis. Unfortunately, kidney disease patients are unable to process the mineral, so their diets must be regulated to ensure they don’t also develop hyperkalemic (a higher level of potassium in the blood).

4- Sweet Potatoes- Another potassium rich food, they can be bad for an individuals kidneys, for the same reason dairy and fruits may be bad for them. Healthy kidneys can handle diets rich in phosphorus, protein, and potassium but should be eaten in moderation. Foods like sweet potatoes are very nutritious, however, partially avoiding risks that could potentially lead to renal failure may be wise considering the long-term consequences.

5- Certain Supplements- We already know potassium, phosphates, and proteins can potentially be harmful to our kidneys, so certain supplements should be avoided. Other nutrients can cause problems as well, which is why individual’s need to be careful when taking vitamins. Certain supplements have been found to be harmful to kidneys, such as chromium picolinate, an herb known as willowbark, and pennyroyal, which is an herb used to help alleviate colds. Fat-soluble vitamins such as vitamin D can also be difficult on the kidneys. Always discuss with your doctor.