Foods to Avoid for Optimal Kidney Health

6- Dark Sodas- High levels of phosphorus, which can be harmful. While phosphorus is needed to help build healthy bones, those with kidney disease won’t be able to process phosphorus. This leads to phosphorus build up in the blood, which in turn weakens bones and causes joint pain.

7- Processed Meats- Foods high in protein and preservatives such as hot dogs, sausages, pepperoni, salami, lunch meats, and beef jerky can be harmful to your kidneys. Processed meats can quickly take the recommended daily sodium limit over the limit. Replace with portions of fresh, lean meats.

8- Pickled Food- Pickled foods, as well as relishes and olives, can be incredibly high in sodium. This forces the kidneys to work harder to process and could lead to further kidney damage and decreased function.

9- Canned Food- Canned foods, such as vegetables and soups, often have high levels of sodium because of how they are processed. Making soups and stews from scratch using fresh herbs and spices can keep the sodium content down.

10- High Sodium Condiments-These are more common than you would think. Even a single tablespoon of ketchup has 160 milligrams of sodium. Soya sauce and teriyaki sauce could have as much as 690 milligrams of sodium per tablespoon. Spices, fresh herbs, lemon juice or black pepper are great alternatives.

Bottom line- reducing sodium, phosphorus, potassium and protein in your diet makes for healthy kidneys.