Kidneys take care of filtering our blood and removing waste through urine, producing hormones and maintaining flue levels and balance. Kidney disease has many risk factors and the most common are diabetes and high blood pressure. Alcoholism, heart disease, Hepatitis C and HIV can also cause kidney disease. However, doctors have found that limiting or avoiding certain foods may help decrease the waste accumulation and improve kidney functions.

According to the National Kidney Foundation most recent guidelines we should limit sodium to under 2,300 mg per day.

Here are some foods to avoid or limit:Whole wheat bread has a high fiber content, so white bread is recommended.

Avocados, dates, raisins, and prunes have too much potassium

Brown rice managed portions only to control potassium & phosphorus.

Dairy is high in phosphorus and potassium. It may be important to limit dairy intake to avoid buildup of protein waste in the blood.

Oranges and orange juice. Again, high potassium content. Substitute grapes, apples, or cranberries.

Baked potatoes are high in potassium. Use sweet potatoes & soak in water to lower potassium levels.

Pretzels, chips, and crackers.

Talk to your doctor or work with a healthcare professional and renal dietitian to help you design a renal diet specific to your likes and needs.

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