20 Best KIDNEY Friendly Foods to Lower Creatinine and Improve Renal Function

20 Best KIDNEY Friendly Foods to Lower Creatinine and Improve Renal Function

February 27, 2020 22 By Jose Scott


Hello, this is Katherine, welcome to 00Kidney. On the road to improve your kidney health,
the foods you eat can be your best ally, if you choose them well. This is why you’re going to love today’s video:
Packed with vitamins, fibers and healthy phytochemicals, the 20 superfoods I’m going to show you are
exactly what you need to help your kidneys. Because they’re kidney friendly. Yes there are going to be a lot of new foods
to add to your diet and make it more balanced, varied and healthy! This is going to provide your kidney all the
essential nutrients they need to improve. Bonus: There will be also snacks to try too! But I’m also going to show you the potassium,
phosphorus and sodium content of each food so you know what is safe for you. So if you know anyone who may benefit from
an healthier diet… share this video with them! Click the share button below or send them
an email! 20 Popcorn
Great, let’s start with a snack! This food is great for you and it’s kidney
friendly because it’s an intact whole grain, which means that the bran, the germ, and the
endosperm are all intact within the kernel. This makes them high in fiber, particularly
insoluble, which is like a cleanup substance for your digestive tract. Having a better digestive tract health can
help avoiding insulin spikes. Sounds healthy, doesn’t it? It’s also very low in calories
Per 1 cup, or about 125 grams, popcorn has just 31 calories
1 cup of popcorn also contains just 280mg of potassium and 8mg of phosphorus. This means that this snack is perfectly safe
for the renal diet of any kidney patient. Ok all these benefits only apply to home-made,
air popped popcorn without added salt or butter! And remember that each person is different,
which is why it’s important to talk to your doctor before changing anything in your renal
diet. The foods of today’s video are generally safe,
we’re talking about food items after all, but there could be allergies and drug interaction. So talk to your doctor, better safe than sorry. 19 salmon
This food is kidney friendly because it’s a great source of omega 3 fatty acids. The health benefits of omega 3 make salmon
an excellent choice for the kidney diet. It can decrease chronic inflammation and protect
against heart disease and cancer. In addition, salmon is low in saturated fat
and is an excellent source of protein with all the essential amino acids needed for the
body to work and maintain muscles. The American Heart Association and American
Diabetes Association recommend eating salmon or other high omega-3 fish sources 2-3 times
a week. Salmon has about 300mg of potassium per 3
oz serving, or 85 grams, so you’re going to need a bit of portion control here. It also has 200 mg of phosphorus and 45 mg
of sodium. 18 Bulgur
Ok, this probably should have been ranking higher in the top 20 but it’s so useful and
healthy that I wanted to talk about it sooner. Because bulgur is a whole grain, right? And it’s one of the few whole grains you can
actually add to your renal diet as a main dish ingredient without worries. Because a half-cup (91-gram) serving of bulgur
contains just potassium: 62 mg
phosphorus: 36 mg All these values are very low, so even if
you’re in stage 4 or 5 you can have all the bulgur you want every day. It’s also great for a renal diet because consuming
most of your grains as whole grains, as opposed to refined, white bread, cereal, rice, and
pasta can help keep harmful inflammation at bay. That’s because whole grains have more fiber,
which has been shown to reduce levels of C-reactive protein, a marker of inflammation in the blood. So eating less pasta and bread and more whole
grains, like buckwheat, is a really great way to reduce the inflammation in the kidneys. Bulgur makes a terrific, kidney-friendly alternative
to other whole grains that are high in phosphorus and potassium. 17 Pears
Delicious! I love them! And they are very low in potassium and phosphorus
too, making them the ideal fruit for people with kidney disease. What makes them really kidney friendly is
their fiber content: one medium-sized pear offers the 24% of the Dietary Recommended
Intake of fiber. But you have to eat the skin to get all those
healthy fibers, the majority of a pear’s nutrients are in or just below the skin. A pear’s fiber is not just great for regularity,
it can also help lowering cholesterol levels and reducing the risk of heart disease, and
this can be incredibly useful if you care about the health of your kidneys! Another great news for your kidneys:
Pears are full of flavonoids: Flavonoids are plant chemicals that can help safeguard health. In a study of nearly 200,000 men and women,
regularly eating apples and pears-both rich in a kind of flavonoid called anthocyanins-was
associated with a lower risk for type 2 diabetes, a major risk factor for kidney disease. Pears are considered as healthy as apples,
but they also contain more iron than apples! Iron is really important for people with kidney
disease, it helps fighting anemia, a complication of kidney disease that can cause fatigue. 16 Macadamia nuts
Most nuts are high in phosphorus and not recommended for those following a renal diet. However, macadamia nuts are a delicious, kidney
friendly option. They are much lower in phosphorus than popular
nuts like peanuts and chestnuts. One ounce (28 grams) of macadamia nuts contains
just sodium: 1.4 mg
potassium: 103 mg phosphorus: 53 mg
They are also packed with healthy fats, B vitamins, magnesium, copper, iron, and manganese. All these properties make macadamia nuts one
of the healthiest, kidney-friendly snacks. 15 Turnips
This one is a really interesting choice for people with kidney disease. Turnips are not just kidney friendly, they
make an excellent replacement for vegetables that are higher in potassium like potatoes
and winter squash. In fact, half cup (78 grams) of cooked turnips
contain just 12.5mg of sodium, 138 mg of potassium and 20mg of phosphorus. But what makes turnips really kidney friendly? They are great to fight inflammation in the
body, a serious issue for people with chronic kidney disease. Turnips are rich in very powerful antioxidant
compounds, meaning they mitigate the disease-promoting effects of oxidative stress. Recent studies have shown beneficial effects
of turnips, including regulatory functions in inflammation, stress response, phase I
metabolism, and antioxidant activities, as well as direct antimicrobial properties. 14 Corn
What makes it healthy and kidney friendly? For starters, sweet corn is loaded with phytochemicals
that promote healthy vision and weight loss. Besides helping with weight loss, the insoluble
fiber in corn feeds good bacteria in your gut, which aids in digestion and helps keep
you regular. Throw in a healthy amount of B vitamins, plus
iron, protein and potassium, and you’ve got one sweet package. Corn is also low in calories, just don’t load
up that juicy corn on the cob with butter and other high-calorie toppings. The safety of genetically modified sweet corn
may be a concern, so shop for organic non-GMO corn if you’re worried. 1 medium ear of corn, or about 100 grams,
has 256 mg of potassium, 106 mg of phosphorus
and 17.5 mg of sodium. Corn is considered a medium potassium food,
so most kidney patients can have it in moderate amounts. 13 Onions
Onions can be a great way to lower your salt intake and keep your blood pressure under
control. I know… I know…. Reducing salt intake can be challenging, especially
if you like tasty foods like I do. Onions are excellent for providing sodium-free
flavor to renal-diet dishes. What’s more, onions are high in vitamin C,
manganese, and B vitamins and contain prebiotic fibers that help keep your digestive system
healthy by feeding beneficial gut bacteria One small onion (70 grams) contains just
potassium: 102 mg phosphorus: 20 mg
So you can definitely go crazy with onions and add them to salad or you can saute onions
with garlic and olive oil to add flavor to dishes without compromising your kidney health. 12 Pineapple… why is this fruit so kidney
friendly? Many tropical fruits like oranges, bananas,
and kiwis are very high in potassium and they are NOT kidney friendly. Pineapple is different:
One cup (165 grams) of pineapple chunks contains just
potassium: 180 mg phosphorus: 13 mg
This makes it really great for when you absolutely need some sweet in your life. Plus, pineapple is rich in fiber, manganese,
vitamin C, and bromelain. Bromelain is a protein-digesting enzyme, with
a history of use in folk medicine. Today it’s used as a meat tenderizer, in some
medications and as a dietary supplement. It can also help your digestion! A lot of people like pineapple, and knowing
that it can help your digestion is great news. Just don’t put pineapple……. on pizza! 11 Radish
Radishes are crunchy vegetables that make a healthy addition to a renal diet. This is because they are very low in potassium
and phosphorus but high in many other important nutrients. Radishes are a great source of vitamin C,
an antioxidant that has been shown to decrease the risk for heart disease and cataracts. Additionally, their peppery taste makes a
flavorful addition to low sodium dishes. A half cup (58 grams) of sliced radishes contains
135 mg of potassium and 12 mg of phosphorus. Ok, were in the top 10 now, some really really
healthy foods are coming! 10 Celery
This superfood is rich in vitamin C, beta carotene, and flavonoids and has a very powerful
effect on kidney health that not many people know about. Just like turnips, celery is great to lower
inflammation. Celery has approximately 25 anti-inflammatory
compounds that can offer protection against inflammation in the body. Yes, this is what makes it so healthy and
kidney friendly! It also supports digestion and it’s a source
of important antioxidants. Celery contains vitamin C, beta carotene,
and flavonoids, but It’s also a wonderful source of phytonutrients, which have been
shown to reduce instances of inflammation in the digestive tract, cells, blood vessels,
and organs. So definitely add celery to your kidney diet,
One cup or about 100 grams of chopped celery Has just 260 mg of potassium, 24 mg of phosphorus
and 80 mg of sodium, making this superfood 100 percent kidney friendly. 9 green peas
Green peas are exceptionally healthy for kidney patients:
A new research from Canada found that proteins in the common garden pea may provide a natural
remedy against high blood pressure and chronic kidney disease. Not many people eat them because legumes are
usually avoided by people with kidney disease. But green peas are different from most legumes:
For a half cup portion, or about 70 grams, they contain just 160mg of potassium and 74
mg of phosphorus, making them a great side dish to improve your kidney health. 8 Cabbage Cabbage belongs to the cruciferous vegetable
family and is loaded with vitamins, minerals, and powerful plant compounds. It’s a great source of vitamin K, vitamin
C, and many B vitamins. It also provides insoluble fiber, a type of
fiber that’s proven to have incredible benefits for the health of your kidneys. Plus, it’s low in potassium, phosphorus, and
sodium, with one cup (70 grams) of shredded cabbage containing potassium: 119 mg
phosphorus: 18 mg 7. Cranberries Cranberries benefit both the urinary tract
and kidneys. These tiny, tart fruits contain phytonutrients
called A-type proanthocyanidins, which prevent bacteria from sticking to the lining of the
urinary tract and bladder, preventing infection. This is helpful for those with kidney disease,
as they have an increased risk of urinary tract infections. Cranberries can be eaten dried, cooked or
fresh. They are very low in potassium, phosphorus,
and sodium. One cup (100 grams) of fresh cranberries contains sodium: 2 mg
potassium: 80 mg phosphorus: 11 mg 6 Eggplant
Eggplant is a high-fiber, low-calorie fruit that’s used in many dishes and boasts a host
of potential health benefits. The vitamin & mineral content of eggplants
is quite extensive. They’re a great source of vitamin C, vitamin
K, vitamin B6, thiamine, niacin, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, copper, fiber, folic
acid, potassium, and more! It can even reduce the symptoms of anemia,
a frequent complication of kidney disease which causes fatigue. One cup or 80 grams of chopped eggplant contains
188 mg of potassium 2mg of sodium
18 mg of phosphorus 5 Shiitake mushrooms Shiitake mushrooms are a savory ingredient
that can be used as a plant-based meat substitute for those on a renal diet who need to limit
protein. They are an excellent source of B vitamins,
copper, manganese, and selenium. In addition, they provide a good amount of
plant-based protein and dietary fiber. Shiitake mushrooms are lower in potassium
than portobello and white button mushrooms, making them a smart choice for those following
a renal diet. One cup (145 grams) of cooked shiitake mushroom
contains: potassium: 170 mg
phosphorus: 42 mg 4 Kale
Ah.. Kale… is my favorite one! Kale Is Among The Most Nutrient-Dense Foods
on The Planet, it can help in lowering cholesterol and high blood pressure, lower the risk of
heart disease and is one of the best sources of vitamin K.
Eating more kale is a great way to dramatically increase the total nutrient content of your
diet. Kale is very high in nutrients and very low
in calories, making it one of the most nutrient-dense foods on the planet. All these benefits make Kale a must for people
with kidney disease. The next time you’re looking for a way to
expand your kidney diet choices, try kale as a healthy addition to a low potassium diet. A half cup or 35 grams of raw or boiled kale
contains 160 mg of potassium
25 mg phosphorus 3 Apple
Eating apples regularly may lower your risk for high cholesterol, heart disease, diabetes
and cancer due to their phytochemical content. Remember that, just like for pears, most of
an apple’s nutrients are in or just below the skin! So don’t peal them, try to find some organic
apples and eat them with the skin, or after washing them thoroughly. 1 medium apple or 180 grams contains just
180 mg of potassium 10 mg phosphorus Making them the perfect, kidney friendly fruit
for your diet. 2 Bell peppers Bell peppers contain an impressive amount
of nutrients but are low in potassium, unlike many other vegetables. This is what makes them kidney friendly. In fact, one small red bell pepper (74 grams)
contains 105% of the recommended intake of vitamin C.
And just potassium: 156 mg
phosphorus: 19 mg They are also loaded with vitamin A, an important
nutrient for immune function, which is often compromised in people with kidney disease
Red bell peppers are good for you because they contain lycopene, an antioxidant that
protects against certain cancers. Before I’ll show you our number 1, you may
want to know that if you’re fighting hard to improve your kidney health and beat kidney
disease, this program can help you. It also contains a meal planner and several
recipes you can add to your kidney diet. I always get a lot of comments of people here
on 00kidney who are using it to lower their creatinine levels. Just click here if you want to know more about
it. And our number 1 is… Blueberries, maybe the healthiest superfood
for your kidneys! They are full of phytonutrients, and are also
packed with antioxidants, compounds that your body can use to defend itself against free
radicals and aging. This is all for today, thank you for watching