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|Food is not just about basic sustenance. It is an important part of our culture, celebrations, comfort and general everyday enjoyment. Unfortunately having kidney failure can mean that you may no longer be able to eat and drink exactly what you want, when you want but it is still important to ensure that you have a balanced and pleasurable diet.
Why do I need to be careful with what I eat?The kidneys remove waste that builds up in the blood. This results from the food and drink that we take each day and from the constant breakdown of our body tissues. These waste products include potassium, sodium (salt), phosphate and fluid. As you are probably aware your dialysis is doing the work of your kidneys in removing these products, as they are no longer able to manage alone. Dialysis itself does not completely replace the work of the kidneys so in order for you to stay fit and healthy it may well be necessary for you to change certain foods and drinks in your diet. This will prevent the excess build up of these waste products and any unpleasant and damaging side effects that can arise from this. It is important to create a healthy, balanced diet for life.
The key is to think about food in a new way. By understanding what is in the food you eat you can have more control over your well-being.
What is a healthy diet when on dialysis?Your body needs:
In order to help you achieve a healthy and enjoyable diet whilst keeping well, try the following points:
Always ask if you have any questions about your food!
For more information please contact your own Dietitian or the Nutrition and Dietetic Department at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.
Written by Elaine Turner Renal Dietitian Aston Cross Dialysis Centre