Diet Advice for Seniors with Kidney Health Problems
Updated: 3 days ago
How to follow a kidney-health diet.
Many seniors experience kidney trouble at one time or another. In such instances, it is important to adjust seniors’ diets to protect kidney health.
Over time, the kidneys tend to perform less effectively. As a result, seniors are at greater risk of kidney problems and kidney failure. A kidney-healthy diet can help.
The kidneys are organs that filter the blood. They filter wastes and extra fluid to form urine. Other functions include hormone production and body fluid regulation. Since kidneys serve as filters, what seniors eat affects their function. A kidney-healthy diet can reduce strain on the kidney and improve health.
Dietary Tips for Kidney Health
Generally, protecting the kidneys or reducing strain on them involves limiting the intake of sodium, potassium, and phosphorus. Limiting these nutrients is commonly referred to as “the renal diet.”
These tips can help seniors follow the renal diet:
Never add salt to food
Only consume reduced-sodium soups or broths
Avoid frozen meals
Don’t eat foods with 300mg or more sodium per serving
Check labels to be sure no salt is added
Do not buy foods preserved in a “solution”
Avoid melons and bananas
Do not drink orange, prune, or grapefruit juice
Limit tomato-based foods like pasta sauce
Never eat dried beans
Don’t eat cooked greens, spinach, collards, or swiss chard
Always wash and peel potatoes
Reduce dairy intake to 1 cup per day
Limit broccoli, mushrooms, and brussel sprouts to 1 cup per week
Cereals like bran or oatmeal should be eaten no more than once a week
Do not drink soft drinks or beer
Choose white bread over whole grains
Since protein should also be limited if the kidneys are having trouble with filtration, the consumption of foods like meat and nuts should be reduced too.
Given the many limitations a renal diet requires, many seniors are at a loss about what they can eat. These foods are generally safe for seniors with kidney problems to consume:
Veggies like bell peppers, cauliflower, cabbage, radishes, and turnips
Seafood rich in Omega 3 fatty acids
Low-potassium fruits like blueberries, red grapes, cranberries, and pineapples
Easier-to-digest proteins like egg whites or skinless chicken
Unsalted seasonings like garlic and onion
Light grains like bulgur and buckwheat