Nutrinaz dietitians are experts at developing safe, balanced diets for clients with kidney disease symptoms.
Kidney disease is one of only a handful of disorders that make diet planning an absolute must. Although there are several resources out there that offer useful information about nutrition guidelines for people with kidney disorders, many of them contradict one another. At Nutrinaz we’re up-to-date with the latest health science, and when we develop your diet for kidney disease, we’ll guide you through the entire process step by step and address any questions or concerns you have along the way.
Crafting a safe, balanced diet plan is difficult even for healthy individuals. Factors to consider include age, sex, allergies, metabolic rates, nutritional history and goals. Kidney disease symptoms can add to these complications.
I have kidney disease symptoms. What now?
Kidneys work to filter waste from our bodies. Therefore, any diet designed to manage the disease must control blood glucose levels. Calorie intake is another consideration, and after a careful evaluation of your current physical state, one of our dietitians will explain how many calories should be consumed each day. Other nutrients that must be managed include phosphorus, sodium and potassium. Limiting fluid intake is often recommended.
Diet for Kidney Disease: FAQ
Will I lose weight during dialysis?
Many people notice a slight weight loss during dialysis, but this is usually due to less fluid in the body. When kidneys do not function correctly, fluid can build up within the body, and dialysis reverses this affect. Another contributing factor may be the removal of toxins within the blood.
Can I eat out if I have kidney disease?
Yes, but it’s important to remember the recommendations of your dietitian. At Nutrinaz we won’t just tell you what you can’t eat; we’ll help you develop a diet plan that incorporates your favourite foods. In some cases, it may be necessary to decrease fast food consumption, but that’s a lifestyle change from which most of us could benefit.
Can I drink sodas and energy drinks?
Phosphorus is a common ingredient in soda, and it’s also one of the nutrients that must be managed by people with kidney disease. This doesn’t necessarily mean that you can’t drink your favorite beverage, but it’s important to be aware of what you’re putting in your body and discuss this with a dietitian. Other drinks that commonly contain phosphorus include beer, wine and energy drinks. Energy drinks contain many ingredients that should be avoided by people with kidney disease symptoms.
Can I take vitamins and other types of supplements?
This is another question that must be discussed with your dietitian. Most people on dialysis are prescribed a multivitamin that should be taken daily.
Is it possible to maintain a vegetarian diet during dialysis?
Yes, it’s possible, but it’s important to ensure that you consume a well-balanced diet that contains all necessary nutrients. Protein is often low for people affected by kidney disorders. This means that diets containing high levels of protein are often recommended, and foods made from animals are the best sources of protein.
Nutrinaz is here to guide your diet plan development. We’d love to hear about your case, and if you decide that we’re a good fit, we’ll do everything we can to optimize your physical health and wellbeing.