What diet is the best for people with kidney disease? Over the past 10-20 years, we have learned that your diet is essential to treating and managing chronic kidney disease. A diet rich in animal protein is rich in amino acids, which are the precursors of inflammation. Too much animal protein can be unhealthy, which is the core of the diet in chronic kidney disease, or pre-dialysis kidney impairment. There are three main diets nephrologists or kidney specialists recommend for patients with chronic kidney disease:
- Vegan diet: mainly fruits and vegetables. No meat no dairy. This depends on fresh fruit and vegetables. A donut may be vegan, but it’s not healthy.
- Vegetarian diet: vegan diet + dairy, eggs, honey. This is great for those with chronic kidney disease.
- Plant-dominant diet: this is the most sustainable diet to keep long term. You must eat at least 50% of protein is from plant based foods: lentils, nuts, legumes. You receive the same amount of protein but less of the amino acids that destroy the kidneys. This diet has been demonstrated through many research projects that it lowers the risk of hypertension, diabetes and kidney disease. It is also lowers the rate of advancement, premature death and more.
Your microbiome and intestinal flora also benefits from a plant-dominant diet! Let me know in the comments which of the three diets you plan to try to manage your kidney disease or just live a healthier, happier life!
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