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Do’s and Dont’s for Diet while on Dialysis

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Dialysis is a treatment which is recommended by the doctors when your kidneys are no longer able to filter out the waste products from your body. The process is really painful and the pains unbearable. Ma’am Sushma Swaraj is facing a tough time as we read in the morning that she has suffered from Kidney failure. I really admire her and she is a role model to many Indian women. I wish her good health and speedy recovery and here are some tips I want to share with all of you related to diet recommended during dialysis. Along with the treatment, one needs to follow his/her personal nutritionist to know what and how to eat as diet plays the major role in keeping the blood sugar level in control.

•It is advised to limit the consumption of liquids, phosphorous, potassium and sodium as while going through dialysis treatment, the level of the said elements increases in the body and cause serious issues.
•You must keep a track of the quantity of fluid you are drinking or eating. Dialysis removes the fluid out of your body but if you have excess liquid, then it will make you feel sick and your blood pressure will drop. Excess fluid can also cause weight gain and swelling between the dialysis sessions.
•According to the National Kidney Foundation, dialysis patient should limit the intake of milk and yogurt to ½ cup a day as the diary products are rich in phosphorous which may weaken your bones and potassium which may cause muscle and hear diseases.
•Not more than 1200 milligrams sodium should be consumed per day. Consume freshly prepared food and limit the use salt and herbs to avoid high amount of sodium and there sis big no for canned and packed foods.
•Avoid tomatoes, potatoes, whole grain foods and oranges and include cucumber, broccoli, carrots, rice and pasta for right amount of potassium.
•Egg, fish, quinoa, soya milk and almond milk are high in protein and perfect for kidney diet. Choose lean meat without salt or extra sauces in them too control sodium intake.
Follow these guidelines if you or your loved ones are suffering from this painful procedure. But my suggestion is “prevention is better than cure”. Keep your kidneys healthy. Keep yourself hydrated and be particular about the diet you follow. You must have a dietitian for your family who can help you with a balanced and healthy diet plan and you will never have to encounter these kinds of diseases in your life. Always eat what is right for you!

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