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Find Extra Flavor with Low-Sodium Sauces

Adding a sauce to a recipe can bring pizzazz to what was once a dull meal. DaVita® dietitian Erin Dickerson explains how you can bring extra flavor to your kidney diet without going overboard on your sodium intake.

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Recipe Adjustments for Low- and High-Protein Kidney Diets

Protein is an important nutrient in the kidney diet, but depending on the stage of kidney disease you’re in, your need for it can vary. Find out how you can adjust recipes so that you meet your prescribed amount of protein when you are on a kidney diet.

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Cooking with Rice: Tips for a Kidney Diet

Rice is a staple food for many cultures and serves as a main calorie source throughout the world. That’s why it is good for people with kidney disease or those on dialysis to know that rice can be incorporated into a kidney diet. Explore the tips about rice and the many rice recipes found on DaVita.com.

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Managing Triglycerides When You Are On Dialysis

Knowing how to control triglyceride levels is important, particularly for people with kidney disease on dialysis. Discover what triglycerides are, how they affect people with kidney disease and what can be done to trim this type of fat.

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Healthy Food Swaps for a Kidney Diet

A kidney diet is filled with delicious options. Use this list of good-for-you food substitutes to eat well and feel your best — your kidneys will thank you for it.

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Heart-Healthy Diet for Dialysis Patients

Keeping your heart healthy when you have chronic kidney disease (CKD) and are on dialysis is extremely important. That’s why DaVita dietitians created a heart-healthy grocery list for people who also need to adhere to a kidney-friendly diet.

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Food IQ for People with Kidney Disease

Want the inside scoop on what you should eat on the kidney diet? Each person’s diet prescription is different when they have kidney disease, but the main nutrients limited in a kidney-friendly diet are generally the same. Once you know your food IQ, you’ll be one smart cookie.

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High Potassium? Investigate the Cause When You Have Kidney Disease

If high potassium levels are a problem for you, bring out your inner detective to investigate and find the cause. When you have chronic kidney disease (CKD) and are on dialysis, maintaining your potassium in a healthy range is important, otherwise your overall health is at risk. Learn about how to detect high potassium causes and solve the problem.

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Potassium and Peritoneal Dialysis

Potassium is an important mineral needed to maintain healthy nerve and muscle function. Daily peritoneal dialysis helps regulate potassium levels. As a result, PD patients don’t build up as much potassium as patients who are on three-times-a-week hemodialysis, so most people on PD can eat a diet containing more potassium than those on hemodialysis.

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Phosphorus and PTH Goals

Maintaining healthy levels of phosphorus and PTH is important for CKD patients. Too much of either can lead to serious health problems. There are several manageable ways, including diet, treatment and medication, to meet the desired goals.

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Fluid Weight Gain: Investigate the Cause When You Have Kidney Disease

For dialysis patients, excess fluid can build up between dialysis treatments. This is known as fluid weight gain. Have you experienced fluid weight gain recently and wondered what the cause is? It’s time to trace the clues and investigate fluid weight gain causes so you can better regulate it.

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High-Sodium Foods to Limit When You Have Kidney Disease

Too much high-sodium foods can lead to high blood pressure. For a person with chronic kidney disease (CKD), it is especially important to limit sodium intake and avoid adding salt to your kidney diet. Knowing which high-sodium foods to limit is a good first step to following a low-sodium diet.

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Calcium Tips for People on Dialysis

Calcium is essential to good health but too much of it can be a problem for people with chronic kidney disease (CKD) who are on dialysis. These days, calcium is found in more than just dairy products. Learn which foods can be secret sources of calcium and how this mineral fits into a kidney-friendly diet.

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Other Ways to Say Calcium

Calcium is often hidden in unlikely foods and it’s important for people with chronic kidney disease (CKD) who are on dialysis to know about these foods. Find out which foods to limit so that you can maintain healthy calcium levels. This article identifies many foods that can be hidden sources of calcium.

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High Phosphorus? Investigate the Cause When You Have Kidney Disease

Check out the usual suspects for high phosphorus levels when you have chronic kidney disease (CKD). Once you pinpoint the culprit and put it behind bars, you can achieve good phosphorus levels.

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Iron: A Guide for Dialysis Patients

It’s important that people with chronic kidney disease (CKD) on dialysis get enough iron to be as healthy as possible. This guide for dialysis patients describes the signs of iron deficiency and which iron-rich foods are kidney-friendly.

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Common Questions About Phosphate Binders

Phosphorus is a crucial mineral for the body’s health but too much can cause problems when you have chronic kidney disease (CKD). That’s why phosphate binders can help keep phosphorus levels within your goal. Here are answers to some common questions dialysis patients have about phosphate binders.

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Renal Vitamins for People on Dialysis

Renal vitamins are specially made for people with chronic kidney disease (CKD) who are on dialysis. These types of vitamins can help you maintain good health while you’re on dialysis. Here are some tips from the DaVita dietitians about taking your renal vitamins.

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Protein: How Much Should Dialysis Patients Eat?

It’s important for people on dialysis to get an adequate amount of protein in their diets. But do you wonder what the right amount of protein is? Here is a guide from DaVita dietitians to help you understand how much is enough.

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Good Sources of Protein for Dialysis Patients

When a person needs dialysis, his or her protein requirement will change. Good sources of protein are included in the dialysis diet to help replace the protein lost during treatments. From poultry to seafood, learn about which protein sources can help you maintain your health.

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Dealing with Appetite Problems for Dialysis Patients

At times, people who have chronic kidney disease (CKD) who are on dialysis may experience problems with their appetites. These symptoms range from your feeling too tired to eat anything to food just not tasting the same as it used to. DaVita dietitians are providing dialysis patients with helpful ways to deal with appetite problems.

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Getting More Energy from Kidney-Friendly Foods

Dialysis can be an exhausting experience and a common symptom amongst patients is fatigue. But there is one way to help curb this feeling and it starts in the kitchen. Getting more energy from kidney-friendly foods is possible and Donna Trigg, DaVita® dietitian, along with Yolanda Rodriguez, a DaVita dietetic intern, give information and tips on how this can be achieved.

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10 Antioxidant Foods for the Kidney Diet

Antioxidants have been touted by medical experts and the media as powerful compounds that are good for your overall health. But which antioxidant foods are best when you have chronic kidney disease (CKD)? Discover 10 antioxidant foods for the kidney diet.

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Food that Counts as Fluid on the Kidney Diet

Many people in the later stages of chronic kidney disease (CKD) must limit fluids to prevent fluid overload, maintain their health and reduce risks of fluid-related complications. Many foods contain water. Understanding what foods count as fluid and working with a renal dietitian will help you maintain a kidney-friendly lifestyle and prevent other health conditions.

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Diet Tips for Diabetics with Kidney Disease

When diabetes leads to kidney disease the goal is to preserve kidney function as long as possible and manage diabetes. What you eat can affect both your blood sugar and your kidney function. A dietitian will work with you to create an eating plan that's right for you, probably using some of the diet tips presented here.

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Your Kidney Diet Prescription

The kidney diet is an important part of treatment for chronic kidney disease (CKD). DaVita offers an online meal planner, DaVita Diet Helper™, to help people in the later stages of kidney disease stick to their renal diets. If you've been given a kidney diet prescription by your doctor, sign up for the DaVita Diet Helper for an easy way to plan, prepare and track your meals.

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Vitamin D and Chronic Kidney Disease

Ask any school-age child, “What vitamin do you get from the sun?” and you will likely hear the correct answer, “Vitamin D.” Vitamin D is so critical for good health that nature designed a way for us to get it without much effort — directly from the sun.Yet, to be used in the body vitamin D needs to be activated in the kidneys, so people with chronic kidney disease (CKD) tend to be deficient in vitamin D and may need medicines to get their healthy dose of vitamin D.

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Sticking with a Kidney-Friendly Diet

Many people start a diet with a lot of enthusiasm, but then life gets in the way and interest begins to falter. Lose weight and eat right are just a few of the popular reasons to start a diet to improve your lifestyle, but in the case of kidney disease, the kidney diet is part of your treatment. Don’t let diet fatigue happen to you! Here are some helpful hints to start a kidney-friendly diet and stick to it making it a permanent lifestyle change.

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Reading Labels to Control Phosphorus in the Dialysis Diet

High levels of phosphorus in the blood can be dangerous for people with kidney disease. However, phosphorus is found in nearly all of the foods that people eat. Figuring out what to eat and what not to eat can be tricky. Learn how to read labels to find hidden sources of phosphorus in foods and other ways to keep your phosphorus level in a safe range.

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Lowering Potassium in Potatoes

Some people on the renal diet are often advised to limit their potassium intake. One popular food that is high in potassium is the potato. The good news is that you can lower potassium in potatoes by leaching or soaking potatoes before cooking them. Recent research suggests new ways of cutting and boiling potatoes to make sure the maximum amount of potassium is removed. Learn more about the most effective way to remove potassium from potatoes.

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Hidden Phosphorus In Your Diet and How to Control It

If you are a chronic kidney disease (CKD) patient who has been watching your diet, yet still find your phosphorus levels are higher than you want them, hidden phosphorus in foods could be the problem. DaVita renal dietitian Lisa Gutekunst breaks down which foods have hidden phosphorus and lets you know what to look for on food packages. Learn how you can control phosphorus levels in your foods and maintain a healthy low phosphorus diet with CKD.

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Fluid Control for Kidney Disease Patients on Dialysis

One part of the renal diet that many kidney disease and dialysis patients find difficult is controlling fluid intake. Learn about how what you drink and eat affects your health and your dialysis treatments, plus get a few tips on how to control thirst.

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Fiber in the Kidney Diet

For people with chronic kidney disease (CKD) and those on dialysis, getting enough fiber in a kidney-friendly diet can be even more challenging because many fruits, vegetables and grains are restricted in the kidney diet to keep phosphorus and potassium lower. Learn which foods are fiber-packed and kidney friendly and how to introduce more fiber into your CKD diet.

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Carbohydrates and the Kidney Diet

Carbohydrates are essential nutrients needed for a kidney diet. Whether you are on dialysis, have diabetes and kidney disease, or are in early stages of the disease, carbohydrates play a role in what you eat. Learn why carbohydrates are important, which foods contain them and how to get the appropriate amount for a well-balanced diet.

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Working with a Dietitian

Diet is a big part of the treatment for chronic kidney disease. Working with a dietitian can help you understand your kidney diet, get the proper nutrition you need and stay motivated. Find out the benefits of having a dietitian on your healthcare team.

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What Is Albumin?

Donna Swartzendruber is a registered nurse and a member of DaVita’s Clinical Education Team. In this article, she discusses albumin, the most common protein found in the blood. Albumin is used by the body for growth and tissue repair. Learn the recommended albumin level and how to achieve it.

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The Transplant Diet

A transplant diet is for patients who have undergone a kidney transplant. Learn about which foods are best for you, which ones to limit or avoid and more.

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The Peritoneal Dialysis Diet

People who are peritoneal dialysis (PD) patients are on a special meal plan called the peritoneal dialysis diet. Compared to the hemodialysis diet, the peritoneal dialysis diet is more liberal. Because PD patients do daily dialysis treatments, potassium, sodium and fluid do not build up quickly. Working with your dietitian and doctor can help you be successful on the peritoneal dialysis diet.

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The Hemodialysis Diet

The hemodialysis diet is an eating plan tailored to patients who are in stage 5 of chronic kidney disease (CKD), also known as end stage renal disease (ESRD). Learn more about how to eat kidney-friendly when you're on hemodialysis.

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The Diabetic Dialysis Diet

A dialysis diet -- whether you're on hemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis -- can be challenging. But what if you also have diabetes? You may have questions about what you can or can't eat and why. Discover more about the diabetic dialysis diet so you can lead a healthier lifestyle with chronic kidney disease (CKD).

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The CKD Non-Dialysis Diet

People with chronic kidney disease (CKD) who are not yet on dialysis may be given a special diet to follow. The purpose of the diet is to help prolong kidney function and to keep patients feeling their best by preventing buildup of fluid and wastes. Learn about the CKD non-dialysis diet and how it helps people in the earlier stages of kidney disease.

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The ABCs of Vitamins for Kidney Patients

The fact that vitamins are good for our health has been taught to us from the time we were children. Learn about vitamins, the role they play in keeping us healthy and how chronic kidney disease (CKD) changes vitamin requirements.

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Sodium and Chronic Kidney Disease

Sodium is important to our health. It has an active role in many of the body's functions. However, if you have been diagnosed with chronic kidney disease (CKD), too much sodium can cause complications. Learn more about sodium, what it does and how it affects patients with renal disease.

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Potassium, Phosphorus and the Dialysis Diet

Maybe it’s because both minerals start with the letter “p” that people find it confusing to distinguish between potassium and phosphorus. This article, written by DaVita renal dietitian, Helen Dorrough, will try to help you understand the difference between the two, and explains why both are limited in the dialysis diet. In addition to identifying “double jeopardy” foods high in both potassium and phosphorus, you’ll find a list of low potassium and low phosphorus food alternatives to help you do well on the kidney diet.

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Potassium and Chronic Kidney Disease

Potassium is a mineral found in many of the foods we eat. People with advanced stages of chronic kidney disease (CKD) or are on dialysis need to limit the amount of potassium in their diets. Learn about potassium, what it does in the body and why it is important to keep potassium levels in a safe range.

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Phosphorus Binders (Phosphate Binders) and the Dialysis Diet

High levels of phosphorus in the blood can be dangerous for people with end stage renal disease (ESRD). The dialysis diet alone cannot control phosphorus. That’s why your doctor and renal dietitian may recommend following a low-phosphorus diet combined with taking phosphorus binders (or phosphate binders) to help keep phosphorus in a safe range. Phosphate binders prevent your body from absorbing phosphorus from the food you eat.

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Phosphorus and Chronic Kidney Disease

Even in the early stages of chronic kidney disease (CKD) a patient will hear about the importance of limiting phosphorus in the diet. Learn about phosphorus, what it does and how it affects people with renal disease.

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Nutrition and Chronic Kidney Disease

It seems all of America is on a diet, whether it’s low carb, low fat or high protein. But if you’ve been diagnosed with chronic kidney disease (CKD), awareness of your food choices and how these choices can affect your kidneys is important.

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Lowering Cholesterol with Chronic Kidney Disease

Do you need a cholesterol makeover? Wonder what you can do to start lowering your cholesterol? People with chronic kidney disease (CKD) who have high cholesterol are at risk for other health problems. That’s why DaVita® dietitian Angela Brochu is sharing her tips to jump-start your quest to lower cholesterol so you can enjoy a better quality of life.

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In-Center Nocturnal Dialysis and Your Kidney Diet

In-center nocturnal dialysis is hemodialysis performed in a dialysis center during the night while patients sleep. People on in-center nocturnal dialysis may have different diets than people on traditional in-center hemodialysis because nocturnal dialysis is generally done for a longer treatment time. Learn more about the in-center nocturnal dialysis diet.

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Dietary Protein and Chronic Kidney Disease

When it comes to protein, the saying, "you are what you eat" is entirely true. Most of the body—skin, muscle, tissues, nails, hair—is made of protein. In fact, every cell in the body has protein. But what is protein? And if it’s so important for our health, why can some kidney disease patients eat it, while others have limited amounts? Learn about protein and how different stages of CKD affect the amount of protein in your diet.

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Calories: A Guide to Adding or Limiting Them on the Kidney Diet

Counting calories is an important part of the kidney diet. Some people may need to limit calorie intake, while others are asked to add more calories to their usual diet. This is a guide on how to add or limit calories on a kidney-friendly diet plan.

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Calcium and Chronic Kidney Disease

Calcium is one of the well-known minerals; responsible for strong bones and teeth along with other important body functions. For people with chronic kidney disease (CKD) their calcium requirements are different from the general population. Find out about calcium, how it affects people with kidney disease and what to eat.

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