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DaVita Diet Helper: Changing the Way You Manage a Kidney Diet

Take charge of your kidney diet with the improved DaVita Diet Helper. With access to more than 1,000 recipes, it’s the quick and easy way to plan kidney-friendly meals.

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Whey Protein Powder and the Dialysis Diet

Looking for more ways to add high-quality protein into your kidney diet? Why not whey? Whey protein is a great approach to getting the protein you need. DaVita® dietitian Tammy Sanders shows you the whey.

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A Good Match: Merging the Heart and Kidney Diets

February celebrates love, and you’re bound to see heart-shaped everything wherever you go. But all these hearts are a good reminder to show your own heart some love when you have kidney disease. Discover how combining a heart-healthy diet and kidney-friendly diet can be a good match for improving and maintaining your overall health.

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Energize Yourself with the Kidney Diet

Are you looking for ways to get more energy when you have kidney disease? One of the easiest places to start is in the kitchen. DaVita® dietitian Susan Dombrowski explains how to zap some energy into your kidney-friendly diet.

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Soy Foods: Vegetarian Options for a Kidney Diet

How do soy foods fit into the kidney diet? We gathered the benefits of soy products for people with kidney disease as well as some of the concerns. Whether it’s edamame, soy milk or tofu, discover what these soy products are all about and if they can be added to a kidney-friendly diet.

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Summertime Kidney Diet Picnic Ideas

The weather is warm and delicious food is in season — it’s the perfect recipe for a summertime picnic. From Chicken Apple Crunch Salad and Minted Lemonade to Pineapple Salsa and Angel Cookies, there’s no shortage of yummy recipes to make for a well-rounded gathering. Here are picnic and potluck ideas that keep your kidney diet on track.

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5 Diet Guidelines for Stage 5 CKD Non-Dialysis Patients

Have you been recently diagnosed with stage 5 chronic kidney disease (CKD)? If so, your doctor will give you a kidney diet prescription as part of your treatment. Here are five diet guidelines that can help you manage your nutrition needs before you go on dialysis or get a kidney transplant.

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Shake the Salt Habit When You Have Kidney Disease

Some people may experience the shakes—shaking the salt too much, that is. And when diseased kidneys cannot effectively process large amounts of sodium (salt), it can build up in your body and cause other complications. So when you have chronic kidney disease (CKD) and are on dialysis, it’s important to kick the salt habit and instead use healthy alternatives to add flavor to kidney-friendly foods.

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Energy and Protein Boosters for Dialysis Patients

Are you feeling sluggish or so tired you can’t do much? You may feel like this because when you’re on dialysis you can experience short- or long-term appetite problems that interfere with food intake. You may need a kidney-friendly supplement that can help you get adequate protein while becoming reenergized. It may be the boost you’ve been looking for.

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Stage 4 Kidney Disease Diet: Focusing on Nutrition

Dietary management of chronic kidney disease (CKD) differs depending on which of the five stages of CKD you are experiencing. Nutritional status, lab values and other conditions all play a part in determining the right diet to manage your CKD. If you have stage 4 CKD, there are important dietary considerations that can help you be as healthy as possible.

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15 Kidney-Friendly Protein Foods for Keeping Albumin Up

Most people on dialysis are encouraged to increase their protein intake. Others with chronic kidney disease (CKD) who are not on dialysis are advised to reduce excess protein in their diets. Yet, for each group, eating enough high-quality protein and getting adequate calories is the key to keeping albumin up. Here are 15 kidney-friendly protein foods for keeping albumin up when you have CKD.

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What to Eat When You Have Stage 1 or 2 Kidney Disease

If you have stage 1 or stage 2 chronic kidney disease (CKD), you’ll want to start slowing the progression of your condition. One of the ways you can do this is by eating right. Here is information on the early stage CKD diet and how you it can help you improve your quality of life.

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Seven Kidney Diet Foods to Fight Winter-Time Blues

Does the cold weather bring you down a few notches? Need a remedy to cure those winter-time blues? We have seven kidney-friendly, mood-enhancing foods that may knock out those bad feelings and keep you content all winter long.

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12 Kidney Diet Success Secrets for the Holidays

Do you want to know the secrets to keeping your potassium, sodium and phosphorus in check during the holidays? We have12 insider tips that will help you maintain a healthy kidney diet this holiday season.

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Diet and Nutrition Goals for People with Stage 3 Chronic Kidney Disease

When you have stage 3 chronic kidney disease (CKD), you have only a moderate decrease in kidney function. But if you want to slow the progression of the disease, you’ll need to adhere to diet and nutrition goals that are prescribed by your healthcare team. With this knowledge, you may improve your quality of life with stage 3 CKD.

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Handpicked Low-Phosphorus Foods for a Kidney Diet

One of the most important things people with kidney disease can do for better health is learn about phosphorus and keep it under control. This roundup of low-phosphorus food can help you maintain a healthy kidney diet. From meats and seafood to breads and snacks, you’ll find tasty options that can keep your phosphorus levels in check.

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Guide to Low-Sodium Foods for the Kidney Diet

When you’re on a kidney diet and need to control your blood pressure, it’s ideal to eat foods that are healthy and low in sodium. Start learning with this guide to low-sodium foods for the kidney diet along with tips on how you can keep sodium in check for your overall health.

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Snacks for a Kidney Diet

Do you eat three square meals a day? Or do you consider yourself a “grazer,” someone who eats multiple small meals throughout the day? Either way, at one point you’re likely to eat a snack. When you’re on a prescribed kidney diet, it doesn’t mean you have to give up snacking. See why it’s okay to snack and learn about the types of kidney-friendly foods you can enjoy during snack time.

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Top 10 Low-Sodium, Thirst-Quenching Foods for the Kidney Diet

Are you looking for ways to quench your thirst this summer? Chill out with some fresh fruit and cold vegetables or measure out a cool glass of homemade lemonade. These suggestions are part of the top 10 low-sodium, thirst-quenching foods for the kidney diet.

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30+ Healthy Low Potassium Farmer’s Market Food Finds

Farmer’s markets are increasing in number all around the country, thanks to a renewed desire to eat locally-grown foods. For people with kidney disease, whether you are avoiding high-potassium foods or adding potassium rich foods to increase low potassium levels, the farmer’s market offers some great nutritious choices of good foods to eat for kidney health.

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Sodium, the Heart and Kidney Disease

One of the jobs that healthy kidneys do is balance fluids. But when kidneys are diseased, they can’t effectively get rid of wastes in the body, including fluid and sodium. When that happens, high blood pressure and heart problems can occur. For a person with chronic kidney disease (CKD), reducing the amount of sodium in their diet can help protect heart health.

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Milk Alternatives for People with Chronic Kidney Disease

Although many people recognize milk as a great source of vitamins and minerals, it is high in phosphorus, potassium and calcium, which can accumulate to dangerously high levels in people with chronic kidney disease (CKD). That doesn’t mean milk products have to be taken out of the kidney diet completely, however. Discover the milk alternatives that can be used in recipes, poured over cereals or that you can drink with your favorite meal.

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Slow-Cooking on the Kidney Diet

Wouldn’t it be nice to come home to a hot, ready-made meal after a long, busy day? You can if you make a slow cooker one of your go-to kitchen appliances. Slow cookers are great time savers and some of the recipes from DaVita.com were developed specifically for slow-cooking. Learn more about how easy it is to add slow cooked meals into your kidney-friendly diet plan.

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Weight-Loss Dieting When You're on Dialysis

If you want to lose weight while on dialysis, consider these tips. From becoming more aware of the foods you buy to how you eat your food, new habits may help you achieve your weight-loss goals. Learn how weight-loss dieting when you’re on dialysis may help you live a healthier life.

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Using Egg Whites to Keep Protein Up and Control Phosphorus

It is important for people on dialysis to get an adequate amount of protein to keep their blood albumin level up. Albumin is a protein needed to maintain growth and repair tissues. Lynn, a DaVita® renal dietitian, conducted a study to see if substituting liquid egg whites for meat in one meal a day would help patients keep a healthy albumin level while keeping phosphorus in the normal range and reducing the number of phosphorus binders needed to take. Find out the results of Lynn’s study.

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Top 15 Healthy Foods for People with Kidney Disease

These days, more scientists are finding links between common diseases and the foods we eat. Studies show that eating foods high in antioxidants can help fight diseases such as cancer and heart disease and help reduce inflammation. A healthy, kidney-friendly diet high in antioxidants is especially important for people with kidney disease because they are more at risk for health problems. The kidney diet is also low in potassium, phosphorus and sodium. Learn the top 15 healthy foods for people with kidney disease.

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The Vegetarian Diet and Chronic Kidney Disease

Following a kidney diet may be a challenge for many patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) – but what if you are a vegetarian who suddenly needs to follow a kidney-friendly meal plan? DaVita renal dietitian Chhaya Patel explains how people with CKD can follow a vegetarian diet. She provides tips for adequate calorie intake, focusing on proper amounts of protein and keeping kidney health in mind.

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The Challenges of Being on a Dialysis Diet

To help you succeed in making the right diet choices, Maria Stasios, DaVita registered dietitian (RD) from North Carolina, has put together a few tips.

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Supermarket Shopping Tips for Those with Kidney Disease

Supermarket shopping can be a daunting task when you are faced with a number of dietary restrictions. The grocery store aisles seem to be lined with items you aren’t supposed to eat if you are on a kidney disease or dialysis diet. Here are some tips on how, with some advanced planning, you can make the best of the experience and reap the benefits of improved health and well being.

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Seasoning the Low Sodium Way

Low sodium doesn’t have to mean low on flavor. DaVita dietitian, Lynn, from Minnesota provides three seasoning recipes to help spice up your salads and meats. Help control your blood pressure and fluid levels by passing on salt and processed foods and trying these yummy seasonings instead.

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Lunches On-The-Go for the Dialysis Diet

Let’s do lunch! You may think you don’t have enough time for a nutritious lunch. Or you may be confused about what’s good to eat on a pre-dialysis or dialysis diet. Sara Colman, DaVita® dietitian and coauthor of the dialysis cookbook, Cooking for David, tells you all you need to know to plan ahead and enjoy a healthy lunch on the go.

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Kidney-Friendly Candy for Dialysis Patients

Candy is a great way to satisfy your sweet tooth and add extra calories to your diet, for those who need it. For people with chronic kidney disease (CKD) there are certain candies that may be limited or restricted on the kidney diet due to high phosphorus, potassium or sodium. Learn which candies are kidney-friendly and how to work with your dietitian so you can satisfy a sweet tooth on the kidney diet.

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Getting Enough Nutrition for People with Kidney Disease

Many times when reading about the renal diet and nutrition for people with chronic kidney disease, it’s about what not to eat. Getting enough nutrition is a common problem for some people with renal failure due to losses in appetite and energy. DaVita dietitian, Mary Jo Dahms, gives tips to help get the calories and protein necessary for health.

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Frying Foods on the Kidney Diet

If you have chronic kidney disease (CKD) or you are on dialysis, being mindful of your diet is essential. But you can also have fun with it by trying different ways of cooking, such as frying. Frying foods on the kidney diet requires some attention to ingredients and preparation methods. But once you find recipes that are kidney-friendly—from Apple Fritter Rings to Spicy Basil Beef Stir-Fry— you can enjoy fried foods.

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Fast Foods and the Dialysis Diet

In today’s busy world, it’s no surprise that fast food is such a booming business. Renal dietitians usually recommend that people on dialysis avoid fast foods due to the high levels of sodium, potassium and phosphorus. However, sometimes we all rely on the convenience of fast food. Here are tips to help people on a renal diet enjoy fast food on occasion, while still adhering to a dialysis diet.

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Eating Tips for Travelers with Kidney Disease

Having chronic kidney disease (CKD) doesn’t mean that you have to forego vacations and day trips. But it is essential that you take some time to plan your meals before you leave. Learn which foods to bring, how to pack them and how to maintain a kidney-friendly diet and still enjoy your travels.

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Dining Out on the Dialysis Diet

It’s always nice to have a break from cooking and enjoy dining out on the town. While dining out may be a little harder than eating in for those on the dialysis diet — since you can never be sure what amounts of sodium, potassium and phosphorus are in the foods you order — it is possible to dine out and make smart choices for breakfast, lunch and dinner that adhere to the renal diet. Here are tips to help people on the dialysis diet make healthy choices and enjoy themselves when dining out while keeping their lab results in a healthy range.

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Dialysis Diet Differences: Hemodialysis and Peritoneal Dialysis

No two dialysis diets are alike, but they do share the same general principles. Learn about the differences and similarities between the diets recommended for people on hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis.

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Can My Family Eat Foods Made for the Kidney Diet?

Kidney diets are specialized for people with kidney disease and who are on dialysis. But can the entire family eat foods made for the kidney diet? Find out how your family can eat kidney-friendly foods, but also get the nutrition necessary for kidneys that function properly.

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Budget Meals on the Dialysis Diet

In a day and age where every dollar counts and every penny is pinched, it is possible to make budget meals if you are on the dialysis diet. Buying frozen produce instead of fresh produce, purchasing fresh meats instead of pre-cooked ones and sticking to a shopping list are some strategies from DaVita® renal dietitian Rebecca Brosch. Read more tips to help you leave the supermarket with a full cart of kidney-friendly groceries and some money left in your pocket.

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Broiling Foods on the Kidney Diet

People with chronic kidney disease (CKD) and those on dialysis have more reasons to be concerned about what they eat. But being cautious doesn’t mean your kidney-friendly meals have to be uninteresting. Broiling foods on the kidney diet can be a healthy way to cook some of your favorite recipes. From Roasted Vegetable Salad to Apple Spice Pork Chops, learn about the different broiled recipes you can cook and the advantages of broiling.

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Baking on the Kidney Diet

When you cook at home, you can better monitor ingredients to maintain your kidney diet. One method of cooking is baking. Baking on the kidney diet can be both pleasurable and tasty. Substitute kidney diet ingredients for regular baking ingredients so that your favorite baked goods are low in phosphorus, potassium and sodium. You will also get information about kidney-friendly baked goods found at your local bakery. Along with baking tips and tricks, you might find that baked foods aren’t just for dessert time, but can be enjoyed for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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Alcohol and Chronic Kidney Disease

When it comes to drinking alcohol, the latest news says a little red wine every day is actually good for you. But what if you have chronic kidney disease, are on dialysis or have diabetes? Is it safe for you to drink?

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10 Ways to Eat in Moderation on the Kidney Diet

When you have kidney disease, following a kidney-friendly diet is a critical step to supporting good health. One of the keys to success with the kidney diet is moderation. Eating in moderation doesn’t mean you have to cut out all of your favorite foods. By limiting certain foods that aren’t good for the kidneys, you can still stick to the kidney diet and eat things you enjoy.

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