Show Your Kidneys Some Gratitude This Thanksgiving

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Simple Ways to Support Your Kidney Health this Fall

With Thanksgiving on the horizon, the air will soon be filled with feelings of thankfulness and gratitude. What better time to show your kidneys some thanks. Consider adding some additional kidney-smart habits into your day.

Get Moving and Stay Active

Though the cooler temperatures may tempt you to stay indoors, staying active and getting your heart pumping are a great way to support your kidney health during the fall. Staying physically active can help to lower your blood pressure and strengthen your heart health—both of which help to prevent kidney damage. Try working in a nature walk into your routine as an excellent low-impact, low-intensity form of exercise.

Monitor Your Blood Sugar

Monitoring your body’s blood sugar is essential when it comes to protecting your kidneys. High blood sugar can lead to kidney damage. Be sure to take your prescribed medication and follow your doctor’s advice on meal planning.

Know What Holiday Foods are Kidney-Friendly

Make a holiday plan that includes lots of kidney-friendly foods. Cook with fresh foods and replace salt with herbs and spices. Skip (or have just a small taste of) dishes which may not be best for you.
Holiday favorites most of us can enjoy include:
  • Cranberries
  • Cranberry sauce
  • Corn
  • Carrots
  • Green beans
  • Cauliflower
  • Apples
  • Applesauce
  • Non-basted turkey
  • Apple pie
Foods high in potassium, sodium, and phosphorus make it harder for people with CKD/ESRD to live a healthy life. Do your best to limit or avoid these items:
  • Processed (cured meats)
  • Packaged foods
  • Dark-colored sodas and bottled teas
  • Beans
  • Dairy products
  • Nuts
  • Potatoes
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Tomatoes
  • Gravy
  • Pickles and olives
Remember, each of us is different. Work with your kidney dietitian. He or she is ready to help you create a festive meal plan that is good for you and your kidneys.
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