17 Foods to Avoid If You Have Bad Kidneys

 

Written by Kaitlyn Berkheiser, RD, LDN | HealthLine

Your kidneys are bean-shaped organs that perform many important functions.

They’re in charge of filtering blood, removing waste through urine, producing hormones, balancing minerals and maintaining fluid balance.

There are many risk factors for kidney disease. The most common are uncontrolled diabetes and high blood pressure.

Alcoholism, heart disease, hepatitis C virus and HIV infection are also causes (1).

When the kidneys become damaged and are unable to function properly, fluid can build up in the body and waste can accumulate in the blood.

However, avoiding or limiting certain foods in your diet may help decrease the accumulation of waste products in the blood, improve kidney function and prevent further damage (2).

The Connection Between Diet and Kidney Disease

Foods to Avoid with Kidney Disease

Dietary restrictions vary depending on the stage of kidney disease.

For instance, people who are in the early stages of chronic kidney disease will have different dietary restrictions than those with end-stage renal disease, or kidney failure.

Those with end-stage renal disease who require dialysis will also have varying dietary restrictions. Dialysis is a type of treatment that removes extra water and filters waste.

The majority of those in the late stages or with end-stage kidney disease will need to follow a kidney-friendly diet to avoid build-up of certain chemicals or nutrients in the blood.

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