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Can Renal Diet Contain Yam

2014-08-08 06:57

Can Renal Diet Contain YamCan renal diet contain yam? Well, it depends on the patient’s own condition. Yam is considered as the good source of potassium. For persons with kidney disease, they have an abnormal potassium level in different stages. Sometimes, they need to limit the potassium, while sometimes they are required to supple this element. Check with your doctor before adding yam to your renal diet.

How does abnormal potassium level affect your body?

Potassium is essential to good health, helping to regulate heart beat. Its level is adjusted by your kidneys. If you have renal disease, you are likely to have either high or low potassium level. Under this condition, you may experience abnormal heart rhythm, nausea, fatigue, muscle cramps, diarrhea, frequent urination, dehydration, low blood pressure, confusion, irritability, and paralysis. Yams are high in potassium. Depending on your personal potassium restriction, however, you may be able to consume them in moderation.

A healthy way to eat yam

Leaching yams in warm water can reduce the potassium level. Slice the sweet potato into thin pieces and rinse under warm running water. Place in a warm water bath at a ratio of ten parts water to one part sweet potatoes. Soak for at least two hours. Rinse again in warm water and cook at a ratio of five parts water to one part sweet potatoes. Ask your doctor how much leached potato is safe for you to consume.

How to keep a healthy renal diet?

In general, a renal diet requires low-salt and low protein intake, while needs high-quality protein, vitamin, carbohydrates, and calories supply. The key to successfully following any restricted diet is moderation. Avoid any food that your doctor feels is unsafe. Balance a wide variety of other foods to develop short-term and long-term meal plans that suit your taste while following your dietary restrictions.

Working with a dietitian can help you learn healthy meal planning and avoid the temptation to ignore your diet altogether. Or you can talk with our doctors online. They are always to answer any questions you may have.

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