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Polycystic kidney disease (PKD) is a group of disorders that result from the formation and progressive enlargement of cysts in the kidneys without dysplasia, usually leading to renal failure.

Holistic Diet for PKD

2013-04-20 13:33

listic Diet for PKDFor people with Polycystic Kidney Disease, dietary strategies play an important role in easing their symptoms and slowing the growth of kidney cysts. Learn how to make a holistic diet for PKD that is suitable for yourself. Here are a few tips to get you started.

Follow a low-sodium diet

This is the most basic requirement for people with any kidney disease, so eliminating all canned foods, prepared foods, frozen dinners, fast foods, salty condiments, etc, in your diet is very necessary. The reason is that low-sodium diet can reduce the high risk of high blood pressure, which is the most common symptom of Polycystic Kidney Disease.

Limit the intake of protein

According to a study, a well managed low protein diet can give PKD patients an average of nearly one year without dialysis in cases where the dialysis would have been started, so low intake of protein should be another requirement in the holistic diet for PKD. Track how much protein you eat every day and cut back the protein intake to normal if it is higher than the suggested amount. Try soybeans

Generally, a low-protein diet is recommended for PKD patients, but there is one protein you may need more. Soy protein is proven in lab animals to have a benefit of slowing the progression of PKD, so you can eat correct amount of soybeans one daily according to your specific condition.

Add flax seed oil to your meal

Flax seed oil is able to ease the symptoms of PKD, because it is an excellent source of a group of fatty acid. In addition, it has anti-hypertensive, lipid-lowering and anti-inflammatory effects. You can add moderated amount of flax oil to your meal according to doctors’ guideline.

Drink more fresh fruit and vegetable juice

Drinking a glass of cranberry or carrot juice can not only help improve your kidney function but also reduce the dangerous risks for your overall health such as high blood pressure and heart disease. In the same time, avoiding coffee, alcohol and beer is also necessary to slow down the growth of kidney cysts.

Some other adjustments in this holistic diet for PKD should be also made with the changes of your condition. For example, drinking some herbal teas can also help treat your disease. Arrange a diet plan in detail with the help of doctor.

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