Stage 3 Kidney Disease and Diet: What can I eat?

Posted by carnes @carnes, Jun 11, 2018

It seems there is very little you can eat that is healthy for the Kidneys. The web site Davida has plenty of food on it but contradicts what other sources say. Anyone know anything for breakfast, lunch and dinner that does not have any sugar or flour bodies the obvious boring or bland foods good for Kidneys and I’m allergic to sugar of any kind of sweetener and flour. Thank you.

@m1rmiller

I've been in Stage V for 9 years but have managed to avoid dialysis so far and no transplant either. One thing I've found helpful is to be very scrupulous about looking up nutrition data over and over again until you start to get a feel for what's what. Then my secret weapon is portion control. When you know something is bad for you but you love that food, occasionally have a bite or two but stop after that. When I out for dinner and my wife orders a hamburger, I order a salad or just a couple vegetable side dishes. But, I allow myself to take a bite of her hamburger, and then stop. When she has french fries take 3 or 4 of the and then stop. Eat those bites slowly and really pay attention to savor the taste, but stop, no matter how much you want to keep eating. Works when you eat with someone else who wants to help because you can't really eat too much of their hamburger anyway! I'm not a big fan of Davita. You can do better figuring it out for yourself.

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I am new at this, should I stop taking vitamin c

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@reale

I am new at this, should I stop taking vitamin c

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Talk about it with your nephrologist.

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@m1rmiller

Talk about it with your nephrologist.

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Thanks

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@reale

Why water with lemon

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Warm water with lemon slice helps kidneys, cranberry juice if your permitted. Health food store has cranberry in capsules. Ask your doc. Just a suggestion.

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What is the lowest level of kidney disease? My doctor claims I have Stage 3 and says it's the lowest level. Another doctor looked at my bloodwork and says my kidney function looks normal. Very confusing.

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@mfratt

Warm water with lemon slice helps kidneys, cranberry juice if your permitted. Health food store has cranberry in capsules. Ask your doc. Just a suggestion.

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Thank you I appreciate

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@luftmensh1

What is the lowest level of kidney disease? My doctor claims I have Stage 3 and says it's the lowest level. Another doctor looked at my bloodwork and says my kidney function looks normal. Very confusing.

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@luftmensh1 Stages of kidney disease are based on a person's eGFR [estimated glomerular filtration rate]. This level is part of bloodwork done in renal panels. Take a look at you lab report, or get a copy of it, to look it up. Here is a resource to help you understand the ranges for each stage. https://www.uofmhealth.org/health-library/tv7177

Do you know what the cause of your kidney disease is? For some people, it might be from high blood pressure, or diabetes, or a congenital condition. It is important to understand the underlying causes, and have appropriate treatment.
Ginger

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@2011panc

@carnes I also am borderline Stage 3/4 Kidney Disease. Currently I follow five limiting diets: low fiber, low carbohydrates, low fat, low dairy and low oxilate. I eat popcorn, rice cakes, rice, Grape Nuts, Shredded Wheat, bananas, strawberries, peaches, nectarines, pears (few), cantaloupe, watermelon, honeydew, oranges (few), green beans, peas, corn, cabbage, cucumbers (raw), onions, tomatoes, avocadoes, summer squash, carrots (few and most often cooked), asparagus, chicken, lean beef, tuna, fresh/frozen fish, a little pork, and a small amount of dairy from cheese, yogurt, ice cream and milk. The way to enjoy the foods you can eat is with your seasoning. I had very little available to me during a long hospital stay and watched cooking shows. Now I often check recipe sites for ideas: FoodNetwork, Cooking.com, Allrecipies.com, to name a few. I do put canned dry beans in my chili, but we only eat that a few times a month. I encourage you to check some things out and would love to hear how you are doing. Good luck.

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Does anybody no if 100% pomegranate is bad for your kidneys

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@reale

Does anybody no if 100% pomegranate is bad for your kidneys

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According to my reading pomegranate is good for your kidneys, as is lemonade. However, since I am on immunosuppressants for my transplant, I do not consume pomegranate. It interferes with the efficacy of the immunosuppressants.

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@reale

Does anybody no if 100% pomegranate is bad for your kidneys

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@reale Here is a link from an article by kidney.org, about pomegranate juice. It is high in potassium, so if your blood work shows you have issues with that, you might want to check with your dr. https://www.kidney.org/news/ekidney/january12/PomogranateJuice

Welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. I am curious the reason for your kidney disease? I am Stage 4 due to a rare kidney disease that is blocking the filtering component. Right now my eGFR is 24%.
Ginger

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I was told several years ago my kidneys are not filtering,they didnt tell me why, but I do have blood pressure issues, my GFR TWO WKS. AGO WAS 36 %

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@2011panc

According to my reading pomegranate is good for your kidneys, as is lemonade. However, since I am on immunosuppressants for my transplant, I do not consume pomegranate. It interferes with the efficacy of the immunosuppressants.

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Thanks and hope everything goes well on transplant

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