Mathea Ford Patients living with chronic health conditions such as renal disease should count themselves lucky that they live in such an era of advanced medicine. Just in recent years, advancements have been made that increase the comfort and longevity of people living with these chronic conditions. Not only that, but people and doctors alike have learned the importance of a healthy and appropriate diet to not only treat renal disease, but effectively slow or halt the progression of kidney failure. Enter the expertise of a renal dietitian. What is a renal dietitian? A renal dietitian is a medical expert that specializes in the diet and nutrition of people with chronic kidney disease. Renal dietitians are highly specialized medical professionals who know all about how diet affects your whole body if you have renal disease, including how your diet will affect not only your kidneys, but your other organs like your heart as well. The dietary needs of a chronic kidney disease patient are e
Mathea Ford Sometimes, doctors and other medical professionals can forget that you didn t go to medical school to understand all of the medical jargon and lingo that they can use when talking to you. A lot of it can simply just go right over your head. Especially when you may be feeling overwhelmed by a new diagnosis such as chronic kidney disease, trying to interpret the doctor s health guidelines can be really discouraging. Ask Questions The first thing you should know is that your doctor is there to help you. If you are having trouble understanding specific instructions from your doctor, you can and should ask your doctor or even a nurse to sit down and help you understand your treatment. Knowing about your disease and what you can do to treat it is how you are going to create the best outcome for yourself. So, the first step to interpreting your doctor s guidelines is to take responsibility for your own outcome by not being afraid to ask questions and do whatever you can to make s
Mathea Ford If you have recently been diagnosed with chronic kidney disease, you might be feeling a bit hopeless at the moment. Right after a diagnosis like this, so many people feel hopeless or lost as to what to do next. How exactly can you live with kidney disease? Chin Up The first step to living with kidney disease is realizing that all is not lost. There is still so much you can do to extend your life, health, and comfort that can really benefit you. If you continue to lose yourself in your hopelessness, you are unlikely to follow through with the steps you need to take to make yourself as healthy as possible. You need to realize that there is hope for you yet. In fact, with the right treatment you can start feeling better than ever. It starts with listening to what your doctors have to say, and ends with realizing that the responsibility for your health is in your hands. Did you know, for example, that you have the potential to actually stop the progression of kidney disease wi
Mathea Ford Putting together meal plans and recipes for a kidney safe diet does not have to be difficult. In fact, there are plenty of enjoyable recipes that work for renal disease. These recipes make putting together kidney safe meals easy. Breakfast For the most important meal of the day, you want something that will sustain you until your next meal. The typical American diet tends to include a lot of sugar and sodium rich foods for breakfast, but there are so many options to make breakfast delicious and healthy for a renal diet.
Mathea Ford So many people across the world struggle with making the best decisions regarding their diets. Although they are the people that often need to pay the most attention to their diets, people with chronic conditions such as renal failure, diabetes, and hypertension often have the hardest time with their struggle to eat healthy. Some of this stems from simply being stressed out by the restrictive nature of many diets to control these chronic conditions. Others simply do not know how to build and stick to an effective meal plan. Talk To Your Doctor Have a discussion with your physician or nutritionist about what foods you both can eat and should stay away from. Often, your doctor may have a list that you can keep to help you cut down on the guess work involved. It is a good idea to take notes during your conversation, and remember to focus not only on what you cannot eat, but also what you can and should eat. It is always best to start with your doctor because your situation ma
Mathea Ford Knowing what to eat when you are living with a chronic disease such as chronic kidney disease can be a daunting idea but it does not have to be. Although your diet, depending on what stage of kidney disease you are in, may be somewhat restrictive, there are still plenty of foods you can eat and enjoy. Seeing a successful kidney friendly meal plan might help you to get an idea of what type of foods are safe and healthy to eat with chronic kidney disease. Here is a two day example menu to get you started: Day One Breakfast: One serving of egg substitute, scrambled with fresh chopped onion and red and green bell peppers. Pair with one slice of white toast with one or two teaspoons of cream cheese and a small bowl (about a ½ cup) of fresh strawberries. Snack: One apple, medium in size. Lunch: Cabbage rolls- use two or three large, crisp, cabbage leaves to roll up shredded baked chicken, chopped apple, onions, a little bit of mayonnaise, and a sprinkle of honey mustard vinaigr
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Mathea Ford Everything that you eat and drink affects your body, especially when you are living with chronic kidney disease. Many of the common symptoms of chronic kidney disease can be made worse or better simply with the foods you eat. Effective meal planning can help you manage your symptoms. What are some common symptoms of chronic kidney disease? There are multiple stages of chronic kidney disease, and so the symptoms and severity of those symptoms will vary based on how early or late stage your disease is. The very earliest stage of chronic kidney disease often has no symptoms, which is why seeing your doctor for regular checkups is important for early detection. As the disease progresses, symptoms can include frequent urination, pain with urination, the inability to urinate, back pain, dizziness, fatigue, blood in the urine, swelling, and more. The more progressed the disease gets, the worse the symptoms get and the more symptoms pop up. At end stage renal disease, or kidney fa
Mathea Ford Especially in America, there is a considerably high occurrence rate of renal disease. According to the Center for Disease Control and the United States Department of Health and Human Services, the occurrence rate of renal disease in the United States is nearly one in three, with that risk increasing over time. Most likely due to the standard American diet of fast and processed foods, most occurrences of renal disease are due to a high rate of diabetes and high blood pressure, both of which can lead to renal disease. Among developed countries, Americans are significantly more likely to experience renal disease. There are groups of people that are more at risk than others within the United States, however. Who is at risk? Truthfully, everyone is at risk and renal disease does not discriminate, nor do its other chronic counterparts such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Some groups of people, however, have shown to have higher occurrence rates of renal disease than othe
Mathea Ford Living with chronic kidney disease isn t exactly an everyday picnic. It can sometimes be tough, tiring, and even painful. What and how you eat, however, can seriously improve your symptoms and even effectively slow the progression of kidney disease. Building the perfect meal plan will vary from patient to patient depending on what stage of chronic kidney disease you are in. In the later stages, you might have fluid restrictions as well as tougher restrictions on what you can eat. It is always best to discuss any dietary changes or plans with your physicians and nutritionists. They are familiar with your specific case and needs and are the best to give you advice. That being said, putting together the perfect meal plan for chronic kidney disease starts with the very best building blocks. These are the bones that are the frame of your diet, and will help you build every meal and snack, day by day. Starting with these building blocks will help you to better understand and ful
Mathea Ford Living with kidney disease means making changes to your lifestyle, especially when it comes to your diet. There are big changes that need to be made to accommodate a kidney disease friendly diet. These changes might take a little while to get used to, but you will find that eating healthy is easy when you put your mind to it. Kidney Friendly Foods To get started on your new kidney disease friendly diet, you want to do some research about what foods you need to avoid. You might consider talking to your doctor to get a list of foods to avoid, or see a nutritionist to get some more specified help with creating healthy meal plans. During your research, you will learn about a few common food additives or ingredients that you should avoid. The biggest of these is sodium. In every stage of kidney disease, it is recommended that you eliminate excess sodium from your diet. Since your kidneys are not working properly, they are unable to process and filter excess material such as sod
Mathea Ford Being diagnosed with a chronic health issue such as renal disease is hard. The diagnosis itself can be hard to hear, but then being expected to change your entire diet and lifestyle feels over the top. At first, changing your lifestyle can feel like you are being expected to change yourself and who you are. All of these expectations feel unreasonable, but you must understand that they are necessary changes. Controlling your diet, especially, is of the utmost importance for chronic issues such as renal disease. The implications of not controlling your renal diet is the eventual failure of your kidneys, which will change your life immeasurably more than changing your diet. Understand What Renal Disease Is There are a lot of people that label themselves with diagnosis, but do not really understand what their conditions mean. Understanding what is happening inside your own body can help you understand not only your condition, but how and why certain things like diet need to be
Mathea Ford Getting diagnosed with a chronic health condition can be pretty scary. Add to that the recommendation to change your diet and lifestyle, and it can really feel like this diagnosis has taken over your life. You have to do what you have to do though, so if the doctor has ordered a renal diet it means you need to follow through. Diet has a huge impact on your renal health and can considerably impact your health and well being with chronic kidney disease. So, if your doctor has ordered a renal diet, here is what you need to do to make things better for yourself: Follow Your Doctor s Orders Generally, the doctor knows best. If you have a chronic disease such as renal disease, you would be surprised just how quickly something like that can advance and make your life truly difficult and uncomfortable. Listen to what your doctor has to say, discuss any diet or lifestyle changes you plan to make, and get a list of what foods you both should and should not eat on your new diet. Buil
Mathea Ford Living with a chronic health condition such as chronic kidney disease means making special considerations and planning for your diet and lifestyle. You may need to change your entire way of thinking when it comes to how and what you eat, and you may even be surprised by some of the changes that you have to make. It is imperative that you make the correct dietary choices when you have kidney disease. This is because your diet often impacts your kidney health as much as or more so than all of your medications. There are two main things to consider when putting together a diet plan for kidney disease. The first is your coordination and cooperation with your physician and nutritionist. Every person and every health case is different, so it is very important that you discuss any of your diet and lifestyle changes with your medical professionals. You want to make sure that the changes you are making are actually going to be helpful. The second thing to consider is your meal plan
Mathea Ford Living with a chronic disease such as kidney disease or diabetes can sometimes feel difficult. There are a lot of changes you have to make to your entire lifestyle, and sometimes when you are feeling down those changes may not feel worth it. The fact is, however, that is these changes that make the biggest difference in controlling these chronic conditions. What is kidney disease? Kidney disease is a chronic condition that is marked by the loss of kidney function. The loss of kidney function determines which stage of the disease they are in. The rate at which a person loses kidney function often depends on the patient themselves, and their treatment. Each stage of the disease comes with its own challenges and recommendations. How do you treat kidney disease? There are many different parts to the treatment of kidney disease. Of course, there are doctor appointments, testing, and medications that you may need to follow up with. Late stage kidney disease will often require di
Mathea Ford Kidney disease is a chronic condition that benefits greatly from a controlled diet. In fact, your diet can impact chronic kidney disease more than anything else, which means that your diet can literally make or break you. With the right diet, you have the potential to both further your disease and potentially cause yourself pain and suffering, or you could thrive and become healthier than ever. Many people assume that eating a carefully controlled diet for a chronic condition such as kidney disease means you have to eat boring, tasteless foods. Most people assume this because they are so used to eating a certain way that they have no idea how to cook or eat differently than they always have. The fact is though that to increase your kidney healthy, you will have to change your diet. Luckily, you can still enjoy eating and cook delicious meals that your whole family can enjoy that are healthy for you. Talk To Your Doctor You should always speak to your doctor or nutritionist
Mathea Ford The diagnosis of chronic kidney disease is not in any way a death sentence or even the end of life as you know it. The fact is that you can still live a healthy and happy life, if not a healthier and happier one, if you simply know how to control your diet. Luckily for you, there are so many resources available to help you. Renal Diet Headquarters, found at www.renaldiethq.com, can help you with every step of the process. The tips, techniques, and advice found at Renal Diet Headquarters offers you all of the support and help you could need in one easy place. All of this assistance is available with the simple click of a button, at your very fingertips. The Kidney Disease Starter Kit Renal Diet Headquarters strives to make everything as simple and straightforward as it could possibly be. So they bring you the Kidney Disease Starter Kit. This amazing program literally walks you through every aspect of chronic kidney disease. Understanding Kidney Disease Unfortunately, simply
Mathea Ford What Foods Should You Eat With Kidney Disease? Putting together a healthy meal plan for kidney disease can be a little challenging at first, especially if you do not know what foods you can eat. So often, people tend to focus so much on what they cannot eat that they become stressed to the point where they do not realize how much there is still to eat and enjoy. The key is to focus on the main ingredients that you should avoid, while also focusing on the many options still available to you. Here are some examples of foods that you should eat with kidney disease: Unprocessed Foods Especially in the United States, people tend to be reliant upon processed foods to build their meals. These items are full of ingredients that really are not good for anyone, especially a person with kidney disease. Processed foods such as boxed macaroni and cheese, meal helper kits, and even simple rice dishes that come in a box are full of massive amounts of sodium and tons of other chemicals. A
Mathea Ford No matter what stage of kidney disease you are currently in, you have the potential to effectively halt the progress of your disease and prevent kidney failure. Yes, you read that correctly you can prevent kidney failure. How you can do this starts with a sensible and well thought out meal plan. Why Meal Planning Is Successful Meal planning helps take the guess work out of the ever present question, “What s for dinner?”. Knowing what you are going to eat for each meal, knowing that you have everything you need to make each meal, and being generally prepared make it so easy to stick to a healthy and kidney safe diet. Meal planning basically gives you a schedule to live by, except it is a schedule to eat by instead. How to Build a Meal Plan A sensible meal plan follows a few basic principles: research, readiness, and preparation. Research: Following a kidney safe diet can seem boring if you do not know how to create delicious meals with the right recommended foods. A gre
Mathea Ford At any stage of kidney disease, meal planning is one of the most important factors to a healthy lifestyle. What you eat and drink has major implications to your health and comfort. If you are cooking to feed a family and not just yourself, you want to be able to make kidney safe meals that your whole family can enjoy. After all, you do not want to have to cook separate meals for yourself and your family. Not only that, but it is always a good idea to start your family eating healthier, especially with a history of illness in the family. Planning Basics Especially when you are cooking for a family, effective planning is your best bet for being able to maintain consistent healthy meals. Typically, it is when you are rushed and unprepared that you make poor decisions about what to cook or feed yourself and your family. Putting together a thorough meal plan, including all meals and snacks, and knowing what you will be eating for the next week or so will really help you to stic
Mathea Ford The kidneys are perhaps some of the most important organs in the body. Just like your body could not function without a beating heart, your kidneys are essential to your entire body. They do so much in your body that you may not even be aware of, and some of those functions are absolutely necessary for your entire body to function properly. There are three main jobs that your kidneys are responsible for, that make them essential for a healthy functioning body. These are waste removal, hormone production, and fluid regulation. These three jobs are absolutely essential, and your body would not be able to function properly, or even at all, without them. Waste Removal Your kidneys act much like filters for the entire body. Anything that is floating through your bloodstream, be it excess minerals, fluid, or food byproducts, are filtered through the kidneys. Anything that does not belong in your body or is not needed is discarded. A good example of how this works is what happens
Mathea Ford Once you have been diagnosed with a chronic illness such as chronic kidney disease, you likely have a million thoughts and questions racing through your head. It is very important for you to have those questions answered, but first you have to sort through them and find a way to articulate your thoughts. The first step, then, is to breathe and calm yourself. There is a huge occurrence of chronic kidney disease in the United States. While this is a sad statistic indeed, this does mean that you are not alone. It also means that there is likely a lot you can do about it. What you can do about it starts with what you put into your body. What you eat has a huge impact on chronic kidney disease, so many of the questions you should consider asking your doctor should start with what you can do about food. Here are some questions to get you started: •
Mathea Ford Effective meal planning is your number one tool when it comes to battling chronic conditions like renal disease. What you eat severely affects everything about your body, and can go a long way to managing your renal disease.
Mathea Ford Living with a chronic illness such as kidney disease can be difficult enough without having to worry so much about every bite of food that you put in your mouth. Your diet, however, really affects your kidney disease and needs to be monitored. So knowing how to prepare healthy kidney meal plans will make your life so much easier. Understanding each facet of developing kidney friendly meals will help you build your own healthy meals without too much effort. At first it will take a little research and thought, but soon enough you will get the hang of it. Here are some of the ingredients that you need to pay attention to: Sodium: Sodium is one of the most important ingredients that you need to watch out for. Excess sodium can cause water retention, swelling, and life threatening issues. Pay attention to the sodium content in the foods you eat. Potassium: Another ingredient that should be monitored is potassium. At later stages of kidney disease, your kidneys cannot properly p
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