Kidneys play a vital role in our survival. Apart from the job of filtering the blood by eliminating the waste products and excess water from the body in the form of urine, the kidney also has some other important functions. These functions include converting inactive form of vitamin D to active form so that it aids in the absorption of calcium in the bones and producing a precise amount of erythropoietin which is a precursor for blood cell synthesis.
In chronic kidney disease a.k.a chronic renal disease, the functions of the kidney starts deteriorating progressively. When acute kidney disease remains for over 3 months, it is then regarded as chronic kidney disease. Patients with CKD are hypertensive and represent with elevated potassium in blood, decreased erythropoietin thus anemic, edema, elevated blood pH, decreased calcium in response to active vitamin D deficiency.
Tips for People with Chronic Kidney Disease:
Following are some tips for patients suffering from CKD of how to maintain the intake of sodium because sodium has a very bad impact on the blood pressure since it is not being secreted out of the body through filtration:
- Foods those are low in sodium:
- Frozen fruits and vegetables
- Fresh vegetables and fruits
- Cereal cooked without any salt
- Salt-less nuts
- Low sodium peanut butter
- Salt-less salad dressings
- Salt-free popcorn
- Try to avoid foods that are canned such as fish, bean, vegetables, tomato products etc.
- Cook yourself instead of getting prepared food.
- If you buy canned stuff, make sure you wash away the extra salt from it
- Try to buy fresh veggies and fruits.