How to Keep Kidneys Healthy

Published on: 11/25/2022
Working with a dietitian who specializes in kidney disease may be just what you need.

If you’re reading this, it’s likely you or someone you love has been diagnosed with chronic kidney disease.  Maybe it’s stage 1 or 2 and you want to learn more about what you can do to keep your kidneys as healthy as possible.  If so, you are proactive, and I admire you for your desire to take control of your health!  Maybe you’re in stage 3 or 4, and you’re starting to get concerned that you will end up on dialysis.  Or perhaps you’re in stage 5 and your doctor is telling you that dialysis is in the near future for you.

Regardless of the stage you’re in, you can benefit from the services of a registered dietitian nutritionist who specializes in kidney disease. We live in an age when many people have access to a lot of information.  But is it the right information for YOU?  Your condition is specific to you, and it may be difficult to discern what to do.  

You may have read that you need to restrict potassium in your diet if you have kidney disease. But that would mean having to give up some really delicious and nutritious foods.  In reality, it may not be necessary for you to limit potassium intake. You may have heard that you should cut your sodium intake, but have you cut it too much?

You may have read conflicting information about protein, fluids, phosphorus, and calcium.  It can be hard to decipher what YOU need to do with the bits and pieces of information you pick up on the internet.

A registered dietitian nutritionist who specializes in kidney disease can determine what is right for you depending on many different factors.  She can educate you, motivate you, and give you the tools you need to succeed at maintaining your kidney function so that dialysis is NOT in your future.

If you have CKD and need help knowing what steps to take to keep your kidneys healthy, contact me.  I would love to help!

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Although I’ve been a dietitian for more than 20 years, it’s the past few years that have convinced me to take control of my own health by changing the way I eat. So many chronic illnesses can be corrected or prevented through good nutrition. I am thankful to have the opportunity to walk with people in my community, Beaufort, SC and beyond, through their own journeys as they reclaim their health.

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