Tips to manage salt restriction during kidney disease

We had discussed about kidney diseases and its causes in our earlier blog post – Prevalence of kidney diseases

Kidney disease is often accompanied by certain dietary and lifestyle restrictions. One of the common restriction during kidney disease is limiting salt intake. This in turn becomes difficult for several people since our palette is accustomed to intake of salt in our food. Here are some ways one can manage salt restriction during kidney disease. This is primarily by avoiding things that can lead to building up of salt in the body.

  1. For enhancing flavour of foods we can add lime juice, amchur, kokum, tamarind-chinch to the food instead of salt
  2. Do not add salt to food while cooking. For every 500ml of urine output, ½ tsp of salt can be given. This quantity of salt may be measured and kept aside and added while eating food
  3. Preferably use sea salt / sendha namak instead of the free flowing refined regular salt.
  4. Avoid salted snacks such as salted nuts, farsaans, etc
  5. Avoid consuming dried fruits, especially the salted ones
  6. Avoid papad, chutneys, pickles, and salty condiments
  7. Avoid products to which baking powder or baking soda has been added. For example, cakes, biscuits, breads, etc
  8. Avoid mutton, especially with heart, liver and kidney
  9. Avoid oily fish, dried and shell fish (sukat-karandi, prawn-kolambi, crab-khekhda, mackerel- bangda,sardine –tarli)
  10. Avoid cornflakes, cheese and canned foods
  11. Vegetables such as palak, cauliflower, red radish, methi, coriander, beetroot, vaalpapdi, toor pods –turichya shenga have higher content of sodium present naturally. These vegetables should be leached before consuming
  12. Avoid using salted butter, homemade butter without salt can be used.
  13. Avoid consuming jams, jellies and sauces
  14. Avoid consumption of chocolates
  15. Avoid consuming salted vegetable or mutton soups

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