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How to Eat for Healthy Kidneys

By Alena Bowers

According to the the National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse, your kidneys are vital organs that filter the blood and keep the body chemically balanced. Kidneys are hardworking organs, since every day they sift through 200 quarts of blood and eliminate 2 quarts of waste material and extra water. The two most common causes of kidney disease are diabetes and high blood pressure. Eating a healthy and balanced diet is important to keep the kidneys vital. Being aware of specific foods may help your kidneys function at a higher level. If you are concerned about your health, specifically your kidneys, contact your doctor.

  1. Prepare a breakfast of cooked egg whites. Make a fruit bowl of apples, blueberries and raspberries. Mix the fruit in some low-fat yogurt and drizzle some honey and granola on if desired. According to, egg whites, apples, blueberries and raspberries are all good for kidney health.

  2. Make a lunch with some chopped onion and garlic and place them in a little olive oil in a pan. Stir-fry some cauliflower florets and red bell peppers. Cook some brown rice and lentils. "The New York Times" says that foods rich in fiber may be helpful for your kidneys.

  3. For dinner, broil fish, such as salmon or halibut. Chop up and steam some cabbage and onions and serve with cooked quinoa. Flavor as you wish, but avoid using too much salt. says fish, onions and cabbage are healthy for your kidneys.

  4. Tip

    The National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse claims that kidney disease is often associated with high sodium or cholesterol levels, so avoid eating salty and fatty foods that are fried. Weak kidneys also have a hard time removing excess potassium and protein. Smoking should be avoided if you are worried about your kidney health.


    Some early warning signs of kidney disease are fatigue, urinating more or less often, appetite loss, swelling of the hands and feet, trouble concentrating and more. If you have a history of kidney disease in your family or for any reason are concerned about your health, please contact your health-care provider.

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