Ottawa Community News
Healthy eating is a top concern for many Canadians and it’s especially critical for people living with kidney disease. Following the kidney diet can be particularly tough.
Why is it so difficult to manage? Potassium is one good reason.
On packaged foods, potassium is not one of the 13 core nutrients that are mandatory on the Nutrition Facts table, so it is often not listed. However, when kidney function begins to decline it becomes more difficult for the body to filter potassium, water, sodium and phosphorus. Monitoring these elements helps people living with kidney disease maintain their remaining organ function, control the build-up of food wastes and reduce unwanted symptoms, such as nausea. The good news now is that there’s help, with a new online tool called the Kidney Community Kitchen.