When your kidneys are not healthy, extra sodium and fluid buildup in your body. This can cause swollen ankles, puffiness, a rise in blood pressure, shortness of breath, and fluid around your heart and lungs. Most Americans have too much sodium in their diet. A healthy diet should include only 2300mg of sodium per day. Keep in mind that you will probably have fluid restrictions once they diagnose you with chronic kidney disease. It should include all liquids, including juices, ice cubes and soups you consume. Because of this, limit your juice intake so you can have plenty of water while not overdoing your fluid restrictions.
It’s important to know what can cause kidney damage and here are the 30 that might surprise you.
1. Bananas are known for their high potassium content
While they’re naturally low in sodium, 1 medium banana provides 422 mg of potassium. It may be difficult to keep your daily potassium intake to 2,000 mg if a banana is a daily staple. Unfortunately, many other tropical fruits have high potassium contents as well. However, pineapples contain substantially less potassium than other tropical fruits and can be a more suitable, yet tasty, alternative.
Damaged kidneys allow potassium to build up in the blood, causing serious heart problems. Potassium is found in many fruits and vegetables, such as bananas, potatoes, avocados, and melons. People with advanced CKD may need to avoid some fruits and vegetables.