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Renal Diet

This page is your introduction to the Renal Diet. You may scroll down to find a full table of contents that will lead you to each part of the diet and a print version of all the diet information on this website.

Ask your doctor how much protein, potassium, phosphorus, and sodium you can have in your daily diet. Knowing the right amounts, and sticking to them in your daily diet, is important for your overall health.

What is a renal diet? A renal (kidney) disease diet lists foods by the amount of

  1. Protein,
  2. Potassium,
  3. Phosphorus, and
  4. Sodium in those foods.
  5. (There is also a section on this page about Liquids).

This diet can help you control how much protein, potassium, phosphorus, and sodium (nutrients) you eat. You usually need to follow this diet because your kidneys cannot clean your blood of these nutrients. You may also need to limit the amount of liquids you drink. Limiting your liquids lessens the work your kidneys have to do.

Care: Your caregivers will teach you how to use this diet and the foods listed below. They will also tell you how much liquid you can drink every day. Ask you caregivers any questions you have about this diet. Sometimes following a new diet is hard, but your caregivers can help you.

Click on one of the following items from the table of contents to go to that page. You can also click "Next page", "Previous Page," or make a selection from the table of contents on any page in the Renal Diet section to easily navigate this section.

A Renal Diet - Table of Contents

  1. Serving Sizes - Read this First to understand the other sections
  2. Protein
  3. Potassium
  4. Phosphorus
  5. Sodium
  6. Liquids
  7. Conclusion
  8. Or, click here to download the entire set of information as a printable Word document: Renal Diet Printout

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