Kidney and bladder health

15 June 2010

Your guide to renal nutrition

A healthy varied diet and keeping track of fluid and electrolyte intake is very important in chronic renal disease. Follow our list of important guidelines, provided by NICUS.

The information explosion in the science of nutrition very often creates the impression that available information is contradictory. Consequently, it is no longer easy to distinguish between fact, misinformation and fiction. The Nutrition Information Centre of the University of Stellenbosch (NICUS) was established to act as a reliable and independent source of nutrition information.

  • Achieve energy balance and a healthy weight
  • Limit energy intake from total fats and shift fat consumption away from saturated fats (meat and dairy) to unsaturated fats (nuts, olives)  and towards the elimination of trans-fatty acids (fried and baked goods).
  • Increase consumption of vegetables, fruit and legumes, whole grains and nuts
  • Limit the intake of free sugars
  • Limit salt (sodium) consumption from all sources and ensure that salt is iodised

Body Mass Index is an index to determine if your current body weight is healthy or unhealthy.


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