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Diet & Nutrition Tips : How to Eat While on Dialysis



While on dialysis for kidney treatments, some nutrients need to be limited, including protein, sodium and potassium. Avoid processed foods while on dialysis with tips from a dietitian and nutritionist in this free video on eating healthy.

Expert: Rachael Richardson
Contact: www.nutrolution.com
Bio: Rachael Richardson is a registered dietitian and a Florida licensed nutritionist. Richardson has earned degrees from the University of North Florida and Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
Filmmaker: Paul Muller

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  3. Some corrections:
    When on dialysis you need more protein than most people not on dialysis, approx. 1.2 gm protein per kilogram of your weight.
    No need to worry about animal protein harming your kidneys as Lighthouse 724 said. They are already not functioning..thus the need for dialysis to do their job of filtering the blood.
    (See National Kidney Foundation website for more details.)

  4. @Lighthouse724 if you eat protein, make sure it is a plant based one. Animal proteins (meat) are very hard on the kidneys and liver) it takes way too much energy to digest animal proteins and you need to reserve your energy for healing the kidneys. I am a student of natural medicine..Hopefully this helps. go to the healthfood stor and ask for plant based protein and get a good enyzme please- it will help break down the metabolic waste in the system more effectively. Blessings

  5. Can I eat lentils and black eye peas? I hear these are rich in protein and I need to keep my protein up.

  6. Rachel, are you sure people want to limit protein when they are on dialysis??? You actually increase protein needs when on dialysis. Prior to beginning a dialysis regimen your protein needs are lower because your kidneys are beginning to fail, but once you start your needs are quite high.

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