Berries A Healthy Choice for Those Suffering With Kidney Disease

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02 Jun Berries A Healthy Choice for Those Suffering With Kidney Disease

A healthy diet that is rich in foods like berries is essential for people who are battling kidney disease. Patients with kidney disease have more inflammation and are at a greater risk for heart disease. Berries that are high in antioxidants help protect the body by neutralizing free radicals. Many of the foods that help fight oxidation are a part of the kidney diet. They also make great choices for people who have chronic kidney disease or receiving dialysis. Below are some of the foods that benefit people who have kidney disease:

1) Strawberries

A 1/2 cup serving, which is equivalent to five medium fresh strawberries, has 120 mg of potassium, one mg of sodium and 13 mg of phosphorous. Strawberries are high in anthocyanins and ellagitannins, which are two types of phenols. Strawberries’ red color comes from anthocyanins. These antioxidants help prevent oxidative damage and protect the cell structures in the body. Strawberries are also a great source of manganese, fiber and vitamin C. They are known to protect the heart and have anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties as well.

There are several ways you can make strawberries a part of a healthy diet. You can eat them with your breakfast cereals, salads or slice them and serve them fresh. You can also put whip cream on them. If you want a more elaborate dessert, you can make strawberry sorbet or pudding. You can also sweeten and puree them and serve them as a dessert.

2) Cherries

A 1/2 cup serving of sweet fresh cherries has 160 mg of potassium, 15 mg of phosphorous. Cherries can help reduce inflammation if they are eaten every day. They are also high in phytochemicals and antioxidants that protect the heart.

3) Cranberries

A 1/4 serving of cranberry sauce has 17 mg of potassium, 35 mg of sodium and six mg of phosphorous. A 1/2 cup serving cranberry juice cocktail  has three mg sodium, 3 mg of phosphorous and 22 mg of phosphorous. A 1/2 cup serving of fresh dried cranberries has 24 mg of potassium, five mg of phosphorous and two mg of sodium.

Cranberries help prevent bacteria from sticking to the bladder wall, which prevents bladder infections. Cranberries can also prevent ulcer-causing bacteria from accumulating in the gastrointenstinal, or GI, tract, protects the lining of the GI tract and improves GI health. Cranberries can also protect against certain forms of cancer and heart disease.

Cranberry sauce and cranberry juice are the most popular types of cranberry products. You can also have cranberries as a snack or add them to your salads.

4) Raspberries

A 1/2 cup serving of raspberries has 93 mg of potassium, 0 mg of sodium and 7 mg of phosphorous. Raspberries have ellagic acid, which is a phytonutrient that helps protect the cells from damage. They also contain a type of flavonoids called anthocyanins. Raspberries are high in folate, fiber, vitamin C and manganese. There has also been evidence to suggest raspberries can help prevent tumors from forming and inhibit cancerous cells from forming. You can add raspberries to your desserts, cereal or puree them and add them to your vinaigrette dressing.

5) Blueberries

A 1/2 cup serving of fresh blueberries has 65 mg of potassium, seven mg of phosphorous and four mg of sodium. Blueberries get their blue color from anthocyanins. They also have natural compounds that fight inflammation. Blueberries are high in fiber, manganese and vitamin C. Blueberries has antioxidants that can help protect the brain from aging and slow down the breakdown of bones. That is why they are important part of a healthy diet. You can make blueberries a part of a healthy diet by drinking blueberry juice, serve them dried, frozen or fresh or put them in your fruit smoothie or cereal.

A poor diet can have a negative long term effect on our health, while our health can benefit from a healthy and balanced diet. Given that what we eat is important to our overall health, it helps to understand the facts:

You have less chance of developing diet related diseases and other chronic conditions if you maintain a healthy diet, which provides the nutrients your body needs to fight disease, remain well, and be in better physical shape.

Try to incorporate healthy food such as fish, lean meats, legumes, whole grains, and fruit and vegetables into your diet.

Sadly, processed foods, refined carbohydrates, saturated fats and partially hydrogenated oils are a large part of the standard American diet, or SAD.

Over a third of all adults in the U.S. are obese, according to the Center for Disease Control, and an unhealthy diet are largely to blame, along with large portions, too much stress and not enough exercise.

Obesity can lead directly or indirectly to various diseases, including kidney disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, sleep apnea, heart disease, stroke, gallbladder diseases, and various cancers including breast cancer.

Healthy food on a regular basis can help you to remain in good health, and can lower your chances of developing many diseases.

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