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What foods you should avoid with polycystic kidney disease?

Polycystic kidney disease is a sort of congenital disease that passes to you from one of your parents. In this disease, 1000’s of water-filled cysts build inside or around the kidneys that can increase the size of the kidneys. These cysts can build other organs of the body like the liver and ovary. There is no permanent solution for reducing the formation of cysts in Allopath. Though, polycystic kidney disease treatment in Ayurveda has the ability to clog the formation of cysts. Ayurveda provides or offers natural herbs, a kidney-friendly diet plan, and yogic science to cure the disease of its roots.

Yes, a kidney-friendly diet plan is necessary for a kidney patient, especially for PKD patients because in this diet every wanted nutrient is available in the sufficient amount. In this blog, you will read about what foods you should avoid with polycystic kidney disease.

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These are some of the nutrients that a person with polycystic kidney disease or any other kidney disease should avoid eating.

What foods you should avoid with polycystic kidney disease?

  • Stop eating protein –

Foods you eat are the major source of waste products like protein. Therefore, if you are suffering from a kidney disease like PKD, then your doctor may recommend you to follow a low protein diet chart. Protein is a kind of nutrient that is essential to maintain healthy bones and muscles. Though, a person with high blood pressure, urinary tract infection, and kidney disease cannot eat high protein food items because this may put pressure on their kidneys. Despite all of this, a PKD patient should consult a healthcare provider or dietician about the quantity of protein they can consume per day.

Name of food

Serving size

Protein (g)

Pinto Beans, cooked

1/2 cup

11

Adzuki Beans, cooked

1/2 cup

9

Lentils, cooked

1/2 cup

9

Edamame, cooked

1/2 cup

9

Black Beans, cooked

1/2 cup

8

Red Kidney Beans, cooked

1/2 cup

8

Chickpeas, cooked

1/2 cup

7

Black-eyed Beans, cooked

1/2 cup

7

Wheat Berries, cooked

1/2 cup

6

Kamut, cooked

1/2 cup

6

Lima Beans, cooked

1/2 cup

6

Quinoa, cooked

1/2 cup

3

Peas, green, cooked

1/2 cup

4

Spinach, cooked

1/2 cup

3

Soy nuts

1 oz

12

Pumpkin seeds

1 oz

9

Peanuts

1 oz

7

Peanut butter

1 Tbsp

7

Almonds

1 oz

6

Pistachios

1 oz

6

Flax seeds

1 oz

6

Chia seeds

1 oz

5

Walnuts

1 oz

4

Cashews

1 oz

4

Chicken, skinless

3 oz

28

Steak

3 oz

26

Turkey, roasted

3 oz

25

Lamp

3 oz

23

Pork

3 oz

22

Ham

3 oz

14

Egg, large

1 egg

6

Salmon

3 oz

22

Tuna

3 oz

22

Shrimp

3 oz

20

Lobster

3 oz

16

Scallops

3 oz

14

French fries

4 oz

4

Sweet potatoes

4 oz

1.6

Lentils

4 oz

9

Peanuts

4 oz

24

Bread

4 oz

11

Crackers

4 oz

7.5

Green vegetables

4 oz

0.3-3

Black beans

4 oz

9

Chicken egg

4 oz

14

Cow milk

4 oz

7

Almond milk

4 oz

1

Beef (steak)

4 oz

30-40

Beef (ground)

4 oz

25

Corned beef

4 oz

17

Lamb

4 oz

21-50

Chicken

4 oz

27

Fish

4 oz

20

Mock meat (cooked veggie)

4 oz

19-29

Gamalost

4 oz

54

Pamesan

4 oz

40.79

Gruyere

4 oz

29.8

Cheddar (traditional)

4 oz

27.2

Cheddar (processed)

4 oz

24.6

Camembert

4 oz

19.8

Feta

4 oz

14.7

Ricotta

4 oz

11.39

  • Stop eating salt –

Most of the people think that high blood pressure in PKD is caused due to salt intake. Regardless, salt should be avoided in excessive amounts as it may increase the level of blood pressure. Yes, polycystic kidney disease is an inborn disease, but high blood pressure can put pressure on the diseased kidneys. This is why it is vital to avoid adding salt to your food. Instead of salt, a PKD patient can use salt-free spices like pepper, cinnamon, and cumin, herbs like cilantro, and dill. Along with that, a PKD patient can opt for polycystic kidney disease treatment in Ayurveda.

  • Stop eating potassium –

Potassium is the nutrient that is essential to maintain healthy muscles and nerve functions in the body. Potassium is found in the food items like legumes, whole grains, green vegetables, fruits, potatoes, meats, milk, and yogurt. Though, the consumption of potassium is not healthy for a polycystic kidney disease patient as it can pressurize the kidneys. It is vital for kidney patients to consult his dietician about the things they cannot eat which are high in potassium.

Food

Serving Size

Potassium (mg)

Bananas, raw

1 medium

425

Cantaloupe, raw

1/2 cup

215

Figs, dried

2 each

260

Kiwi, raw

1 medium

240

Mango, raw

1 each

325

Nectarine, raw

1 each

275

Oranges, raw

1 each

240

Orange juice

1/2 cup

235

Pomegranate, raw

1 whole

400

Raisans

1/4 cup

270

Apples, raw/uncooked

1 each

150

Applesauce

1/2 cup

90

Apple juice

1/2 cup

90

Blackberries, raw or canned

1/2 cup

115

Blueberries, raw or canned

1/2 cup

60

Canned fruit cocktail

1/2 cup

97

Cherries, raw or canned

10 each

150

Cranberry juice cocktail

1/2 cup

20

Grapes, raw

1/2 cup

155

Grape juice

1/2 cup

170

Lemons and limes, raw

1 each

80

Mandarin oranges, canned

1/2 cup

99

Peaches, raw

1 each

185

Pineapple juice

1/2 cup

165

Plums, raw

1 each

105

Raspberries, raw

1/2 cup

90

Strawberries, raw or canned

1/2 cup

125

Tangerines, raw

1 each

140

Watermelon, raw

1/2 cup

85

Artichoke, cooked

1 medium

345

Avocado, raw

1/4 each

245

Bok choy, cooked

1/2 cup

316

Greens, beet, cooked

1/2 cup

655

Pumpkin, canned

1/2 cup

250

Spinach, cooked

1/2 cup

420

Sweet potatoes, baked with skin

1/2 cup

450

Tomatoes, raw

1 medium

290

Tomato juice

1/2 cup

275

White potatoes, baked with skin

1 medium

925

White potatoes, boiled

1/2 cup

255

White potatoes, mashed

1/2 cup

330

Winter squash, cooked

1/2 cup

250

Zucchini, cooked

1/2 cup

220

Asparagus, small spears, cooked

1/2 cup or 6 spears

155

Cabbage, cooked

1/2 cup

150

Carrots, cooked or raw

1/2 cup

180

Cauliflower, raw

1/2 cup

150

Celery, raw

1/2 cup

155

Corn, cooked

1/2 cup or 1 ear

195

Eggplant, cooked

1/2 cup

60

Green beans, cooked

1/2 cup

90

Lettuce, all types, raw

1 cup

100

Okra, cooked

1/2 cup

110

Onions, raw

1/2 cup

120

Peas, green, frozen

1/2 cup

90

Peppers, green/red

1/2 cup

130-160

Radishes, raw

1/2 cup

135

Turnips, cooked

1/2 cup

140

Following are the food items that a PKD patient should avoid eating –

  • Fried foods
  • Fruits –mango, banana, grapes, custard apple, litchi, orange
  • Vegetable- sweet potato, cabbage, cauliflower broccoli, lady finger, tomato, lemon, and green leafy vegetables.
  • Processed and packaged food items
  • Sweet, sugar, honey, jam, jellies, glucose
  • Fruit juices and beverages-cola, Pepsi, and carbonated drinks
  • Dry fruits and nuts, raisins, cashew nuts, dates, figs.
  • No whole milk, ice cream, mayonnaise, cheese, butter, ghee, and dalda
  • Refined cereals and its products- maida, pasta, white bread
  • Bakery products-cakes, pastries, cookies.
  • Fruits-apple, guava, pear, and papaya.

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Following are the food items that a PKD patient should eat –

  • Vegetables- gourd, ridge gourd, Indian squash, pointed gourd, and green pumpkin (Consume on daily basis).
  • Boiled potato, carrot, capsicum, and bitter gourd (one time in 10 days)
  • Paneer/egg white/soya (once in a week).
  • Double toned milk, olive oil, mustard oil, rice bran oil.
  • Water intake must be 1-1.5 liter per day only.

Some vital guidelines a PKD patient should follow.

  • Drink approx: 1 liter – 1.5 liters water per day.
  • Fix a time for lunch & dinner.
  • Avoid consuming any raw vegetables.
  • Avoid eating any vegetable with seeds.
  • Use Boil vegetable for cooking.
  • Use Rock salt (3-4 gm per day).
  • Use olive/mustard/ rice bran oil (1-3 teaspoon per day).
  • Use more of steel utensils for cooking.

Along with a healthy diet plan, vital guidelines, a PKD patient needs the right treatment like polycystic kidney disease treatment in Ayurveda to cure the disease of its roots.

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Disclaimer:- The purpose of the content on this page is not to substitute any professional medical advice but to only provide information to the reader. If the reader is a kidney patient, we recommend not making any diet or routine changes without consulting his/her doctor or dietitian. For appointments, call at our 24×7 helpline: +91-9821929797 or visit www.karmaayurvedahospital.com.

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