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Eating well starts at home

Cooking healthy dishes can help you manage kidney disease.

Making healthy choices

Eating healthy, nutrient-rich foods is always a good idea. If you have been diagnosed with kidney disease, your kidneys can’t process nutrients like they used to. That's why what you don’t eat is just as important as what you do.

Learn how certain foods can impact your kidneys to make it easier for you to plan healthy, delicious meals. Be sure to also connect with a renal dietician or talk to your nephrologist (kidney doctor) to help you make a plan that best meets your needs.

Setting a kidney-friendly table

A healthy meal begins with nutritious ingredients. You’ll need to become mindful of the foods you bring to the table, so you can help slow the progression of your kidney disease. Some of those ingredients to avoid are sodium, potassium, phosphorus and extra fluids.

Too much sodium can raise your blood pressure. We’re sharing this handy guide so you can avoid the foods where sodium is hiding.

Identify and avoid hidden sodium

Excess potassium in your blood can cause an irregular heartbeat or lead to a heart attack.1 We’ve made a list of what you can and can’t eat so you can better manage your kidney-friendly diet. 

Keep track of your potassium for better kidney health

Extra phosphorus in your blood can weaken your bones over time.2 Learn how to read a label so you can look out for foods with added phosphates.

Nutrition label basics for a healthier you

When you have kidney disease, your kidneys can’t remove extra fluids from your blood, which can lead to other health problems. Learn how to manage your thirst so you can stay healthy.

Balancing your fluids

If you prefer a less restrictive diet, consider choosing treatment in the home—one of its many benefits is more relaxed rules around what you can eat or drink, compared to in-center dialysis. This is because you’ll have longer, more frequent dialysis treatments.

Home-first treatment

Let’s get cooking

A well-thought-out meal plan can make all the difference when preparing for the busy week ahead. We’re here to help you get ready—and excited—to plan your meals for the week.

Explore our collection of easy-to-make recipes for you, your friends and family to enjoy. To find the right recipe for your needs, we’ve made it easy for you to search by meal type, health considerations, dietary restrictions and more: