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Daily habits for kidney health

Nutrition and exercise play a big part in managing chronic kidney disease (CKD) and end-stage renal disease (ESRD). Explore your options to find what works best for you.

Let’s get moving

Having a chronic condition can be challenging, but did you know that simply moving a little bit each day may help boost your overall health and mood? Exercise may help control blood pressure and cholesterol, help you build strength and may even improve your sleep. Plus, thanks to releasing the feel-good hormones called endorphins, even a quick walk might make a noticeable difference in your mindset.

And while most health professionals will agree that more movement is beneficial, be sure to have a conversation with your doctor before you get started.


Implementing a diet for kidney disease

When it comes to diet, we all know eating healthy, nutrient-rich foods is always a good idea, but if you have been diagnosed with CKD or ESRD, what you don’t eat is just as important as what you do. For example, it’s a good idea to:

  • Lower your salt intake
  • Eat the right amount of protein
  • Choose heart-healthy foods, like fresh produce and whole grains
  • Limit alcohol
  • Avoid potassium and phosphorus

Finding your fitness stride

Regular, daily exercise is important to stay on top of your kidney health, and you’ll get the greatest benefits from a combination of aerobic exercise, strength, flexibility and balance training. That said, each person’s level of fitness is different. Keep in mind that it’s about striving for a goal that is right for you. Many people with CKD enjoy participating in the following activities:


  • Walking
  • Jogging
  • Running
  • Dancing
  • Swimming
  • Biking
  • Skiing
  • Gardening
  • Playing horseshoes
  • Other outdoor activities

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