Protein in CKD: A Comprehensive Guide


Protein intake in CKD

Protein is a superstar of sorts in the Nutrient Circles, be it in sickness or in health. But do you completely understand all that you must, when it comes to this “celebrated nutrient” in the context of Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD)?

Protein in CKD

Having Chronic Kidney Disease implies that our kidneys have not been able to perform their “blood-component balancing functions” as efficiently as it normally should, for at least 3 months at a stretch. As a result, our blood biochemistry goes haywire as the condition progresses. This naturally translates into malfunction of other organs over time. These organs include the Heart, Blood Vessels, Bones, Muscles, Lungs, Nerves, Immune System and the Kidney itself. Such a scenario calls for an immediate, added effort on our part to “assist” our weakening kidneys in restoring the level of blood components to as close to normal as possible. This is where going to a Registered Renal Dietitian and starting a Kidney-friendly Diet plan comes-in.

Among other aspects, a Renal Diet involves lowering your Protein-intake in your daily diet. But for those of us who’ve been there or are current members of the Protein-restriction clan know, how applying the guidelines to your daily life is a whole different challenge!

Keeping all this in mind and from our personal experience with CKD at Team ATK, here’s presenting, your go-to comprehensive guide on Dietary Protein in health & kidney disease.

This guide is curated for you to become “PROTEIN-SMART” while navigating your CKD journey. Go through it and choose for a relatively less challenging patient experience, than otherwise.

 


 

1. PROTEIN IN FOOD: THE BARE BASICS

Protein in CKD

 

Protein in CKD

Protein intake in CKD

2. WHY IS EATING PROTEIN ESSENTIAL?

Protein in CKD

Protein intake in CKD

3. RECOMMENDED DIETARY ALLOWANCE (RDA) FOR PROTEIN

Protein in CKD  

Protein intake in CKD

4. HOW DOES YOUR BODY METABOLIZE PROTEIN IN GOOD HEALTH?

Protein in CKD

Protein intake in CKD

5. WHAT CHANGES WHEN CKD HITS?

Protein in CKD

Protein intake in CKD

6. TIPS TO MANAGE PROTEIN INTAKE WITH CKD

Protein in CKD diet

 

Protein in CKD diet

 

Protein in CKD diet

 

Protein in CKD diet  

 

In our previous post, we also explained as to WHY you are advised to RESTRICT your protein intake in CKD when you actually LOSE PROTEIN in the urine. You can access the post by tapping 👉 here.

For a brief overview of Nutrients that impact a Kidney diet, click here  

 

🌲 Also, it is a festive time of the year when feasts are the norm. So, every tip on managing your protein intake at this time should help you make “kidney-safe” meal choices without compromising on your enjoyment, right?

We will come up with more on taste-bud friendly, Kidney-safe, Low-Protein, Low-sodium, Low Potassium meal alternatives in due course. Till then, follow the advice of your medical team to the tee, and show some solidarity with your unwell kidneys!

Wishing you and your precious “organ-family”, better times ahead!  

 


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