NSAID Pain Relievers - AVOID!

Heavy or long-term use of some of these medicines, such as ibuprofen (Advil & Motrin), naproxen (Aleve), and higher dose aspirin, can cause or worsen Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD).

High Sodium (Salt) Foods - AVOID!

High salt intake is linked to risk factors for both heart disease and worsening kidney function, including high blood pressure, excess protein in the urine (proteinuria) and fluid overload. It is thought to be particularly important for people with Chronic Kidney Disease to have a low salt intake due to kidneys' role in salt balance.  I limit my salt intake to no more than 700mg salt per meal - MAX.  Read the label - anything with 480mg of sodium (or more) is considered high sodium.  If you have a salt shaker at home - throw it out!  I never add salt to anything, there is more than enough already in the food we eat.


Heavily Processed Foods - AVOID!

These are loaded with extra salt, artificial ingredients, phosphorus, potassium, and low-quality ingredients.  This includes fast food, most frozen dinners, hamburger meat, hot dogs, cured ham, jerky, chips, snack bars, cake, and most canned items.  Canned Soups can look healthy, but reading the label will show most are not.


Artificial Ingredients - AVOID!

I avoid any food that has the word "Artificial" on the ingredients.  From color to flavor to sweetener to preservatives - nothing artificial.


High Potassium Foods

I avoid any food that has the word "Potassium" or any of its forms listed on the ingredients.  This includes Avocados, Bananas, Cantaloupe, Honeydew, Oranges, Kiwi, chocolate, tomatoes/spaghetti sauce, potato chips, potatoes, and Yogurt.  Potassium is very common in food and most Chronic Kidney Disease patients do not need additional.


High Phosphorus Foods

I avoid any food that has the word "Phosphorus" or any of its forms listed on the ingredients.  Naturally high phosphorus foods to limit or avoid include milk, cheese, ice cream, yogurt, asparagus, corn, dried fruit, whole wheat bread, pancakes, waffles, bran muffins and cereals, chocolate, caramel, pizza, and beer.



I personally avoid all dairy except organic light cream cheese and low sodium swiss cheese.  Dairy is loaded with animal proteins which put stress on the kidneys.


Soda / Juice

I recommend only drinking water.  Dark colored sodas are extremely bad for Chronic Kidney Disease and most others are loaded with ingredients that put a strain on your kidneys.  Most juices are also loaded with extra ingredients, including salt - so only drink juice if you make it yourself at home.  There are a few diet juices available that have no added ingredients, but those can be difficult to find.


Animal Protein

Animal Protein puts a lot of stress on your kidneys and I greatly limit the amount of animal protein I consume.  I choose vegan alternatives as much as possible (fake meat, organic, non-GMO).



I limit my daily sugar intake to 38g per day (adult women should limit theirs to 25g).  Read the labels and looks for the amount of sugar and total carbs.  Watch the ingredients for "fructose", "glucose", and "sucrose" - these are all types of sugars.



I only eat egg whites unless I am traveling and am only able to get whole eggs (boiled or scrambled).


GMO and Non-Organic Foods

This is one area where I prefer to play it safe.  I try to select both non-GMO and Organic foods when possible.  When it comes to organic, I prefer to have fewer chemicals leaching in through the foods I eat, and with GMO the jury is still out on if those are perfectly safe.  There are recent studies indicating that Genetically modified foods may cause both kidney and liver damage, so it is best to avoid those when possible.

Things I Limit/Avoid