A kidney friendly diet is one in which certain nutrients are controlled in order to limit the build-up of unhealthy levels of the minerals and wastes normally produced by your body. In this early stage of CKD, it may be that your new, kidney-friendly diet is the biggest part of treatment. Dietary changes can greatly affect how well you feel, and allow you to be an active partner in your health care.

You’ll still be able to eat many of the foods you enjoy, and will learn to substitute different ingredients and spices for the ones that you have to limit.

Your custom kidney diet is based on the results of your lab tests, which are completed every few months. Your kidney doctor may give you a diet prescription and introduce you to a renal dietitian, a registered dietitian who specializes in kidney disease.

The diet prescription will include information about what you need to control. You may need to cut back on foods high in such nutrients as potassium, phosphorus, sodium, and/or protein. Your diet may also have instructions about fluid restriction, to prevent excess fluid from building up and to keep you in comfortable balance.

The dietitian will work with you to develop a meal plan that includes the foods you like. The choices section of this program is where you will find much more information about how to make your diet a key part of your early stage CKD plan.