Potassium and kidney disease

Potassium is an important mineral. Found in many foods, it is needed for heart and muscle health.

Healthy kidneys filter out extra potassium. But if you have kidney disease, your levels may rise. This can lead to issues like irregular heart rhythms.

Limiting potassium in your diet is one of the best ways to stay healthy if you have kidney disease.

Low-potassium foods

There are many foods you can enjoy, like many fruits and vegetables, along with rice, noodles, and pasta. Coffee and tea have some potassium, so cut back on how much you drink.

Don’t eat big helpings of low-potassium foods. A ½ cup is a full portion. Eating more than that all at once can give you more potassium than you need.

High-potassium foods

Ask your doctor for a list of foods you should avoid. Stay away from avocados, bananas, artichokes, carrots, greens, granola, chocolate, grapefruit juice, and milk.

Working with a dietician

Your doctor may advise you to see a dietician. Changing your diet can be tough, especially at first. A dietician can help by giving you food lists, shopping tips, recipes, and tricks for dining out. They can also answer any questions you have.