- Understanding Chronic Kidney Disease
- Kidney Disease Stages
- What Is a Nephrologist?
- What to Expect with CKD
- Kidney Disease Management
- Managing Medications
- Understanding Acute Kidney Injury
- How Kidneys Work
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Know Which Foods Are High in Potassium
Potassium is an important mineral that helps you keep a regular heartbeat as well as proper muscle and nerve function. Having kidney disease can make it harder for your body to maintain a healthy potassium level of 3.5-5.0 mEq/L if you’re living with CKD or 3.5-5.5 mEq/L if you have ESRD. If lab results show that your potassium level is too high, you'll need to limit high potassium foods and concentrate on a low potassium diet. If your potassium is too low, your dietitian may have you add 1-2 servings or more of foods high in potassium to your daily diet. It’s important to understand and manage your potassium level so you can feel your best and be your healthiest.
TALK TO YOUR DIETITIAN
Review your potassium lab results and discuss whether you should ADD or LIMIT high potassium foods.
High potassium foodsHere’s a list of high potassium foods that can help you grocery shop wisely and plan your meals according to your dietitian’s recommendations. Remember, potassium needs vary by person, so talk to your dietitian about your potassium level and whether you should limit or add the following foods.
FRUITS HIGH IN POTASSIUM
Serving size: 1 small piece or ½ cup
Note: Avoid star fruit, which can have a harmful (toxic) effect for people living with kidney disease.
VEGETABLES HIGH IN POTASSIUM
Serving size: ½ cup fresh or cooked or 1 cup raw leafy
COOK YOUR OWN KIDNEY-FRIENDLY MEALS
When you cook for yourself, you can take charge of your own phosphorus, sodium, and more. For more help crafting your own kidney-friendly diet, check out our recipes!