Nutrition Tips That Are Heart and Kidney Approved
Your kidneys and heart are some of the most important organs in your body. In honor of American Heart Month, try these following easy-to-follow tips for a happier and healthier you:
1. Ease Up on the Sodium. We know, those salty potato chips can be addicting. But you know what else is delicious? Garlic, rosemary, lemon, vinegar, and all those other fun spices in the pantry. Skip the pre-made meals and spice up your plate, without the added salt. Your heart and kidneys will thank you.
2. Limit Potassium Intake. Keep tabs on your potassium intake. While eating whole, natural foods are ideal, make sure you limit the number of foods high in potassium. These include potatoes, bananas, avocados, citrus juices, beans, and spinach. Opt instead for low-potassium options like apples, watermelon, asparagus, broccoli, or carrots.
3. Pay Attention to Proteins. Most people think meat when it comes to protein, but protein is hiding in your vegetables and starches. Scaling back on your protein consumption will make your kidneys' job easier. So, remember to check the protein content next time you go for that pasta or stir-fry dinner.
Keeping tabs on your sodium, potassium, and protein intake isn't complicated, and it's well worth the time it takes to double check. If you have any questions about a diet approved for your heart or kidney health, contact your Satellite Healthcare Dietitian today.