Kidneys are hard workers; they don’t go on “leave.” For 24 hours of the day (and seven days of the week), they are engrossed with filtering toxins and waste off your blood.
Therefore, kidney failures can be catastrophic. While dialysis helps reduce the accumulation of such extra fluid, salt, and waste from the body when the kidneys malfunction, there is only so much dialysis you can do if you don’t consciously regulate what you ingest.
So what shouldn’t you eat when you are on dialysis?
1. Sorry, no more whole-wheat bread
If you are struggling with kidney failure, then you should stay off whole wheat bread. Of course, we know how nourishing whole bread is (especially when its enviable fiber content is measured against refined bread). But we also know the substantial amount of potassium and phosphorus whole wheat bread contains.
For context, just a one-ounce serving of whole bread is loaded with 69mg of potassium and 57mg of phosphorus. Such elevated potassium and phosphorus content can be attributed to the hiked whole grain and bran content.
With failing kidneys, the last thing your body needs is an exorbitant intake of phosphorus and potassium. This is because your kidneys are too handicapped to eliminate extra potassium from your body.
Coagulation of this undisposed potassium can cause hyperkalemia (elevated potassium levels in the blood). This can result in fatal heart attacks.
If you find whole wheat too endearing to give up entirely,