List of healthy drinks for people with CKD

Published on 
January 29, 2023
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Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a progressive condition that affects the kidneys' ability to filter waste and excess fluids from the body. As the disease progresses, the kidneys' function deteriorates, and the body is not able to eliminate waste as effectively as it used to. People with CKD have to pay close attention to their diet to ensure that they're not consuming foods or nutrients that can compromise their kidney health. One important aspect of a CKD-friendly diet is to pay attention to the liquids you consume, as the kidneys play a crucial role in regulating the balance of fluids in the body. Here are some healthy drink options for people with CKD:

Water: Water is the best choice for people with CKD, as it helps flush out waste and excess fluids from the body. Aim for at least eight glasses of water per day, but be sure to check with your healthcare provider about how much water you should be drinking.

Low-potassium fruit juices: Fruits are a great source of vitamins and minerals, but they can also be high in potassium. People with CKD need to be cautious about their potassium intake, as high levels of potassium can cause heart problems. Low-potassium fruit juices, such as cranberry, apple, and grape juice, are a good option.

Herbal tea: Herbal teas, such as chamomile, mint, and ginger, are a great option for people with CKD. They are caffeine-free and can help reduce inflammation and improve digestion.

Low-sodium broths: Broths, such as chicken or beef, are a good source of protein and can be a great way to add flavor to a meal. However, it is important to choose low-sodium broths, as high levels of sodium can cause fluid retention and can worsen the symptoms of CKD.

Low-phosphorus and low-protein Milk: Milk and dairy products are high in phosphorous and protein, which can be less good for people with CKD. However, low-phosphorus and low-protein milk alternatives, such as almond, soy or oat milk, can be consumed in small quantities.

It is important to keep in mind that the specific dietary restrictions for someone with CKD may vary depending on the stage of the disease and other individual factors. It is recommended to consult with a healthcare professional, such as a dietitian or a nephrologist, to understand what is the right amount and types of liquids that can be consumed in a CKD-friendly diet.

In summary, people with CKD should be cautious about their intake of liquids, especially those that are high in potassium, sodium, and phosphorous. Drinking water, low-potassium fruit juices, herbal tea, low-sodium broths, and low-phosphorus and low-protein milk alternatives are some healthy options to include in a CKD-friendly diet.

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Author - Ruth Kander

Ruth Kander is a highly experienced dietitian with 26 years of service in both the NHS and private practice. She holds registrations with the British Dietetic Association and the Health and Care Professions Council. Ruth graduated from King’s College London in 1995 with an honours degree in Nutrition and a post-graduate diploma in Dietetics. Specializing in kidney medicine for the past 23 years, she currently works as a specialist kidney dietitian at a large London teaching hospital. Ruth has also been involved in several community projects, including healthy eating in schools and clinical governance in care homes. An accomplished lecturer, she has received awards for her education programs and patient care. Passionate about helping people with chronic kidney disease to be healthy and feel well, she is dedicated to providing support and guidance to help individuals make the best food choices for themselves.