Nutrition therapy for PKD, that is to say: you should have a certain diet in order to satisfy your body needs if you are a PKD patient. Although there is no cure for Polycystic Kidney Disease yet, what you eat can have a real effect on controlling the progresses of illness condition. Thereby, developing a scientific and reasonable diet plan is extremely important for PKD patients.
Follow a low-protein diet
As proteins can produce a large amount of wastes like urea nitrogen, they can bring extra strain on kidneys. However, a low-protein also can lead to malnutrition, so supplying high-quality protein such as milk, lean meat and egg white, is necessary for PKD patients. Besides, according to studies, a well managed low protein diet can give PKD patients more chance to avoid dialysis.
Follow a low-salt diet
A low-salt diet can reduce swelling and high blood pressure. To follow a low-salt diet, firstly, you should understand what foods are high in sodium. There are some certain foods with high sodium like canned foods, processed foods, fast foods and so on.
Add flax oil to your meals
Flax seed oil has been shown to help ease symptoms of PKD. It is an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids that are considered to have anti-hypertensive, lipid-lowering and anti-inflammatory effects. It can well control the progress of PKD.
Avoid smoking, coffee and alcohol
Tobacco contains a lot of nicotine. It can cause vasoconstriction, promote arteriosclerosis and reduce blood supply in kidneys. Smoking makes patients more susceptible to colds, infection and pneumonia. Besides, some drinks with caffeine or alcohol should be avoided, because they can simulate renal cysts and bring much stress to kidneys.
Drink much water
Water is the best “cleaner” in our body. For PKD patients, dinking much water can increase the urine output and clear away wastes in our body.
Other available foods
High-vitamins foods, black fungus, diuretic foods, radish and so on are available for PKD patients.
Generally speaking, diet therapy just plays an auxiliary role in treating PKD. In order to control PKD from the root, Micro-Chinese Osmotherapy is widely used in China. The active ingredients of Chinese medicine can expand blood vessels around the cysts and increase the permeability of cyst wall. Except that, Immunotherapy, Medicated Bath, and Enema Therapy are the alternative treatments and they have made a great success for treating PKD.
Nutrition therapy can slow the progression of PKD to some extent. If you have an interest in Chinese medicine therapy, you can contact with our online doctors or send an email to email@example.com.