The Janitors’ Diet


kidneys need no introduction. They are one of the most talked about organs in the body. These small beanbag shaped organs situated on either side of the body have a large role to play. They regulate your electrolyte balance, maintain acid-base balance of your blood (a process called homeostasis), and regulate blood pressure as well.Diet plays a key role in maintaining the health of the kidneys. There are foods that we all should eat to maintain our kidneys and there are the others that the people with kidney disease should eat (or not). Here’s what your kidneys love:  

The indispensible partner-Water

All the complex functions that the kidneys perform can never be possible without water, the conductor of life. Without water, all your bodily functions will shut down. Without enough fluids to carry waste and be filtered out in the form of urine, toxic waste gets concentrated within the body, making you very ill. Not drinking enough water for prolonged periods of time could cause serious damage to your kidneys.

Other supporting actors

# Red bell peppers - Bell peppers (red) are a good choice for the kidney, because they’re come with low potassium levels. They also packed with generous portions of vitamins A, C, B6, folic acid and fiber. The lycopene in red bell peppers acts as an antioxidant.

# Cabbage - Eat it row, cooked or as coleslaw, crunchy cabbages are filled with phytochemicals that can break apart harmful free radicals, thus reduce the burden on the kidneys. And it comes with low levels of potassium (something compatible for the kidney disease patients too).

#Cauliflower - Cauliflower is another kidney-friendly super food that brings lots of vitamin C to your plate, along with folate and fiber. Additionally, cauliflowers contain compounds that help the liver neutralise toxic substances.

# Garlic - The anti-inflammatory, cholesterol-lowering garlic is also well equipped to rid the body of metabolic toxins

# Onion - One of the most popular food-seasoning agents - the onion, is also an ally of the kidney. Onions are packed with flavonoids (particularly quercetin), which are natural chemicals that prevent the deposit of fatty material in blood vessels and act as powerful antioxidants. They also come with anti-inflammatory properties and are low in potassium. Onions contain chromium, a mineral that helps in the metabolism of fats, proteins and carbohydrates.

# The Fruit Pals - On the kidney-friendly fruit platter we have apples (rich in fiber and anti-inflammatory properties), cranberries, blueberries (that contain the antioxidant – anthocyanidins and lots of vitamin C, fiber and manganese), raspberries (that contain anthocyanins, fiber, vitamin C, manganese and plenty of folate), strawberries (that contain lots of vitamin C, manganese and fiber), cherries (that are packed with antioxidants and phytochemicals) and red grapes (that contain flavonoids)

# Egg whites - Pure protein in egg white provides the highest quality protein and all of the essential amino acids. Egg whites also contain less phosphorus than other protein sources (such as egg yolks or meats) and are good for the kidney.

# Fish - Fish is another high-quality source of protein, which is highly recommended in your weekly meal plan. Apart from protein, fish also contains anti-inflammatory ‘good’ fats called omega-3s that help prevent diseases, such as cancer and heart disease. Omega-3 fatty acids also positively shifts the ratio between ‘bad cholesterol’ (LDL) and ‘good cholesterol (HDL) in the body.

# Olive oil - Olive oils are not just tasty salad dressings, but they also contain many good components like oleic acid, anti-inflammatory fatty acids and polyphenols, and antioxidants that prevent inflammation and oxidation.

Do justice to your kidney

Kidneys are a pair of powerful, yet sensitive organs. They function round the clock and accomplish the most herculean task of getting rid of toxic wastes. Our diet should always support the kidneys, not only in terms of providing nutrition, but preventing junk that will produce more toxins.

A diet for a normal person differs considerably from a diet of a kidney disease patient. Although most of the foods we mentioned here are low in phosphorous content, it is best to consult a renal dietician for the suitable diet.