25 Foods to Avoid With Kidney Disease

Kidney Disease affects nearly 26 million Americans. Your kidneys are the two fist-sized organs—one located on each side of your spine—necessary to your overall health. Their function is to filter fluid and waste from your blood, regulate your pH, sodium and potassium levels, and produce hormones that regulate your blood pressure among other functions.

There are several types of kidney diseases, such as chronic kidney disease, kidney stones, glomerulonephritis, polycystic kidney disease, and urinary tract infections. With diagnosis of one of these diseases comes a very specific, prescribed diet designed to promote kidney health and healing. It’s best to avoid foods that are high in sodium, potassium, phosphorus, calcium, and proteins—which can all be harmful to the kidneys.

This diet, however, can be like a minefield to follow—so we’ve compiled a list of the top 25 foods to avoid if you have been diagnosed or are in danger of being diagnosed with any one of the kidney diseases mentioned above.


According to kidney.com, there are few studies to show if herbal supplements have any real benefits—and even less studies conducted on their effects on kidney patients. As with any over-the-counter medication you plan on taking, always consult with your physician to make sure they are right for you.

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