How to manage your diet with chronic kidney disease

chronic kidney disease

Living with a chronic kidney disease is never easy, but a good diet is essential to managing your condition. For sufferers of chronic kidney disease it is often a challenge to decide on what to eat and drink, especially for those on dialysis because of poor kidney function, making diet management quite frustrating. However, it's well worth the effort making these dietary changes if it can positively enhance how you feel, as well as the treatments you will need. To help you manage your diet if you have chronic kidney disease and are on dialysis, read more for some general tips you can follow, be aware that these may change as your kidney disease progresses.

Six superfoods and why you should try them.

superfoods

The internet is full of advice around fad diets and new "superfoods" you should be eating, often with little scientific evidence. There is contention over many of these diets and products, and it's difficult to say whether there really is a "one size fits all" approach. So whether you are on a weight loss plan or you're a fussy eater, read more for a list of six foods which almost everyone can agree should be included in a healthy diet.

 

Body Weight Set Point

body weight set point

What is the secret to maintaining your ideal body weight you ask? I believe it comes down to undertsanding your body weight set point and how you brain controls your hunger and satiety cues. 

Did you know your body actually hates losing weight? Click through the my full article on how you can finally gain control of your body weight in the long term. 

Body Composition

weight loss

 

What are the scales actually telling you?

Do you understand your body weight?

WEIGHT is usually on of the first topics that come up in social discussion when people find out what my occupation is.  The number you are seeing when you step on the scale is not telling you the whole story about your personal health.

For most of us weight loss is about loosing the fat mass and hopefully gaining a higher lean muscle mass, but how do you know your losing or gaining the right type of body mass? Yes you could be losing or gaining weight according to the scales however what type of weight is the question.

If you really want to understand what your weight really means in relation to your personal health then we need to look at other metrics besides the number on a scale for success.

Foods To Avoid During Pregnancy 

pregnancy

Ideally its best to start adjusting your eating habits before you become pregnant as certain foods may make you and your baby more susceptible to food borne illness, which can infect your baby and cause serious health problems. If you are starting to plan for conception I would recommend to start eating and treating your body like you are already expecting not only in terms of increasing your nutritional intake of iron, iodine and folic acid but also avoiding high risk foods. If you think you might be pregnant already - don't stress, start following this advice as soon as you can. 

So please have a read through the info graphic below of high risk foods to be avoided in pregnancy.

Keep it on hand to help increase the safety of you and your unborn baby. 

skin and gut

How can your gut health influence you skin health and conditions such as acne, eczema and psoriasis?

One of the first steps to treating skin conditions such as eczema, acne and psoriasis is to understand how gut health influences the immune system.

We now know the gut is a very powerful interface through which we can modulate the immune system. If any issues should arise in the function or the structure of the gut this can have profound harmful effects on our wellbeing.

A potential shift in the gut microbiome, the tissue lining or the quality of the gastric secretions can result in a rise in the inflammatory processes. In the literature we are now able to identify a clear link between gut health and skin health. A skin dysfunction could be indicative of a deeper dysfunction in the gastrointestinal tract.

How exactly does gut function support skin health?

 

Fussy Eating – A Dietitians Tips

fussy eating

Do you have a fussy eater?

Here are some of my top tips to overcoming the stress of mealtime.

infant feedingPrebiotics for Infants

 

Is your baby formula fed? Did breastfeeding not work out as planned for whatever reason? Are you concerned about your child’s gut health and immunity?

I often recommend that infants and children should be taking a daily probiotic to help boost gut health and immunity. Although if your child is FF we could be doing more through the addition of prebiotics.

 

There is more and more evidence being released regarding the benefits of prebiotics in formula-fed (FF) infants to facilitate development of a more desirable microbiota resulting in subsequent health benefits.

 

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