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Can People with Kidney Disease Eat Watermelon and Lychee

2013-04-01 13:57

Can People with Kidney Disease Eat Watermelon and LycheeEating right on a renal diet is important for people with kidney disease.It is such an important part in the treatment of kidney disease.A balanced diet can slow the disease progression and improve your overall health. The patients should be cautious in selecting fruits.Can people with Kidney Disease eat watermelon and lychee?

What functions do kidneys perform?

An important function of kidneys is to remove wastes and extra fluids from body.The wastes and fluids are mainly from what we eat daily. Another major function of the kidneys is to keep the balance of different minerals such as sodium, phosphorus, potassium etc.Lower or higher levels of minerals in body are both harmful.When the kidneys are impaired, the kidneys will not be able to perform the functions normally.

Can people with kidney disease eat watermelon and lychee?

Watermelon and lychee are not good fruits option for people with serious kidney damage.

Once the most part of the kidney function is lost, they kidneys will fail to remove fluids from body. High intake of fluids can cause retention of fluids, thus worsening blood pressure and swelling. Watermelon provides 92% water by weight. So the patients with serious kidney disease are not recommended to eat watermelon.

Lychee is not recommended to patients with kidney disease as it is high in potassium. Potassium As the kidneys fail to remove potassium from body, high levels of potassium in body can affect heartbeat. Apart from lychee, other common high-potassium foods include banana, kiwi, prunes, tomato, sauce, nuts, dried peas and beans, chocolate, orange etc.

Patients with serious kidney disease are recommended to eat watermelon and chylee. As the disease conditions vary from person to person, it is necessary for the patients to consult with their dietitian to make out an individualized dietary plan.

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