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How to control high potassium levels with
these 4 foods As a kidney patient, there’s one thing you
should keep always in mind. If you’re eating what is considered to be
an healthy diet for everybody else, high potassium level can cause your heart to stop. “Never let a slice of tomato pass your lips”
has become a mantra for kidney patients. Potassium makes the biggest differences between
an healthy diet for most people and an healthy diet for kidney patients. A lot of foods considered healthy, are absolutely
not healthy for kidney patients. This is because a lot of fruits and vegetables
are too high in potassium. Due to the impossibility of the kidneys to
work properly, it will cause high potassium levels (hyperkalemia). High potassium level can have no symptom and,
in the worst case, can result in cardiac arrest and death. How to make sure your diet isn’t putting your
heart at risk? In this video we will see what “healthy foods”
are the worst for your blood potassium levels. Number 1 Tomato
Considered by the expert a superfood, tomato is rich in Vitamin C, rutin, lycopene, and
other useful minerals. It can act as a diuretic, ease swelling and
lower high blood pressure. It is easy understandable why people are asking
“can people with kidney disease eat tomato”? Some kidney patients can. Especially those in the early stages of kidney
disease and nephritis. Unfortunately, a single medium sized tomato
contains 300 milligrams of potassium. Even worse, a cup of canned stewed tomatoes
contains up to 600 milligrams of potassium. This mean that patients doing kidney dialysis
should totally avoid it. Also be very careful because tomato is a very
common ingredient, widely used in a lot of dishes. Number 2 Spinach
Nutritionists say eating raw spinach can reduce risk for cancer and cardiovascular disease. It is, in fact, a nutritious, healthy food. But not necessarily good for kidney patients. A single portion of cooked spinach contains
839 milligrams of potassium. This alone is enough to be dangerous for dialysis
patients. Raw spinach can even be dangerous for stage
2 and 3 chronic kidney disease patients. Raw spinach contains oxalic acid – an anti-nutrient
which will bind to the mineral calcium and other minerals in the intestine. This will not just reduce the absorption of
those minerals, but can also cause kidney stones. This is why kidney patients are not suggested
to eat spinach. NUMBER 3: Potatoes
Potatoes of all kind contain a large amount of potassium. A single, whole, baked, medium sized potato
contains up to 1000mg of potassium. If eaten without the skin, potassium is reduced
to about 750mg. This is still a dangerous quantity, if you’re
on a low potassium diet. So it is not advisable for kidney dialysis
patients to eat potatoes this way. Good news is that there’s a chance you can
still eat them. Soaking potatoes in water has been shown to
lower their potassium. This method is called potassium leaching. A very thorough leaching can greatly reduce
the quantity of potassium ingested. Researches show that, to get the best results,
you should do the following: 1) peel the potato
2) slice into small pieces – no more than 1/8 inch wide. 3) Wash thoroughly and rinse. 4) Boil the pieces
5) then rinse them 6) boil again the pieces
This way the potato pieces should remain compact enough, and will be a lot safer to eat. Number 4 Hidden potassium
FDA regulations do not require food labels to include the amount of potassium. This means that, even if no potassium is mentioned
on the label, there’s still a chance that potassium may be included in that food. This is not always the case, as many brands
are publicizing potassium levels of their packaged foods. But there’s still a chance of hidden potassium. Which foods may include hidden potassium? Mainly herbal, dietary supplements and diet
or protein drinks and bars. Also sports drinks do include it very often. The idea is to replace potassium lost during
exercise. Which is great for athletes, but not for kidney
patients. Also salt substitutes are often very rich
in potassium. When you’re limiting your potassium, avoid
these kind of foods unless you’re 100% sure there’s no potassium. Ideally, all supplements should be prescribed
by your doctor. Other high potassium foods you need to avoid
are: white beans
greens (beet) baked acorn squash
salmon avocados
white mushrooms bananas
dried apricots yogurt
Lentils, broccoli
orange juice It is not always easy, to follow the proper
diet, given all the restriction a kidney patient should sustain. A careful planned diet plan is essential for
kidney patients. Every change in the diet should be planned
accordingly with the development of the conditions. Eating the wrong foods can cause severe health
problems. However, planning and following the right
diet plan can really help with the treatment of kidney disease. Keep following this channel for more info
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14 thoughts on “How to control high potassium levels with these 4 foods

  1. So u must have kidney damage to have high potassium. Otherwise there really is no way its possible. With our high sodium diets. You literally have to eat 10 potatoes a day just to reach the recommended limit.

  2. Some low potassium food you should eat :
    1 — apple
    2 — cabbage
    3– cranberry
    4 — blue berry
    5 — grape
    6 — white rice
    7 — white bread
    8 — barley
    9 — honey
    —————-
    some high potassium food you should NOT eat :
    1 — red meat
    2 — salmon
    3 — almond and most nuts
    4 — milk
    5 — avocado
    6 — tomato
    7 — potato
    8 — beans ( most of them )
    9 — whole bread .

  3. Hello, feel free to ask me anything down below the comment section, I will answer your questions as soon as possible, or in my next video. God bless you.
    Katherine

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