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Category Blog Posts For: Potassium




Planning for a Happy and Healthy Holiday Season!

The holidays are right around the corner and whether you've already started planning, shopping and wrapping or you leave it all to the end, we wanted to give you some strategies to manage your kidney diet over the holidays. Somehow holidays and celebrations always seem to centre around food and holiday meals are an important time of sharing with family and friends. So when it comes to getting through the holidays without any medical problems, the key is …

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Kidney Friendly Cooking for people with chronic kidney disease: a NEW COOKBOOK!

This is a guest blog by Leah Butcher, dietetic summer student at Kidney Foundation of Canada At the Kidney Foundation, we get numerous calls about which renal friendly cookbooks we would recommend.  If you only need to reduce sodium there are MANY cookbooks out there.  But if you need to limit sodium, potassium, AND phosphorus, the number of cookbooks on Amazon is limited and many are at least a decade old. There’s a lot of work that …

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Is there a banana hiding in your sandwich?

There aren’t too many “nutrition emergencies” in the hospital setting. But when a patient has a critically high potassium level they shoot to the top of our must-see list. Potassium, which is an important nutrient for most people, can become dangerously high in kidney patients and can lead to serious and immediate complications, including a heart attack if high enough. Last week, one of my patients developed a high potassium level which was pretty unusual for …

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Have your say!

As if the kidney diet isn’t already complicated enough, there is a new food additive to watch for and avoid (for those on a restricted potassium diet). I’ve written a fair amount about phosphate food additives which should be avoided by everyone who has or is at risk for chronic kidney disease. But there’s a new additive that has been approved by Health Canada for use in meat and meat products. It’s called potassium lactate …

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What about potassium additives?

Last month, I blogged about the growing body of evidence that has nephrology healthcare professionals worried about the potential public health impact of phosphate additives. I talked about the risks to kidney patients and the potential for risk to all Canadians. But what about potassium additives? These are a concern for people who can’t eliminate potassium from the body and this includes some, but not all, kidney patients. Potassium is usually very tightly regulated in the body …

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Buyer Beware

Somehow the fall always seems to be such a busy time of year both at work and at home. All of those projects that were put on hold over the summer come back with a vengeance when the cooler weather hits, and this year it’s all about salt! It seems that everything I read lately is warning me about the health risks of too much sodium in the diet. From high blood pressure to kidney …

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Happy Summer!

Summer can be a particularly hard time to be on a renal diet, especially if you need to follow a potassium restriction.  As all the fresh fruits and vegetables come into season it is so easy to indulge in the plentiful and fresh foods in your garden, at farmer’s markets and roadside stands. I vividly remember moving to Southern Ontario from Northern Alberta as a child and I think we stopped at every fruit and …

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Time Flies!!

It’s hard for me to believe that it’s been a year since I started doing a blog for the Kidney Foundation of Canada! This August I’m busy getting ready for “back to school” with my children and am excited about participating in the Kidney Foundation’s Walk for Life in September. A year later headlines and health news reports continue to be full of sodium news and reports about the food industry’s response (or lack of response) …

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Summer’s (almost) here!

While summer is not officially here yet, it certainly feels like it! I’m having a houseful of company this weekend and of course the cooking is made so much easier with plans to make a bunch of cold salads ahead and barbecue something easy. Warmer weather often means outdoor get-togethers, pot-lucks and barbecues. Navigating the buffet table while on a renal diet can be very stressful so make sure to always bring something you know …

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