Foods To Avoid For Optimal Kidney Health

Apricots

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Apricots are a culprit because they are also high in potassium. One cup of this fruit has about the same amount of potassium as a medium-sized banana, about 425 milligrams. While an avocado has more potassium, it's still best to avoid potassium-rich foods such as bananas and apricots as well. Too much potassium in an individual's blood can lead to hyperkalemia, which is a serious condition that can cause circulatory and digestive problems. This strengthens the point made earlier that individuals with kidney disease especially should avoid potassium-rich foods. 

Normally, our intake of potassium should be 3,500 milligrams per day or more, which could help prevent high blood pressure, strokes, and osteoporosis. Unfortunately, kidney disease patients are unable to process the mineral, so their diets must be regulated to ensure they don't also develop hyperkalemia.

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