Hey there! This is Mathea Ford with renaldiethq.com and I am so excited to talk to you today
about a low potassium diet. Let me add my little link to my blog post that this kind of I’m talking through and today I wanted to talk about low
potassium diet but I also want to tell you that I’m so excited because I got my
recipes. They’re here that are gonna be coming up for the Zestify Your Diet
series that I’m doing on YouTube that’s coming out in September
it’ll be Thursdays in September and I kind of have it planned where I do
something a little different every week like one week is breakfast or soup,
another week is salads, another weeks entrees and other weeks side
dishes and then if there’s happens to be a fifth week that month that I’m gonna
do kind of a Q&A. I’m pretty excited about that because I want to take those
videos and get them ready for September so that’s coming soon but today let’s
talk about low potassium diets because you can have a little potassium diet for
lots of reasons but mainly what happens is that potassium is building up in your
bloodstream. Potassium is what causes your, more it’s one of the reasons why
your muscles are able to contract very easily and so if you have too much in
your blood then it affects that reaction that your
muscles have in the amount that you have in your body and you don’t want those
things to stop working so like especially because your heart is like a
big muscle you don’t want that to stop so you want to manage your potassium. The only reason you should manage your potassium are you know even focus on the
low potassium foods is if your regular doctor or your nephrologist has told you
to follow a low potassium diet so this is usually you know your
and kidney disease your kidneys aren’t processing things as well so you need a
lower potassium diet. I have today just three quick tips that are going to
help you to improve your compliance or just even to get started with a renal
low potassium diet. There’s usually like salt, table salt is white and
there is a salt substitute that is also white it’s called no salt or NuSalt or
whatever and it is actually potassium chloride. While that might be good for
people who just need to cut out salt, low potassium diet you don’t want to add
potassium chloride to your food so you want to avoid that salt substitute
that’s white you want to use something like a mustard or other flavors and
seasonings to add to your food. Green beans, greens, beans, tomatoes and like
bananas, cantaloupe can be high in potassium so you can still eat those
foods if you want but you just need to manage your portions so if you used to
eat tomatoes every day you might want to cut back to eating only every three days.
I hate telling people to take foods completely out of their diet so if you
like tomatoes just eat them less often if you like beans just either smaller
portion beans can be a really good source of protein so and low fat and
good fiber so they’re good for you but if you have low potassium you don’t want
to do that so um last of all potatoes can be a good source of potassium and so
you can do a couple things you can soak your potatoes beforehand and do a
process called leaching out the potassium and then the other thing you
could do is just substitute rice or pasta in place of the potatoes so if you
have a recipe that calls for potatoes just see if you can
put in rice or pasta in its place and that will lower your amount of potatoes
and therefore lower your potassium that you’re taking in. All those things can
help I just want to give you those three tips today to get you started doing a
low potassium diet and orange juice you also want to watch, you might want to
switch out for apple juice when you’re cooking or when you’re eating and that’s
all for today head on over to renaldiethq.com and on the front page, there’s links to the different diet plans and you’ll get
a free 7-day meal plan and I look forward to talking to you there. Talk to
you tomorrow. Bye bye