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8 Superfoods for Elderly Kidney Health

By Jeff Hill, 10:52 pm on March 6, 2015

March is National Kidney Month, and Home Care Assistance in Phoenix, AZ wants to stress the importance of healthy, high-functioning kidneys. Often, physical symptoms of kidney problems take a while to manifest, leading to delayed treatment. The best way to protect your senior loved one from kidney issues is to load up their diet with these kidney-boosting superfoods.

1. Cranberries.

If your senior relative suffers from frequent urinary tract infections, add some cranberries to his or her diet. These tart berries can prevent harmful bacteria from affixing to the walls of a person’s bladder.

2. Red Bell Peppers.

Red bell peppers are packed with important nutrients such as vitamin A, vitamin C, and vitamin B6. The antioxidant lycopene is also found in red bell peppers and is believed to help prevent various kinds of cancer.

3. Cabbage

Like red bell peppers, cabbage is low in potassium but contains healthful nutrients such as vitamin B6, vitamin C, and vitamin K. Cabbage also contains phytochemicals. These substances are believed to help fight the effects of cancer.

4. Garlic

Besides adding seasoning to your loved one’s food, garlic might protect his or her kidneys. This potent seasoning can lower levels of dangerous inflammation in the body and can lower cholesterol levels.

5. Apples

Apples are believed to help prevent painful urinary tract infections and the formation of kidney stones. Apples are also high in fiber, have anti-inflammatory properties, and also help detox the kidneys.

6. Egg Whites

Egg whites are a good source of high quality protein, which contains essential amino acid that aids in good kidney function.

7. Salmon

Like egg whites, salmon is a great source of high quality protein. It is also loaded with omega-3 fatty acids that fight inflammation and help protect the kidneys from disease.

8. Onions

Onions are low in potassium and are chockfull of antioxidants that protect the kidneys from diseases. These tearjerkers also possess anti-inflammatory properties.

Regularly incorporating these foods into your senior loved one’s diet will help him or her maintain healthy kidneys for years to come. If your senior loved one needs help grocery shopping or cooking healthy meals, find a live-in or part-time caregiver in Phoenix who can ensure he or she is eating a well-balanced, healthy diet. At Home Care Assistance, we train every caregiver to help with more than just cooking. Our caregivers can assist with light housework around the home, run errands, provide transportation and medication reminders, help with personal grooming, and offer companionship. Call us at (602) 388-1085 to find out more about how we can help.