What is the PKD Diet?
The Polycystic Kidney Diet is simply a plant based diet with very limited animal proteins. Enjoy things that grow from the earth; discard the rest. PKD Diet is a neutral protein alkaline plant based diet. It is low in salt, neutral in protein, and allows for sufficient water to shut down vasopressin diminishing kidney cyst formation. It keeps a cystic body well hydrated important for decreasing symptoms and minimizing further cyst growth.
How to Keep Your PKD Kidneys Healthy
Plant Based Alkaline PKD‐PLD Diet
Enjoy eating foods from plants like fresh ripe fruits, green, yellow, orange, purple, brown or white vegetables, nuts, berries and grains. This whole foods plant based vegan alkaline diet is geared toward PKD kidney health and PLD liver health. Preparing all food yourself from locally grown in season produce goes a long way toward maintaining the health of cystic organs.
Should any find it difficult to eat only plant based foods, try limiting animal products to occasional broths, lamb, flat white fish, soft white cheese, cottage cheese, egg yolk, while keeping quantities to less than 3 ounces per day and no more frequently than twice a week. There are inspired alternatives to animal proteins taking into account the methodology involved in marketing meat vs. vegetables. Some have looked at the carbon footprint differences of foods enabling a choice for their foods. A free living diet study exams some differences and some outcomes between diets.
Alkalinity is key to health. Enjoy these. One can be enjoy these items freely. Through maintaining alkalinity the integrity of ones own personal DNA is increased, (the replication of genes is kept intact), thus squelching the second hit mechanism that causes an increase in cyst numbers, symptoms and size. We have gathered this alkaline dietary information from amongst our mutual experiences enhancing the health of cystic kidneys, cystic liver, and cystic organs. Some have measured their girth eliminating a food for a week, then re-eating that same food again while making note of any symptoms, increase in girth, or pain that may occur. Girth is measured at the same spot, at the same time each day. These changes are then incorporated into a PKD Diet as a dietary information database. This is gleaned from each one of us, from our collective researchers, and from our own doctors as this information becomes available to us.
Neutral Protein 0.6 grams/kilogram
Neutral Protein in is equal to protein out. Calculate your daily protein. 3 ounces of fish is about the size of a deck of cards. 1 ounce of cheese is equal to one dice. Protein is set individually to maintain a neutral protein balance between 0.6 grams—0.8 grams per kilogram of body weight. Protein quantities from certain foods has been compiled into a chart by a fellow PKD'r. Some protein foods from a plant based diet are: spelt [the highest amount of protein among grains], cabbage juice, carrot juice, corn, chia seed, and of course nuts, beans, legumes, grains, and seeds. Soak nuts, seeds, beans, legumes, and grains prior to cooking to diminish their phytic acid content. By preparing food in this fashion, foods become alkaline and more digestible.
1200 mg Sodium
Sodium or salt intake is limited to 1/8 teaspoon per day or a 1200 mg sodium diet. Many have tried Himalayan pink crystal salt and have experienced no rise in their blood pressure when using small quantities (1200 mg) of this salt. Recently there has been some conflicting information about Himalayan salt; our experience is that it is beneficial. If you have had a transplant, these individuals must restrict all salt or they swell.
Support for Less Salt, More Potassium is contained in this article. The idea that reducing salt intake -- and increasing potassium intake -- can lower blood pressure and improve disease PKD outcome has received additional support from several review articles from the pulldown menu.
4 Liters water or twice your daily output
Drinking enough water, to raise serum osmolality
just above that of urine
shuts down vasopressin,
similar to the still-in-clinical-trials experimental drug, tolvaptan.
Tolvaptan Slows The Rate of PKD Kidney Disease
Limit oil or fat to one ounce per day. Vegetable oils that are beneficial are olive, almond, avocado, and coconut. Try to avoid animal fats such as butter and cheese. According to a study by Dr. Greg Germino, a low fat diet in the PKD animal model makes a difference in the expansion of cysts, kidney cysts. In other words in the animal PKD model, a low fat keeps cystic kidney size smaller.
In conclusion, we have shown a significant sexual difference in PKD progression in this mouse model, identified altered lipid metabolism as a possible underlying cause and confirmed that PKD has an intrinsic dysfunction in fatty acid oxidation. — from the Low Fat ↓ Cyst Growth article.
Fats contribute to the obesity epidemic.
Keeping Cyst Growth Stable
PKD Kidney Functioning if Declining, Declines At 5% Year
To decrease the rate of decline some have successfully tried
Some Useful Things for Kidney Health
Some Avoids for Kidney Health Ø
This is a very interesting Malaysian newspaper article. From this article one can learn that for most of the citizens of Malaysia there are very few treatment alternatives to save their their failing kidneys and according to this article, dietary changes is good place for one to start. Those who can make the switch to all vegetarian proteins seem to have a much easier time with maintaining their health.
For details as to why to avoid certain things try:Foods
Over The Counter
Or download Alkaline Diet Foods App.
Or for your iPhone/iPad there is an interactive book
Or Avoids from the still in the works AlkalineDiet Website
|Useful||Alkaline Diet Trials||Avoid|
|Useful Chemicals||Low High K+||Avoid Chemicals|
|Useful Grains||Menus||Avoid Grains|
|Useful Herbs||Recipes||Avoid Herbs|
|Useful Other||Better Proteins||Avoid Other|
|Xenoestrogens||Avoid Phytoestrogens||Xenoestrogens Avoid|
|Meat Carbon Footprint||Dirty Dozen Guide||EWG Food Scores app|
|Meat Choose Well||Calculate neutral protein||EWG App|
|Meat Methodology||Safe cosmetics||Produce:Harvest App|
|Sunscreen guide||Phytoestrogens Avoid||Fish:endangered|
|City water||Phthalates||FishToxicity App|
|Moringa||Saving Failing Kidneys||Fish: Seafood Watch App|
|Fish: guide||Fish: Mercury content||Fish4Health App|
|PKD PLD BOOKLETS||APPS OF LISTS RECIPES||PKD PLD BOOKLETS|