PKD Diet

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

PKD Treatments
PKD Research
Monitor alkalinity
Monitor protein
Monitor Blood Pressure
Monitor Water Intake

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.

Some have looked at animals, the eating of animals, and that this process makes one an enabler. They understand that they themselves may not kill the animal but they are enabling those to continue to kill animals by they themselves eating animals. By eating farmed fish, those who eat farmed fish are enabling, they are causing people to continue to farm fish, to farm sea life. This is enabling. This can soak up more of the world's water. A healthy diet may reduce greenhouse emissions.

Alkalinity is key to health. This is a healthy diet. Enjoy these items. One can enjoy these items freely. Through maintaining alkalinity the integrity of ones own personal DNA is protected, (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.


Lemons are very good for creating alkalinity, helping PKD, helping with weight loss, reducing headaches, reducing pain, squelching a cough, and lowering blood pressure. Try the juice from one lemon diluted with enough water to make a half a cup of liquid. Drink this first thing in the morning before anything else. Try waiting 20 minutes before eating anything else. Citrus fruits are filled with naringenin said to be helpful to diminish cyst growth. Throughout the day it is possible to use as many as 6-7 lemons in one day. Try fresh lemon juice in water following a meal.

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

Low Fat

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.

Food Restriction

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

Saving Failing Kidneys

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:

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

For Your Reference

These lists are gathered from individual experiences living in a body with cystic organs. This is based on empirical knowledge.
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 EWG Endocrine Disruptors Fish:endangered
City water Phthalates FishToxicity App
Moringa Saving Failing Kidneys Fish: Seafood Watch App
Fish: guide Fish: Mercury content Fish4Health App


We are  sharing our experiences with PKD/PLD Diet, an adjunct diet envisioning it complementing a physician's prescribed medical therapy. Consider testing this with your doctor's prior knowledge, who can  adjust it according to your own uniqueness by adding it to your current  treatment.

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