PKD DIET

Potassium

Potassium is useful for PKD Polycystic Kidney Disease. High sodium diets are detrimental. The ratio of potassium food sources should be four times the amount of sodium foods taken in daily. A high potassium diet has been shown to slow the growth the growth of kidney cysts and keep PKD kidneys functioning optimally. Low serum potassium can be indicative of progression in Chronic Kidney Disease.

As our kidney functioning declines, our kidneys can no longer clear potassium from the body. Serum potassium rises. At this junction, many are advised to restrict potassium rich foods.

"Research findings have shown that cancer cells cannot live in a potassium rich environment. In the body, potassium plays a crucial function in fluid balance, the mechanism by which cells are nourished and cleansed. Potassium is a principle positively charged element in fluids inside the cells, while sodium is a principle positively charged element of fluids outside the cells. These two elements function like a pump. The rotation of the sodium single positive ions (Na+) and the potassium single positive ions (K+) in and out of the cell generates the electrical field, produced by the life process of the cell. The right balance is so important to the cells receiving nourishment, the removal of toxic wastes, maintaining correct blood pressure, removal of fluid retention, pain and disease."

"Dr. Max Gerson, in his many years research on cancer, believed that the starting point for all illness, cancer included, is the imbalance of sodium and potassium, usually too much sodium and too little potassium. This imbalance, he said, results in serious disturbances in the body chemistry for not only is potassium an important nerve conductor, it also acts as a catalyst to many body enzymes. Gerson said if we correct the balance by eating potassium-rich raw foods, which can invigorate and cleanse the body because they improve respiration at the cell level, we can mobilize the white blood cells which fight and destroy cancer cells." [Or mutating polycystic kidney cells] "Ideally, the food should be organically grown. In artificially fertilized food, the sodium content is higher and the potassium content is lower. Then when we cook food, most of the potassium is leeched out. Cooked and processed foods are often flavored with massive amounts of salt, causing excess sodium (which causes sodium to be drawn into the cells and potassium out). Antibiotics and other drugs, coffee, sugar, alcohol, and excess stress may cause an imbalance also. "

High Potassium Herbs and Foods

catnip 2350 chili 1350 oats 648
peppermint 2260 rosemary 1340 fig 640
feverfew 2250 chamomile 1320 avocado 604
carrot 2200 mullein 1320 horseradish 564
scullcap 2180 noni juice 1300 taro 514
grapevine 2018 cornsilk 1220 spinach 470
leaves and stems marshmallow 1210 millet 430
red clover 2000 alfalfa 1200 chicory 420
peach 1940 dandelion 1200 potato skin 407
ginger 1890 garlic 1180 wheat 390
chickweed 1640 licorice 1140 plantain 385
pineapple 1820 pennyroyal 1050 kale 378
stevia 1780 banana 1030 pumpkin 340
nettle 1750 fenugreek 1020 shallot 334
orange 1700 pigeon peas 981 elderberry 300
burdock 1680 apricot 979 celeriac 300
comfrey 1590 prunes 940 cauliflower 295
equisetum 1580 sunflower seeds 920 watercress 282
lemon 1470 NZ spinach 795 asparagus 278
onion 1380 parsley 727 macadamia nut 264
capsicum 1350 sesame seed 725 lettuce 264

High Potassium Fruit

apricots 2 medium 281 mg
avocado 1/2 742 mg
banana 1 small 370 mg
breadfruit 1/2 cup 439 mg
cantaloupe 1/2 melon 825 mg
casaba 1 wedge- 1/2 cup 251 mg
coconut 1/2 cup 250 mg
dates 10 medium 648 mg
dried fruit 1/2 cup 500 mg
guava 1 medium 289 mg
honeydew 1/4 small melon 251 mg
kiwi fruit 1/2 cup 332 mg
kumquats 5 or 6 236 mg
loquats 1/2 cup 348 mg
nectarine 2 medium 294 mg
orange 1 medium 300 mg
papaya 1/2 medium 351 mg
passion fruit 1/2 cup 348 mg
plums 2 299 mg
persimmon 1 medium 310 mg
pomegranate 1 medium 259 mg
prunes 4 329 mg
pumpkin 1/2 cup 300 mg
raisins 1/2 cup 542 mg
rhubarb 1/2 cup 271 mg
tangelo 1 296 mg
tomato 1 small 244 mg

High Potassium Juice

coconut juice 1/2 cup 232 mg
grapefruit juice 1/2 cup 252 mg
orange juice 1/2 cup 248 mg
prune juice 1/2 cup 283 mg
tomato juice 1/2 cup 268 mg

High Potassium Vegetables

artichoke 1 medium 361 mg
avocado 1/2 cup 453 mg
bamboo shoots canned 1/2 cup 403 mg
beans navy cooked 1/2 cup 373 mg
beans kidney cook 1/2 cup 315 mg
beans lima cooked 1/2 cup 358 mg
beans blackeye cook 1/2 cup 286 mg
beet greens cooked 1/2 cup 240 mg
carrots raw 1 246 mg
chard cooked 1/2 cup 246 mg
garbanzo chick peas 1/2 cup 797 mg
chocolate 1/2 cup 548 mg
collard cooked 1/2 cup 249 mg
corn 1 ear 300 mg
cress cooked 1/2 cup 238 mg
endive curly 1/2 cup 825 mg
lentils cooked 1/2 cup 249 mg
mustard greens cook 1/2 cup 276 mg
nuts 1/2 cup 380 mg
parsnips cooked 1/2 cup 294 mg
peas split cooked 1/2 cup 296 mg
potato baked 1 medium 844 mg
potato fries 10 pieces 427 mg
potato hashed brown 1/2 cup 368 mg
potato mashed whipped 1/2 cup 274 mg
potato chips 10 pieces 226 mg
pumpkin cooked 1/2 cup 294 mg
soybeans cooked 1/2 cup 486 mg
spinach cooked 1/2 cup 292 mg
squash winter cooked 1/2 cup 472 mg
sunflower seeds 1/2 cup 667 mg
sweet potato baked 1 medium 342 mg
tomato raw 1 medium 300 mg
tomato catsup 1/2 cup 432 mg
tomato catsup 1 tablespoon 54 mg
tomato juice 1/2 cup 276 mg
tomato paste 1/2 cup 1118 mg
tomato sauce 1/2 cup 460 mg
water chestnuts 5 pieces 349 mg

High Potassium Misc

check labels for amounts
cola drinks coffee black strap molasses
pepsi mountain dew jazz
fanta sprite coca cola
tomatoes canned spaghetti sauce salsa
commercial lemonade 8 ounces 3 mg

Some High Potassium Foods to be Avoided with PKD

[DIARY] All milk and dairy products
[FRUITS] Chocolate, cacao, plums, prune juice, strawberries
[VEGETABLES] Eggplant, potatoes, peppers, soy, tomatoes
[MISC] Coffee, tea, cola, sodas

Restrict Potassium

There might be a time when our kidney function declines. At this time doctors may require us to restrict potassium foods. If your potassium is rising, perhaps now is the time to speak with your doctor about the possibility of trying essential amino acids formulated especially for kidney patients, eliminating all animal proteins, dropping your protein requirement to 0.3 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight; all outlined in Coping with Kidney disease by Dr. MacKensie Walser. One can possibly hold kidney functioning at its present level, without further decreases. It is important to correct anemia, maintain alkalinity with sodium citrate (not sodium bicarbonate), and have blood laboratory values checked frequently.

17,000 individuals in China are in clinical trials eliminating animal proteins, supplementing with essential amino acids (also called keto acids), ACE inhibitors to control blood pressure, maintaining alkalinity - preliminary results show a 90% decrease of proteins spilling in the urine and the serum albumin rose to a normal of 4.0. These are indications of arresting the downward progression of kidney decline. Some foods that are good for the kidneys:

Low Potassium Fruit

apple 1 medium 165 mg
applesauce 1/2 cup 125 mg
blackberries 1/2 cup 123 mg
blueberries 1/2 cup 67 mg
boysenberries 1/2 cup 96 mg
raspberries 1/2 cup 149 mg
strawberries 1/2 cup 123 mg
cherries 15 large 191 mg
figs 2 194 mg
fruit cocktail 1/2 cup 168 mg
grapefruit in a jar, bottled 1/2 cup 135 mg
grapes thompson 1/2 cup 110 mg
grapes purple 1/2 cup 139 mg
grapefruit 1/2 raw 171 mg
kumquat 1 medium 37 mg
lemon raw 1 lemon 80 mg
lime raw 1 lime 68 mg
lichees raw 10 medium 171 mg
mango 1/2 medium 189 mg
mandarin oranges canned 1/2 cup 83 mg
peach 1 medium 202 mg
pear 1 medium 213 mg
pineapple canned 1/2 cup 97 mg
plums raw prune type 2 average 115 mg
tangerine 2 average 126 mg
watermelon 1/2 cup 100 mg

Low Potassium Fruit Juice

apple juice 1/2 cup 125 mg
apricot nectar 1/2 cup 189 mg
cranberry juice cocktail 1/2 cup 12 mg
grape juice 1/2 cup 145 mg
peach nectar 1/2 cup 98 mg
pear nectar 1/2 cup 48 mg
pineapple juice 1/2 cup 190 mg
tangerine juice 1/2 cup 217 mg

Low Potassium Vegetables

asparagus 1/2 cup 132 mg
bean sprouts 1/2 cup 117 mg
beans green snap 1/2 cup 94 mg
beets 1/2 cup 177 mg
broccoli 3 spears 1/2 cup 196 mg
brussel sprouts 4 pieces 212 mg
cabbage raw 1/2 cup 82 mg
Chinese cabbage raw 1/2 cup 95 mg
bok choy raw 1/2 cup 107 mg
carrots cooked 1/2 cup 172 mg
cauliflower raw 1/2 cup 147 mg
celery 1/2 cup 204 mg
chicory 1/2 cup 82 mg
chives 1/2 cup 64 mg
corn cooked canned 1/2 cup 152 mg
cucumbers 1/2 cup 84 mg
dandelion greens cooked 1/2 cup 122 mg
eggplant cooked 1/2 cup 15 0 mg
jicama raw 1/2 cup 175 mg
kohlrabi cooked 1/2 cup 214 mg
lettuce raw 1/2 cup 48 mg
lichees canned 10 153 mg
mushrooms 1/2 cup 145 mg
olives (loaded with sodium) 10 36 mg
onion green 1/2 cup 112 mg
onion yellow 1/2 cup 134 mg
parsley 1 sprig 8 mg
peas green 1/2 cup 157 mg
peppers green 1/2 cup 160 mg
poi 1/2 cup 220 mg
radishes 1/2 cup 185 mg
rutabagas cooked 1/2 cup 142 mg
spinach raw 1/2 cup 130 mg
squash summer 1/2 cup 127 mg
turnips 1/2 cup 145 mg
turnip greens 1/2 cup 116 mg
mixed canned veg 1/2 cup 175 mg

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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