Published on November 3rd, 2020 | by Katherine0
5 KIDNEY Boosting Breakfast Foods
There are 5 breakfast staples you absolutely NEED if you want to start every day with a powerful boost in your kidney health.
The 5 superfoods I have with me today are not just low in potassium and phosphorus, they also pack significant amounts of antioxidants, fiber and vitamins.
A must for a well-planned renal diet!
And today there’s also a special recipe you guys will surely like and some incredibly healthy foods you probably never heard about!
It’s 7 o clock in the morning, a great day awaits, what better way to start it than a hearty breakfast?
Let’s start immediately, our number 5 is…
Number 5 – Coffee!
Wait, is coffee healthy for people with kidney disease?
And, do you actually NEED it as a part of your diet?
Well, let’s see, let’s examine the pros and the cons and see if you NEED to drink coffee!
Because, this natural stimulant is not just one of the most commonly used ingredients in the world,
coffee also has several health benefits for your kidney health.
Yes, you heard it right, coffee in the morning can help with kidney problems. How?
First of all, caffeine is known to boost mood, brain function, and to reduce the risk for depression. Very important if you have to beat kidney disease.
Also, it may boost your metabolism and fat burning ability. Again, very helpful.
Coffee may even help with diabetes.
A review noted that those who drink the most coffee have up to a 29% lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
And, despite what you may have heard, caffeine doesn’t raise the risk of heart disease.
In fact, evidence shows a 16-18% lower risk of heart disease in men and women who drink between 1 and 4 cups of coffee daily.
now, you may think that heart problems don’t mean kidney problems, but don’t forget that the heart and the kidneys are tightly connected: what helps with your heart health, will help with your kidney health.
Now, while it’s clear that coffee isn’t as unhealthy as it was once believed – I mean, we have evidence to show the benefits – there are also side effects associated with it.
Main problem is the risk of a spike in blood pressure. And while this was suspected for years, now there are studies confirming how this works.
In a study on healthy volunteers, drinking a triple espresso caused a peak pressure readings.
But not in all the subjects. In fact, espresso did not cause spike in blood pressure of habitual coffee drinkers.
It just raised systolic pressure readings in subjects who were not coffee drinkers.
actually, in a much bigger study, involving 45,000 men, Harvard scientists found no link between coffee consumption and the risk of coronary artery disease or stroke.
Even in heavy drinkers.
so, to answer the question, do you actually need to drink coffee?
My answer is yes, I wouldn’t have included today otherwise,
Now, I’m not recommending to start drinking coffee if you aren’t used to it, though.
But, if you already drink it, stop considering it a bad habit: as we have seen, it has several benefits and no health risks.
It’s safe to consider your daily cup of coffee or tea as an enjoyable way to promote good health.
Just don’t exceed the recommended maximum dosage of 400 mg of caffeine per day.
That’s about 4 8-ounce servings of coffee or 6 1-ounce serving of Espresso coffee.
Time for our number 4 now! Be prepared to see something really special. This is a food you probably never heard about that could literally become your next favorite breakfast staple!
Let’s see it!
Number 4, barley flakes!
Oooohhh… What are barley flakes?
If barley ?akes remind you of oatmeal (rolled oats), it’s because they’re created the same way, by steaming kernels, rolling them, and drying them!
Yes, they’re pretty similar.
And they taste just as good as rolled oats, making them the perfect breakfast food!
But barley is a lot healthier for your kidneys than oats!
It’s a low-glycemic grain, GREAT FOR people with diabetes, but it is also very high in magnesium, great to lower blood pressure.
Also, it’s one the best whole grains for kidney patients, because it has low potassium and phosphorus content.
Even lower than oats. For example, a serving size of 1/4 cup, or 30 grams, contains just about 90mg of potassium and 70mg of phosphorus.
Also, you’re not actually going to absorb all the phosphorus, because it’s coming from a plant.
So you may even eat half cup of this incredible superfood daily, if it fits your dietary planning.
But, should you eat this amazing superfood daily?
Now, there are various reasons why I would tell you to go-on and make this one a regular of your diet.
Half cup, or about 60 grams serving of this amazing superfood packs 8 grams of dietary fiber.
Almost twice what you would get from an apple – one of the healthiest fruits.
Which is a lot, it can really give you significant health benefits.
And many people don’t know this, but not all dietary fiber is created equal.
There are two types of fiber: soluble and insoluble.
Now, most fruits and veggies mostly have insoluble fiber, which is healthy, don’t get me wrong.
But it’s the other type that provides the most benefits: Soluble fiber.
This type of fiber dissolves in water to form a gel-like material,
which helps control BLOOD SUGAR AND REDUCES CHOLESTEROL. It can also be metabolized by the “good” bacteria in the gut, IT ACTS AS A PREBIOTIC.
Yes, soluble fiber is extremely healthy for you.
But it’s hard to get enough of it every day, alright?
Let’s take a look at this table
the foods rich in soluble fiber are marked with an asterisk, you see?
Navy beans, sweet potatoes, avocado… a lot of foods that are not suitable for a renal diet.
Now, barley, on the other hand, is really rich in this very healthy type of fiber and it’s also suitable for a renal diet, it’s lower in phosphorus than any other whole grain.
So, if you want to get a kidney health boost first thing in the morning, put barley flakes on top of your grocery list.
Now, there’s just one problem with barley flakes: you can’t eat them with milk!
So, what are we going to eat this superfood with?
Our next breakfast staple!
Number 3 – Almond milk!
Mmm I like it!
It has a pleasant, nutty flavor and a creamy texture similar to that of regular milk.
But, since almond milk is made by blending almonds with water, it’s not dairy.
Now, kidney disease patients are always told to avoid milk and other dairy products.
The phosphorus in them can really mess up your kidneys and your bones. For example, a glass of cow milk contains about 255mg of phosphorus.
Kidney patients usually should get no more than 600 or 700 mg of phosphorus a day,
So, if you drink just one glass of cow milk, you’ll be at one third of your daily phosphorus allowance and you wouldn’t be able to eat other fruits, vegetables and dairy products for that day.
So no cow milk for people with kidney disease.
Well, this wonderful milk alternative here is not just very low in phosphorus, just 24mg per 1 glass, it’s also yummy!
But, not all brands of almond milk make healthy products.
So, if you want to add it to your diet, you have to be very careful when choosing at the grocery store.
First of all, choose a brand that doesn’t contain added sugar. Very important.
Also, to make almond milk more similar to real milk in terms of nutrition, producers often enrich it with calcium – some brands contain even more calcium than what you can find in cow milk.
And, also vitamin D. vitamin d is one of the most common nutritional deficiency in people with kidney disease, and it’s better to eat foods that contain it regularly.
But now it’s time to prepare our healthy breakfast: barley porridge!
Start by measuring the barley flakes and almond milk. The ratio is half cup of barley flakes to 1 cup of almonds milk.
add the barley flakes, just like you would do with rolled oats.
and the consistency should be perfect with this ratio.
This is for two servings, alright?
First let’s heat up half cup of almond milk, even in the microwave if you’re in a hurry. Yes, I use the microwave a lot.
If someone tells you that the microwave isn’t safe, don’t believe them. I’ve made a video to explain why.
However, Microwave on high for 2 minutes
Now, I have here some dried cranberries, I talked about them in one of my previous videos, they’re incredible healthy.
Cranberries can even help with urinary tract health.
Let’s put some on top of our porridge.
Mmm great taste! And, if you like this recipe and this video so far, consider sharing it with anyone you know who may want to eat better for their kidneys and heart!
Yeah, I want some more
Ok, ok, there’s something missing here. What it could be?
Ah, our next superfood!
Number 2 Flax seed!
Some call it one of the most powerful plant foods on the planet.
I call it the perfect topping for our healthy breakfast!
Flax seeds also have some important health benefits for your kidneys: they wouldn’t have got the spot number 2 in this top 5 otherwise.
Actually, Scientists have discovered that flax seeds may be of help for a person with kidney disease.
First of all, they’re really rich in fiber.
Just one tablespoon (7 grams) of ground flax seeds contains 2 grams of dietary fiber, almost as much as a whole carrot, for example.
And, despite being one of the oldest known superfoods, flax seed has been studied thoroughly recently.
There’s some evidence it may help reduce your risk of heart disease, cancer, stroke, and diabetes.
That’s quite a tall order for a tiny seed that’s been around for centuries.
Most of these benefits are due to its content of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), a plant-based omega-3 fatty acid.
ALA has been linked to several heart and kidney benefits.
Studies have shown that the ALA in flax seeds can prevent cholesterol from being deposited in the blood vessels of the heart, reduce inflammation in the arteries and reduce risk of heart attack.
Now the best part:
The health benefits noted in the studies above were observed with just 1 tablespoon of ground flax seeds per day.
Now, I’ve seen flax seeds sometimes listed as a high potassium food.
But this is only true if you eat a lot of them. The one tablespoon you would need daily to get the benefits only contains 57mg of potassium and 44mg of phosphorus!
So, what are we waiting for?
Well, you should know that flax seeds need to be ground to be effective!
You will lose most of the health benefits if you eat them whole. They will just pass through your body, undigested.
But there are several easy ways to prepare them, you can use a food processor or a blender if you put them in a smoothie.
But today we are putting them on top of our healthy porridge.
So, here’s a simple trick to always have flax seeds ready when you want them – because they’re also great in soups, in salads and in baked recipes.
What I do is putting flax seeds in a spice grinder or pepper mill.
And then, just grind them directly on top of our recipe!
Now, there’s just one thing that prevented flax seeds from being on top of today’s top 5!
Before I unveil the best superfood of this video,
There’s just one more thing I want to show you
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There are some very inspiring success stories here on 00kidney,
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This is why, if you want to give a fast boost to your kidney health, you should consider downloading this program.
I’m leaving a link down in description if you want to know more!
Number 1 Pineapple
Oh, I can’t believe I’ve never talked about pineapple! This is a food that I love, it’s really healthy for your kidneys !
First of all, it can add some sweet to your diet without compromising it:
Unlike other tropical fruits such as banana, avocado or cantaloupe, which are very high in potassium, one cup of Pineapple chunks contains just 180 mg of potassium, making it the ideal breakfast fruit.
Plus, pineapple is rich in fiber, manganese, and vitamin C.
This is really great, but it’s not the reason why pineapple is today’s number 1.
The reason is Bromelain – a powerful digesting enzyme.
And, while everyone knows that bromelain can help with digestion, did you know that it is also very powerful in reducing inflammation and swelling in people with kidney disease?
According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, bromelain is effective in reducing inflammation and swelling associated with infection and injuries in kidney disease patients.
It has also been reported to reduce amyloid deposits in the kidneys.
Bromelain is also very effective against high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease.
Bromelain inhibits the ability of blood platelets to stick or clump together.
Yes, all these benefits from a fruit so tasty!
Ok, this was our last one for today. I hope you enjoyed this video and that you’ve also discovered something new to add to your diet.
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In the meantime, keep taking good care of your kidneys and be good to yourself.
This is all for today, thank you for watching!