Published on March 18th, 2020 | by Michaelw0
7 Kidney Friendly Foods to Stock Up Right Now
Hello, this is Katherine, welcome to 00Kidney.
If you suffer from kidney disease, the 7 foods I’ll show you today are great to improve your kidney health even during troublesome times
Because when you’re on a journey to repair your kidneys nothing should stop you, not even a food shortage.
Luckily, there are 7 healthy, kidney friendly food items that NEVER expire you should be stocking up right now.
Because people with kidney disease have really hard times finding healthy foods even during peaceful times.
And when problems arise, things can get even harder.
So, watch today’s video very carefully and send it to anyone you know who suffers from kidney disease.
Knowing what foods to stock up right now can help them too.
As you may already know, I live in Italy and right now I’m starting to appreciate the whole “prepper” mentality.
Because even if I haven’t seen any real food shortages till now, going to the supermarket is always more difficult and dangerous. This is especially true for people more at risk, like those over 60 or with health problems, kidney disease included.
People are waiting hours to get in supermarkets and you don’t find everything on the shelves anymore.
So here is my top 7 of healthy kidney friendly foods with a Long shelf life you can actually eat if you have kidney disease.
Our number 7 is something almost magical, with endless shelf life and even some useful health benefits.
Honey is really and truly the only food that actually lasts forever.
Because of the processing of the honey the bees use, and then the packaging the factories use, honey can last well past the expiration date.
Did you know?
The oldest jar of honey ever found was actually 5500 years old.
Archeologists found honey in the pyramids of the ancient Egyptians that was still edible. Older honey tends to crystalize, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be warmed, stirred up and enjoyed.
Now, honey is basically a source of sugar. Even if it has some vitamins and minerals, it’s just trace amounts — under 1% of the RDI of them.
Where honey shines, is in its content of bioactive plant compounds and antioxidants. Darker types tend to be even higher in these compounds than lighter types.
Now, honey has some health benefits to improve your kidney health, as I was saying.
There are some studies linking honey consumption to a reduction in blood pressure, bad cholesterol and a general improvement in heart health.
These benefits are most pronounced when it is replacing other, unhealthier sweeteners.
And it is also low in potassium and phosphorus, as we can see. 1 tablespoon, or 21 grams contains just 1 mg of phosphorus and 11 mg of potassium.
This is important because you can’t absolutely get too much of these dangerous electrolytes right now.
So, if honey is so healthy, why is it just number 7 in this chart?
Well, because, while it is true that honey is a healthier alternative to sugar and other sweeteners, it is still very high in calories and carbohydrates.
So don’t overindulge.
Keep in mind that honey should only be consumed in moderation, especially if you have diabetes.
Now, shelf life for commercial honey has been established at around two years.
This doesn’t mean it actually goes bad.
In fact, honey stored in sealed containers can remain stable for decades and even centuries!
But if you want to guarantee a long shelf life for your honey, be sure to keep bread crumbs or butter from sneaking into the jar, once you opened it.
Our number 6 is a great source of fiber and healthy carbohydrates you can always trust.
People with kidney disease should be eating this one regularly, even when there’s no need to stock up foods.
And It is…
Number 6 Cornmeal
Whole-grain cornmeal is a terrific source of fiber for your renal diet. Depending on the brand, it can have as much as 5 grams per 1/4 cup serving. Incredibly healthy!
And fiber is really, really important for your kidney health and your overall health.
Because consuming the right amount of fiber daily is strongly linked to improved cardiovascular health, gut health and prevention of chronic diseases!
Corn as a grain is used to make several products and most of them are low in phosphorus and potassium. So, you won’t be having troubles eating these foods if you have kidney disease.
Another benefit, dried grains have a very long shelf life, so they’re among the favorite foods of preppers around the world.
All these peculiarities make corn something that you could actually base your diet on, if you needed to.
As a grain, corn is dried into flour to bake and make a variety of foods from cornbread to cornflakes. Some of these foods are healthier than others:
Cornmeal is one of the healthiest, as I was saying, because will help you getting the adequate amount of fiber.
You can use whole-grain cornmeal to make grits or polenta!
Grits are known as a quintessential dish in Southern cuisine, and you can make them healthy if you prepare a dish with whole-grain cornmeal and if you choose the right recipe!
Polenta is a big thing in Italy, and made the right way it can be really healthy.
Polenta is a tasty alternative to wheat-based staple foods as it’s made from corn, making it naturally gluten free.
Now, as you can see from my slide, 1 cup of cornmeal contains 5mg of sodium, 33mg phosphorus, 51mg potassium.
All these numbers here are very low, so you can basically eat it every day, it’s the perfect whole grain for people with kidney disease in stage 3 or 4.
And you can eat it if you have diabetes too, because it has a low glycemic index.
Now, whole grain cornmeal has a shelf life shorter than regular cornmeal.
Whole-grain cornmeal should keep quality for up to half a year, provided that you refrigerate or freeze it after opening.
Properly stored, a package of regular cornmeal will generally stay at best quality for about 12 months at room temperature. To maximize the shelf life of regular cornmeal once the package is opened, transfer cornmeal to a covered airtight container or place original cornmeal bag in a resealable plastic freezer bag.
And don’t forget about Popcorn!
This food is great for you and it’s kidney friendly because it’s an intact whole grain, which means that the bran, the germ, and the endosperm are all intact within the kernel.
This makes them high in fiber, particularly insoluble, which is like a cleanup substance for your digestive tract.
Having a better digestive tract health can help avoiding insulin spikes.
Grains can typically be stored for months or even years, as long as they’re kept dry and sealed tightly.
Other dried grains you should consider include buckwheat, barley, bulgur and wild rice.
Ok, so far I’ve listed some great carb and fiber sources, but you cannot just eat carb, right?
If you want to keep your kidneys healthy during the next weeks, you’re going to need some protein too.
So the next one is going to be something I usually never recommend but that can be really, really valuable.
And it is…
Number 5 canned salmon
You may already know how healthy salmon is.
It’s one of those foods really capable of helping you repairing your kidneys.
It’s a great source of omega 3 fatty acids and it has some health benefits that make salmon an excellent choice for the kidney diet.
It can decrease chronic inflammation and protect against heart disease and cancer.
In addition, salmon is low in saturated fat and is an excellent source of protein with all the essential amino acids needed for the body to work and maintain muscles.
The American Heart Association and American Diabetes Association recommend eating salmon or other high omega-3 fish sources 2-3 times a week.
Canned salmon has about 300mg of potassium per 3 oz serving, or 85 grams, so you’re going to need a bit of portion control here.
It also has 200 mg of phosphorus and 477 mg of sodium.
Canned salmon is also rich in vitamin D and calcium, mainly from the bones. So don’t throw out the soft, calcium-rich bones! Mash them with a fork and you won’t even notice them.
Canned salmon is already cooked – just drain the liquids, and it’s ready to eat or add to your favorite dish. You can remove the skin and you can squeeze some lemon in it, if you like.
Unopened canned salmon can be stored in the cupboard at room temperature for up to 3 years. Check the best-before date on the can.
Oils can become rancid fairly quickly, so when choosing tuna and other canned fish products, choose the
kinds packed in water.
Once opened, remove salmon from the can, store in an air tight container in the fridge and use within 3-4 days. You can freeze canned salmon for up to 3 months.
Now, as I was saying I usually don’t recommend canned foods.
But when you cannot have the real thing, they’re the best alternative.
Because, even if there’s an expiration date on the can, they basically never go bad.
Over time the contents can change in consistency, color and even flavor, but food stored in tin cans can never really go bad. If the can gets damaged, however, this unlimited shelf life is no longer guaranteed.
Other invaluable canned foods source of healthy protein, fiber and nutrients that add some flavor and richness to your emergency kidney diet include:
Canned fish, like sardines and tuna
Canned fruits, like pineapple and pear
Canned veggies, like green beans and corn
Remember that you should search for Canned foods that are labelled as “no salt added”.
And also to drain canned fruits and vegetables, and to rinse them if reasonable, before eating.
Time for our number 4!
This one is a real superfood, something I already recommended even without considering its very long shelf life.
So if you already haven’t stocked it up, now it’s the time!
Extra virgin olive oil is one of the healthiest fats you can use, especially if you use it to replace less healthy oils in your cooking.
It’s rich in monounsaturated fats and it’s basically what the Mediterranean diet is based on, which provides numerous health benefits.
Studies link extra virgin olive oil to a reduced risk of heart disease, brain cancer, and other serious health conditions
Olive oil is so powerful in fighting inflammation and diseases thanks to oleocanthal.
Oleocanthal, the source of olive oil’s distinctive aftertaste, has been shown to have similar anti-inflammatory effects as ibuprofen, a widely used anti-inflammatory drug.
It is also low in potassium and phosphorus, as we can see.
But it is really, really full of calories, and this makes it a great food to stock up right now.
Olive oil is ultimately perishable, but it has a very long life. If stored properly, a bottle of extra-virgin can last around 20 months. That’s almost two years.
But that’s referred to the unopened bottle.
Once you open your oil, you’ll want to use it sooner than later, within 30 to 60 days upon opening.
Remember to Place your olive oil away from the stove and oven and to store in a cool, dark place away from light.
Time for the number 3! This one is a really cheap and easy to find staple food you can use to replenish your pantry right now without worrying about the expiration date!
Ou Number 3 is..
Ok, here is another staple food with a really long shelf life that’s actually suitable for people with kidney disease.
I don’t usually recommend white rice, because there are healthier alternatives.
I’ve talked about this in some of my previous videos.
But if you have to stock up your pantry right now, white rice is one of the foods you want to get in large quantities.
Because the shelf life of white rice is measured in yeas.
The reason why I’m listing white rice in today’s video is its shelf life.
Unlike brown rice and other varieties of rice, that usually expire after 6 to 8 months, white rice can last up to 4 or 5 years.
So, if properly stored, white rice is a true survival food.
Also consider that white rice has just 26 mg of potassium per cup, or about 130g, and 120 mg of phosphorus.
This makes it perfectly safe for people with kidney disease in any stage.
White Rice is also considered a Safe Carbohydrate, since it is easy to digest and anyone can eat it.
People with chronic digestive issues will have a much easier time digesting white rice than brown rice and other varieties.
Most people don’t know that whole grains can be hard for the body to digest (including most doctors) if they’re not properly prepared. The outer layer of all grains, including brown rice contains something called phytic acid which is an anti-nutrient and can cause digestive distress if it’s not neutralized.
But few people do this anymore because of the time involved. You should be soaking and rinsing thoroughly what you prepare, and this requires time.
But this is not a problem with white rice as the bran has already been removed.
White rice is often unfairly criticized and can serve as a better alternative to brown rice in some situations.
Additionally, people on a low-fiber diet and adults experiencing nausea or heartburn may find that white rice is easier to digest and does not trigger uncomfortable symptoms.
It’s also worth noting that white rice is naturally gluten-free, which makes it a great carb option for people with celiac disease or non-celiac gluten sensitivity.
White rice is considered empty carbs since it loses its main sources of nutrients.
However, in the US and many other countries, white rice is typically enriched with added nutrients, including iron and B vitamins like folic acid, niacin, thiamine and more.
Time for the number 2! An exceptionally healthy, nutrient dense food with three times the iron of spinach and 5 times the calcium of milk.
Our number 2 is…
The Chia seed is a tiny little powerhouse that can add a lot of benefits to your long-term food storage while only taking up a small amount of space. The word “Chia” is actually the Mayan word for strength. In ancient cultures, they are considered the food of the warrior because of their nutrient density and ability to sustain running messengers for long durations without other food.
But are they healthy for your kidneys?
Well, they’re one of the healthiest foods you can eat, because of their Omega 3 fatty acids content.
Chia seeds are one of the BEST plant based sources of omega 3s. The lipid profile of chia seeds is composed of 60% of omega 3s. Now, this benefit alone is worth including them in your renal diet, even when you don’t need foods with a long shelf life.
Chia seeds can even lower insulin resistance, according to recent studies.
And it’s not all!
Chia seeds have three times the amount of iron found in spinach, as well as many other nutritional benefits.
2 times the protein of other seeds
5 times the calcium of milk
3 times the antioxidants of blueberries
3 times the iron of spinach
Chia seeds can be sprinkled dry on top of other foods, they can be sprouted or they can be soaked to create a tasteless gel to stir into soups or sauces.
This gel can also be used to replace eggs in baked goods and other preparations.
So if you have a recipe and you’re wanting to go egg-free, do one tablespoon of chia to three tablespoons of water, mix that and it can replace an egg in any recipe.
Using this gel instead of eggs can lower the cholesterol in your diet and increase the nutrient content.
Chia seeds can be stored for 2-4 years in a cool, dry place.
Question Have you already started stocking up foods and supplies?
What foods are you going to hard for the upcoming days?
Let me know in comment below!
Also let me know if you liked this video about foods to stock up, because I can make another one if you want.
I had to let-out some interesting foods because I didn’t want to make the video too long.
So let me know if you liked it!
And remember, it has never been so important to take good care of the health of your kidneys.
This is why I’m recommending you to get this program I have here on my phone.
This is a comprehensive guide to the diet, supplementation and medications created to help people in stage 3, 4 and even 5 of kidney disease to get their kidney function back.
And most of all, it has already helped a lot of people here reversing their kidney disease.
There’s a link here, if you want to try it.
And the number one is…
Dried herbs and spices
dried herbs and spices are fantastic foods to store for long periods. And they’re incredibly healthy for your kidneys!
Watch this video to know what the healthiest herbs and spices are!