Healthy diet support

If you are new to kidney disease or are cooking for someone you know who has kidney disease, you may not feel sure about what food to prepare. We have advice to help you make healthy, kidney-friendly choices.

  • Lowering your potassium levels

    Potassium is a mineral that can build up in your body if your kidneys are not working properly. Some medicines can also increase your potassium levels. Read on for advice to help lower your potassium levels.

  • Natural phosphate and added phosphate – what you need to know

    When you have chronic kidney disease (CKD), you may need to manage the levels of phosphate in your diet. Understanding the difference between natural phosphate and the phosphate found in processed foods will help you make the healthiest choices for you, with the support of your kidney dietitian.

  • 6 ways to add flavour without salt

    Cooking without salt doesn’t mean bland meals. There are plenty of ingredients that give your cooking a flavour boost without reaching for the saltshaker. We’ve checked with kidney dietitians so you don’t have to worry about the science – or compromise on fantastic flavour.

  • Eating tomatoes when you have CKD

    In the right amount and served with the right foods, tomatoes can still be enjoyed safely by people who have been advised to lower potassium in their diet. Laura Kyte, Renal dietitian at the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Trust, offers advice about eating tomatoes if you are living with CKD.

  • Managing your fluid and salt levels

    If you have been advised to reduce the amount of fluid you drink, it is important to also reduce the amount of salt in your diet. Read our guide to cutting down on salt and managing your fluid intake; ask your kidney team for support and personalised advice.

  • Diabetes and kidney disease: what can I eat?

    Enjoying your food if you have both diabetes and chronic kidney disease (CKD) is about eating a healthy, well-balanced diet. Cook from scratch whenever you can, so you know exactly what ingredients you're choosing, and consult your dietitian for advice that's tailored to you.

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Whether you fancy pasta, dal, burgers or hotpot, the Kidney Kitchen offers you hundreds of options that are delicious and approved by kidney dietitians. Enjoy!
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