Chronic kidney disease (CKD), also known as chronic renal disease, is a condition that occurs when your kidneys don’t work as well as they should to excrete waste, toxins and excess fluids.
CKD is a progressive disease and there is a point where the kidneys cannot fulfil their tasks any more and dialysis becomes necessary. But you are not helpless, there is a lot you can do to slow down the progression of the disease for example with a conservative treatment approach.
A little more time can make a big difference ... here you can read how lifestyle and diet changes have helped CKD patients around the world to enjoy life without the need for dialysis.
Stages of CKD
The chronic impairment of the kidneys has been defined as stages of CKD based on the glomerular filtration rate (GFR) which is usually determined as eGFR, an estimation of the GFR, calculated from laboratory parameters. The glomerulus is a functional unit of the kidney responsible for the filtration process from blood into urine. If your GFR is too low, your kidneys may not be able to remove enough waste products and excess water from your blood.
Check your eGFR Value
Preserve your quality of life
A big part of the conservative treatment approach for CKD is a specific nutritional management to relief the kidneys and preserve their function. You can find here quite a lot of practical nutritional advice to manage your special condition.
Food that is good for you
Here some examples of low protein foods. Find more inspiration for your next shopping trip and download our little grocery guide that will help you making healthy food choices.