Nutrition and pre-dialysis

Nutrition is an important element in the management of chronic kidney disease. 

As you have to pay attention to several ingredients when changing your nutrition to a ‘kidney diet’, it is recommended that you receive training from a specialised dietician. Please ask your doctor about your individual nutrition requirements and about instructions from a dietician.

Nutrition and pre-dialysis

No special type of protein is recommended however moving towards
more vegetarian proteins might help against acidosis.

What is to be considered?

In general, for pre-dialysis stages it is recommended that your intake (or “kidney diet”) consists of:

  • Low amounts of protein

  • Sufficient calories

  • Low amounts of table salt (i.e. sodium)

  • Low amounts of phosphate

  • Low amounts of potassium

  • Variable amounts of calcium (depending on your indivdual needs, taking into account all different sources of calcium)


In the Grocery Guide you will find some food suggestions that you can consider at your next grocery shopping trip.

Changeover easily

Nobody likes to change eating habits. In this little video you will learn how it can work and that nothing needs to happen over night.

Want a little foretaste?

Food ingredients to watch out for in pre-dialysis

A low protein diet in every-day life


To support you in planning your cooking, we provide some recipes for a protein-reduced diet and a link to a Food Ingredient Calculator (a database where you can check, which amounts of different ingredients your meal contains).