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Senior Health: Foods for Healthy Kidneys

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March is National Kidney Month, and as a trusted provider of Palm Beach senior care, we’d like to devote this blog to kidney health. As we age, it is especially important to care for our kidneys, and healthy kidneys begin with a healthy diet. Next time you cook a meal for your senior loved one, consider using a few of the following eight foods that promote kidney health.

1. Garlic

Garlic reduces inflammation, and has antibacterial and cleansing properties to promote overall health. If your senior loved one must cut back on salt, garlic’s strong flavor makes an excellent substitute.

2. Ginger

Similar to garlic, ginger kicks up the flavor profile of food instead of salt. Ginger also helps purify the blood and reduces the workload for your kidneys.

3. Fennel

This unusual vegetable tastes like a combination of celery and licorice. Fennel is a natural diuretic, which can reduce swelling associated with kidney disease and help flush the kidneys.

4. Kale

A brassica family member, kale and other leafy greens pack plenty of iron. People with kidney dysfunction may have low iron levels, which can impact energy and overall vitality. The leafy green is also packed with antioxidants and offers bountiful anti-inflammatory benefits.

5. Turmeric

Indigenous to India and integral to Ayurvedic medicine, turmeric is a potent anti-inflammatory agent. It can also improve circulation, which is important to support kidney function.

6. Apples

Apples are high in fiber, which promotes intestinal health, and low in potassium. If potassium levels increase beyond what dysfunctional kidneys can handle, stroke or cardiac issues can result.

7. Cranberries and Blueberries

These little berries pack an antioxidant punch, and are known to promote urinary tract health by flushing uric acid from the kidneys.

8. Pumpkin Seeds

Pumpkin seeds are rich in antioxidants, and help prevent kidney stones by filtering out waste.

If you’re concerned your senior loved one isn’t eating right or getting enough exercise, find a live-in or part-time hourly caregiver in Palm Beach who can cook healthy meals, provide mobility support during physical activities, and promote an overall healthy lifestyle. Home Care Assistance thoroughly screens every caregiver before hire, provides ongoing training, and offers 24/7 availability. Call a qualified Care Manager at (561) 429-8292 and schedule your complimentary no-obligation consultation today.