It’s important to find kidney-friendly beverages if you are managing kidney disease. Here are some tips to choosing beverages while managing kidney disease.

Kidney-friendly Beverages

With kidney disease, a really tricky mineral to navigate is phosphorus. If you haven’t heard of phosphorus before, you can
read more about it on our Navigating Nutrients for chronic kidney disease (CKD)!

Why is avoiding phosphorus important in kidney-friendly beverages?

To determine what to drink with kidney disease, it is important to first discuss a really tricky mineral called phosphorus.  While phosphorus does play a big role in maintaining healthy bones, with chronic kidney disease, the kidneys just can’t excrete (remove) phosphorus from the body as fast or efficiently as they should.

This causes a buildup which can be very harmful – the body will respond to high phosphorus levels by pulling calcium from bones to balance it out. This weakens the bones and creates a buildup of calcium deposits which can lead to heart attacks, stroke, or death.

We know this all sounds very scary, but the good news is it’s easy to control your phosphorus level if you know what foods it is primarily found it!

Phosphorous is not a kidney-friendly beverage ingredient

Phosphorus is hidden in several food and beverage additives under a long, complicated name such as:

  • Dicalcium phosphate
  • Disodium phosphate
  • Monosodium phosphate
  • Phosphoric acid
  • Sodium hexameta-phosphate
  • Trisodium phosphate
  • Sodium tripolyphosphate
  • Tetrasodium pyrophosphate.

So what are kidney-friendly beverages?

Here is a great table to reference if you are feeling a bit overwhelmed about what to drink
and what to avoid, with some kidney-friendly drinks to replace those less-friendly options!

Instead of this… Drink this!

In a nutshell, what you want to be looking for are ginger ale, coffee, hot apple cider, root beer, almond milk, rice milk, homemade iced tea, homemade lemonade, lemon-lime soda, Sierra Mist, 7UP, Sprite and V8 Low Sodium Splash.

Is water a kidney-friendly beverage?

Yes, water is a kidney-friendly beverage! We know water can get boring, but it is essential to kidney-health!

Here are some ideas to make kidney-friendly water more flavorful:

There are lots of ways to make water exciting again – consider infusing water with fruit to put a fun spin on traditional water. You can let the infused water sit for 1-2 hours at room temperature, at fridge temp for 3-4 hours, or up to 12 hours to increase fruity/tangy flavor.

– Blackberry-sage water
– Apple-cinnamon water
– Cucumber-lemon water
– Strawberry-basil water
– Mint-lemonade
– Blackberry-orange-ginger water
– Pineapple-mint water
– Raspberry-lime water
– Watermelon-rosemary water
– Pineapple-coconut-lime water

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