Kidney-Friendly Drinks

It’s important to find kidney-friendly drinks if you are managing kidney disease.

Here are some tips to choosing the best drinks!

Why is avoiding phosphorus important in kidney-friendly drinks?

First, 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 in patients with chronic kidney disease, the kidneys just cannot excrete (remove) phosphorus from the body as fast or efficiently as they should.

As a result, 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 and drinks it is primarily found it!

Phosphorous is not a kidney-friendly drink ingredient!

Second, it is important to note that several foods and drinks contain hidden phosphorus additives under a long, complicated names such as:

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

So what are some examples of kidney-friendly drinks?

Here is a great table to reference if you are feeling a bit overwhelmed about what to drink and what to avoid!

For example, what you want to look 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 drink?

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

Here are some kidney-friendly water ideas to make it 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

Check out our other kidney friendly blogs for more help!

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-Blog reviewed and updated by Rebecca Bitzer MS RD LD August 30, 2021

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