Your doctor may also recommend cutting back on high-sodium foods. When you have too much sodium in your blood, your kidneys hold onto water. This can increase your blood pressure.
The following are steps you can take to reduce sodium in your diet:
Use fresh meats and vegetables instead of prepackaged ones. Prepackaged foods tend to be high in sodium.
When you have acute nephritis, your body needs time and energy to heal. Your doctor will likely recommend bed rest during your recovery. Your doctor may also advise you to increase your fluid intake to prevent dehydration and keep the kidneys filtering to release waste products.
If your condition affects your kidney function, your doctor may recommend a special diet low in certain electrolytes, such as potassium. Many fruits and vegetables are high in potassium. Your doctor may instruct you regarding which foods are low in potassium. You can also soak some vegetables in water and drain the water before cooking them. This process, known as leaching, can remove extra potassium.
Ask your restaurant server to request that the chef limit salt added to your dishes.
Season your food with spices and herbs instead of sodium-blended seasonings or salt.
If your kidney function is significantly impaired due to your infection, you may require dialysis. This is a process in which a special machine acts like an artificial kidney. Dialysis may be a temporary necessity. However, if your kidneys have experienced too much damage, you may need dialysis permanently.
Choose foods labeled “low-sodium” or “no-sodium” whenever possible.