Kidney Disease: how to manage vitamins and minerals

Vitamins and minerals are the basic nutrients present in many of the veggies and fruits we eat every day and is very essential. If you are having some kidney disease, then these two things are even more essential. If you are receiving dialysis, taking vitamins and minerals as supplements is highly recommended.

Vitamins and minerals are very essential substances that are essential by our body for carrying out vital functions. There are many types of vitamins, mainly A, B, C, D and E. Iron, copper and zinc are the major minerals that are needed by our body. These things help in digestion of food. Also the functions include body tissue repair, promoting growth of kids and to make energy for cells. However a kidney disease would change the need of vitamins and minerals.

The body wouldn’t produce any vitamins and minerals, so the need is fulfilled almost all from the food that we eat. If you have a healthy kidney, you would eat almost all varieties of food which includes meat, fruits, vegetables and dairy products which has loads of vitamins and minerals in them. Though if you have some kidney disease, it will limit your diet as the doctors would always advice you to avoid a lot of healthy food. Therefore, you will need to take in vitamins and minerals in the form of supplements.

A kidney disease would change the bodily need of nutrients. Some of these changes are-

  • Dialysis would make you lose some vitamins.
  • Vitamin D is made inside the body. Having a kidney disease would affect the generation.
  • Medicines would change the utilization of vitamins and minerals in the body.
  • Kidney disease would decrease your appetite, so you’d often skip meals and decreasing the vitamin and mineral intake.
  • Such a disease would accumulate a lot of waste in your body which again would change the vitamin and mineral usage.

Always take any supplements according to doctors prescribed. Often vitamin B complex and vitamin C is prescribed. Iron pills and injections are also recommended to those who are deprived of minerals. High blood phosphorus would be harmful. Calcium is often given as supplement to bind the phosphorus to food and thus removing the excess phosphorus. Even as a body makes its own vitamin D, during a kidney disease, you tend to lose a lot of vitamins, so you would also need to take vitamin D pills if your doctor would recommend you to have it.

A vitamin B complex is a combination of various vitamins, all having a different function. Anemia is prevented by combining vitamin B6, B12 and folic acid along with iron as the binding agent. Vitamin C can be used to keep tissues healthy. Vitamin D would help you to make your bones strong and also to protect you from heart diseases.

There are various herbal remedies for vitamin and mineral supplements. Though they may have some side effects, therefore, you need to consult your doctor before using these herbal alternatives.