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What's the Deal with Protein?

Protein is a huge topic in the world of chronic kidney disease. There are a lot of misconceptions floating around out there, so let's break it down...

Many researchers and medical professionals are weighing in and sharing advice that is appropriate for some, but not necessarily for all people living with polycystic kidney disease.

I have read through the studies and done my research and I encourage you to do the same!

You will see that as part of a proactive, healthy diet, protein is still a very important consideration for our community.

PKD patients require protein just like other people, but not in excess - a moderate amount is best - so somewhere in-line with typical recommendations.

What are the "typical" recommendations for protein intake?

The recommended protein intake for a typical adult is 0.8g/kg/day (0.36/lb/day). So, for example, a person who weights 150lb would need a baseline of 54g/day.

People with kidney disease should aim for approximately this amount as well, but it does depend on the individual and also, the quality of the sources consumed.

A good place to start:

☑️ focus on real food above supplementation of any kind

☑️ focus on high quality, lean cuts of meat

☑️ opt for more ant-inflammatory fish like salmon, herring, mackerel

☑️ expand into the world of plant-based protein with legumes, tofu, nuts & seeds

☑️ reduce your intake of processed meats & other products like protein powder

If you're feeling overwhelmed, try to remember...

DO try your best to improve the quality of your protein sources.

DON'T stress over the details, remember MODERATION & BALANCE are key.

Lots more to come on the topic of protein! Stay tuned.

Ciara Morin

Registered Holistic Nutritionist (RHN), real food advocate, PKD warrior

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