In This Chapter
Finding out what kidney disease is
Identifying foods to avoid or treat kidney disease
Discovering foods that are good for your kidneys
Your kidneys, along with the rest of your excretory system (see Chapter 14 for a more in-depth discussion on the entire system), are vital to keeping your body healthy and functioning. Your kidneys have two basic jobs:
When your kidneys don't work properly, impurities and contaminants remain in your blood and can wreak havoc on your health. Kidney disease is a very serious condition that can result in adverse health outcomes ranging from discomfort and inconvenience to severe disability and even death.
Because your kidneys are so important, you want to do all that you can to ensure that they're well taken care of. In this chapter, I familiarize you with the kidney, examine what kidney disease is and does, and explain how a well-balanced diet can help you prevent and even treat kidney disease.
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