Meat and dairy products contain animal proteins, which research shows have a profound effect on kidney function. While proteins are important nutrients for many functions in the body, they also break down into waste products that have to be removed from the blood by the kidneys. Eating too much protein may put an extra burden on the kidneys and aggravate existing kidney disease. A kidney-friendly diet will also limit the number of saturated fats and micronutrients such as potassium and phosphorus.
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