An important part of providing Toronto in-home care for your elderly loved one means making sure he or she eats a healthy diet. A poor diet can have a significant impact on your loved one’s kidney health, especially if he or she has become more reliant on medications. Following are some foods that can help prevent kidney disease and even increase the overall health of these important organs.
Red Bell Peppers
Red bell peppers are rich in an antioxidant called lycopene, which can help prevent the development of kidney cancer. Bursting with flavor and sufficiently low in potassium, these peppers provide ample amounts of vitamins A, C, and B6, and they are also excellent sources of fiber and folic acid.
Eating a diet rich in cruciferous vegetables is believed to be one of the best defenses against cancer and other diseases affecting the kidneys. Some of the most well-known cruciferous vegetables include broccoli, Brussels sprouts, kale, and collard greens. However, cabbage is often hailed as the most nutrient-rich and affordable option in the cruciferous plant family. It contains a number of cancer-fighting phytochemicals that can have a marked impact on both kidney and cardiovascular health. Cabbage is also rich in vitamins C, K, B6, folic acid, and fiber.
Garlic is an excellent anti-inflammatory food that can prevent many different forms of illness. It also has inherent antibacterial and antifungal properties that can clear up systemic infections and other illnesses that may be placing undue stress on the kidneys. Garlic provides the greatest benefits when consumed raw. Toronto caregivers can add minced garlic to vinaigrette dressings or warm soups for extra flavor and potency.
Cauliflower is a cruciferous vegetable packed with fiber, folate, and vitamin C. It also contains an impressive array of compounds that assist the liver in neutralizing toxic substances that can cause damage to the cell membranes and DNA. Cauliflower can be lightly steamed or served raw with a homemade, garlic-infused dipping sauce.
Eating a nutritious diet not only helps preserve kidney health, but it can also prevent many other serious conditions. If your loved one needs help maintaining healthy habits, reach out to Home Care Assistance. Our caregivers can help with meal prep, grocery shopping, exercise, and much more. We also offer comprehensive Alzheimer’s, post-stroke, and Parkinson’s care in Toronto. For more information on our senior care services and to schedule a free consultation, call one of our knowledgeable Care Managers at (416) 488-8777 today.