Stage 4 Chronic Kidney Failure: Always Tired and Dizzy

“I was always tired and dizzy.” – A patient with Renal Failure stage 4 said. Anemia related to kidney failure means that your brain is not getting enough oxygen. This can lead to memory problems, trouble with concentration, and dizziness.

Iron is a mineral found in protein-rich foods that helps make hemoglobin, the protein in the red blood cell that carries oxygen. A major source of iron is red meat. Since patients in theearly stages of kidney disease are advised to reduce the amount of protein they eat, they may not be getting adequate amounts of iron from their diet.To boost the amount of iron in your diet, try these foods:

Meat, Poultry and Seafood: Beef, pork, lamb, dark-meat poultry and seafood are all significant sources of iron. Beef livers, chicken livers and other organ meats are especially high in iron. Fish such as sardines, anchovies, shellfish such as clams, mussels and oysters are high in iron.

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Vegetables: Several green vegetables such as broccoli, green peas, kale, collard greens and spinach contain significant amounts of iron.

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Fruit: vitamin C in citrus and other types of fruit helps your body absorb non-heme iron from plant sources, especially when these foods are eaten together at the same meal. Dried apricots, dates and raisins do contain significant amounts of iron because nutrients are concentrated in dehydrated fruits.

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