I just posted this in the wrong section - I think it belongs here instead so I moved it over...
I was born with kidney disease. It's genetic. My dad had it and he was the recipient of a transplant but he died from a heart attack. That being said though he did not live the healthiest lifestyle.
I'm 23 years old and I have only around 20% function left. Doctors keep warning me I will need dialysis soon but I just do not accept that.
This is why I have been trying to do this high carb/mostly raw diet - I figure if I'm eating the food we are designed to eat it will be less stress to my body and therefore less toxins for my kidneys to remove.
Then enters potassium: If kidneys don't function well they have trouble getting rid of excess potassium. My blood tests recently were slightly high. Nothing close to needing treatment, but still high enough to cause my doctor to be concerned and told me to cut it back in my diet. (It was around 5.4 - should be 5 at the most)
It does freak me out a bit because if you have too much potassium in the blood you can be at risk of a heart attack and I asked me doctor and she said that sometimes there can really be no symptoms to warn you that it's high.
So all of this being said:
WHAT AM I SUPPOSED TO EAT?
I rely on bananas and dates to get my calories up. I've been playing around with cronometer adding other fruits instead and I still end up with over 6000mg of potassium a day no matter what to get my needed 2000-2500 cals a day. & That's if I don't have a raw dinner and I have white rice instead (low potassium).
ALL fruits contain potassium - and to get enough calories from any fruits it's going to be high no matter what. Even if I don't have bananas etc.
I do not trust the kidney specialist dietician because she basically tells me to eat no more than half a banana a day but it's totally okay to eat lots of red meat for iron because it's easiest for our bodies to absorb in that form (BS!) & that I should be adding butter and oils to all my food to keep my calories up. What a load of crap. The fact that this is the advice that our health system is dishing out is utterly appalling.
Anyway I am really upset. I want this lifestyle to help me not harm me. I hear so many great stories of people healing themselves naturally. Why not me? Why does this disease have to be different.
I don't know what to do.
Does anyone have ANY experience in this?
Potassium is only an issue if you have kidney failure, so you should be fine.
I think PK has some experience regarding kidney issues. Maybe get in touch:
Lots of luck!
I am sorry to read about your condition. I actually have a damaged right kidney from a surgery I had a few years ago which causes me great pain. However, this diet is the best thing that ever happened to me, and so far my potassium levels are within normal limits although my liver might be in early stages of trouble.
I recommend that you continue to monitor your situation with your doctor(s) and we are not against medical care here in cases of emergency. If you need dialyses, get it. If you can get on a transplant list, do it.
As far as potassium goes, almost all foods that are still in their natural state even animal products have it. So if you are eating food in its natural form, you will be getting some potassium. And that is a good thing. We need potassium for almost all body functions.
Also, if you are just slightly up on the blood levels of potassium, you might be ok for a while.
What you may need to do though is tweak your diet a bit. For example, about 100 calories worth of orange may have slightly less potassium than 100 calories of banana. You can track this intake on sites like
You can try to go for nutrient dense foods like oranges and lettuce greens and keep your calories at the minimum levels. I am not talking about restriction. I mean keep calorie counts around 2500 or so but eat nutrient dense foods instead of empty calories such as the rices and other grains.
Another issue that we kidney patients have to deal with is to eat a low oxalate diet. I have to eat a low oxalate version of this raw vegan diet. Many if not most cooked foods are moderate to high in oxalate and some raw foods like spinach, kale, chard, and dates are high in oxalate. You can read more about this at my blogpost here:
What works for me and most members here for long term success on this diet is the following....
The following formula works well for long term health and success:
Diet in a Banana Peel
Eat a raw frugivore diet where most carbohydrates and calories come from whole raw ripe sweet and juicy fruits like oranges, papaya, or mangoes, supplemented with about ½-2 heads of lettuce greens a day (not kale, chard, and spinach) and about a handful of raw nuts or seeds a day. Eat simple meals but a rainbow of foods over a period of time.
Eat enough on a daily basis with at least 2500 calories for females and at least 3000 calories for males. Drink 2-4 quarts of water a day and pee clear. Get 8-12 hours of sleep as needed. Exercise about 30 minutes a day 5-6 days a week with at least one day off for rest and repairs. Get about 30 minutes of sunshine a day on your skin for vitamin D, mental health, eye health, and healthy bones and teeth.
For more science behind how to this diet optimally for long term success:
Good luck and Peace, PK
thank you so much for the advice.