Is Lemon Good or Bad for Dialysis Patients? 🤔

Is lemon good or bad for dialysis patients?

Lemon has no direct effect on kidney health; but it is good for your overall health; because lemon has vitamin C, antioxidants and citric acid, which helps maintain the internal pH balance. The citric acid also helps prevent forming kidney stones.

Lemons are inexpensive, healthy, and one of the most popular fruits in the world.

Lemons are high in vitamin C, fiber, and various beneficial plant compounds. [1]

It gives flavor to baked goods, sauces, salad dressings, marinades, drinks, and desserts.

Lemons may support heart health, weight control, and digestive health. 

But is lemon good or bad for dialysis patients? 🤔

Does it cause any harm?

Let’s find out. 🧐

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Is lemon good or bad for dialysis patients?

Lemon has no direct effect on kidney health; but it is good for your overall health; because lemon has vitamin C, antioxidants and citric acid, which helps maintain the internal pH balance. The citric acid also helps prevent forming kidney stones.

Let me explain. 🧐

Your diet is an important part of your kidney treatment.

If you’re on kidney dialysis, it means your kidney can’t fully take care of your body. 

Your kidney cannot remove enough waste products and fluids from your blood, and your body now has special needs. [2]

Your doctor may recommend a special kind of diet to keep you healthy.

Lemons are high in vitamin C, fiber, and various beneficial plant compounds. They support heart health, reduce cancer risk and improve digestive health. [3]

Citric acid found in the lemon may help prevent forming kidney stones by preventing calcium build up and increasing urine volume and increasing urine pH. [4]

However, excess lemon juice can nausea, diarrhea and vomiting.

Renal Dialysis

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Can I drink lemon juice if I’m on dialysis?

Yes. You can drink lemon juice even when on dialysis. Although it doesn’t directly affect your treatment, it is good for your overall health. It may support heart health, improve digestive health and prevent kidney stones.

Does lemon juice cause any harm, if I’m on dialysis?

No; limited lemon consumption doesn’t cause any harm if you’re on dialysis. However, it is good for your overall health. It may support heart health, improve digestive health and prevent kidney stones.

How and when should I drink lemon juice if I’m on dialysis?

You can drink lemon juice at any time. However, it’s a good idea to drink it first thing in the morning; because the sour taste of lemon may help get your digestive system moving.

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The Final Word

So, if you ask me “Is Lemon Good or Bad for Dialysis Patients” my answer will be positive. You can eat it.

When on dialysis, you must take care of your food choice. You can’t eat everything you like during kidney treatment. 

One of the most important organs of your body, the kidney, is damaged, so you have to do everything the treatment demands.

Strictly follow a kidney dialysis diet.

Best of luck for your treatment. 👍‌‌

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References

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  1. FoodData Central: Lemon juice, raw. Accessed 8 January 2022[]
  2. National Kidney Foundation: Dialysis – Procedure, types, risks, purpose | National Kidney Foundation. Accessed 8 January 2022[]
  3. Tata 1MG: Lemon : Benefits, Precautions and Dosage. Accessed 8 January 2022[]
  4. PubMed (NIH): Dietary treatment of urinary risk factors for renal stone formation. A review of CLU Working Group. Accessed 8 January 2022[]

About the Author

A. R. Choudhury, ARChoudhuryMSc,

A. R. Choudhury is a IGNOU certified nutritionist in India with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Biochemistry.

He also has considerable research experience and additional certificates in nutrition. 👍

Abdur currently lives in India and keeps fit by weight training and eating mainly home-cooked meals. 💪 🥗

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