Is Lemon Good for CKD? (Expert Answer)

Short Answer: Lemon is good for CKD because it contains vitamin C and citric acid, which can support heart health, weight control, and digestive health.

Lemon is a fruit that is high in vitamin C, fiber, and various beneficial plant compounds.

In chronic kidney disease (CKD), your kidneys are damaged and can’t filter blood the way they should.

This can cause wastes to build up in your body, high blood pressure, heart disease, and other health problems.

One of the key factors in managing CKD is diet.

What you consume can affect your blood pressure, which can impact your CKD symptoms and overall health.

To effectively manage CKD, you should consume lemons and other citrus fruits like oranges and grapefruits.

These fruits are good sources of vitamin C, which may help reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke.

They also contain citric acid, which may help prevent kidney stones by increasing urine volume and increasing urine pH, creating a less favorable environment for kidney stone formation.

Now, lemon juice is a citrus juice and citrus fruits are good for CKD.

Because they contain vitamin C and citric acid, which can support heart health, weight control, and digestive health.

Furthermore, lemon juice is a natural flavor enhancer and citrus fruits are rich in antioxidants, which are good for your immune system and overall well-being.

You can eat one or two lemons per day safely.

More than that can cause acid reflux or heartburn, which are common side effects of high acid intake.

That’s why I suggest you limit your lemon juice intake to one or two tablespoons per day to minimize acid reflux.

Stick to six ounces of lemon juice to minimize the risk of kidney stones.

Also, you shouldn’t drink lemon juice if you have kidney stones or acid reflux, as it may worsen these conditions.

Because citric acid can increase urine acidity and stimulate stone formation.

Finally, remember, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, including a balanced diet, regular exercise, stress management and essential medical care is key to managing/dealing with CKD effectively.

I always recommend my CKD patients to follow a CKD-friendly diet to improve their overall well-being, and enjoy a longer and healthier life.

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About the Author

Abdur Rahman Choudhury

Abdur Rahman Choudhury is a nutritionist in West Bengal, India, with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Biochemistry.

He has done his diploma in nutrition from Fabulous Body Inc (US), and completed various certification courses from several universities. He also has considerable research experience in PCOS.

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

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