4 Health Trends for Home Dialysis Patients in 2020
It’s a new decade, and people from all walks of life are aiming to make 2020 the year they take charge of their health. And as a chronic kidney disease patient, you can, too. Here are a few wellness trends that you can capitalize on this year.
Sleep: we know we need it, yet somehow we always find excuses to let it fall by the wayside. In 2020, resolve to reclaim your zzz’s. When we get enough rest, not only do we boost our productivity, but we give our bodies time to heal and recover. Chronic kidney disease patients often struggle with sleep, but there are several steps you can take to improve your quality of rest. Make sure you get moving during the day so you expend enough energy to fall asleep with ease. That means limiting nap times, which can cause you to have more energy later in the day when you should be winding down for bed. Train your body to get an ample amount of sleep each night by setting a sleep schedule and sticking to it. If you’re still struggling to get enough shut-eye, talk to your care team.
Get smart about sugar
Added sugars – think high fructose corn syrup and table sugar – contribute to high blood pressure, inflammation, weight gain, and other harmful effects that can accelerate the progression of kidney disease. If your diet includes a lot of sugars, your dietitian will work with you to swap sugary sources with kidney-friendly snacks and ingredients. Instead of reaching for a candy bar, satisfy your sweet tooth with berries, grapes, or apples.
Power up with plants
Plant-based eating is one of 2020’s biggest health trends for a lot of reasons. Individuals are recognizing the many health benefits of plant-based foods and want to decrease their meat consumption to reduce the environmental impact of their eating. Regardless of your reason, incorporating more plants into your diet can help reduce inflammation in your body. Work with your Cincinnati Home Dialysis dietitian to determine which vegetables are most compatible with your level of kidney function. You want to beware of vegetarian foods like canned soups, soy-based products, and alternative meats that can be high in sodium and detrimental to your kidney health.
Take charge of your health data
Personal health tech has come of age in the last few years – from fitness watches, smart scales, and food tracking apps – there are tons of ways to take your health data into your own hands in a variety of price points. Food tracking apps like MyFitnessPal or MyPlate have free versions that can help you understand your nutrient balance and calorie intake. Fitness watches can range from around $80 to more than $200. Whatever your budget, health technologies can empower you to take your wellbeing into your own hands and stay on track.
However you plan to improve your health this year, your Cincinnati Home Dialysis care team is here to support you in your goals. Always discuss any major lifestyle changes with your care team before taking action. Here’s to a happy and healthy 2020.