Nutrition & Recipes

Nutrition and kidney disease - Information on what to eat to support your kidneys

Eating well when you have kidney disease is very important to help you stay as healthy and strong as possible. Including the right kinds and amounts of foods each day recommended for healthy eating can help your kidneys to work more easily and keep you well for longer. We recommend consuming a diet rich in vegetables, fruits, wholegrain cereals, lean meats, poultry, fish, eggs, nuts and seeds, legumes and beans and low-fat dairy products. It’s also important that you limit your salt, sugar, and fat intake.

Sometimes having kidney disease can make you feel unwell. Your appetite may not be so good, and food may taste different. This is because waste products produced from the foods you eat build up in the blood instead of being removed by the kidneys. The need to make changes to your diet depends on how well your kidneys are working. What is right for others may not be right for you

More Information - Video, Downloads and Podcasts

Video from a Renal Dietitian about Polycystic Kidneys - Click here

Nutrition and CKD - Click here

Podcast by Dietitian Fuchsia Goldsmith Diet in Kidney Health - Click here

Eating well with High Blood Pressure - Click Here

Basic Food Guide for those with Diabetes - Click Here

Cookbooks that cater to those with Kidney Disease

There are two cookbooks available. One from The Kidney Society (previously ADKS) and one from the Christchurch Kidney Society.


To order contact:

Christchurch Kidney Society ph. 03 3410906, email:
The cost is $10/book + P&P. 

To order contact: 

Auckland Kidney Society ph. 0800 235 711, email:
The cost is $20.00 plus P&P.