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How to gain weight during kidney diseases?

How to gain weight during kidney diseases

Kidneys play a vital role in the healthy functioning of human bodies. They are solely responsible for excreting the wastes & toxins out from the body. Our unhealthy lifestyle and diet can lead to kidney dysfunction. These unhealthy conditions may cause hideous Kidney diseases and related disorders. When such situations occur, the body starts to shed some weight, and it becomes necessary to maintain a healthy weight to manage such diseases. In this blog, we will be discussing `how to gain weight during kidney diseases?

Causes of weight gain Role 

Kidney diseases don’t give you a notice before striking your body. It only gives you a few symptoms that you have to understand. There are three types of kidney diseases:

  • Acute kidney disease
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Polycystic kidney disease

Acute kidney disease is the sudden loss of kidneys functioning that occurs by accidental or physical damages.

Chronic disease is a kidney disease that is present in the body for an extended period. The symptoms are mild and may be negligible at the initial stages.

A polycystic kidney disorder is a disease that is inherited by the biological parents or the disorder in your genes.

Before we start to discuss the topic `How to gain weight during kidney diseases’; we must address the symptoms & causes first. Following are the causes & symptoms of kidney diseases:


  • Unhealthy lifestyle
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes


  • Foamy urine
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Weakness
  • Tiredness
  • Short of breath
  • Feebly beating of the heart
  • High creatinine level in blood and urine
  • Pain & swelling on different parts of the body
  • Black spots on legs

Do you feel either of the symptoms? If yes, then seek a doctor’s advice as soon as possible.

Ok, so now that you are entirely aware of the causes & symptoms; we should discuss `how to gain weight during kidney diseases’ without any further delay:

Though it is recommended to control weight during the treatment of kidney diseases, this is a very less known fact that sometimes a patient loses weight abnormally. So, in such cases, those patients are advised to gain some weight. It becomes tough to decide what to include and what to exclude from the diet. According to the brainstorming discussions between the researchers, they have concluded that; it is not necessary to make changes in your diet upside down. Making little changes in your diet is enough.

Calories are the components that help in gaining weight rapidly. However, it doesn’t mean that you will eat all the unhealthy foods again. You have to keep these factors in mind:

  • You have to gain weight
  • You have to maintain the healthy condition of kidney

Following are the ways to gain weight:

  • Incorporate with the right fat foods
  • Use olive oil or canola oil
  • Use Saindhav namak or rock salt
  • Encompass homemade dishes only
  • Drink homemade beverages that are rich in calories
  • Include whipped cream as a dressing for your fruit & vegetable salad
  • Use cream cheese and mayonnaise and Italian herbs as a dip

Food that you can consume:

  • Banana
  • Avocado
  • Dried fruits
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Smoothies
  • White rice
  • Boiled eggs
  • Full fat milk
  • Chocolate bars
  • Legumes
  • Pasta
  • Potatoes
  • Boiled vegetables
  • Boiled non-veg foods
  • White bread sandwiches
  • Homemade gravies with low salt and spices
  • Soybean
  • Curd
  • Ghee or clarified butter
  • Sugarcane

Just a little help with this small and easy to make recipes:

Recipe one: Figs & Almond jelly.

You will need:

  • Figs
  • Almonds
  • Dates and raisins
  • Jaggery
  • Ghee


  • Take equal amounts of figs, almonds, dates, and raisins.
  • Add 100 grams of Jaggery.
  • Sauté in cow’s ghee until it catches the jelly-like consistency.

Eat this recipe twice a day after your meals as a dessert.

Recipe Two:

You will need:

  • Ashwagandha
  • Shatavar
  • Milk


  • Add 3 to 5 grams of Ashwagandha and shatavar powder together in a bowl.
  • Add the mixed powder in a glass of milk and mix it well.

Drink this mixture every morning on an empty stomach and at night before going for asleep.

(Disclaimer: Foods mentioned above should be consumed after consulting with your doctor only.)

You can include a few physical activities to gain weight during kidney diseases. Following are the physical activities that you should include:

  • Aerobic exercises
  • Try power yoga
  • Control your emotions
  • Avoid having stressful situations
  • Meditate and improve your concentration

Well, all these were the Ayurvedic treatment and remedies to gain weight during kidney diseases. 

There are other methods available to gain weight in allopathic treatment.

  • Supplements
  • Protein powder
  • Tablets & capsules

There is nothing wrong with allopathic treatment in the books of medical science. The only thing because of which Ayurvedic doctors don’t recommend Allopathic medicine is that they leave side effects on the other organs of the body.

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