A sudden increase in the cases of COVID-19 patients and the progression of Coronavirus has made the entire world to stay indoors and shut down everything all at once. Only the essentials are open for people. Essentials like fruits & vegetables, medicines, sanitary, etc. providers are risking their lives by staying outdoors. The exposure to the deadly novel coronavirus is risky but still, there are a few people who are ready to risk it all. In such a case, as responsible people of we should not start panic buying and limit ourselves in managing things with the least available things. Considering a moderate amount of food stock up will provide benefits to you and others. Companies are organizing online services; doorstep deliveries and pickup services and you can take benefit of them for keeping your pantry kidney-friendly.
If you are able to get whatever you are looking for a kidney-friendly pantry then consider yourself lucky. At stores, it is becoming very difficult to get everything these days. Despite the availability of online services, there may be difficulties in getting the order delivered at the doorstep. The reasons can be unavailable time slots and restrictions related to delivery locations. Nevertheless, you always have the availability of self-buying. In such cases, the first thing you have to do during pandemic shopping is to take precautions:
- Wear masks, gloves and carry a sanitizer with you whenever you step out.
- Maintain a six feet distance from the person standing around you.
- Buy only the unavoidable groceries and sanitary.
- Buy food in moderate quantities only.
Above all, you should consider having a word with your dietician if to make changes in the food and beverages according to the availability of products at stores. Here are a few tips that can help you in managing the pantry with kidney-friendly products during the times of coronavirus outbreak:
- Store fruits & vegetables:kidney-friendly fruits, such as berries, red grapes, red bell pepper, cucumber, lemons, cabbage, cauliflower, potatoes, onions, garlic, etc. can be stocked up for a week or two. As this season is of mango, you may stock up green mango by wrapping them in a paper. However, you can stock up frozen fruits and vegetable food but that would be affecting the health of kidney patients. The medical condition of such patients is so weak that they are not allowed to consume any preservative or high amounts of sodium.
- Start making your own meals:In this ready to make tortillas world, many people have become dependent and buy half-cooked things from the market. So, during this pandemic let s develop a new skill and start making our own tortillas. Wheat flour, maize flour and semolina are a few kidney-friendly substitutes that help in maintaining the health of kidneys. Starting making tortillas or chapatti made with these flours and enjoy the taste along with newly developed skills.
- Stock up on grains:Grains are such kidney-friendly food products that help in boosting the filtration process and maintaining a healthy weight. Rolled oats, barley, cornmeal, rice, pasta, etc. last for a longer time. These can become your breakfast, lunch and snacks. You can follow numerous recipes available at YouTube like cookies, porridge, muffins. Barley is an energy-boosting grain that can be consumed in the forms of soups and side dishes. Rice, pasta, and cornmeal can be used in so many recipes like spinach pasta salad, cabbage rice, etc.
- Grow a mini garden:It is a good time to invest in planting and growing a windowsill garden. Doing this you will not have to rush frequently to buy fresh herbs and spices. For this, you don’t have to have proper gardening pieces of equipment just find a space nearby the window and start planting. You can have budget-friendly, kidney-friendly and chemical-free herbs. Just remember to water them regularly and take care properly. Herbs are beneficial to prevent the kidneys from multiple problems occurring in the body. Parsley and coriander help in preventing the inflammation of kidneys and help in refraining from the effects of sodium overconsumption.
So, these were the ways that can help you in keeping kidney-friendly pantry. For further assistance on the subject, you can reach out to the experts of Karma Ayurveda Health. Kidney-friendly eating may vary for a kidney patient depending on the case and type of kidney disease he is suffering from. In such a case, changes should be made only with the consent of nephrologist.