Kidney Basics

Kidney Basics

Learn about how your kidneys work and why they are so important. Find out if you are at risk for kidney disease and what tests you need to check your kidney health.

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Honor a Hero. Save a life.

On this special day of giving, we honor the many kidney community heroes leading the fight against kidney disease with acts of courage, compassion, support and hope. People like YOU powering NKF’s work and lifechanging progress for every loved one affected by kidney disease. Who will you honor?

Your Kidneys and You

Most people don't know how important their kidneys are. Learn about the importance of your kidneys and how to take care of them in this short video!
Also, as part of our Your Kidneys and Youth program, check out our activities and videos for kids.

Check out our online communities to connect with others and learn more!

NKF Kidney Disease Community

Diet & Nutrition

Nutrition is key to managing kidney disease and your overall health.

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Giving up salt does not mean giving up flavor. Learn to season your food with herbs and spices.
The DASH diet has been shown to help decrease blood pressure and lower the risk for heart disease, stroke, cancer, and kidney stones.
Studies show that eating whole grains, nuts, fruits and vegetables is one of the most important ways to keep kidneys healthy.
Most patients in the early stages of kidney disease need to limit the amount of sodium in their diet.

Looking for guidance on a kidney-friendly diet? Find a dietitian in your area.