PKD Toolkit

PKD, Nutrition, and More.

Find helpful education and other information about polycystic kidney disease (PKD), oxalates, plant-based diets, and other nutritional topics all in one place.

Top 8 Diet & Lifestyle Changes for PKD

We’ve come up with 8 dietary and lifestyle changes you can make if you have polycystic kidney disease (PKD). Along with KetoCitra, these changes could improve your life. We recommend to work with an experienced dietitian to help you implement these changes.

Every person is different and some people need to modify their diet in a specific way depending on their level of kidney function or other medal conditions they may have.

⇒ Top 8 Dietary and Lifestyle Changes for Polycystic Kidney Disease

Oxalate List

We have put together a curated list of the oxalate content of different food items based on published sources. Check the foods you eat to know how much oxalate they contain. Try swapping high-oxalate foods for low-oxalate alternatives!

⇒ Oxalate Content of Foods List

What are Oxalates Anyway?

Oxalate is a “tiny little compound. It has two carbons, four oxygens, a couple double bonds, and it has the ability to drop its protons which makes it an acid”, but how do oxalates impact you?

In this video interview with SBN, oxalate expert Sally Norton, MPH, discusses the structure and function of oxalates, how they are absorbed in the body, and how they can cause damage in the body including the kidneys.

Link to video on YouTube

What is a Plant-Focused Ketogenic Diet Anyway?

Plant-focused, ketogenic diets can be a powerful change for people with polycystic kidney disease and people in general.

Learn more in this short video where Santa Barbara Nutrients interviews Jessianna Saville, a Registered Dietitian and Board Certified Specialist in Renal Nutrition (CSR).

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How to Monitor Urine pH?

Urinary pH is important to monitor for those who have kidney disease. The urine pH can vary considerably depending on the kind of foods we eat and depending on certain health conditions.

In this video, Santa Barbara Nutrients President and UCSB Professor Thomas Weimbs, PhD, discusses how to measure urinary pH, why it’s important for individuals with kidney disease to monitor their urinary pH, and the effects of diet on urinary pH.

⇒ https://youtu.be/nF7mvW5QCws

Sodium and PKD?

If you have polycystic kidney disease (PKD), you’ve probably heard about the importance of monitoring your sodium intake, but what does this really mean?

Santa Barbara Nutrients interviews Nikki Gepner, a Registered Dietitian, Certified Dietitian, Certified Specialist in Renal Nutrition, and Functional Nutrition and Lifestyle Practitioner. Nikki discusses what high sodium intake means for those with PKD, how to monitor sodium intake, and what foods are typically high in sodium.


Phosphorus and PKD?

Kidney disease impairs one’s ability to effectively remove phosphorus in the body compared to someone without kidney disease. Thus, high levels of phosphorus can build up in the blood and cause long-term health effects such as weak and brittle bones and cardiovascular issues.

There are two types of phosphorous, inorganic phosphorus and organic phosphorus. In this discussion, Jen discusses the difference between the two types and why it is important for those with kidney disease to take a proactive approach when monitoring their phosphorus intake.

Learn more ⇒ https://youtu.be/-_m_NPE6fU8