Diet Guidelines for Kidney Yin Deficiency

The Kidney organ network not only includes our bodies’ ability to eliminate wastes through the urine, but also includes the overall reserves stored in our bodies.

A diagnosis of Kidney Yin  deficiency means that the reserves that moisten and nourish the body are weakened and unable to perform their functions.

A diet that includes enriching and building foods can help to preserve and restore Kidney

The diet should also include:

  • Plenty of fluids, especially in the form of soups, and
  • Avoid overly hot, spicy meals.
  • Where ever possible choose organically grown foods.

Specific foods for Kidney deficiency

  • Wheat, oats, rice, millet, barley
  • Eggs, dairy in moderate amounts, yogurt, tofu, tempeh, nuts & seeds, adzuki
  • Beans, black beans, mung beans, black soy beans, kidney beans, black sesame seeds
  • Chicken, mackerel, sardines.
  • Zucchini, squash, potatoes, sweet potatoes, melons, string beans, beets, button mushrooms, wood ear mushrooms
  • Apples, banana, blueberries, black berries, peaches, mulberries, mango, coconut
  • Olive oil, flaxseed oil, almond oil
  • Kelp, spirulina

Foods to restrict or avoid

  • Chilies, cinnamon, garlic, ginger, onions, shallots, leeks, basil, cloves, wasabi
  • Coffee, vinegar, pickles, tea
  • Lamb
  • Citrus fruits
  • Cigarettes, alcohol, recreational stimulants