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Phosphorus Intake and Dialysis

What does phosphorus do for me?


Phosphorus works with calcium in the body to build up the bones. When
calcium levels are high, less phosphorus is absorbed and vice versa.
Additionally, phosphorus is involved in the structure of cell membranes
and nucleic acids, as well as has a role in energy production.

Why do I need to control my phosphorus intake?


Phosphorus levels in your blood correlate with phosphorus intake. When phosphorus levels are high for
too long, your bones can become brittle and weak, causing joint and bone pain. Additionally, the excess
phosphorus may deposit in your tissues, causing lumps. Severe itching is another, less sever issue.
Normally, the kidneys are able to filter out the excess phosphorus in your blood to send out with urinary
waste, but renal diseases limit or prevent this activity. Dialysis does help with this process, but only a
small amount. It is important to limit daily intake to between 2000 and 3000 mg.

Which foods contain phosphorus?


Phosphorus is mostly found in products that contain protein, such as
meat, poultry, fish, and beans. Dairy is one of the biggest contributors,
so limit themselves to just one serving a day to prevent excess
phosphorus in the blood. Phosphorus binders can also be taken to
reduce the amount because of their ability to prevent its absorption.
Additionally, some baked goods can be made with a low amount of
cream of tartar in the baking soda to reduce phosphorus levels. Below
are foods containing phosphorus, separated by level of phosphorus.

Low (<70 mg) Medium (70-120 mg) High (>120 mg) _______
White bread (2 slices, 50 mg) Egg noodles (1 cup, 100 mg) Milk (1 cup, 225 mg)
Couscous (1 cup, 50 mg) Spaghetti (1 cup, 80 mg) Cottage cheese (1/2 cup, 185 mg)
Rice noodles (1 cup, 50 mg) White rice (1 cup, 70 mg) Bagel (1, 160 mg)
Sherbet (1/2 cup, 40 mg) Almond milk (1 cup, 100 mg) Salmon (3 oz, 215 mg)
Fruits and vegetables Feta cheese (1 oz, 90 mg) Chicken breast (3 oz, 190 mg)
Pretzels (1 serving, 30 mg) Corn tortilla (6-inch, 75 mg) Pork chop (200 mg)
Popcorn (2 cups, 15 mg) Egg (1, 95 mg) Yogurt (3/4 cup, 175 mg)
Neufchatel cheese (1 oz, 40 mg) Cheddar cheese (1 oz, 145 mg)
English muffin (1, 50 mg) Soy milk (1 cup, 180 mg)
Flat bread (1 oz, 48 mg) Ground beef (3 oz, 190 mg)
Apple sauce (1/2 cup, 6 mg) Black beans (1 cup, 240 mg)
Pita bread (1 oz, 60 mg) Refried beans (1 cup, 265 mg)