March 11, 2013

Top 5 Foods for Kidney Health

March is National Kidney Month. In the spirit of promoting kidney health awareness, here are 5 foods that are beneficial to the health of your bean shaped organs.

1. Berries

This includes strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, cranberries (pretty much anything that ends in berry). Berries are known to be high in antioxidants and a good source of vitamin C. Antioxidants are important in aiding your body from free radicals that can cause cellular damage. Vitamin C, paired with antioxidants, helps to improve the blood flow and blood pressure throughout your entire body.

2. Turmeric

Easily distinguishable by its poignant golden color, turmeric is considered a wonder herb that is often used in Indian cuisine. This herb aids in the treatment of many health conditions, including kidney disease. It has natural anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antiseptic, and antibacterial characteristics (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17569205). With so many health benefits, this herb is a dream come true in helping your body stay healthy.

3. Probiotics

Probiotics are made up of good bacteria. They aid in kidney health by helping to eliminate toxins from our bodies, a job that is usually left up to the kidneys. The bacteria in probiotics are able to accomplish this by consuming waste products and excess fluids in our blood. What is the effect on your kidneys? It’s simple; with the probiotics taking over the kidney functions, the kidneys experience reduced stress.

4. Egg Whites

Adjusting one’s diet to aid their kidney health will help the body function so that it is providing maximum support to the kidneys. A good kidney diet includes protein that provides low levels of phosphorous. Egg whites are the perfect solution for protein in a person who is suffering from kidney disease.

5. Parsley

Parsley is a natural diuretic, meaning it can help increase the amount of urine leaving your body. Why is this good for your kidney health? The more urine that leaves your body, the more sodium and phosphorous that leaves too. When your kidneys are not in good shape, parsley can help them do their job.

For more information about National Kidney Month visit the National Kidney Disease Education Program.

 

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March 8, 2010

Top 5 Foods You Should Eat Daily


Everyone has heard which foods to avoid, but what foods should we eat?


Oranges
– Eating an orange is like taking a wonderful tasting vitamin. Oranges have folic acid, fiber, antioxidants beta-carotene, and vitamin C. On top of all this they also have anticancer effects.


Sweet Potatoes or Yams
– The sweet potato ranked the highest in a nutrition study in 1992. The next highest vegetable was the regular potato with 84 points, while yams and sweet potatoes had 184 points. Impressive! Yams and sweet potatoes (no, they are not the same thing) have fiber, complex carbohydrates, protein, vitamin A, vitamin C, iron, and calcium. Sweet potatoes can be eaten baked, or raw.


Cottage Cheese
– Are you trying to lose weight? Do you have a stomach ache/bowel problem/digestion difficulty? Try cottage cheese! Casein, the slowest digested protein, is the protein found in cottage cheese. Cottage cheese has good bacteria which will keep your intestines healthy and smooth out digestion problems.


Chili Peppers
– Chili peppers are full of capsaicin, an anti-inflammatory which improves circulation. Chili peppers purify your blood, fight ulcers, and prevent prostate cancer. This hot veggie will keep you in shape for a long time.


Carrots
– Carrots improve your vision. This is because the beta-carotene in your body is converted to vitamin A with the help of carrots, and your eyes absorb this new vitamin A and make it into a night vision pigment. Carrots contain beta-carotene which improves your cells communication and can ultimately help prevent cancer cells from forming; beta-carotene also helps prevent skin diseases . Alpha-carotene is also found in abundance in carrots. Alpha-carotene helps prevent tumors.

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