Monday, 29 December 2014 00:05

Eating too many salty foods can create all sorts of health problems, including high blood pressure. What you may not know is that a lot of common foods are packed with excess sodium.

“Excess sodium in our diets has less to do with what we’re adding to our food and more to do with what’s already in the food,” said Emily Bailey, a registered dietitian with Memorial Medical Center. “The average individual is getting more than double the amount of sodium that they need, but there are ways to improve the sodium intake under their control.”

Monday, 29 December 2014 00:00

Potassium is an essential nutrient used to maintain fluid and electrolyte balance in the body. A deficiency in potassium causes fatigue, irritability, and hypertension (increased blood pressure). Overdose of potassium from natural sources is nearly impossible, however, it is possible to consume too much potassium via potassium salts which can lead to nausea, vomiting, and even cardiac arrest. Potassium from natural food sources, like the ones listed below, are considered safe and healthy. The current daily value for potassium is a 3.5 grams

Thursday, 06 February 2014 07:46

Why is a low-phosphorus diet useful in managing kidney disease? What foods contain phosphorus?

Calcium and phosphorus, which are minerals, help build strong bones. Healthy kidneys help regulate the level of phosphorus in your blood by removing extra phosphorus. If your kidneys aren't working properly, eventually you'll probably have high phosphorus levels in your blood (hyperphosphatemia). Too much phosphorus decreases the level of calcium in your blood, which can lead to bone disease.

Thursday, 06 February 2014 07:40

Potassium (K) is one of the most important micronutrients required by the human body. Bartter syndrome is a Potassium-wasting disorder; therefore, it is pertinent that carriers understand the foods that contain high amounts of this nutrient. A diet rich in Potassium includes: low-fat food, bananas, V8 juice, chicken, salmon, avocados, potatoes, oranges, tomatoes, apricots, strawberries, spinach, iceberg lettuce, mangos. 

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