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New Blood Pressure Guidelines

Pritikin Perspective on New Blood Pressure Guidelines

Two key recommendations that differ from the previous JNC 7 guidelines, released in 2003, were: Americans aged 60 or older should only take blood pressure drugs if their blood pressure exceeds 150/90. The 2003 panel recommended drugs if blood pressure was higher than 140/90. Diabetes and kidney patients younger than 60 should be prescribed drugs…

Foods That Promote Kidney Health

Best Foods That Promote Kidney Health

Chronic kidney disease often leads to kidney failure, dialysis, and kidney transplants. Roughly 1 of every 10 Americans has it. Approximately 1 of 3 adults with diabetes and 1 of 5 adults with high blood pressure has it. The good news: Science is learning that certain foods promote kidney health. In fact, a healthy diet like Pritikin may actually halt the progression of kidney disease to kidney failure.

Getting Healthy Again, Quickly

A Guest Getting Healthy Again at the Pritikin Health Resort

A growing body of research is finding that for many people, getting healthy again does not require a medicine cabinet full of drugs. Fast and profound benefits can happen simply with diet and exercise. Good food. Good fitness. That’s all we need, asserts science.

6 Low-Sodium Soup Recipes

Heart Healthy Soup Recipes

It’s shocking how much salt (sodium-chloride) is packed into soups. At Panera, a cup of Garden Vegetable Soup has 750 milligrams of sodium. That’s half what the American Heart Association says we should have for the entire day. A can of Campbell’s “Healthy Request” Chicken Noodle Soup has 820 milligrams of sodium. Healthy? Not even close. And these salt licks are not outliers. They’re typical in America.

Lowering Blood Pressure Naturally – 7 Tips

7 Tips for Lowering Blood Pressure

The higher our blood pressure, the greater our risk of stroke, heart attack, congestive heart failure, kidney disease, impotence, and dementia. That’s why it’s so critical to lower blood pressure to healthy, normal levels. With lifestyle changes alone (no pills needed), many of us can do it.

Shopping List for Lowering Blood Pressure

“We have many people with hypertension who come to Pritikin,” says Pritikin’s Associate Medical Director Danine Fruge, MD, “and within three days, many have blood pressures that have dropped so low that we need to reduce their medications or take them off their pills altogether. Yes, just three days. That’s how quickly and powerfully our bodies respond to healthy food, exercise, and other lifestyle changes.”

Are salt substitutes safe?

An examination of various salt substitutes, and whether salt substitutes are healthy.

Most salt substitutes contain potassium chloride. Brands include Morton Salt Substitute, Nu-Salt, and NoSalt. Potassium chloride tastes somewhat like sodium chloride (salt), though some people complain of a metallic taste. But be cautious about salt substitutes with potassium chloride. They can be dangerous if you have certain conditions, particularly diminished kidney function, which is fairly…

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