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.
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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.
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.
It is important to not only stay educated about your health and wellbeing, but to also take preventative action now, so that you can stay committed and enjoy all of life’s pleasures for a long time to come.
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.
In a recent comprehensive review in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, the authors concluded that even in the absence of an increase in blood pressure, consuming a salt-rich diet can cause many other problems for the human body.
“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.”
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…
From the physicians and dietitians at the renowned Pritikin Longevity Center in Miami, here are 9 easy switches that can help shave 1,000+ mg of sodium off your daily diet in no time.
Are low-sodium diets healthy? Two new studies suggest a link between low-sodium intake and disease. Are they right? Find out from salt expert Jay Kenney, PhD, FACN, RD, Educator and Nutrition Research Specialist at the Pritikin Longevity Center in Miami, Florida.