The Care and Treatment of Chronic Kidney Disease

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Oct 112016
 

Patient information from the BMJ Group

Chronic kidney disease

If you have chronic kidney disease, your kidneys are gradually losing their ability
to filter wastes and excess fluid from your blood. It is a serious condition, but there
are good treatments that can help slow the disease.
We’ve brought together the research about chronic kidney disease and talked to
experts about the best ways to treat it.You can use our information to talk to your
doctor and decide which treatments are best for you.

What is chronic kidney disease?

Chronic kidney disease means your kidneys are losing their ability to filter waste products
out of your blood.You may also hear it called chronic renal failure, chronic kidney
failure, or chronic renal insufficiency. Chronic means it’s a long-term condition, and
renal means it involves your kidneys.
Your kidneys are two organs located just below your ribs near the middle of your back,
with one on either side of your spine. They filter your blood, getting rid of wastes and
extra fluid, which go to your bladder as urine.
Chronic kidney disease happens when something goes wrong with this filtering process.
Usually this occurs because someone has had diabetes or high blood pressure for a
long time.
• People with diabetes have too much glucose (sugar) in their blood. Over time, this
can harm the tiny blood vessels that filter wastes in the kidneys. Diabetes is the
most common cause of chronic kidney disease.
• High blood pressure can also damage these tiny blood vessels over time. This is
the second-most common cause.
Other, less frequent causes include: blockage in the renal arteries, kidney problems that
develop in the womb, inherited diseases (such as polycystic kidney disease), autoimmune
diseases (such as lupus and scleroderma), and being around toxic substances for a long
time, including leaded paint and soldering materials.
When the kidneys start losing their filtering ability, wastes and fluid build up. This causes
problems throughout the body.
Chronic kidney disease is different from acute kidney injury, which happens when your
kidneys suddenly stop working. This can occur because of a sudden drop in the blood
flow to the kidneys, a sudden blockage of the urine flow from the kidneys, or damage
from some illnesses, drugs, or poisons. Acute kidney injury can sometimes be reversed
if the kidneys aren’t badly damaged. If you’ve had acute kidney injury, you may have a
higher risk of chronic kidney disease and end-stage kidney disease in the future.

What are the symptoms?
Many people with chronic kidney disease don’t have any clear symptoms. In fact,
symptoms often don’t appear until there has been significant damage to the kidneys.
Possible symptoms include:
• Tiredness
• Nausea
• Urinating more or less often than usual
• Puffiness around your eyes or swelling in your limbs (oedema)
• Feeling generally ill
• Loss of appetite and weight loss
• Foamy-appearing urine
• Dark-coloured urine (the colour of cola)
• Rashes and itching.
Many symptoms, such as tiredness and nausea, can also be caused by other conditions.
This can make chronic kidney disease difficult to diagnose.
If your doctor suspects you could have kidney damage, they will test your blood and
urine for signs of damage, and to see how well your kidneys are filtering out waste.
You might also need an ultrasound to spot kidney stones and other blockages, or a
biopsy to look for signs of damage under a microscope.
If you do have kidney damage, your doctor will try to find out what caused it. This is
important, as treating the underlying cause can help prevent more damage.

What treatments work?

There is no cure for chronic kidney disease but treatments can slow the disease, improve
your symptoms, and reduce your risk of complications. The outlook is especially good if
you catch the kidney damage early on.

Treating the cause

Treating the underlying cause of your kidney damage is essential. For many people, this
will mean closely controlling their diabetes or high blood pressure by taking medicines
and following their doctor’s advice on diet, exercise, weight loss, smoking, and other
lifestyle factors. This can slow further damage.
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Treating high blood pressure
High blood pressure is both a cause and consequence of chronic kidney disease. It
happens because of the fluid that builds up in your blood and tissues when your kidneys
aren’t filtering properly. If not treated, high blood pressure can cause further damage to
your kidneys and also lead to heart disease.
Most people with chronic kidney disease take blood pressure drugs.Your doctor will
probably prescribe medicines called angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors
or angiotensin II receptor blockers (ARBs). These medicines should improve your
blood pressure and how your kidneys work. If these medicines don’t help enough or you
can’t take them for some reason, there are other blood pressure drugs you can try.
Your doctor may aim to lower your blood pressure below what would be normal if you
didn’t have kidney disease. Studies show this helps protect your kidneys.
Managing your cholesterol
Having chronic kidney disease puts you at higher risk of developing heart disease.Your
doctor may prescribe a statin to help lower this risk. These drugs reduce your level of
‘bad’ cholesterol, so there’s less to build up inside your blood vessels and cause heart
and circulation problems.

Treating problems caused by kidney failure

Chronic kidney disease can cause problems throughout your body. Below, we’ve described
some of the most common problems, and their treatments.You will have regular blood
and urine tests to spot many of these problems before they become serious.
• Fluid retention: Fluid can build up in your body if your kidneys aren’t working well.
This can cause swelling in your limbs (oedema), as well as high blood pressure.
Drugs called diuretics can help flush excess fluid from your body as urine.Your
doctor may also recommend restricting how much fluid and salt you consume each
day.
• Anaemia: Anaemia is when you have too few red blood cells. This can make you
feel very tired and become breathless easily. Anaemia often happens to people with
kidney disease because the kidneys aren’t making enough of a chemical messenger
called erythropoietin (EPO). EPO helps regulate how many red blood cells your body
makes. Treatment involves getting injections with a medicine that works like EPO
(an erythropoiesis-stimulating agent). Iron is also important for making red blood
cells. So if you are low on iron, you will need to take iron tablets or have iron
injections.
• Weakened bones: Vitamin D, phosphate, and calcium are all essential for strong
bones. If your kidneys are damaged, your supply of these nutrients can get out of
balance and cause problems. In particular, your calcium level may get too low,
triggering the release of a chemical messenger called parathyroid hormone (PTH).
PTH causes more calcium to be taken from your bones, and over time this can lead
to weakened and deformed bones, and swollen joints. To prevent these problems,
many people with kidney failure take calcium and vitamin D supplements. Some
people also limit the amount of phosphate in their diet, as this can increase the
amount of calcium available for their bones. They may also take drugs called
phosphate binders, which lower the amount of phosphate in their blood.
• Too much acid: If the kidneys aren’t removing enough acid from the body, you can
get a condition called metabolic acidosis. Often there are no clear symptoms. But if
your blood becomes too acidic, this can cause serious problems such as abnormal
heart rhythms, seizures, and coma. If tests show your blood is becoming overly
acidic, you’ll be treated with an antacid called sodium bicarbonate (baking soda).
• Too much potassium: If the kidneys aren’t working properly, potassium can build
up in the blood, causing a condition called hyperkalemia. If not treated, this can lead
to abnormal heart rhythms, cardiac arrest, and problems with nerve and muscle
control.Your doctor will keep an eye on your potassium level and may recommend
limiting potassium in your diet.You may also take a diuretic to help your body get
rid of both extra fluid and potassium. If your hyperkalemia becomes severe, this is
a medical emergency requiring hospital treatment.
• Too little protein: As kidney disease worsens, more and more protein leaks into
your urine from your kidneys. This means there’s less protein to nourish your body
and you may lose weight.Your doctor may suggest changes in your diet to help with
this.

Treating end-stage kidney disease

If your kidney damage worsens to the point where you have less than 15 percent of your
normal kidney function, you have end-stage kidney disease.This means that your kidneys
can no longer clear your body of wastes and extra fluid, and you need either dialysis or
a kidney transplant.
Doctors typically discuss these treatments with patients before they reach this stage.
That way, they’ll have a treatment plan in place once their kidneys are no longer working.
What will happen to me?
Chronic kidney disease is a serious long-term illness, but many people live with the
condition for many years. The outlook is best if your kidney damage is discovered early.
The sooner you start treatment, the sooner you can slow further damage. Some people
with kidney disease never need dialysis or a kidney transplant, and manage to stay
healthy with treatment.
But even people with advanced kidney disease can achieve a good quality of life by
closely following their doctor’s advice and treatment plan.
This information is aimed at a UK patient audience. This information however does not replace medical advice.
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A Root That Kills Off Most Cancer Cells In Days

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Sep 282016
 

Have We Found A Root That Kills Off Cancer Cells In Just A Few Says

Marilyn Caylor

Dandelion has been used medicinally since ancient times for its various health benefits. However, the most powerful benefit to come out of this common weed is something that medical researchers are super excited to have “discovered” – which is its potential to cure cancer!

dandelionroot

 

This potent root builds up blood and immune system- cures prostate, lung, and other cancers better than chemotherapy. According to Dr. Carolyn Hamm from the Windsor Regional Cancer Centre in Ontario, Canada, dandelion root extract was the only thing that helped with chronic myelomonocytic leukemia. This form of cancer typically affects older adults.

John Di Carlo, who at the time was a 72-year old cancer patient at the hospital, was sent home to live out his final days after all efforts failed to treat his leukemia. He told CBC News that he was advised to drink dandelion root tea as a last ditch effort. Perhaps it should have been the first option offered in his treatment plan, as his cancer went into remission only four months later! His doctors attributed this to the dandelion tea that he drank.

dandelion

 

Recent studies have shown that dandelion root extract can work very quickly on cancer cells, as was evidenced in Di Carlo’s case. Within 48 hours of coming into contact with the extract, cancerous cells begin to disintegrate. The body happily replaces these with healthy new cells.

Further studies have concluded that the extract also has anti-cancer benefits for other types of cancer, including breast, colon, prostate, liver, and lung cancer! Dandelion root tea may not taste as pleasant as other teas, but it’s certainly more pleasant than living with the side effects of chemotherapy or radiation treatments.

Traditional cancer therapies harm the immune system by killing all cells, even the healthy ones. Dandelion root has the opposite effect – it actually helps boost your immune system and only targets the unhealthy cells. It’s definitely a win-win situation!

Dr. Hamm warns, however, that dandelion root extract can negatively impact the effects of chemotherapy. It’s always best to consult with your doctor, and let them know any and all supplements or foods that you are consuming on a regular basis.

dandelion-flower

Even if you don’t have cancer, eating the greens or drinking dandelion tea can still give you great health! For example, the roots and stems of dandelion can help fight diabetes. It does this by stimulating the pancreas to produce insulin, which in turn stabilizes the spikes in blood sugar levels.

If you suffer from digestive issues or need to get rid of toxins, dandelion tea may be just what the herbal medicine doctor ordered! The liver aids the digestive system by producing bile, and it also filters the blood of chemicals and other impurities. According to Dr. Axe, the vitamins and minerals found in dandelions can help cleanse the liver and keep it in tip top shape. So by supporting your liver, you are actually creating better health!

dandelion-tea

Dandelions are also high in antioxidants and vitamin C, which is crucial to helping your body fight off infections, such as the bacteria that cause urinary tract infections. If you suffer from frequent bouts of UTI, drinking dandelion tea on a daily basis may prevent it from happening ever again.

Dandelion greens are bitter, but completely edible – as long as you get it from an area that hasn’t been sprayed with chemicals. The greens are rich in fiber, which is great for intestinal health! High fiber diets have also been shown to reduce the risk of obesity, heart disease, and irritable bowel syndrome.

The greens are also high in vitamin A – just one cup contains 100% of your recommended daily allowance. Vitamin A is critical for maintaining healthy vision, and it can also prevent premature aging of the skin.

Since you probably aren’t likely to eat an entire cup of bitter greens on its own, you can incorporate it into a morning smoothie. Just blend it up with your favorite fruit, which will offset the bitter taste.

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Mayo Clinic on Water and Aspirin

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Aug 142016
 

Water and aspirin from the Mayo Clinic

I thought this was very informative and was good information for all of us, no matter our age or
health.

MAYO CLINIC – THOUGHTS ON DRINKING WATER 
A cardiologist determined that heart attacks can be triggered by dehydration.
Good Thing To Know From The Mayo Clinic.

How many folks do you know who say they don’t want to drink anything before going to bed because they’ll have to get up during the night?

Heart Attack and Water – Drinking one glass of water before going to bed avoids stroke or heart
attack.   Interesting…….

Something else I didn’t know … I asked my Doctor why people need to urinate so much at night time.

Answer from my Cardiac Doctor:  Gravity holds water in the lower part of your body when you are upright (legs swell). When you lie down and the lower body (legs and etc) seeks level with the kidneys, it is then that the kidneys remove the water because it is easier. I knew you need your minimum water to help flush the toxins out of your body, but this was news to me.

Correct time to drink water… Very Important. From A Cardiac Specialist!

Drinking water at a certain time maximizes its effectiveness on the body:

2 glasses of water after waking up – helps activate internal organs

1 glass of water 30 minutes before a meal – helps digestion

1 glass of water before taking a bath – helps lower blood pressure

1 glass of water before going to bed – avoids stroke or heart attack

I can also add to this… My Physician told me that water at bed time will also help prevent night time leg cramps. Your leg muscles are seeking hydration when they cramp and wake you up with a Charlie Horse.

Mayo Clinic on Aspirin – Dr. Virend Somers is a Cardiologist from the Mayo Clinic who is the lead author of the report in the July 29, 2008 issue of the Journal of the American College of
Cardiology.

Most heart attacks occur in the day, generally between 6 A.M. and noon. Having one during the night. When the heart should be most at rest, means that something unusual happened. Somers and his colleagues have been working for a decade to show that sleep apnea is to blame.

1.. If you take an aspirin or a baby aspirin once a day, take it at night.

The Reason:  Aspirin has a 24-hour “half-life”; therefore, if most heart attacks happen in the wee
hours of the morning, the Aspirin would be strongest in your system.

2.. Aspirin lasts a really long time in your medicine chest; for years. (when it gets old, it smells
like vinegar).

Please read on.

Something that we can do to help ourselves – nice to know.  Bayer is making crystal aspirin to
dissolve instantly on the tongue. They work much faster than the tablets.

Why keep Aspirin by your bedside? It’s about Heart Attacks – There are other symptoms of a heart attack, besides the pain on the left arm.One must also be aware of an intense pain on the chin, as well as nausea and lots of sweating; however, these symptoms may also occur less frequently.

Note: There may be NO pain in the chest during a heart attack.

The majority of people (about 60%) who had a heart attack during their sleep did not wake up.
However, if it occurs, the chest pain may wake you up from your deep sleep. If that happens,
immediately dissolve two aspirins in your mouth and swallow them with a bit of water.

Afterwards: – Call 911. – Phone a neighbor or a family member who lives very close by. Say “heart
attack!” – Say that you have taken 2 Aspirins. – Take a seat on a chair or sofa near the front door,
and wait for their arrival and ……..DO NOT LIE DOWN!

A Cardiologist has stated that if each person after receiving this e-mail, sends it to 10 people,
probably one life could be saved! I have already shared this information. What about you? Do forward this message. It may save lives!

 Posted by at 8:59 am

10 Good Reasons Why You Should Eat Sweet Potatoes 

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Oct 272014
 

 

1. At the top of the list is the fact that sweet potatoes contain large amounts of antioxidants. Antioxidants include beta-carotene, lycopene and lutein, which help protect healthy cells from damage caused by free radicals. According to WebMed,com: An apple slice turns brown. Fish becomes rancid. A cut on your skin is raw and inflamed. All of these result from a natural process called oxidation. It happens to all cells in nature, including the ones in your body. The body fights free radicals with substances that neutralize them. Think Vitamin C and E as well as beta carotene and to a lessor degree–lutein. These antioxidants fight inflammatory problems like arthritis, asthma and a host of other bodily annoyances.

2. Diabetics must follow a low carbohydrate diet and sweet potatoes are a great alternative to the white foods such as white potatoes, rice, refined wheat and sugar. Sweet potatoes are fibrous roots that actually help regulate your blood sugar level and they are known to prevent resistance to insulin. Ever tried a slice of sweet potato pie? Yummm…

3. As I mentioned above, sweet potatoes are a fibrous root, which means an abundance of dietary fiber. Fiber in the diet is a suggested cholesterol preventative that provides numerous benefits to the digestive tract as well. Some studies suggest that the fibrous content of sweet potatoes prevents constipation and may even help in the prevention of colon cancer.

4. While many people depend on supplements to make up for limitations in their regular diet, but sweet potatoes are literally jam-packed with some of the most important vitamins and other nutrients—all of which are major boosters of our body’s immune system.

5. Ecver wondered what folate is necessary for? Well if you are attempting to get pregnant or you are pregnant, then folate is a must to help with healthy development of fetal cells and tissue.

6. Sweet potatoes are considered vital in the quest for methods for preventing heart disease. The sweet potato is high in the essential mineral–potassium. The task of potassium is that it fills a maintenance role by establishing and maintaining the fluid/electrolyte balance. Good electrolyte balance stabilizes your blood pressure and heart function.

7. Another bonus provided by the potassium content is its ability to prevent muscle cramps like the Charley Horse we sometimes experience in the middle of the night. Potassium also gives us an energy boost when your lifestyle includes proper exercise. The added potassium will result in fewer physical injuries during exercise and a reduced frequency of muscle cramps.

8. Although the FDA won’t come right out and say it (nor will the major drug companies) sweet potatoes are good for treating stress-related symptoms. The body functions tend to burn a lot of potassium and other important  minerals during stressful episodes. This wonderful root provides many important minerals that will help maintain that electrolyte balance throughout the body during stressful times.


9. 
. Now that really says a lot. Imagine one vegetable that is an abundant source in dietary fiber, complex carbohydrates, natural sugar, protein, Vitamin C, potassium, calcium, and carotenoids.


10. And best of all—these sweets are abundant in the marketplace and therefore are low in cost.

Sweet potatoes vs. Yams: Don’t confuse the two. They are two totally different vegetables. Yams are native to Asia and Africa. They grow best in tropical regions. Yams are dark (almost black) skinned with a white or reddish purple flesh. We are often confused about these two vegetables because of government interference, but as usual, the government can’t always be counted on to get it right.

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New Sleep Aid Floods Amazon Website

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Oct 252014
 

What about this stuff called Somnapure?

(Boston) — Did you know that people who get enough sleep (about 7–9 hours a night) are more likely to have higher productivity, feel more energetic throughout the day, and experience less stress? Sleep is crucial for concentration, memory formation, and repairing and rejuvenating the cells of the body. Both mentally and physically, a good night’s sleep is essential for your health and your energy.

Stop waking up at night.

Stop waking up at night.

The Problem — Waking Up at Night

Unfortunately, experts estimate that more than 70 million Americans have persistent trouble falling or staying asleep. If you are one of the millions of people who suffer, you know how frustrating it can be to lie awake in bed at night, tossing and turning.

Finding an effective remedy is difficult. Some sleep aids require a visit to your doctor, dealing with unpleasant side effects, and facing the possibility of becoming dependent on the drugs. Even over-the-counter sleep aids can be habit-forming. But don’t worry, you don’t have to suffer through another sluggish morning.

The Solution — Staying Asleep, and Waking Up Refreshed

In contrast, many sleep aid supplements are safe, natural, and quickly gaining popularity. They typically contain melatonin, a naturally-occurring compound that regulates sleeping cycles and also has value as a possible antioxidant. You should look for a sleep aid that contains more than melatonin alone. Essential herbal ingredients further promote calming effects leading to quality sleep. The better you sleep, the more energetic and awake you will feel in the morning and throughout the day. There are a variety of sleep supplements available to help promote relaxing and refreshing sleep, but not all brands are equal in quality.

The Benefits of Natural Sleep Supplements

  • Fall Asleep Faster
  • Stay Asleep Longer
  • Wake up Feeling Refreshed and Rejuvenated
  • Safe and Effective All Natural Ingredients
  • Non-Habit Forming
Somnapure - A new Natural Sleep Aid

Somnapure — A new Natural Sleep Aid

Introducing Somnapure

The top pick for sleep supplements is Somnapure, a new product from Peak Life scientists. Somnapure’s superior formula contains herbal ingredients such as chamomile, hops, and passionflower, which have a calming effect on the body, in addition to melatonin. This supplement is gentle but effective; it helps you get back into a healthy sleeping routine. Somnapure’s unique sleep blend will help you fall asleep faster, sleep through the night, and wake up feeling completely refreshed. Plus, samples of Somnapure are currently available so you can experience results risk-free.

Amazon Website:  Amazon Somnapure

Somnapure has helped people just like you sleep better at night. These are real testimonials we’ve received from real customers across the country:

“I take Somnapure…It really works!!! I would highly recommend this to anyone and everyone that has problems sleeping.“ –Evelyn M., Edgewater, Florida

“The first night I tried Somnapure, it work exactly like it was supposed to. I fell asleep and when I woke up I was refreshed. I have recommended this to everyone who has trouble sleeping. I have tried chemical sleep aides and the side effects actually scared me one night. Thank you…Thank you…Thank you…“ –Cal M., Warner Robins, Georgia

If you’re ready to take advantage of all the health benefits that come with a full night of sound, deep sleep, choose Somnapure today. This safe and effective sleep aid will have you sleeping better and feeling better in no time!

 Posted by at 11:58 am

Taking Aspirin everyday for 10 years can reduce cancer cases

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Aug 082014
 

Kounteya Sinha, TNN LONDON: Popping an aspirin can significantly reduce the risk of developing — and dying from — the major cancers

aspirin

Aspirin

of the digestive tract – bowel, stomach and esophageal cancer. For the first time, scientists from Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) reviewed all the available evidence from many studies and clinical trials assessing both the benefits and harms of preventive use of aspirin.

Conclusions of the study, funded by Cancer Research UK among others published on Wednesday found taking aspirin for 10 years could cut bowel cancer cases by around 35% and deaths by 40%.

Rates of esophageal and stomach cancers were cut by 30% and deaths from these cancers by 35-50%. The study also confirmed that if everyone aged between 50-65 started taking aspirin daily for at least 10 years, there would be a 9% reduction in the number of cancers, strokes and heart attacks overall in men and around 7% in women.

The total number of deaths from any cause would also be lower, by about 4% over a 20-year period. To reap the benefits of aspirin, the evidence shows people need to start taking a daily dose of 75-100 mg for at least five years and probably 10 years between the ages of 50 and 65. No benefit was seen whilst taking aspirin for the first three years, and death rates were only reduced after five years.

The researchers, led by Professor Jack Cuzick, head of QMUL’s Centre for Cancer Prevention also warns taking aspirin long-term increases the risk of bleeding from the digestive tract – stomach bleeding. Amongst 60-year-old individuals who take aspirin daily for 10 years, the risk of digestive tract bleeds increases from 2.2% to 3.6%, and this could be life-threatening in a very small proportion (less than 5%) of people. Overall, rates of serious or fatal gastrointestinal bleeding are very low under the age of 70, but increased sharply after that age. Another side effect of aspirin use is peptic ulcer, the risk of which is increased by 30-60%.

The study also uncovers uncertainty over the most appropriate dose of aspirin required to maximize the benefit/harm ratio, with doses varying between 75 mg to 325mg a day in different clinical trials and studies. Professor Cuzick said “It has long been known that aspirin — one of the cheapest and most common drugs on the market — can protect against certain types of cancer. But until our study, where we analyzed all the available evidence, it was unclear whether the pros of taking aspirin outweighed the cons.”

“Whilst there are some serious side effects that can’t be ignored, taking aspirin daily looks to be the most important thing we can do to reduce cancer after stopping smoking and reducing obesity, and will probably be much easier to implement. The benefits of aspirin use would be most visible in the reduction in deaths due to cancer.” “The risk of bleeding depends on a number of known factors which people need to be aware of before starting regular aspirin and it would be advisable to consult with a doctor before embarking on daily medication.”

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Chocolate Milk—A Big Benefit for Our Tired Old Bodies

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Oct 132013
 

Compiled by Don Penven

Well as it turns out, your Mom was right when she told you that milk is good for you, especially after some vigorous exercise. Based on recent nutrition and health care studies, drinking low-fat chocolate milk after a workout or brisk walk gives one a bunch of carbohydrates and high-quality protein… and it has a pretty good taste to it too.

Chocolate Milk

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Researches in three different but related studies examined the recovery benefits from a glass of chocolate milk to plain water and certain sports drinks. In testing high-endurance athletes, researchers learned:

  • Trained cyclists demonstrated improved performance and pedaled faster thus knocking off considerable time after chocolate milk recovery vs. sports drinks.
  • Adapting to aerobic fitness was multiplied by milk-drinkers over those drinking sports drinks.
  • More muscle growth and less body fat developed among chocolate milk drinkers at the end of a 4-5 week test experiment.

Researchers state that chocolate milk, compared to plain low-fat milk, water or sports drinks contain twice the carbohydrates and protein levels.  Chocolate milk also provides the recommended 4:1 carbs to protein content, which is ideal for replenishing tired muscles. The catch is that low-fact chocolate milk with very low sugar content is essential.

Another bonus is that milk is high in water content assuring adequate hydration. Last, but not least, we see that low amounts of calcium, sodium and sugar assist the body in water retention and energy gain. So you see, chocolate milk should not be thought of as a childhood favorite.

 

 

 

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9 Steps to Lower Your Blood Pressure

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Mar 292013
 

 9 steps to lower your blood pressure

Along with age we often experience a higher blood pressure reading. I have a blog dedicated to the specific topic of High Blood Pressure (Hypertension). Below are just a few tips to lower your blood pressure.

  1. Stop Smoking- This is listed at the top because of its incredible killing power. Even if you don’t develop cancer from smoking (although it’s extremely likely), the toxic effects of poisoning your body every day are stealthy.
  2. Vascular damage stresses out the body and the poisonous chemicals are so avoidable. And if you don’t smoke- get away from 2nd hand smoke. This is the number 1 factor in lung cancer among NON smokers and the stress it places on the body can account for as much as a 4-5 point systolic spike when exposed.\
  3. Boost immunity- Being sick and lacking the energy to fight off disease stresses out the body in very preventable, easily correctable ways. If you find that you are sick a lot, consider adding probiotics to your diet and find a way to get some safe sunlight. 
  4. Naturally occurring vitamin D is the best boost to immunity because it’s free and it’s completely natural. The uptick in serotonin from exposure to UV light also increases immune health. But be mindful of the possibility of getting various skin cancers.
  5. Keep weight down- It’s no secret that obesity is becoming the fastest growing disease in the world, with its partner, Type 2 diabetes. Metabolic disorders are almost a guarantee that you will end up with an extra 10 points systolic.Get the extra 10 or 20 pounds off the belly and watch your high blood pressure fall naturally and safely. It’s a breeze with this one of a kind weight loss program (no diet or workout)…
  6. Stuff stress- The biological stressors like illness and environmental ones (2nd hand smoke for example) do enough to drive up hypertension. Don’t do it any favors by letting anxiety run untreated. There are great alternatives that are inexpensive, effective, and easy to do that will help get emotional stress under control. Learn the most effective method to eliminate stress and drop blood pressure…
  7. Breathe- What many people don’t realize is that not breathing properly or having poor posture will limit the amount of oxygen you take in. Less than optimum O2 intake can spell disaster over time. Find ways to include some deep breathing in your relaxation regimen. The added oxygen will perk up systems throughout the body, making it work more efficiently and this is always a great way to regulate blood pressure. Our Weight-Loss-Breeze exercises helps you lose weight, relief stress and lose weight all by improving your breathing day and night. Unbelievable but it works. Check them out here…
  8. Supplement- Today’s Western diets are terrible. It’s true…the way good food is molested and processed until it’s got a longer shelf life than most people is a disgrace. Salt isn’t the enemy- refined, over-loaded packaged food with astronomical amounts of sodium, however, are. Food no longer sustains us like it did when we ate fresh. So now, we have no choice but to supplement to get the critical nutrients we need. Magnesium, zinc, and calcium are the big 3 that wind up dwindling in diets of those of us in middle age. A cycle of bad events happens as a result, so make sure to get supplemental amounts of these minerals every day. Here is the only Heart Health supplement recommended by Blue Heron Health News….
  9. Limit alcohol- a glass of red wine with dinner is great if the sulfates don’t bother you. Three or more beers every day can, however, be terrible. This is just a source of extra calories and inflammation that your body doesn’t need at all. Hard liquor is even worse. All it serves to do is make you fat, contribute to snoring and sleep apnea (known causes of high blood pressure), and contribute to an addiction. Dump the liquor and beer and instead opt for limited amounts of red wine or Sake.

 Getting high blood pressure under control doesn’t have to break the bank. In fact, these natural alternatives will very likely end up saving you money if you implement all the changes listed above.

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Introduction to Health Matters

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First let me make a couple of facts abundantly clear—I am NOT a healthcare professional, nor have I ever been employed or educated as one. I am NOT a certified nutritionist, nor do I profess to be one. The information I post here is meant to serve as a source of information for folks having legitimate concerns about their health and may have had some difficulty finding reliable information. I am not posting this information to serve as a diagnosis or treatment of various Health Matters. What I post here is for information, entertainment and a time-saving means of getting answers you need from sources known to be professional, fully-qualified sources recognized by the medical profession as providing up-to-date facts about your general health and well-being.

Some of the sources I will include in my posts will include: The National Institutes of Health (NIH), The Mayo Clinic, Duke Medicine and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), to name a few.

Many of us senior citizens have legitimate concerns over the state of healthcare as the soon to be mandated Obamacare. It may take years before we really know all of the INS and OUTS of this behemoth of legislation. Here’s what Jonathon Capehart of the Washington Post wrote: “But we have to pass the [health care] bill so that you can find out what’s in it….”

For Republicans and conservatives, nothing exemplifies government overreach and arrogance more than those 16 words, uttered by then-Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi at the Legislative Conference for the National Association of Counties in March 2010…”

I just learned the other day that an additional 800 pages of regulations have been added to the already massive 2,400 pages of Obamacare. My question is, just who is expected to be an authority on the bill’s contents?

What seemingly started out to be a benefit to the American public is now turning into just one more government fiasco. So what do you think about it? Please leave me a comment below

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