Anemia of Chronic Disease

When you hear the term “anemia,” you probably either immediately picture a vitamin-mineral supplement or a nice, juicy steak in your mind, if you picture anything at all. Many people don’t know that the second most common form of anemia is caused by the inflammation that arises in a variety of chronic diseases. No vitamins…

Keep Your Kidneys Happy and Healthy

Your kidneys are almost certainly underappreciated, and they might be overworked, too. First of all, you should probably know what these small-ish fist-sized organs do for you. They keep you alive by filtering waste and impurities from your blood (the waste is stored in your bladder until you excrete it in your urine). They also…

Gout and Diet

You probably know someone who “has the gout” as I’ve heard it said dozens of times. If you have gout, you have a painful form of arthritis that develops when uric acid in the blood crystallizes, and these crystals then infiltrate and surround the joints. Uric acid is usually transported by the blood to the…

20 Little-Known Facts About Diabetes

Diabetes – so many misconceptions, so little time! This complicated health problem is made even more challenging to understand because it often travels with friends – kidney disease, heart disease, neuropathy, etc. How many of the facts below did you already know? By sharing what we learn, we can help others to avoid common complications…

So, About Your Endothelium…

Can we talk about your endothelium for a minute? Don’t be shy – we all have one! The endothelium is simply (or not so simply) the tissue that lines your blood vessels, heart, and lymphatic vessels. It is sensitive and easily damaged by high cholesterol or homocysteine (an amino acid that is strongly linked to…

Choline: The Very Important Nutrient You Don’t Hear Much About

Maybe you’ve never heard of choline. You’re not alone. The DRI wasn’t even established until 1998, and the choline content of foods could not be measured until recently. Small amounts of choline are made in your body, but you get most of it in the foods that you eat. Foods like: Eggs Beef Pork Chicken…

Spice Up Your Health

A lot of what I hear about using spices and herbs focuses on how they can help you slash your sodium intake, which is a crucial part of keeping your heart, brain, and kidneys healthy.  At least equally important is the fact that these ingredients contain phytonutrients that have a profound effect on your overall…

The Link Between Lifestyle and Kidney Disease

One in three American adults is at risk for kidney disease, according to the National Kidney Foundation. Some of the risk factors are out of your control, but there are several that you can do something about: Not Controllable: family history of kidney failure; being age 60 or older; being African American/Black, Hispanic, Asian, Pacific…

Worry More About Magnesium and Potassium

People tend to be most concerned with nutrients that the majority of younger people aren’t at risk of being deficient in, like B12 or protein. If you eat animal protein or a very well-planned vegetarian diet and are under the age of 60, you’re likely ok on these two. What you’re probably not OK on…