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…

Breathe Easy – COPD and Diet

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is the umbrella term for emphysema, chronic bronchitis, and refractory asthma. These conditions result in stiffening, inflammation, and airway damage, limiting airflow and making breathing much more difficult. Symptoms include shortness of breath, frequent coughing, excessive phlegm production, wheezing, and tightness in the chest. COPD is one of those diseases…

10 Things to Know About Your Taste Buds

Our tongues have one or two receptors for sweet, but at least 24 for bitter. Why is this? Plants contain many toxins that would poison us if we ingested them, and we needed to develop many receptors to detect these toxins. The “tongue maps” that you may have seen in your elementary school science book…

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…

My Growing Bones

When I was 30, and my body decided to rebel against me, I found out that I had osteopenia- actually, pretty severe osteopenia that resulted in the doctor writing, “warranting treatment…fracture risk is moderate”.  I drank (literally) a gallon of milk every day or two when I was young, and no, osteoporosis doesn’t run in…

True or False: You Understand Sodium

True or False: Tabasco sauce is high in sodium. Roughly 60% of people with high blood pressure are genetically salt sensitive. Instant hot cereals are low in sodium. Eating more than 1 ¼ tsp of salt daily may increase your risk of stomach cancer by 51%. Cream cheese is low in sodium. Parmesan cheese is…