10 Kidney Health Resolutions


  1. Eat breakfast. Breakfast didn’t earn its reputation as the most important meal of the day for no reason. Studies show you’re less likely to overeat during the day if you eat a healthy breakfast in the morning.

2. Avoid unnecessary pain killers. Many people don’t realize that the same medications that help alleviate your aches can have dangerous side effects, including harming the kidneys. It’s important to read both prescription and over the counter (OTC) drug labels in order to evaluate the risks and benefits before taking a particular medication.

3. Exercise. Yes, you’ve heard this one before, but there is a reason that getting more exercise is a perennially popular resolution. Physical activity offers many health benefits, including decreasing blood pressure, increasing muscle strength, lowering blood fat levels (cholesterol and triglycerides), improving sleep, increasing insulin sensitivity and helping control body weight. If those weren’t reason enough to lace up your sneakers, studies have also shown that kidney patients who exercise have better outcomes for dialysis and transplantation. Increasing activity by 150 minutes per week is recommended.

4. Get organized. Start with your medicine cabinet and

Runny Nose? Try These Tips.

A peek behind the tissue
A runny nose may be a symptom of many different things. Knowing what’s causing it is the first step to taking care of it. There are several home remedies, which can help and powerful over the counter medicines that can make living with a runny nose from colds, allergies, or the flu more bearable. Mucinex® Fast-Max Cold and Sinus can help stop a runny nose since it contains phenylephrine, a nasal decongestant. Your nose can run but it can’t hide. Read below for more information.

Help stop a runny nose.

Suffering from a runny nose can be irritating, embarrassing and overall, just miserable. Learning how to help stop a runny nose can help you get on with your day when symptoms are holding you back.

The cold virus and allergies can cause your body to make histamines, chemicals that are part of an inflammatory reaction and your body’s natural immune response. The effects of histamine can cause runny nose, watery eyes, and sneezing. To try to relieve a runny nose at home, try the following to promote a healthy nasal environment:

The Common Killer You Might Be Ignoring

Blood clots of VTE are common and can be fatal.

Blood clots kill one in four people worldwide. That’s right, one in four deaths on this planet are caused by blood clots, also known by the medical term thrombosis. If you’re surprised by these blood clot facts, you’re not alone. A survey that I and others conducted with the International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis steering committee of the United States, along with eight other countries from North America, South America, Europe, Asia, and Australia, found that public awareness of thrombosis was low overall (at 68 percent), and for venous thromboembolism (VTE) in particular (at about 50 percent) — much lower than awareness of other health conditions.

Far more people surveyed were aware of high blood pressure, breast cancer, prostate cancer, and AIDS (90 percent, 85 percent, 82 percent, and 87 percent, respectively).

Only 45 percent of people who responded to the survey were aware that blood clots are preventable. Few knew the major risk factors for VTE, like hospitalization, surgery, and cancer (awareness of 25 percent, 36 percent, and 16 percent, respectively).

Thrombosis is the underlying cause of heart attack, most strokes,

Ways to improve your sexual potency through Massage Therapy

Impotence or erectile dysfunction is the inability to develop or maintain a hard erection. It is a common and natural phenomenon but even in the 21st century society frowns upon open discussion about sexual dysfunction.  Men suffering from erectile dysfunction tend to hide this issue which in turn makes the matter worse.  People usually don’t discuss it with their friends or family in order to avoid shame or in order to avoid being made fun of.  Doctors and massage therapists realize that it is a completely natural phenomenon and can happen to anyone.  If you are suffering from erectile dysfunction, then you shouldn’t be shy to talk to your doctor or massage therapist about the matter. A lot of medical and natural techniques have been used by people in order to cure their sexual dysfunction problems. Massage therapy is a very good and effective way of fighting erectile dysfunction. Massage therapy can help men in improving their sexual potency. A lot of doctors are well trained to perform prostatic massage themselves while some recommend their clients to external massage therapists. It might not be a dangerous or harmful technique but it is till recommended that the massage should be received

Ecological imaging test may determine deadliness of breast cancer

Scientists in London have developed an ecological imaging test that may help determine which breast cancers are most likely to be deadly— an analysis that could in turn help doctors tailor individuals’ treatment more effectively.

The Ecosystem Diversity Index fuses a cancer imaging technique and methods used by ecologists to study animal and plant species. In a study published Tuesday in PLOS medicine, scientists at The Institute of Cancer Research, London, who developed the combined test, used the index to distinguish cancer cells from normal cells in tumors, according to a news release. They found that, based on the test, the more complex and diverse breast cancer is, the more likely it may be to advance and cause death. The institute helped fund the research, according to the release.

Study authors analyzed 1,026 samples of untreated breast tumors from three hospitals. They looked at three cell types: cancer cells; immune system lymphocytes; and stromal cells, which produce connective tissue.

They found patients with high-grade tumors that had a diameter larger than 5 centimeters, whose tumors were on the upper end of the Ecosystem Diversity Index, faced a 16 percent five-year survival rate, compared with

Stress free life

Today, people’s wants have surpassed the requirement of three basic needs – Food, Clothing and Shelter. Comforts and luxuries have been added to these basic needs, making them dearer for everyone in the bargain. We all struggle today for a modernized need of the same things that our forefathers desired previously. Only that now, it has become more difficult and stressful to accomplish our goals and look forward to a future that we see.

All of this has led to Stressful Living. Stress, is a word that is very commonly used for all age groups today. It is regarded as a necessity for earning livelihood. It is looked upon a common occurrence in every individual’s life. ‘No Gain, Without Pain’ is the motto of today’s life. We have forgotten today of a life that can be lived without stress.

In common parlance, stress is associated with everyday working and the routine responsibilities that we carry out. Little is known beyond this definition of stress. Stress has its roots far deeper than just these causes and occurrences. Many may want to distinguish stress on the levels of physical and emotional well being. But even beyond this,

Letter from the Founder Has It Really Been 10 Years

Wow! It’s been ten years since Health In Harmony started. I still find that very hard to believe. Ten years ago in February, Cam Webb (currently ASRI’s Conservation Advisor) and I were in Aceh helping after the tsunami and we were horrified to see not only the trauma, but how few of the non-profits were listening to communities.

I came back and called a good friend, Julia Riseman, in despair, “How could I ever work for any of these organizations? Not only do they not listen to the communities, but none of them see that human health and environmental health are totally intertwined. They just do one or the other.”

And Julia, said, “Kinari, we are going to start our own and it will be founded on the principle that the best solutions will always come from the communities that are experiencing a problem.”

Thank goodness I listened to her and thank goodness people came out of the woodwork to support us with time, money, great ideas, and love. Thank you all! Together we have seen a remarkable ten years and I am so grateful to all the people who have come together all

Diabetes Health Center

A new nasal spray might make rescue care easier for diabetics who are woozy or even unconscious due to severe low blood sugar, a new clinical trial suggests.

The nasal spray contains powdered glucagon, a hormone that causes a prompt increase in blood sugar levels.

The trial results showed that the nasal spray is nearly as effective in treating hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) as the only option currently available, a glucagon powder that must be mixed with water, drawn into a syringe and then injected into muscle.

Because it is almost as effective but much easier to administer to an ailing person, the nasal spray could become the go-to treatment for severe hypoglycemia, said Dr. George Grunberger, a clinical professor at Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit and president of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists. He was not involved in the study.

“This intranasal spray is a big deal,” Grunberger said. “This is something which people have been crying for, for years. It was only a matter of time before something more practical came onto the market.”

People with diabetes trying to walk the tightrope of precise blood sugar control

Top 10 Health Issues of 2015

1. Drug prices

Outrage over the high cost of medications intensified after some companies sharply raised prices for drugs they hadn’t developed, but instead bought the rights to. Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. drew criticism from doctors, hospitals and Congressmen after The Wall Street Journal reported the company had increased the price of two cardiac-care drugs by 525% and 212%, respectively. In the fall, Turing Pharmaceuticals AG was widely criticized after it boosted the price of the anti-parasite drug Daraprim to $750 a pill from $13.50. Turing founder Martin Shkreli was later arrested on unrelated fraud charges from previous work at a hedge fund. Mr. Shkreli, who resigned from Turing, has said he believes his arrest was related partly to the drug-price increases.

2. Cancer immunotherapy

Efforts to use the body’s immune system to fight tumors made big strides this year. The Food and Drug Administration approved the first immunotherapy drugs for lung cancer, Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. ’s Opdivo and later Merck & Co.’s Keytruda, both of which treat non-small-cell lung cancer, the most common form of the disease. The FDA also approved the combined use of Bristol-Myers’s Opdivo and Yervoy to treat advanced

For joggers, less may be more

Jogging is one of those activities that seem to perfectly embody the concept of healthy physical activity. I know people who run for an hour or more a day. I admire their commitment to physical activity and sometimes envy their seeming good health. But a new study from Denmark has me rethinking the benefits of strenuous jogging.

Researchers with the ongoing Copenhagen City Heart Study have been following the health of more than 1,000 joggers and 400 healthy but inactive non-joggers. Between 2001 and 2014, 156 of these study participants died. Using the death rate of the sedentary non-joggers as a point of comparison, the researchers found that the death rate of light joggers was 90% lower than that of the non-joggers, while that of moderate joggers was about 60% lower. Here’s the big surprise: the death rate for strenuous joggers was no different than that of sedentary non-joggers. This kind of relationship is known as a U-shaped curve (see figure).In this study, jogging for just an hour a week was associated with a significantly lower death rate. The most beneficial combination was jogging at a slow or moderate pace two to three times a week, for

Tips for Improving Your Health

Do I need to change what I eat?

If you answer yes to any of the following questions, you may need to talk about improving your nutrition with your doctor:

  • Has your doctor talked with you about a medical problem or a risk factor, such as high blood pressure or high cholesterol?
  • Did your doctor tell you that this condition could be improved by better nutrition?
  • Do diabetes, cancer, heart disease or osteoporosis run in your family?
  • Are you overweight?
  • Do you have questions about what kinds of foods you should eat or whether you should take vitamins?
  • Do you think that you would benefit from seeing a registered dietitian, a member of the health care team who specializes in nutrition counseling?

Won’t it be hard to change my eating habits?

Probably, but even very small changes can improve your health considerably. The key is to keep choosing healthy foods and stay in touch with your doctor and dietitian, so they know how you are doing. Here are a few suggestions that can improve your eating habits:

  • Find the strong points and weak points in your current diet. Do you eat 4-5 cups of fruits and vegetables every

Healthy Joints, Happy Joints

Just like motor oil keeps your car running smoothly, there’s an important fluid that lubricates and nourishes your joints. This substance is called synovial (syn ö vi àl) fluid, and joints that contain it — like your shoulders and hips — are called synovial joints.
As you move, sacks of this fluid cushion your knees and elbows against friction, and these sacks are known as bursae (bûr`s∂). When you hear people talk about tennis elbow — outer elbow pain often caused by repetitive motion — they actually have inflamed bursae, which physicians refer to as bursitis.
Joint pain can interfere with your physical activity and daily life. The flip side, however, is that as your fitness level increases, joint pain may decrease. Here are some things you can do to encourage both of these desired results:
  • Warm up before any activity. Try this for your knees: Sit in a chair, and slowly raise your left foot until your leg is straight. Hold for a second, and slowly lower it. Repeat this motion 10 to 15 times with each leg.
  • To warm up your hips and get a great back massage in

Eight tips for healthy eating

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These practical tips cover the basics of healthy eating, and can help you make healthier choices:

Base your meals on starchy foods

Starchy foods should make up around one third of the foods you eat. Starchy foods include potatoes, cereals, pasta, rice and bread. Choose wholegrain varieties (or eat potatoes with their skins on) when you can: they contain more fibre, and can help you feel full.

Most of us should eat more starchy foods: try to include at least one starchy food with each main meal. Some people think starchy foods are fattening, but gram for gram the carbohydrate they contain provides fewer than half the calories of fat.

Eat lots of fruit and veg

It’s recommended that we eat at least five portions of different types of fruit and veg a day. It’s easier than it sounds. A glass of unsweetened 100% fruit juice (150ml) can count as one portion, and vegetables cooked into dishes also count. Why not chop a banana over your breakfast cereal, or swap your usual mid-morning snack for a piece of fresh fruit?

Eat more fish

Fish is a good

Top 12 Strategies for Optimizing Your Health

#1. Add Sprouts to Your Diet

One of the most nutritious powerhouses to add to your diet are sprouts. They are an authentic “super” food that many overlook or have long stopped using. In addition to their nutritional profile, sprouts are also easy and fun to grow in your own home as they don’t require an outdoor garden.

They can contain up to 39 times the nutrition of organic vegetables grown in your own garden, and allow your body to extract more vitamins, minerals, amino acids and essential fats from the foods you eat. During sprouting, minerals, such as calcium and magnesium, bind to protein, making them more bioavailable.

Furthermore, both the quality of the protein and the fiber content of beans, nuts, seeds and grains improves when sprouted. The content of vitamins and essential fatty acids also increase dramatically during the sprouting process. Sunflower seed, broccoli and pea sprouts tend to top the list of all the seeds that you can sprout and are typically each about 30 times more nutritious than organic vegetables. While you can sprout a variety of different beans, nuts, seeds and grains, sprouts in general have the following beneficial attributes:

  • Support for cell regeneration
  • Powerful sources of antioxidants,

How does healthy eating affect mental and emotional health?

Healthy eating tip 1: Set yourself up for success

To set yourself up for success, think about planning a healthy diet as a number of small, manageable steps—like adding a salad to your diet once a day—rather than one big drastic change. As your small changes become habit, you can continue to add more healthy choices.

  • Prepare more of your own meals. Cooking more meals at home can help you take charge of what you’re eating and better monitor exactly what goes into your food.
  • Make the right changes. When cutting back on unhealthy foods in your diet, it’s important to replace them with healthy alternatives. Replacing dangerous trans fats with healthy fats (such as switching fried chicken for grilled fish) will make a positive difference to your health. Switching animal fats for refined carbohydrates, though (such as switching your breakfast bacon for a donut), won’t lower your risk for heart disease or improve your mood.
  • Simplify. Instead of being overly concerned with counting calories, think of your diet in terms of color, variety, and freshness. Focus on avoiding packaged and processed foods and opting for more fresh ingredients.
  • Read the labels. It’s important to be aware of what’s in your food

Warning Labels May Help Parents Skip the Soda

In the new study, lead researcher Christina Roberto and her colleagues conducted an online survey of nearly 2,400 parents who had at least one child aged 6 to 11 years.

In a simulated online shopping experiment, parents were divided into six groups to “buy” drinks for their kids. One group saw no warning label on the beverages they would buy; another saw a label listing calories. The other four groups saw various warning labels about the potential health effects of sugary beverage intake, including weight gain, obesity, type 2 diabetes and tooth decay.

Overall, only 40 percent of those who looked at the health warning labels chose a sugary drink. But, 60 percent of those who saw no label chose a sugary drink, as did 53 percent of those who saw the calorie-only label did.

There were no significant buying differences between the groups seeing the calorie-only label and no label, the findings showed.

“The warning labels seem to help in a way that the calorie labels do not,” said Roberto, an assistant professor of medical ethics and health policy at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine.

Any Exercise Benefits Kids’ Heart Health

Their study found that children and teens who got more moderate to vigorous physical exercise daily than their peers had better cholesterol levels, blood pressure and weight, which are important for long-term health.

“Parents, schools and institutions should facilitate and promote physical activity of at least moderate intensity in all children and be less concerned about the total amount of time spent sedentary, at least in relation to these cardiovascular risk factors,” said study author Ulf Ekelund, group leader of the Physical Activity Epidemiology Program at the Institute of Metabolic Science in Cambridge, England.

“We demonstrated that higher levels of physical activity of at least moderate intensity — equal to brisk walking — are associated with [improving] many cardiovascular disease risk factors, regardless of the amount of time these children spent sedentary,” he said.

For example, those children who belonged to the most active group had a smaller waist than those in the least active group, he said.

“In adults, this difference is associated with an about 15 percent increased relative risk of premature death,” Ekelund said.

The type of activity is not important

Breakfast for Kids Can Be Healthy and Fast

“Children need breakfast everyday for a variety of reasons,” says Roberta Anding, a registered dietitian at the Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston. “Actively growing children need food at regular intervals to fuel their bodies and brains. Skipping breakfast gives as much as a 10- to 12-hour time frame with no food, and the potential for compromised school performance and irritability.”

In addition, “for children who eat breakfast, there is better regulation of body weight,” says Anding. Other benefits:

  • Eating breakfast increases the chances of an overall healthier diet.
  • Kids who start the day with a healthy meal are more likely to play sports and be more physically active.
  • Eating breakfast improves a child’s ability to concentrate and perform in school.

Healthy Breakfast Ideas for Kids

Avoid giving children sweet foods for breakfast, like doughnuts or cereals high in sugar, because after the sugar high wears off, they are likely to get tired. “Healthy options include whole grain, low-sugar cereal with low-fat milk and fresh fruit, or a yogurt berry parfait with granola,” says Anding. Or, you might offer your child a whole-grain English muffin with peanut

Healthy After-School Snacks

“How much depends on their age and physical activity level,” says Samantha Heller, MS, RD, former senior clinical nutritionist at New York University Langone Medical Center’s Outpatient Cardiac Rehabilitation & Prevention Nutrition program and now host of a live nutrition show on Sirius Satellite’s new station DOCTOR Radio. “If they are busy and active, away from the computer and running around outside, kids will actually self-regulate how much they need.”

Three a Day: Stocking Up on Snacks

The American Academy of Pediatrics says that because kids have smaller stomachs, they can’t hold enough food from meals alone. Generally three meals and up to three healthy snacks each day will allow them to meet their nutritional needs. Children who play sports, however, will need heftier snacks and more calories than a child who is less physically active.

Try to plan your kids’ snacks wisely and schedule them at least two hours before mealtime. With this many snacks, kids don’t need to feel full all of the time, so keep the portions small. A bit of hunger between snacks and meals will help them to eat healthier foods when they are offered.

Study Links Healthy Lunches to Academic Performance

When leading preventive cardiologist Dr. Arthur Agatston and his Miami-based team began monitoring elementary students participating in an obesity-prevention program, their goal was simple. “We wanted to show that good food was good for kids,” Agatston says. “And that they would eat it.”

Agatston, who is also Everyday Health’s heart health expert, has long been a vocal advocate for healthier lifestyle choices. He writes and lectures extensively, and is probably best known for his South Beach Diet, which he originally devised as a way to help his cardiac and diabetes patients lose weight in order to prevent heart attacks and strokes. In 2004, he founded the Agatston Research Foundation, which now conducts and funds original research on diet, cardiac health, and disease prevention.

This particular project, called the Healthier Options for Public Schoolchildren, or HOPS program for short, was specifically designed to test the feasibility of introducing a holistic nutrition and healthy lifestyle management program at the elementary-school level in central Florida. As HOPS co-principal investigator, Agatston revealed the findings at the October 2008 meeting of the Obesity Society. In short, the two-year HOPS study found that kids who ate nutritionally sound, high-quality breakfasts, lunches,

5 Painless Ways to Make Exercise a Habit That Sticks

For most people, 30 minutes of daily moderate physical activity is a good target, but getting there can be a challenge, and unfortunately there is no easy solution for those short on time. The simple truth is that in order to make exercise a regular habit, you need to move it up on your priority list. That said, if you’re able to mentally reposition physical activity as a more positive experience, it won’t feel like a sacrifice, and you may even come to enjoy it. As someone who has long struggled to maintain a consistent fitness routine and finally found some measure of success, I’m happy to share some strategies that have worked for me and others I know.

1. Lower Your Expectations

This seems like a pessimistic way to start a blog aimed at encouraging people to be more physically active, but I think setting a realistic and manageable fitness plan is one of the most important steps in making exercise a regular habit. The same all-or-nothing mentality that deters the best of healthy eating intentions can also sabotage attempts to become more fit. If after months of inactivity you launch right into a high