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5 Ways to Stop A-Salting Your Kidney

By Dr K K Aggarwal
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Eating white salt is like a slow poison. If the amount of salt is reduced to less than 1 teaspoon per day, a large percentage of people with high blood pressure will have normal blood pressure.

High salt intake via increase in blood pressure leads to kidney damage over a period of time and kidney failure. Consume less, anything which is artificially white in feature, white sugar, white maida and white rice.

Most people who have high salt in their body will have the characteristic feature of having a liking for both ice cold as well as boiling beverages.

5 Ways to Stop A-Salting Your Kidney

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Eating white salt is like a slow poison. If the amount of salt is reduced to less than 1 teaspoon per day, a large percentage of people with high blood pressure will have normal blood pressure.

High salt intake via increase in blood pressure leads to kidney damage over a period of time and kidney failure. Consume less, anything which is artificially white in feature, white sugar, white maida and white rice.

Most people who have high salt in their body will have the characteristic feature of having a liking for both ice cold as well as boiling beverages.

Can Diabetes Be Warded Off?

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Adhering to Mediterranean diet, rich in fruits and vegetables and low in animal products may protect from type 2 diabetes. The Mediterranean diet gives emphasis to olive oil, vegetables, fruits, nuts, cereals, legumes and fish and de–emphasizes meat and dairy products. It is a healthy eating plan that prevents heart disease.

In the study published in the British Medical Journal, researchers tracked the diets of 13,380 Spanish university graduates with no history of diabetes. The study participants filled out a 136–item food questionnaire, which measured their entire diet (including their intake of fats), their cooking methods and their use of dietary supplements. During an average of 4.4 years of follow–up, the researchers found that people who adhered to a Mediterranean diet had a lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes. In fact, those who very closely adhered to the diet reduced their risk by 83 percent.

Moreover, the people who tended to stick closest to the diet were those with factors that put them at the highest risk for developing diabetes, such as being older, having a family history of diabetes and being an ex–smoker. These people were expected to have a higher rate of diabetes, but when they adhered to the Mediterranean diet this was not the case.

Type 2 diabetes is typically brought on by poor eating habits, too much body weight and too little exercise. One key factor that might be responsible for the protective effect of the Mediterranean diet is its emphasis on olive oil for cooking, frying, putting on bread and mixing in salad dressings.

Tips to prevent diabetes

  • Eat less
  • Omit refined carbohydrates (white sugar, white rice and white maida)
  • Use olive oil, vegetables, fruits, nuts, cereals, legumes and fish, and reduce meat and dairy products.

Eating foods in their natural form is always better

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An elephant is obese, eats sugarcane (ganna) and yet does not develop diabetes. I am sure if he is given 10% sugar drinks everyday or made to eat 30% sugar containing sweets, he too would end up with diabetes. The natural form of sugarcane is eating ganna, the second form is sugarcane juice, third is gur (jaggery), fourth is shakkar and fifth is white sugar. The more you eat foods in their natural form, more the health benefits you will get from that food. Food is Brahmin and contains the same consciousness as you have. Food, which is more refined will loses its consciousness and is not beneficial to the health. Similarly, wheat flour with bran is better than flour without bran, which is better than suji, which is better than maida. Maida is the final product and if taken every day, it can cause heart disease, diabetes and high blood pressure.

Tackling obesity in children

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More than 30% people of the society including children have potbelly abdominal obesity. India is witnessing an epidemic of metabolic syndrome, which is characterized by abdominal obesity, high triglyceride, low good cholesterol, high blood pressure and high sugar.

Abdominal girth of more than 90 cm in men and 80 cm in women indicates that the person is vulnerable to future heart attack.

Normal weight obesity is the new epidemic of the society. A person could be obese even if his/her body weight was within the normal range. An extra inch of fat around the abdomen increases the chances of heart disease by 1.5 times.

Normally once the height stops growing, most organs will also stop growing. The weight of the heart, liver of kidney cannot increase after that. Only muscles can build up to some extent. The only thing, after that stage, which can increase the weight of the body, is deposition of fat. Therefore any weight gain after puberty is invariably due to fat. Though the overall weight can be in the acceptable normal range but any weight gain within that range will be abnormal for that person. One should not gain weight of more than 5 kg after the age of 20 years in males and 18 years in females. After the age of 50, the weight should reduce and not increase.

Potbelly obesity is linked to eating refined carbohydrates and not animal fats. General obesity is linked to eating animal fats.

Refined carbohydrate includes white rice, white maida and white sugar. Brown sugar is better than white sugar. Refined carbohydrates are called bad carbohydrates and animal fat is called bad fat.

Trans fat or vanaspati is bad for health. Trans fats increase the levels of bad cholesterol and reduce good cholesterol in the body.

Reduction in weight can reduce snoring, pain of arthritis, blood pressure and control uncontrolled diabetes.

Some key points

• Skip carbohydrates once in a week.

• Combine a sweet food with bitter food (prefer aloo methi over aloo matar).

• Consume green bitter items in foods such as karela, methi, palak, bhindi etc.

• Do not eat trans fats (vanaspati).

• Do not consume more than 80 ml of soft drink in a day.

• Do not consume sweets with more than 30% sugar.

• Avoid maida, rice and white sugar.

• Walk, walk and walk…


White sugar as addicting as heroin and cocaine

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White sugar is addictive and the number one cause of heart disease. The sweetener prompt the same chemical changes in the brain seen in people who abuse drugs such as cocaine and heroin.

Quoting a study presented at the American College of Neuro–psychopharmacology’s annual meeting, Dr Aggarwal said that evidence from an animal model suggests that bingeing (drinking large amounts of sugar water) when hungry can cause behavioral changes and even neurochemical changes in the brain which resemble changes that are produced when animals or people take substances of abuse. These animals show signs of withdrawal and even long–lasting effects that might resemble craving.

A “sugar addiction” may even act as a “gateway” to later abuse of drugs such as alcohol. The stages of addiction, as defined by the American Psychiatric Association, include bingeing, withdrawal and craving.

In the study rats were denied food for 12 hours a day, then were given access to food and sugar (25 percent glucose and 10 percent sucrose) for 12 hours a day, for three to four weeks. The chemical involved in the addiction on the body is dopamine.

White sugar, white rice, and white maida, the triad of refined carbohydrates are all addicting and related to insulin resistance, obesity and heart disease.

5 Ways to Stop A–Salting Your Kidney

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Eating white salt is like a slow poison. If the amount of salt is reduced to less than 1 teaspoon per day, a large percentage of people with high blood pressure will become normal blood pressure patients. High salt intake via increase in blood pressure leads to kidney damage over a period of time and kidney failure. Consume less–anything which is artificially white in feature–white sugar, white maida and white rice.

Most people who have presence of high salt in their body will have characteristic feature of liking to both ice cold as well as boiling beverages.

5 tips to reduce salt in your diet

  1. Make reading food labels a habit. Sodium content is always listed on food labels. Sodium content can vary from brand to brand, so compare and choose the lowest sodium product. Certain foods don’t taste particularly salty but are actually high in sodium, such as cottage cheese, so it’s critical to check labels.
  2. Stick to fresh meats, fruits and vegetables rather than their packaged counterparts, which tend to be higher in sodium.
  3. Avoid spices and seasonings that contain added sodium, for example garlic salt. Choose garlic powder instead.
  4. Many restaurants list the sodium content of their products on their websites, so do your homework before dining out. Also, you can request that your food be prepared without any added salt.
  5. Try to spread your sodium intake out throughout the day; it’s easier on your kidneys than eating lots of salt all at once.

Its wrong to say eat less fat; the real message should be eat more fresh fruits and vegetables.

White advocating low–fat diets it is easier for patients to understand advice given in terms of foods e.g, “eat more fresh fruit” rather than nutrients e.g, “reduce your intake of fat to less than 30 percent of your total energy intake”.

The message to reduce fat has been translated by food manufacturers and consumers into a potentially harmful set of food choices.

Instead of replacing high–fat foods with naturally low–fat foods with other benefits, such as fruits, vegetables, legumes, and whole grain foods, consumers have often increased their consumption of low–fat or “fat–free” varieties of naturally high–fat foods, such as fat–free snack or junk foods.

The result is an increase in refined carbohydrates which lower good HDL–cholesterol concentrations with a possible increase in the incidence of type 2 diabetes and obesity, and failure to gain the benefits of more.