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Throat Cancer! 10 Symptoms you must not ignore in 2018

Yes, Recognising Throat cancer in its early stages can help cure it fast.Read the article for better understanding.

Throat cancer symptoms cause mostly due to unhealthy habits like Smoking and consuming heavy alcohol. Some throat cancer occurs from an infection HPV.

Throat cancer stages are explained depending upon the place where the tumor has grown in the throat and the size of the tumor.

Throat cancer affected through HPV(Human Papillomavirus) infection, Oral cavity, pharyngeal, laryngeal  will also show up the same symptoms.

Early stage throat cancer symptoms:

  • Voice Change Over
  • A sore Throat
  • Consistent need to clear the throat as if to speak
  • A consistent Cough (a Sometimes blood cough)
  • Numbness inside mouth
  • Pain when swallowing
  • Hoarseness
  • Small lumps inside the throat
  • Wheezing
  • Ear Pain
  • Weight Loss
  • Swelling in throat

Throat Cancer Types Symptoms And Signs :

Voice Box Cancer Symptoms:

Voice changing Symptom is the one of the primary sign for Throat cancer. Mainly the voice box cancer (larynx). Recurrently, the same symptom could be referred to as an infection of the voice box. This infection will heal after a couple of days or weeks. If the below symptoms are consistent, Then you have to see a doctor to Confirm the disease. Common Symptoms are Trouble in breathing, progressive hoarseness, Voice sound changing or any lump in the throat area. A person with the above symptoms can be said to have laryngeal cancer.

Lump in Throat  Symptoms:

Throat cancer has a chance of causing the lump in the throat/ neck. Generally, it causes when the upper side and sidewall of pharynx has the respiratory infections which are near the base of the tongue. Lump in the throat symptom may not show up always, If a lump in the nodes is shown in the absence of infection persistently then it results in pharyngeal cancer or any other serious condition.

Other Types Of Throat Cancer Symptoms:

Some other throat cancer symptoms trigger severe ear pain and people with tonsils may notice blood with the saliva and can have persistent throat pain. Slowing down the throat mechanism like the feeling of something stuck in the throat constantly.

What is the first sign of the throat cancer?

The first sign of throat cancer is voice change or hoarseness, Difficulty in swallowing citrus food like tomatoes, Oranges etc. Read Early signs of throat cancer above.

How do they check for throat cancer?

To check for any type of cancer. The doctor will ask for a biopsy test. For a biopsy test a tissue is taken from the doubted area and tested for cancer.

How would I know if I had throat cancer?

Some symptoms are easy to find. Lump near the neck and difficulty in swallowing.These symptoms may or may not end up in cancer. But visiting a Doctor if you find the symptoms are persistent is suggested.

Can I get throat cancer due to smoking?

Yes! Many surveys shown eating tobacco and smoking all forms of tobacco leads to cancer. Smoking which is taken from mouth i.e, lesions of the lips where the pipe comes in direct contact with the tissue spoiling the nodes.

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Symptoms of the Nervous System Disorders

A very complex and highly specialized interconnection of the human body’s internal circuitry, the nervous system is like the body’s multimeter to the outside world, in the sense that it controls:

  • The body’s sense of sight, hearing, taste, smell, and sensations
  • The body’s ability to perform movement, balance, and coordination
  • The mind’s ability to think, reason, be conscious, and have thoughts, memories, and language

Divided into three parts – viz the brain, the spinal cord, and the nerve cells – the nervous system also regulates a whole range of voluntary and involuntary vital actions, such as blood flow and blood pressure. Given their enormity, they are prone to a host of problems, the symptoms of which might manifest all of sudden, posing a life-threatening situation or they might develop over a long period, all the while causing slow deterioration in one or a group of certain brain functions. Also, the symptoms can be mild or severe, transient or permanent, physiological or psychological, but never nonexistent, and when they do manifest, they will be in one of the following forms:

  • Numbness, tingling, weakness, or loss of mobility in certain body parts
  • Lack of focus, reduced light sensitivity, double vision, tunnel vision, or loss of vision
  • Incoherentor illegible speech, confusion, and change in level of consciousness
  • Sudden onset of a severe headache, nausea, and vomiting
  • Dizziness, unsteadiness, or loss of balance and equilibrium
  • Seizures and abnormal body movements, such as twitching

In addition to these, there might also be certain behavioral changes that might not seem like an indicator of anything serious, but might actually be due to an underlying cause. These can include:

  • You find it difficult or impossible to move certain parts of your body
  • You can’t put weight on one leg as you have pain running down that leg
  • You find it hard to coordinate your movements, making you clumsier than before
  • You seem to be having to run to the bathroom too frequently and for no apparent reason
  • You get intense headaches that come and go frequently, but without any pattern

These symptoms will depend on the specific area of the nervous system that has been impacted and the underlying cause and the nature of these symptoms can provide clues as to the site of the issue. These sites can be divided into categories – Lower Level Sites, which include muscle, motor-end plates, peripheral nerves, spinal nerve roots, etc; and Higher level Sites, which include brainstem, cerebellum, thalamus etc. Below are the typical symptoms of issues in these specific areas:

  • Lower-level sites
    • Weakness in a specific set of muscles: Depending on the set of muscles impacted, the symptoms will be noticed when climbing stairs, getting up from a chair, lifting something, or even chewing the food.
    • Fatigue and weakness in motor end plate: This happens when the motor nerve impulses are unable to properly connect with the muscle end plate at the neuromuscular junction.
    • Weakness and muscle atrophy: This happens when there is sensory nerve damage, and might cause numbness, tingling, shooting or burning pains, hyperesthesia, and an absence of reflex activity.
    • Abnormal posture, abnormal deep and plantar reflexes: Caused by damage to the spinal cord, and often results in pain, temperature, and loss of scratch sensations.
  • Higher-level sites
    • Loss or reduced activity of cranial nerve functions: Caused by damage to the brainstem, this can also be life threatening, since many critical functions, such as consciousness, respiration, and blood pressure, are controlled from there
    • Difficulty in maintaining an upright posture: Caused by damage to the cerebellum, this can also be accompanied by other symptoms such as jerky movements of the eyes at rest, ataxia of the limbs, and even a severe tremor
    • Loss of sensation on the opposite sides of the body: This is typically caused by a lesion in the thalamus, and might be accompanied by extreme pain. Other related symptoms can include disorders of eye movement and speech impairment.
    • Loss of ability to perform purposeful actions: Damage to the various parts of the cerebral hemisphere can result in a loss of different day-to-day abilities, including something as complex as foresight, planning, and comprehension; or something as simple as the ability to put on clothes.

Unfortunately, the symptoms of a nervous system disorder might resemble the symptoms of other medical conditions or problems, making it difficult for family members to realize the gravity of the affliction. If you or a loved one has these symptoms, call us at 8008104199 immediately to properly diagnose the issue and evaluate treatment options available to you!

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CHILDHOOD OBESITY: TIPS FOR PARENTS AND CARETAKERS

Parents and guardians should be aware of childhood obesity and the ways to control it. Childhood obesity leads to high blood pressure, heart diseases and high cholesterol. It may also results in bone and joint problems.

What Causes Obesity in Children?

Children become obese or overweight for a variety of reasons. The most common causes are unhealthy eating ,lack of physical activity and genetic factors. Only in rare cases children can be obese by a medical condition such as a hormonal problem.

Although weight problems in families, not all children with a family history will be overweight. Children whose parents sisters or brothers are overweight may be at an increased risk of becoming overweight themselves, Obesity also  linked to shared family behaviors such as eating and activity habits.

A child’s activity level and diet plays an important role in determining a child’s weight. For example, now a day’s many children are spending lots of time by watching television, computers and video games.

What Diseases Are Obese Children at Risk For?

Obese children are at risk for a number of conditions, including:

  • Diabetes
  • Heart Diseases
  • Bone problems
  • High cholesterol
  • High blood pressure
  • Skin conditions such as heat rash, fungal infections, and acne

Some obese children may suffer from breathing problems viz. asthma and bronchitis. Significantly, obese children suffer from social and psychological problems viz. depression, poor self-esteem, higher stress, lower social skills and anxiety.

Balance is the key to maintain a healthy weight. The two-way approach to put your child’s weight under control include cutting down on fats and calories, and have an active life.

Giving your child a diet filled with fruits, vegetables, whole-grains, poultry, fish, lentils and beans goes a long way towards encouraging healthy eating habits. Taking water, and limiting soft drinks and beverages will be of great help towards controlling your child’s obesity.

Children should avoid a sedentary life, which means to spend less time watching TV, using computer and playing video games. Children should be encouraged to have an active life. A moderate to intensive physical activity as part of daily may include jumping rope, brisk walking, playing outdoor games, dancing and swimming.

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The Crohn’s Disease Diet and Natural Treatment Plan

Diet and lifestyle changes may control symptoms of crohn’s disease and lengthen the time between flare-ups.

An inflammatory bowel disease, crohn’s disease is marked by symptoms of abdominal pain, severe diarrhea, fatigue, weight loss and malnutrition. Crohn’s disease may affect different areas of digestive tract, leading to debilitating and life-threatening complications. Crohn’s disease may be effectively treated by following certain diet and lifestyle changes.

  • Limit dairy products: By limiting and eliminating dairy products the fall-out of inflammatory bowel disease evident as diarrhea, abdominal pain and gas can be controlled effectively.
  • Having low-fat foods: If you are diagnosed for crohn’s disease, it is better to avoid low-fat foods such as butter, margarine, cream sauces and fried foods. People with crohn’s disease of small intestine may not be able to digest fat normally.
  • Limit fiber: In some people with crohn’s disease, high fiber foods may worsen the symptoms. Instead of taking raw fruits and vegetables, it is better to take them in steamed or baked form.
  • Avoid problems foods: It is always better to avoid spicy foods, alcohol and caffeine as they may worsen the symptoms of crohn’s disease.
  • Eat small meals: Those with the condition of crohn’s disease should break from the routine of tiffin, lunch and dinner. You may eat five to six small meals in a day that may help to reduce the occurrence of crohn’s disease.
  • Drink plenty of liquids: Water is the best drink for those affected by crohn’s disease. Alcohol, caffeine and carbonated drinks should be avoided as they produce gas and may aggravate diarrhea.
  • Take multivitamins and mineral supplements: Crohn’s disease inhibits the body’s ability to absorb nutrients. Taking adequate amount of multivitamin and mineral supplements ensures proper supply of nutrients to the body.
  • Overcome stress: Stress may not cause crohn’s disease, but it may aggravate its symptoms. You can manage stress effectively by practicing relaxation and breathing exercises.

 

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CALCIUM DEFICIENCY

INTRODUCTION:

Calcium deficiency refers to lack of adequate calcium in the body. It is seen more in women than in men. Calcium deficiency is seen in women after pregnancy, and those in their postmenopausal phase.

Calcium helps in the growth and development of bones and teeth. It regularizes the heart beat, helps in blood clotting, and allows for conduct of nerve impulses. Taking calcium supplements (1000 mg to 1500 mg every day) treats its deficiency. However, excess calcium intake may lead to constipation or bloating.

The symptoms of calcium deficiency are muscle cramping, dry skin, brittle nails, increased PMS, fractures and breakages, and toxicity. By taking more of calcium enriched foods as supplements, the condition of calcium deficiency can be treated significantly.

HEALTH BENEFITS OF CALCIUM:

The health benefits of calcium are many. The most important ones are, it helps in maintaining bone health and dental health. It also helps in the  prevention of colon cancer and the reduction of obesity. Calcium is an essential mineral for the human body from birth to old age. It protects cardiac muscles, helps maintain optimal body weight, controls blood pressure and prevents premenstrual depression.

Infants require calcium for proper bone and tooth growth; adolescents for bones development, and for the aged to lead a healthy life. As one gets older, the bones become porous and weak. This condition requires us to take ample calcium. Calcium also helps in reducing the risk of kidney stones, promotes healthy alkaline level and transportation of nutrients in the body.

CALCIUM FACTS:

Women in the post menopausal stage witness heavy loss of calcium, which makes them greatly prone to osteoporosis, a condition where the bones turn brittle and weak. It is extremely important to take enough of calcium, vitamin D, magnesium, and K2 throughout tender and adolescence years.

  • Calcium forms 2% of total body weight
  • Calcium helps in the formation of bones and teeth
  • Presence of calcium in the blood prevents hemorrhages
  • Lack of calcium leads to the condition of osteoporosis

DIET & CALCIUM:

Milk and dairy products are rich sources of calcium. Nuts, seeds and pulses also provide sufficient amount of calcium. Leafy green vegetables including broccoli, spinach, orange juice, cereals, oysters, rice beverages, soy, almonds, black-eyed peas and green peas can enhance the calcium content in the diet.

 

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6 Tips to Protect Your Lips from the Cold

Winter can be a brutal time of the year for your lips.

The cold air, the chilling wind and dry, heated air inside all conspire to make your smooches dry and tight.Lips are a special type of skin that is thin and delicate – and so requires a little extra care

Here are six tips to keep your lips smooth and lovely all winter long:

  1. Don’t lick your lips. When your lips are dry, it’s natural to want to lick them to make them moist. But licking your lips actually has the opposite effect. Once you put saliva on the lips, it dries out and makes our lips even more dry. Plus the enzymes that are in saliva that are meant to digest food are irritating to the lips.
  2. Use a lip balm that is ointment-based. This will lock in the moisture and help to heal cracks and splits in the skin. Look for a healing ointment that contains petrolatum, essential oils or glycerin. Another important ingredient is sunscreen —  there still is sun in the winter.
  3. Avoid lip balms containing camphor, eucalyptus and menthol. These substances actually dry out your lips and make the problem worse. In response, you apply more of this kind of lip balm, and the cycle continues.
  4. Avoid brushing or rubbing your lips when they are flaky or peeling. It’s better not to scrub your lips or pick the peeling skin off with your teeth or your fingers. That just creates cracks and sores on your lips and can make things worse. Instead, apply a very heavy ointment-based balm that will be soothing and help to heal your lips.
  5. Treat cracks right away. If you let them go, they can become worse and possibly get infected or lead to a cold sore.
  6. At night, apply lip balm before you go to bed. Many people sleep with their mouths open. Eight hours of breathing in and out through your mouth can dry your lips. Also consider using a humidifier at night if the air in your house is dry because of being heated.
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How to lower your high blood pressure during pregnancy

High blood pressure and pregnancy isn’t necessarily a dangerous combination. But having hypertension during pregnancy requires special care, irrespective of whether you are diagnosed with this problem before or after conception.

High blood pressure, medically known as hypertension, means the force of the blood that pushes against the walls of your arteries is too high. Blood pressure readings of 140/90 mm Hg is considered too high.

While hypertension can affect anyone, pregnant women are at an increased risk. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an increasing number of pregnant women in the United States suffer from hypertension. In fact, according to the American Pregnancy Association, high blood pressure affects about 6 to 8 percent of pregnant women.

During pregnancy, women can suffer from different types of high blood pressure, such as:

  • Gestational hypertension that develops after 20 weeks of pregnancy
  • Chronic hypertension that was present before pregnancy or that occurs before 20 weeks of pregnancy
  • Chronic hypertension with superimposed preeclampsia that occurs in women with chronic high blood pressure before pregnancy
  • Preeclampsia, a type of pregnancy complication characterized by high blood pressure and signs of damage to another organ system.

High blood pressure during pregnancy puts extra stress on your heart and kidneys, which in turn increase the risk of heart disease, kidney disease and strokes. Along with these, other complications may include fetal growth restriction, preterm delivery, placental abruption and cesarean delivery.

When suffering from hypertension during pregnancy, it is important to monitor your blood pressure level closely throughout the pregnancy. Managing your blood pressure can help you have a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby. At the same time, ultrasound exams should be done frequently to track the growth of the baby in the womb.

Here are the top ways to lower your high blood pressure during pregnancy.

 1. Avoid salt and high-sodium foods   :

Generally, when people with high blood pressure cut back on salt, their blood pressure falls. It even prevents blood pressure from rising.

During pregnancy, you must keep a check on your salt intake to keep your blood pressure under control.

  • Do not add lots of salt to foods when cooking. Use herbs and spices instead to add flavor to your dish.
  • Avoid processed foods, fast food and sports drinks, which are high in sodium even if they don’t taste salty.
  • Avoid canned foods as they are often high in sodium.

2. Try Controlled Breathing :

Deep breathing is a popular relaxation technique that helps lower your stress levels and stabilize your blood pressure.

Moreover, every time you take in a deep breath, the well-oxygenated blood gets delivered to each and every cell in the body. This in turn provides energy and makes you feel good overall.

  • Lie down comfortably on your back.
  • Place your hands on your chest and below the rib cage.
  • Slowly inhale through your nose so that you feel your stomach move up.
  • Slowly exhale through your mouth by counting to 5, while keeping the abdominal muscles tight.
  • Repeat 10 times and keep your breathing regular and slow.
  • Practice deep breathing for 10 minutes, 2 or 3 times a day, to manage your blood pressure and keep your heart healthy.

3. Enjoy Walking and Get Moving :

Inactive women are at a higher risk of hypertension during pregnancy than those who exercise. Walking is one of the best cardiovascular exercises for pregnant women.

Hypertensive pregnant women can lower their blood pressure by enjoying a brisk walk of 30 to 45 minutes on a daily basis. It is a safe activity to continue throughout all nine months of the pregnancy.

  • Try to exercise for at least 30 minutes a day or most days throughout the week.
  • If you are a beginner, try low-intensity walking or swimming.
  • Always talk to your doctor before starting an exercise program and ask if it is safe for you to do certain activities.

4.Add potassium-rich foods to your diet:

Potassium-rich foods should be a part of your hypertension management diet. Foods you should add include sweet potatoes, tomatoes, kidney beans, orange juice, bananas, peas, potatoes, dried fruits, melon and cantaloupe.

Potassium is an important mineral during pregnancy. It helps maintain your fluid and electrolyte balance. It also aids in the transmission of nerve impulses, contraction of your muscles and the release of energy from carbohydrates, fat and protein.

  • Keep your target potassium levels moderate (around 2,000 to 4,000 mg a day).

5.Listen to music :

Listening to the right type of music for at least 30 minutes, 2 or 3 times a day, can lower your blood pressure. As an added bonus, music can help you deal with stress and anxiety, which can make things more complicated during pregnancy. Stress is also not good for your unborn baby.

low-tempo and low-pitch music, without lyrics or loud instrumentation, can calm people down, even during highly stressful times.

Listening to soft and soothing music during pregnancy also helps create a wonderful bonding experience for you and your baby. Plus, it enhances the stimulation of your unborn baby’s growing brain, and improves sleeping patterns for a newborn baby.

6. Monitor Your Weight :

Being overweight is a risk factor for hypertension and thus, you need to take caution to keep your pregnancy weight gain within healthy limits. A proper diet and regular exercise are ways to manage your weight gain during pregnancy.

  • Preeclampsia is associated with hypertension and weight gain during pregnancy, so it is important to avoid gaining too much weight and to avoid gaining weight too quickly. Preeclampsia can lead to kidney and liver problems for the mother and complications for the baby.
  • Being overweight also increases the risk of other health conditions during pregnancy, such as back aches, exhaustion, leg cramps, hemorrhoids, gestational diabetes, heartburn and aching joints.

Through a healthy diet and a proper exercise routine, you can get to a healthy weight. Talk to your doctor about the weight that’s right for you and follow the instructions given by your doctor.

Additional Tips :

  • Get early and your regular prenatal medical care. If your doctor says you need medicine to keep your blood pressure under control, be sure to take it every day as prescribed.
  • Those who are at high risk for preeclampsia may have to take low-dose aspirin to help prevent it. This will be advised by your doctor.
  • Don’t stop taking any medicine without talking to your doctor.
  • Smoking and drinking put stress on your heart and cardiovascular system. It is also dangerous to your baby’s health. Say no to smoking and drinking while you are pregnant.
  • Avoid caffeine during pregnancy, as it has been linked to reduced placental blood flow and a risk of miscarriage.
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Weight Loss Tips

While the world is fretting about weight loss by paying off their bills at various slimming products, we bring to your some healthy and simple weight loss tips that will help you lose weight naturally.

Here are few tips on weight loss:

  • Drink lots of water

A minimum of 7-8 glasses of drinking water is a must, on a daily basis. It keeps you hydrated and ends your hunger outbursts  as a whole.

  • Have a great walk

A regular walk in the morning and evening helps you to get rid of those calories from your body and give you a perfect shape you have been craving for. So, don’t lag behind. Walk, walk and walk away, while you enjoy nature to the fullest.

  • Exercise well

If you like the idea of working out, it’s time you hit off some exercise routines for the day. Regular exercise is the best way to lose weight and stay healthy.

  • Reducing food intake

The worst mistake is reducing the intake of food as it adds on to weight gain rather than weight loss. Prefer healthy foods and leafy green vegetables that will assist you in losing weight without having to starve yourself.

  • Share your meals

The perfect way to avoid those extra calories is simply by sharing it with others. What more? you can share the bill as well without having to worry about gaining that extra few pounds.

  • Dance if you should

Research suggests that those who dance to the music for hours, or at least to their heart’s content, tend to have better-toned bodies than their counterparts. Next time, when the music turns on, just whirl and spin away to glory.

  • Engage yourself

Try to be occupied with things to keep off those bored moments where you crave for food. When you get involved in some work or the other, chances are that you will relatively eat less.

  • Have a smaller plate

The very feeling of eating more comes when there is extra space on your plate. Next time, just grab a smaller plate and have your meals with full contentment.

  • Fix a meal time

This will help you keep off from those long cravings for the meal times where you can munch away to glory on your favorite foods. Also, try to avoid junk foods as it contains unwanted calories.

  • Be patient

The key to weight loss is patience. Be patient that things are going to work out in your favor and watch the magic unfold with your clever psychological hack!

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How Much Walking You Really Need to Lose Weight

Did you know that within 5 months of regular walking you can lose up to 20 pounds? Namely, for this purpose you needn’t to go gym or follow some strict diets. Moreover, you will also tone your muscles and better your health significantly, while losing weight and inches from the waist.

How to walk in order to lose weight

The number of calories that you can burn by walking depends on two factors. The first factor is body weight and the second is the walking pace. Namely, in just 1 hour, you can burn 400 calories if you walk with an average speed of 4 miles per hour. You don’t need to walk only four miles in one day. For example, you can walk 3 additional miles and burn 300 calories plus that day. Moreover, you can walk shorter distance, but you will need to adapt your body to your daily activities. You can use a pedometer which will help you track your progress.

Pedometers and weight loss

If you’ve decided to lose unwanted pounds by walking, buy a pedometer or some wrist band to monitor your progress. What’s more, this will improve your chances to achieve the wanted results. A pedometer is an accessory that you need to wear closely to the hip area. It doesn’t weigh at all and comes with numerous properties. Its best advantage is that it informs you of the number of steps you’re taking during the day.

How much steps are needed for weight loss

Usually, 2000 steps in one mile are needed so that you burn calories. Namely, you could burn 100 calories in 1 mile.

1 mile-100 calories burned and 2000 steps

1 pound-3500 calories

Losing 1 pound per week-500 calories per day

Walk 10000 steps per day to lose 1 pound in 1 week

Take a look at these useful tips regarding healthy weight loss:

  • Instead of using the bus when you are out, walk to work or from work to home, or simply get off the bus on halfway destination
  • Always park the car a bit further than your destination and walk the distance
  • Avoid cabs, buses, and elevators whenever possible
  • Walk with your children to their school

How to keep the interest for walking

If you use the same route every day, it will bore you eventually. Therefore, walk in different areas, neighborhoods, parks, and, what’s more, listen to music while you walk as it will serve as a great motivation and energy to reach your goal. Cold weather shouldn’t worry you. You can always buy a treadmill and watch your favorite movie or TV show while walking. Sometimes, you can invite a friend or a family member to make you company during your walk.

Walking style

Concentrate the eyes, hold your chin up, squeeze the glutes, and tighten the abdomen in the same direction with the spine.

How often to walk

If you want to start a daily walking routine, consult your physician for advice regarding your strength and health for this activity. If you get approved, at the beginning, walk three days weekly for 15 to 20 minutes. Afterwards, gradually, you should be able to walk longer distances and reach 30 to 60 minutes of daily walking.

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10 tips to protect your kidneys

10 Simple Steps That Will Help You Protect Your Kidneys, Before It’s Too Late!

Chronic kidney disease affects millions of people worldwide, radically curtailing their quality of life, with the threat of dialysis or transplantation hanging over their heads.

1. Eat Yoghurt Every Day

Yoghurt contains probiotics (good bacteria) that help your kidneys process waste materials and improve your overall digestive health.

2. Drink Plenty Of Water

Consuming plenty of water and other fluids helps the kidneys clear the sodium, urea and other toxins from the body in a healthy manner. It keeps both the kidneys and the rest of the body healthy.

3. Take Only Kidney-Safe Drugs

Excessive consumption of over-the-counter pills, painkillers and analgesics such as Ibuprofen is not healthy. Some of these drugs can harm the kidneys if consumed on a regular basis. If you have arthritis or a similarly painful condition that requires you to take painkillers frequently, make sure your doctor prescribes your drugs, and not your chemist.

4. Lower Your Phosphorus Intake

If the kidneys aren’t working properly, phosphorus accumulates in the body, causing potentially serious conditions such as bone and heart disorders, and calcification (hardening) of tissues. Avoid consuming products with a high phosphorus content, like carbonated soft drinks and processed foods. You only need 800 – 1,200 mg of phosphorus per day; the extra amount is flushed from the body by healthy kidneys.

5. Eat Healthy

Eating a healthy diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables can prevent multiple diseases. Cut down on processed and packaged foods and eat light and fresh. This will also help you avoid foods that are rich in empty calories and reduce your salt intake. If necessary, consult a dietitian about adopting a kidney-friendly diet.

6. Quit Your Harmful Habits

Excessive drinking doesn’t just damage your liver; it also harms your kidneys. Similarly, excessive smoking doesn’t just affect your lungs, but your kidneys as well.

7. Know Your Family Medical History

Awareness can help you be more prepared. Talk to a doctor about whether your family history puts you at a greater risk and what preventive steps you should take in case your parents or relatives have kidney disease. If you are at a greater risk, make sure you get your renal functions tested to know how healthy your kidneys are. Often, people who have no symptoms discover that they have renal disease.

8. Keep Your Blood Sugar Levels Under Control

Having diabetes compounds your chances of developing kidney disease. A large number of diabetic patients suffer from kidney failure and need dialysis or organ transplants. It is therefore important that you keep your blood sugar levels under control. It is also important for people with diabetes to get regular kidney function tests to detect any anomalies early. Kidney damage from diabetes can be reduced or prevented if it is detected in time.

9. Manage Your Blood Pressure

Hypertension not only increases your chances of getting a stroke and cardiovascular disease, but it also increases your risk of developing kidney disease. The risk is multiplied if you suffer from diabetes as well. If you have a family history of hypertension and kidney disease, keep a strict check on your blood pressure. Manage it by living a healthy life and strictly adhering to advised medication. Maintain your cholesterol levels.

10. Live An Active Life

Lack of physical activity is the root cause of a large number of lifestyle diseases. Leading sedentary lives makes us more prone to developing hypertension, heart disease, obesity and even diabetes. Pre-diabetics, who are at an increased risk of turning diabetic, can control their blood sugar levels by exercising every day for half an hour. Exercising also helps keep your cholesterol, blood pressure and weight under control. Being overweight increases your risk of developing diabetes and high blood pressure, which are major risk factors for kidney disease.

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