Diet for Health. To Reduce Blood Pressure. To Protect Kidneys. To Curb Cancer

This blog offers one key step towards natural health through natural food and drinks. There is an epidemic of sickness and weight issues.

One in three citizens in the UK have high blood pressure. A poor diet has an impact on the organs, such as heart, lungs, kidneys and loss of well-being. i have highlighted kidneys. The build-up of fatty deposits affects kidneys sometimes triggering immense pain and often surgery. Others experience no pain or only discomfort from kidney disease. It can become a silent killer. Research shows more than 50% of the UK population are at risk from kidney disease with one in 18 suffering from it.

Our kidneys perform the function of excreting the toxins and waste in the blood. Kidneys also play a role in controlling blood pressure, regulating bone health and maintaining levels of chemicals like creatinine and uric acid.

Chronic kidney disease is when your kidneys are unable to filter your blood, which means the toxins and waste products built-up in the blood and got trapped in the kidneys.

Kidney stones form when your urine contains more crystal-forming substances — such as calcium, oxalate and uric acid — than the fluid in your urine can dilute.

Some examples of foods that have high levels of oxalate include peanuts, rhubarb, spinach, beets, Swiss chard, chocolate and sweet potatoes.

Seven Main Functions of the Kidneys.

  1. Maintaining overall fluid balance.
  2. Regulating and filtering minerals from blood.
  3. Filtering waste materials from food,
  4. Medications, toxic substances.
  5. Creating hormones that help produce red blood cells,
  6. Promote bone health,
  7. Regulate blood pressure.

Avoid/Minimise Sodium. Harmful for Kidneys over extended period of daily diet

  • Breads and rolls. Whole wheat.
  • Burritos and tacos.
  • Canned food
  • Cold cuts and cured meats.
  • Packaged and prepared foods
  • Salty food
  • Savory snacks
  • Takeaways
  • Tinned Soups.

What are symptoms of too much sodium?

Excess of sodium contributes to long term health condition including

  • Kidney disease.
  • Kidney stones.
  • Heart disease.

The immediate symptoms of eating too much salt include: Increased thirst. Swollen feet or hands. Headache (in some cases).

To Support and Protect Kidneys

  • 1-2 litres of water to drink per day
  • Apples
  • Bell peppers.
  • Leafy vegetables
  • Lemon juice
  • Olive oil.

Weekly purchases of takeaway food, bottles of sauces, for cooking/salads etc, eating out in fast food chains, certain drinks affects overall health. Children and adults become easily addicted to manufactured food with all the consequences eventually.

Incorporate fresh food into your daily diet to minimize your intake of food additives listed below.

Check labels on bottles, packaging etc Cook at home using ingredients without harmful additives.

Reduce salt, starch, saturated sodium, fat etc.

12 Additives in Food. What is the Impact on your Health?

  1. Artificial Flavouring are chemicals designed to mimic the taste of other ingredients. They can be used to imitate a variety of flavors, from popcorn and caramel to fruit and beyond. Some animal studies have found that artificial flavouring may be toxic to bone marrow cells. More research is needed to evaluate the effects in humans.
  2. Artificial Food Coloring used to brighten and improve the appearance of everything from candies to condiments.  Food coloring may promote hyperactivity in children.
  3. Artificial Sweeteners are used in many diet foods and beverages to enhance sweetness while reducing calorie content.
  4. Carrageenan. Derived from red seaweed, carrageenan acts as a thickener, emulsifier and preservative in many different food products. Common sources of carrageenan include almond milk, cottage cheese, ice cream, coffee creamers and dairy-free products like vegan cheese.
  5. Food dyes. Concerns have also been raised about the potential cancer-causing effects of certain food dyes.
  6. Guar gum is a long-chain carbohydrate used to thicken and bind foods. It’s widely used in the food industry and can be found in ice cream, salad dressings, sauces and soups.
  7. High-Fructose Corn Syrup is a sweetener made from corn. It’s frequently found in soda, juice, candy, breakfast cereals and snack foods. high-fructose corn syrup has been linked to weight gain and diabetes. Inflammation is believed to play a central role in many chronic conditions, including heart disease, cancer and diabetes.
  8. Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) is a common food additive used to intensify and enhance the flavor of savory dishes.t’s found in a variety of processed foods like frozen dinners, salty snacks and canned soups. It’s also often added to foods at restaurants and fast-food places.
  9. Sodium Benzoate is a preservative often added to carbonated drinks and acidic foods like salad dressings, pickles, fruit juices and condiments. For example, one study found that combining sodium benzoate with artificial food coloring increased hyperactivity in 3-year-old children. Another study showed that a higher intake of beverages containing sodium benzoate was associated with more symptoms of ADHD in 475 college students When combined with vitamin C, sodium benzoate can also be converted into a benzene, a compound that may be associated with cancer development
  10. Sodium Nitrite acts as a preservative to prevent the growth of bacteria while also adding a salty flavor and reddish-pink color.
  11. Trans Fats are a type of unsaturated fat that have undergone hydrogenation, which increases shelf life and improves the consistency of products. It can be found in many types of processed foods like baked goods, margarine, microwave popcorn and biscuits.
  12. Yeast Extracts, also called autolyzed yeast extract or hydrolyzed yeast extract, is added to certain savory foods like cheese, soy sauce and salty snacks to boost the flavor. It’s made by combining sugar and yeast in a warm environment. Reducing sodium intake can decrease blood pressure, especially in people who have high blood pressure (58Trusted Source).

Take care of your health

Be mindful of what you put in your mouth.

A healthy life brings far more enjoyment than addiction to factory food.





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