7 salt related myths you need to know

Too much sodium in our diet may not be good for our health, but eliminating our entire sodium intake can also have an undesirable effect on our physical well-being

7 salt related myths you need to knowFor people dealing with high blood pressure, controlling their sodium intake has turned into a matter of life and death. Contributing to lakhs of death globally each year, high blood pressure has been named the leading risk factor for death in women. On top of high blood pressure, too much sodium in our diet can […]

8 tell-tale signs that you have low potassium levels

The more sodium you consume, the more potassium your body excretes. Tip-offs that you need more can be hard to notice, but if you experience any of these signs and can’t figure out what’s behind them, check in with your doc to have your potassium levels tested

8 tell-tale signs that you have low potassium levelsYou don’t hear much about potassium—but you should. It’s important for muscle strength, nerve functioning, and a healthy cardiovascular system, says Janet Brill, Ph.D., R.D., a Philadelphia-based nutritionist. The nutrient’s in lots of delicious foods (think: melon, avocados, bananas, and white beans). But even if you get the recommended 4,700 mg per day, you still […]

World Hypertension Day: This may be why slashing salt lowers blood pressure

Restricting sodium intake has been key to reducing blood pressure. Now researchers may have found an underlying mechanism to explain why

World Hypertension Day: This may be why slashing salt lowers blood pressureSlash sodium from your diet. That’s the advice inevitably given to everyone. Scientists examined hundreds of metabolites substances produced during digestion from blood samples drawn in a study among 64 black British residents with high blood pressure, or hypertension. All participants were instructed to follow a reduced-sodium diet, but otherwise none were taking medication or […]

High intake of salt can increase diabetes risk, says study

The researchers found that each extra gram of sodium (or 2.5 grams of salt) per day was linked to a 43 per cent higher risk of type 2 diabetes. It was noted that the people who fell within the high consumption category were at a 58 per cent higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes than the individuals in the low consumption group

High intake of salt can increase diabetes risk, says studyDiabetes is a major cause of blindness, kidney failure, heart attacks, stroke and lower limb amputation.Almost half of all deaths attributable to high blood glucose occur before the age of 70 years. WHO projects that diabetes will be the seventh leading cause of death in 2030. Diabetes prevalence has been rising more rapidly in middle- […]

Poor diet biggest risk factor for early deaths worldwide

A major study has found that unhealthful eating is responsible for more deaths worldwide than any other risk factor, including smoking

Poor diet biggest risk factor for early deaths worldwideThe Global Burden of Disease Study looked at dietary consumption between 1990 and 2017 in 195 countries, focusing on 15 types of food or nutrients. In a paper that features in The Lancet, the study investigators conclude that, due to its contribution to non-communicable diseases, poor diet accounted for 1 in 5, or 11 million, […]

Excess consumption of salt can trigger allergies, cautions study

A new study shows that salt could actually contribute to the development of allergies. Salt is a common ingredient added to the daily diet of most people. But despite being essential to the human health, it was recently found to increase the risk of developing allergies

Excess consumption of salt can trigger allergies, cautions studyA new study shows that sodium chloride, mostly known as table salt, triggers the formation of certain cells that contribute to allergic conditions such as atopic dermatitis, EurekAlert reported on Wednesday. The team found that salt leads to the increase of Th2 cells in the body and even causes some cells that should not cause […]

Five health boosting benefits of bananas

Bananas are a tasty snack, loaded with a variety of nutrients. Bananas are also among the good sources of prebiotics which makes it beneficial for the good bacteria in your gut

Five health boosting benefits of bananasWhile we always hear about the yellow-coloured fruit being an excellent source of potassium, there are many more health benefits it can offer Better digestion Approximately 70 percent of the fibre found in a banana is insoluble, the kind which does not dissolve in liquid. In short, this type of fibre helps food move quickly […]

Zinc deficiency may play a role in high blood pressure, suggest study

Lower-than-normal zinc levels may contribute to hypertension by altering the way the kidneys handle sodium, according to a new study published in the American Journal of Physiology - Renal Physiology

Zinc deficiency may play a role in high blood pressure, suggest study  Zinc deficiency is common in people with chronic illnesses such as type 2 diabetes and chronic kidney disease. People with low zinc levels are also at a higher risk for hypertension. The way in which the kidneys either excrete sodium into the urine or reabsorb it into the body, specifically through a pathway called […]

Did you know? Certain eating habits can trigger high blood pressure

The theme for this year’s World Hypertension Day is ‘Know Your Numbers’ with a goal of increasing high blood pressure (BP) awareness. Along with this, it is also to focus on the eating habits also that can also trigger high blood pressure

Did you know? Certain eating habits can trigger high blood pressureHypertension, also known as high Blood Pressure, is a lifestyle disease; eating habits can have an impact on your blood pressure on day-to-day and long-term basis. It can damage arteries and can cause heart failure, cerebral stroke, kidney failure and damage our eyes. It is noted that up to 25 -30% urban and 10 -20% […]

Pizza: Nutritionally decent or diet disaster?

A recent study concluded that pizza consumption among kids and adolescents was associated with higher daily calorie intake, saturated fat and sodium. It also found that pizza eaten as a snack or from fast-food restaurants had greatest negative impact on calorie intake

Pizza: Nutritionally decent or diet disaster?Yes, pizza is healthy, yet it isn’t. You pizza can turn from nutritionally decent to diet disaster and it all depends on the type of crust, amount of cheese and toppings used. Healthy pizzas can deliver a good amount of sodium from tomato sauce and cheese, which means if you are watching your salt intake, […]