6 Useful Tips to Adopt a Kidney-Friendly Diet

Everyone that is diagnosed with kidney disease will need to take certain steps to change their day-to-day life. A major change is the need to plan a kidney-friendly diet. Let’s take a look at a few of the things involved in creating the type of diet that matches your change in circumstances:

Get expert guidance

A specialist kidney doctor or renal dietitian can help in the process of putting together a healthy diet plan that consists of the types of food and fluids that benefit the specific situation. Any changes in diet will vary with the condition. The diet will become a lot stricter in the more advanced stages of the disease.

Track your diet

Once a kidney-friendly diet has been organized with a specialist, it is helpful to continue to monitor and track the nutritional intake. It will help to eat the right amount of certain nutrients to not only benefit the general health, but also preserve the function of the kidneys.

Use meal-planning tools

There are plenty of meal-planning tools available online that helps to manage the day-to-day diet and nutrition needs. With the importance of following a kidney-friendly diet, any automated tool is certain to make the process of sticking to the food plan a lot easier. Many of these tools give the option to store shopping lists, track nutrition goals, save favorite recipes and list daily meal plans.

Check food labels

A kidney-friendly diet is certain to limit foods that are rich in certain minerals or nutrients. For instance, it is beneficial to limit the intake of foods rich in phosphorus, potassium and sodium content when experiencing kidney problems. However, not all food labels list the specific amount of potassium or phosphorus content, so it will be necessary to do appropriate research before going out to do the grocery shopping.

Limit sodium

A low-sodium diet is preferred for those suffering with kidney related issues. Eating a meal low in sodium will mean the body is able to naturally cut fluid retention and also regulate blood pressure. Sodium can easily be replaced as a source of flavor in a meal. Lemon juice, spices and herb blends are the most common alternatives.

Dining out

If planning to dine out in the evening, it is worth taking extra steps to limit the sodium intake throughout the rest of the day. Many meals eaten at a restaurant will have high sodium content, and typically a lot more than your latest diet plan. Also, it can help to control portion sizes to further help to control the sodium in your meal.

Monkey Pox

Nigerians could be so dramatic at the advent of a new disease outbreak. Good mornings would suddenly be devoid of friendly handshakes, every unproductive street gatherings would suddenly have a new topic of discussion and hand sanitizers would suddenly become as handy as naira notes. Even the fake hand sanitizers would sell with propensities of high profit margins. If a disease is enough to insurrect and police such strict antiseptic and hygienic measures in the general populace, then its discussion becomes imperative.


What is this disease? How did it come about? Are the above Nigerian precautionary measures enough to prevent us from contacting this disease?

Monkey pox is a communicable disease caused by the Monkey Pox Virus (an Orthopox virus) which is characterized by fever, headache, muscle pain and numerous rashes. The Monkey Pox Virus can be transmitted from animal to man, or from man to man. Animals implicated in the former include but not necessarily limited to monkeys, chimpanzees, rats, squirrels and rabbits. For the later, a human must as a matter of fact be infected to be able to infect other humans.

The first recorded case of Monkey pox was in 1958, identified in a laboratory monkey kept for research purpose. In 1970, the first human case was identified in the town of Bansonkusu, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Nigeria recorded its first case in 1971 together with Cote d’Ivoire. The first human infection outside Africa was documented in 2003 in the United States where 47 cases were reported. On September 22nd of 2017, an outbreak of the viral epidemic occurred in Bayelsa state, and has since manifested also in Rivers, Ekiti, Lagos, Ogun, Cross Rivers and Akwa Ibom state.

Transmission from human to human usually involves contact with bodily fluids from an infected person. These fluids would include Sweat, Urine, Blood, Semen and Saliva.


  • Improper or poor handling of infected animals
  • Sharing a bed with an infected person
  • Sharing utensils with an infected person
  • Lack of general hygiene in areas with known cases of infection


  • Washing of hands regularly. This shouldn’t be the usual washing of hands that baby Junior does when his mum calls him from the mud to come eat morsels of garri. Hand sanitizers are not bad either.
  • Proper handling of animals and their products. Wash your hands again properly with soap and rinse with flowing water.
  • Quarantine every known infected persons and animals. Dead animals should be burnt and buried, not a free ticket to place 3 chicken drumsticks on a bowl of rice.
  • Personal hygiene is much needed here.
  • Health education is important too.


There is currently no cure for Monkey pox. It is a self-limiting disease and symptoms would usually last from 2-3 weeks. Severe cases usually occur in children but is related to the degree of exposure. However, the vaccine for Small pox has been known to be about 85% effective in combating Monkey pox. But with the global eradication of Small pox, the vaccine is not available at the moment. Proper management, education and precautions is all that we have for now.

Sick and Tired in America: Waiting for a Cure

The Mayo Clinic, recently reported that only 3% of Americans lead a healthy lifestyle that includes adequate exercise, diet, and effective stress management. Shockingly, the most advanced medical care system in the world has not been able to safeguard its citizens health. Up to 60% of the U.S. population suffer from chronic, debilitating health problems such as obesity, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, high blood pressures, stroke, COPD, immune disorders, mental health problems, and addictions.

If you are poor or live in disadvantaged or minority neighborhoods, your health status and resources are much worse. This trend is also effecting younger generations who are developing chronic health problems earlier in life.

Symptoms vs Causes

Traditional medicine primarily targets the physical symptoms of disease with expensive, high-tech diagnostic tests, medicine, and surgery. However, increasing evidence implicates lifestyle and environmental toxins among the fundamental causes of disease. The typical American leads a sedentary lifestyle often associated with passive pursuits such as dependence on computers at work and home. Pollutants in the water, food, and air contain toxic and carcinogenic compounds. Sugary drinks, processed foods containing sodium, artificial flavors, and preservatives are all cited as causes for health problems. Until we learn that the fundamental cause of disease is embedded in the way we live, Americans will be sick and tired and seeking a medical cure in vain.

Improve Health and Immunity

The scientific literature has identified eight key lifestyle changes associated with improved health and Immunity:

  1. Following an anti- inflammatory diet rich in fiber, fresh organically grown fruits, vegetables, nuts, fresh fish, vegetable proteins to reduce inflammation associated with chronic disease. Eliminating toxins associated with fatty, fried, and packaged foods, sugary drinks, smoking, and the excessive use of alcohol and addictive substances
  2. Supplementing with vitamins, minerals, and herbal medicines to compensate for deficiencies, support metabolism, and repair cellular damage.
  3. Hydrating: drinking 64 oz. of water daily including electrolytes to flush toxins from bladder and kidneys and carry nutrients to cells.
  4. Using probiotics to balance gut flora and counter the effects of toxins
  5. Exercising: aerobic training, strengthening, walking, stretching, yoga, Tai Chi, 3-5 x per week to increase stamina, strength, mobility, flexibility and balance.
  6. Meditating: 20 minutes daily and eight hours of sleep to modulate autonomic, metabolic, endocrine, psychological and immune functions.
  7. Cognitive Reprogramming: continuous monitoring and restructuring of negative thinking
  8. Developing social resources using your medical team, family, friends, and treatment groups to maximize social and emotional support.


Research Results reported by the Cleveland Clinic’s 180 wellness program lists improved physical health, disease prevention, weight stabilization, improved energy, strength, endurance, immunity, improved mental health, stress management and mood stability as benefits of healthy lifestyle programming.


Traditional medicine primarily targets the physical symptoms of disease with diagnostic tests, medicine, and surgery. However, increasing evidence implicates lifestyle and environmental toxins as the fundamental causes of disease. Eight key lifestyle changes are discussed that have proven value in improving health and boosting immunity.

* My Rx for Boosting Health and Immunity

  1. Diet: anti- inflammatory diet such as the Mediterranean diet
  2. Supplementation: daily multiple vitamin and a cellular protection formula
  3. Hydration: 60 oz. daily with electrolyte addition
  4. Probiotics: daily
  5. Exercise: aerobic and strengthening with weight training 40-60 minutes daily, and regular walking
  6. Meditation: 30 minutes daily to music using relaxation imagery auto- suggestion, and therapeutic affirmations.
  7. Cognitive Restructuring: identifying and challenging negative thinking, and reprogramming constructive alternatives
  8. Develop members social support resources including treatment team, family, friends.

Does Whole Body CryoTherapy Really Reduce Pain Associated With Fibromyalgia?

In 2000 there was a study in Germany involving 120 people that had rheumatoid arthritis, 45% of them with fibromyalgia – most all experienced reduced pain. That’s proof enough. Many believe there is not enough evidence to empirically prove it, but people in pain know the pain they feel or don’t.

While the FDA has not specifically ‘approved’ cryotherapy for fibromyalgia treatment, and warns citizens of potential false claims being made, those who’ve used cryotherapy tell of reduced pain and other benefits for their fibro. Several fibromyalgia online groups also have people talking about their personal journeys with fibro and how cryotherapy has changed their lives.

It could take years, maybe even a decade for the FDA to recognize whole body cryotherapy as a viable treatment to curtail the pain associated with fibromyalgia. I suppose you could live with all that pain until then, your choice.

Nearly all of the most common symptoms of fibromyalgia are reduced when cryotherapy is used on someone without the condition. Chronic Pain, pain intolerance, sleep disorders, depressed mood, swelling and inflammation, sore muscles and tendons, musculo-skeletal pain, itchy skin and whole body soreness, and chronic fatigue are all things that cryotherapy is suited for, in fact at first glance one might say cryotherapy is made for fibromyalgia patients.

You see, Whole Body CryoTherapy reduces inflammation, increases collagen, gives you an endorphin rush, boosts the immune system, activates anti-stress hormones, and causes increases in anti-oxidants in the blood. Each of these benefits solves one or more of the symptom problems associated with fibromyalgia. All together it makes sense to anyone except a pharmaceutical company with a patented and high-priced fibromyalgia medication. This isn’t an anti-FDA statement, just an observation. You will have to be the final judge and try Whole Body CryoTherapy for yourself. We can’t promise you it works, only that others with fibro swear by it.

There was an interesting Whole-body cryotherapy rehabilitation study of patients with rheumatoid diseases, and although this was ONLY a pilot study it did render some fascinating results. (Die Rehabilitation [01 Apr 2000, 39(2):93-100]). Another study was a little more proof positive in solid results, this research was published; “Effects of 15 consecutive cryotherapy sessions on the clinical output of fibromyalgic patients,” by L. Bettoni, FG. Bonomi, V. Zani, L. Manisco, A. Indelicato, P. Lanteri, G. Banfi and G. Lombardi.

It certainly appears that Whole Body Cryotherapy does indeed holds a promising future for those afflicted, allowing them to go about their lives with minimal symptoms or pain.

What Are the Symptoms of Kidney Failure?

Proper kidney function is necessary to balance the proper ratio of electrolytes, salt and water in the blood. In the event of kidney failure, the consequences can be very serious. However, in the early stages of kidney damage, the ability to notice any change in your general health is quite difficult. For many patients, there aren’t likely to be any obvious symptoms. The health problems are often discovered when sudden failure occurs which can lead to a life-threatening situation.

Let’s take a look at a few of the most common symptoms of kidney failure:

General pain – a common sign of kidney problems is when there is tenderness or a throbbing feeling in the abdomen/back area or below the rib cage.

Low urine production – a further symptom is the low urine production, which is typically much less than normal, or in certain situations, not at all. Also, an early sign can be a noticeable change in the number of times that urination is necessary. The increased need to use the toilet can also be combined with a change in color of urine which can include blood.

Fluid retention – the build up of fluid in the lower regions of the body, such as the feet, ankles and legs is a very noticeable sign. The swelling caused by the fluid retention is a consequence of an electrolyte imbalance. Also, the face can start to appear swollen and puffy.

Mood changes – any case of dehydration or a shift in electrolyte levels can lead to mood and cognitive changes. This can make it difficult to concentrate with issues of brain fog, confusion, fatigue, anxiety, and trouble sleeping.

Other typical symptoms include high blood pressure, loss of appetite, nausea and indigestion.

Treating underlying problems

In many situations it is best to treat the kidneys by resolving underlying problems that led to the patient’s illness.

However, in the event of chronic or permanent kidney damage the condition cannot be reversed, and dialysis treatment may be necessary for the long-term future. For the most chronic cases, a patient is likely to need regular dialysis treatment for the rest of their lives.

Even though kidney disease is a serious health condition, it does not always lead to a patient being at risk of dying or having to experience dialysis forever. The possible treatment options are based on a variety of factors, such as age and overall health. A person with failed or severely damage kidneys can still enjoy a fulfilling life with the right ongoing care and treatment.

Cystic Fibrosis and The Salt Therapy Benefits

Cystic fibrosis is a disease which affects most secretory glands such mucus and sweat glands. The organs and parts of the body most affected include the lungs, liver, sinuses, pancreas and the exocrine glands.

CF is a genetic illness that occurs because of the mutation within the CFer gene on chromosome 7.

When having this illness, the mucus becomes thick and very sticky and this interferes with the normal functioning and clearance of the mucus. This allows for bacteria to grow which leads to various infections that can take place within the lungs, pancreas and sinus cavities.

Cystic Fibrosis Symptoms

They may vary from person to person, where some symptoms may be bad on one day and then eased up on the next day.

Sufferers have very thick mucus build-ups within the airways, which is the perfect breeding ground for bacteria causing infections. Lung infections are very common for cystic fibrosis sufferers, whereby if left untreated it may lead to severe liver damage. Patients may also suffer from repeated bouts of sinus infection, bronchitis and even pneumonia.

Over time, the illness may lead to pancreatitis, rectal prolapse, gallstones and even diabetes.

Other signs of cystic fibrosis include infertility, abnormal salty sweat, low bone density and a complete imbalance of minerals within the body.

Cystic Fibrosis Treatment

With no complete cure available at this point in time, CF treatments include:

  • Chest physical therapy.
  • Working with a team of specialists including dieticians, social workers and medical specialists to determine personal treatments options.
  • Use of medications such as antibiotics, anti-inflammatories and mucus thinning medications.

Cystic Fibrosis and Salt Therapy

As patients with cystic fibrosis struggle to breathe, suffer from lung infections, coughing, chronic sinus infection, advances in research has allowed sufferers to utilise hypertonic saline treatments in easing symptoms.

A study held in Australia concluded that CF sufferers who surfed (and they were essentially exposed to the sea-shore salt aerosol) suffered less lung infections and breathing issues than those who didn’t. Another study on the effects of hypertonic saline aerosol on cystic fibrosis patients stated that “Hypertonic saline treatment is associated with an improvement in lung function and marked benefits with respect to exacerbations. It appears broadly applicable as an inexpensive therapy for most patients with CF.”

Keeping Our Minds Young – Memory Loss, Alzheimer’s and Caregiving Considered

One of the most heartbreaking things for families is when an elderly member of the family loses their memory. It can be devastating, and it can make a family member who has been doing part-time caregiving almost want to give up. The family member feels guilty, and also realizes that 1/2 the time their elderly parent or loved one doesn’t even know who they are. It’s so sad.

What can be done to stave off memory loss?

Well, science still isn’t sure, but one thing is certain – the old adage; “if you don’t use it, you lose it” seems to be some pretty solid common sense. What tasks help the brain stay healthy? Well, crossword puzzles, companionship, making new friends, expanding the environment (mapping out where things are in our minds), and learning new things. This is something that an in-home caregiver can help with; someone to talk to, someone that can ask questions keeping them engaged, and someone to listen allowing them to articulate and in the process keep the mind thinking.

What else can be done? Well, there are many vitamins that the brain needs, and if you ask your physician about it, they can make some recommendations, and also make sure that none of the vitamins being taken interfere with the medication that’s been prescribed. An in-home caregiver can then remind them when to take vitamins along with when to take medications.

Will this stop Alzheimer’s? No, there is no cure yet, but research health scientists are working very intensely on the problem and Big Pharma is spending big on clinical trials, no winners yet, but you can bet that Pharmaceutical Companies and BioTech startups won’t give up on this quest, as there are huge dividends for the first drug proven to cure or stop the progression of the disease.

One article on this topic I recently read, which was very interesting appeared in Forbes. The article was titled: “How Close Are We To A Cure For Alzheimer’s?” published on February 13, 2018. You might wish to look it up, as it has links to six other pertinent articles on this topic.

For now, our best bet is to keep the mind active and alert by making sure it is used early and often – and nutrient rich, meaning the right diet and vitamins. Please consider all this and think on it – it’s time we all put the caring back into in-home care for our families.