Gee, That’s Swell: The Solution to Swollen Feet
Jun14

Gee, That’s Swell: The Solution to Swollen Feet

Beat the Heat and Check Your Feet It’s been said by fans of summer that “Life is better in flip-flops,” and you have to admit there’s nothing quite like the feel of warm sea water washing over your toes or a cool breeze caressing your feet on a hot day. If there’s any part of your body that deserves a vacation this summer, it’s your hardworking feet. So while you’re flip-flopping around and enjoying all the sensations that summer has...

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National Ice Cream Month
Jul03

National Ice Cream Month

I am a Registered Dietitian and I want you to eat ice cream. Go back and read that again if you need to. In honor of National Ice Cream Month, I thought this would be a good time to talk about why I say go ahead and eat that bowl of ice cream as a bedtime snack. I know that this is not consistent with what many people think a Registered Dietitian would say–especially when this blog is geared toward folks who need to watch sodium...

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50 Foods Low In Potassium
Nov22

50 Foods Low In Potassium

If you have high blood pressure or diabetes, you have probably seen the federal guidelines for sodium but perhaps not for potassium. The current recommendation from the Institutes of Medicine is 4700 mg per day for people over age 14 with normal kidney function. Most dietitians will tell you that potassium is a critical mineral for proper functioning of some cells in the body such as muscles and nerves. The good news is that potassium...

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17 Kidney Friendly Foods To Savor
Sep23

17 Kidney Friendly Foods To Savor

Are you “kidney conscious”? Because of what the Institutes of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health tell us, we all (especially people over 50) need to pay attention to kidney health.  One of the most important ways to be kidney conscious is to maintain a healthy weight.  Why?  Because one of the primary associations with Type 2 Diabetes is obesity.  Type 2 Diabetes and High Blood Pressure lead to kidney damage when they are...

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A Brief Overview of Chronic Kidney Disease
Jul20

A Brief Overview of Chronic Kidney Disease

A Brief Overview of Chronic Kidney Disease Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) or Chronic Renal Failure (CRF) is the inability of the kidneys to fully function in their filtration patterns leaving them unable to rid the body of toxins and metabolic by-products.  If an excess of urea, which contains ammonia, and other nitrogenous waste products build up in the blood stream, more complicated and critical consequences ensue. There are five...

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Potassium And Kidney Disease
Jul01

Potassium And Kidney Disease

From the Registered Dietitians at 2YourHealth Potassium is a mineral necessary to help muscles contract, works to help cells communicate as well as opposes excess sodium and works with sodium to help the heart pump and transport nutrients in and out of the cell. In those with chronic kidney disease (CKD), the kidney is limited in ridding the body of potassium which can lead to an excess of potassium to build-up. The potential...

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