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Switching from whole milk to skim milk overnight might be more than most people's taste buds can stand. Like a low-salt, a low-fat diet sometimes takes a little getting used to. Here are some ways to train your taste buds to love leaner milk.
Try the "step down from whole" approach. Whole milk gets over 50 percent of its calories from fat. The next step down on the fat ladder is 2 percent milk (which is 2 percent of its calories from fat).
To start, mix a carton of whole milk with a carton of 2 percent milk. Drink the mixture in place of whole milk for several weeks, until you become accustomed to the taste. Actually, you might surprise yourself and barely notice a difference, especially if you buy low-fat milk with milk solids added.
After a while you can reduce the amount of whole milk you add until you become accustomed to 2 percent milk then you can gradually start adding skim milk to your 2 percent milk. Maybe one part skim milk to three parts 2% to start gradually working your way down to pure skim milk, which gets only a little under 5% of its calories from fat. That's well under that 30% calories from fat guideline endorsed by a number of Health Organisation, including the National Cancer Institute and the American heart association. The process might take several months, but it can probably lead to a permanent conversion
Go from skim-plus to skim. Add either dry non-fat skim-milk powder or canned evaporated skim milk to regular skim. Concoct, a mixture that tastes close to whole milk, tthen slowly reduce the amount of these additives over a period of weeks. Soon you'll be drinking pure skim and probably not even notice the difference.
To get about 4 to 5 extra grams of dietary fiber each day, include one of the following:
- 1/3 to 1/2 cup of bran cereal, hot or cold.
- 1 tablespoon raw corn bran, or 3 tablespoons raw wheat bran, or 4 tablespoons raw rice bran sprinkled in cereal, fruit or yogurt.
- 1 and 1/2 rounded teaspoons psyllium or 2 teaspoons soy fiber mixed with beverages.
- 3 dried figs.
- 1 large pear.
- 3 medium plums.
- 2 medium peaches.
- 1/2 cup cooked legumes (for example, chick-peas, kidney beans, lentils).
Note: Fiber content may vary depending on brand or variety.
The most important dietary recommendation that a doctor can offer anyone who suffers from UTI is to increase the consumption of liquids. Drink plenty of liquids in the form of pure water, herbal teas, fresh fruit and vegetable juices diluted with water. These liquids help frequent flushing out of the bladder.
Here are some simple steps that could be followed to shorten UTI:
Avoid foods and drinks rich in sugar. Curtail intake of table sugar, soft drinks, concentrated sweet fruit drinks, coffee and alcoholic beverages. Bacteria thrive in a sugary environment as it impairs the ability of white blood cells to destroy bacteria.
Other foods to avoid are processed foods, spicy foods, fats, dairy products, red meats and shellfish. These foods are acid-forming (not to be mistaken with acid tasting food like the citrus fruits). Acidity formed from these foods increase the bacterial infection.
Eat fermented foods containing active lactobacillus acidophilus (probiotics) and all the beneficial bacteria that helps fight the harmful microbes. Some suggestions of fermented foods are: yogurt and apple cider vinegar.
Drink juices high in vitamin C (citrus fruits, especially grapefruit) as they help to provide an environment in urine that is hostile to most bacteria.
Eat foods high in vitamin A to rebuild immune system.
Sodium (salt) is a mineral found in almost all foods. Too much sodium can make CKD patient thirsty, which can lead to swelling and raise blood pressure. This can damage kidneys more and make heart work harder.
One of the best things that Patient can do to stay healthy is to limit sodium.
To limit sodium in meal plan:
Do not add salt to food when cooking or eating. Try cooking with fresh herbs, lemon juice or other salt-free spices.
Choose fresh or frozen vegetables instead of canned vegetables. If willing to use canned vegetables, drain and rinse them to remove extra salt before cooking or eating them.
Avoid processed meats like ham, bacon, sausage and lunch meats.
Munch on fresh fruits and vegetables rather than crackers or other salty snacks.
Avoid canned soups and frozen dinners that are high in sodium. • Avoid pickled foods, like olives and pickles. • Limit high-sodium condiments like soy sauce, BBQ sauce and ketchup.
Protein is an essential part of any diet. Proteins help build and maintain muscle, bone, skin, connective tissue, internal organs, and blood. They help fight disease and heal wounds. But proteins also break down into waste products that must be removed from the blood by the kidneys. Eating more protein than the body needs may put an extra burden on the kidneys and cause kidney function to decline faster.
Health care providers recommend that people with CKD eat moderate or reduced amounts of protein. However, restricting protein could lead to malnutrition, so people with CKD need to be careful. Learning about portion sizes can help people limit protein intake without endangering their health.
The phytochemical β-crypto xanthin in papaya & mango has anti-oxidant properties & can be converted by the body in to vitamin A.
β-crypto xanthin is best absorbed when eaten with fat, so to maximize the benefit try to eat mangoes or papayas as part of a mixed meal rather than their own.
Drinking lemonade will decrease risk of kidney disease because Lemons have the highest concentration of citrate – a natural inhibitor of kidney stone formation.
At any given point in time, liver contains 10% of the total blood in the body. It filters around 1.4 liters of blood every single minute
People with diabetes are twice as likely to develop heart disease than someone without diabetes
Type-2 diabetes can remain undiagnosed for several years during which time the blood glucose levels are too high, causing and some of the complications of diabetes. People with Type-2 diabetes are often diagnosed as a result of having complications rather than because they suspect they have diabetes.