Look after your kidneys.
Our kidneys are marvellous organs and we take them for granted, and more concerned about the health of our hearts and cholesterol levels. Even when you harm the kidneys, they are desperately trying to help you, even after 80 per cent of the kidney tissue is damaged.
They re-absorb minerals and nutrients from your filtered urine, produce hormones, and excrete waste products and toxins from your blood and maintain the pH of your blood.
Drinking too much of Soda drinks can harm your kidneys. Too much caffeine in coffee, tea and soft and soda drinks causes your blood pressure to shoot up and your kidneys will suffer.
Cut down on added salt in your food. Excess salt increases the BP and strains your kidneys.
Kidneys need lots of water to function well and to flush the excretory products The National Kidney Foundation recommends drinking at least 10-12 glasses of water every day.
Magnesium deficiency increases absorption of calcium through the gut and develops kidney stones Take magnesium in tablet form daily or eats plenty of leafy vegetables, seeds, nuts and beans. Fresh avocados are full of magnesium.
Lack of vitamin B6 damage your kidney functions. According to a study carried out at the University of Maryland, a vitamin B6 deficiency increases the risk of the formation of kidney stones. Vit B6 is found in fish, liver, potatoes, starchy vegies, chickpeas and non-citrus fruits.
Too much of pain-killers like aspirin, paracetamol, non-steroid anti-inflammatory drugs can damage your kidneys. Restrict and take them occasionally.
Statins can cause damage to the kidneys- be aware.
If you suffer with diabetes and high blood pressure you need antihypertensive drugs like ACE inhibitors and ARBs and tight sugar control is essential. You need to do blood tests like creatinine, eGFR, urea, electrolyte levels in your blood, and micro-albumin in your urine. Get these check-ups regularly- neglecting them may end in end-stage failure of kidneys and then dialysis will be imminent.
Limit your daily alcohol intake, and most herbal medicines may damage your kidneys.
Hints for managing the common cold
Nasal irrigation for your nasal blockage with the common cold
Nasal inhalation of steam does very little to release the nasal congestion and a waste of time.
Instead, nasal irrigation which washes the nasal cavity with saline or sterile water to flush out the mucus relieves the symptoms of congestion and blockage.
Do not rush to the doctor with a cold, being a virus condition and when antibiotics are contraindicated.
The threat of global antibiotics resistance is very real due to over-prescription of antibiotics for the wrong reason.
Each cold (coryza) has its lifespan about a week. Rest, nutritious food, warm chicken soup, with zinc and vitamin C supplementation without OTC drugs and visiting the doctor for antibiotics is recommended.
With the virus spreading to the lungs you may need antibiotics if the doctor suspects secondary bacterial infection.
Harold Gunatillake-health writer
16 July at 21:47
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Take magnesium daily -also lowers blood pressure.Unfortunately Magnesium supplements are not imported to Sri Lanka. Get a overseas friend to send. Alternately eat nuts, dark green vegetables like spinach daily. Cashew has magnesium, unfortunately too expensive to eat daily, in Sri Lanka.
Dr Harold-Health writer