Sodium is one of the essential nutrients for the smooth functioning of the body. But in excess, it can be dangerous, affecting the heart health. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans restrict the sodium intake of anyone over the age of 14 years to less than 2300 mg per day or just a teaspoon. If you have hypertension or prehypertension, the limit further reduces to 1500 mg per day.
More than 50% of your body is made up of water and no doubt drinking plenty of water is good for you. However, your body is constantly losing water through sweating, breathing, and digestion, making it crucial for you to replenish your body’s water content. But the question is how[.....]
Most people have experienced acidity at some point or the other, and the solution usually is gulping down a glass of fizzy antacid. Acidity is a common digestive problem and you wouldn’t think twice about taking an antacid because they are generally considered safe. However, antacids can have side effects[.....]
Rich in omega 3's, iron, and vitamin B12, mussels is a nutrient-dense choice to be included in your pregnancy diet. However, to ensure safe consumption, be sure to cook them thoroughly (until the shell pops!). Also, discard any mussels that don't open on their own during cooking as they might harbor bacteria, viruses that can make you ill.
A popular over-the-counter painkiller, naproxen sodium is often used to help treat dental pain, fever, headache or general muscle aches. Potentially, using naproxen in pregnancy is a strict no-no due to its adverse maternal and fetal effects. Risks for the mother include a prolonged pregnancy and labor, while for the baby it could mean fatal or lifelong consequences such as heart defects.
Chock-full of proteins, vitamins, and minerals, scallops can be a nutritious component of a balanced diet for pregnant women. Unlike many other seafood, scallops are low in mercury and fat, making it a great meal choice for mums-to-be. Just make sure they are cleaned, prepped, and cooked properly to minimize chances of food poisoning.
While there is no one-word answer to that question, looking deeper into the side-effects of licorice will reveal the truth. Lack of awareness of the potential hazards of over-consumption of licorice has resulted in many people suffering from its side-effects. Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra) is a popular sweet flavoring in confectionery[.....]
A salty food craving is a strong urge or desire that can turn to an addiction in some people. For others, this craving could actually be masking an underlying mineral deficiency or a health problem like Addison’s disease. Sometimes, just exercising a lot, becoming dehydrated or having a bout of diarrhea can cause excessive water and salt loss from the body, bringing on temporary salt cravings.
Limit your intake of caffeine, alcohol, and high-in-sugar carbonated beverages that may leach calcium from the bones over time. Consume more of almonds, leafy greens, broccoli, bone broth instead. If you have a sedentary job, get up and move every hour for 5 mins. Outside of work, exercise, for at least 30-60 mins every day. And, most importantly, quit smoking.
Eating any shellfish including crawfish during pregnancy is a debated subject. Experts believe that, if had in moderation, shellfish are in fact beneficial to the health of the mother and the growth of the fetus. Overindulgence can result in risky childbirth, low birth weight of the child and adverse neuropsychological and behavioral effects in the child from mercury poisoning. Cooking takes care of the bacterial contamination in shellfish but not the toxins. While it is beneficial to consume shellfish during pregnancy, stay away from it if you are unsure about the source.
Vitamin K2 is an essential nutrient that is often overlooked. Now, scientists have come up with a few findings that could correct the knowledge deficit regarding vitamin K2. Vitamin K is best known for its essential role in blood clotting. It consists of a group of essential fat-soluble vitamins. It is[.....]
When it comes to healthy eating, cheese has a pretty bad reputation. It makes people think about pizza and mozzarella sticks. But did you know that cheese is high in protein? It’s also rich in calcium, a mineral that many people don’t get enough.1 So you might not want to[.....]
Avoid feeding your child with spicy, acidic, and scratchy or hard foods like nuts, potato chips, which can aggravate tender mouth sores. Be sure your child uses toothbrushes with soft bristles and avoids toothpastes or mouthwashes which contain sodium lauryl sulfate. For a quick fix - rinse the mouth every 2 to 3 hrs with salt water, apply a wet tea bag to the sore for relief.
Our bodies need sodium in order to be healthy. But eating too much can do more harm than good! Unfortunately, 90% of Americans consume more than needed. Most of it comes from processed foods like frozen dinners and boxed meals. Eventually, high salt intake can lead to serious complications. Here[.....]
Your body needs large amounts of potassium – 4,700 mg a day – for the heart, bones, and digestion. Bananas aren't the only source of this nutrient. Apricots, prunes, and avocado are richer in potassium, and a mere 3 oz serving of tuna can meet 10% of your potassium requirement. Veggies like white and sweet potatoes are not far behind. If you like legumes, eat kidney beans and soy beans on alternate days.
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