#Fruits, #veggies, #nuts keep #kidney #stones away

A healthy diet helps prevent kidney stones, says a new study.

Fruits-veggies-nuts-keep-kidney-stones-awayThe study claims that loading up on fruits, vegetables, nuts, low-fat dairy products, and whole grains, while limiting salt, red and processed meats, and sweetened beverages is an effective way to ward off kidney stones.

To reach the conclusion, Eric Taylor, MD (Maine Medical Center) and his colleagues at Brigham and Women’s Hospital conducted a large study.

The investigators collected information from individuals enrolled in three clinical studies: the Health Professionals Follow-up Study (45,821 men followed for 18 years), the Nurses”” Health Study I (94,108 older women followed for 18 years), and the Nurses”” Health Study II (101,837 younger women followed for 14 years).

Dr. Taylor’s team assigned a score to each participant based on eight components of a DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) style diet: high intake of fruits, vegetables, nuts and legumes, low-fat dairy products, and whole grains and low intake of salt, sweetened beverages, and red and processed meats.

Individuals with higher DASH scores consumed diets that were higher in calcium, potassium, magnesium, oxalate, and vitamin C and lower in sodium.

A total of 5,645 incident kidney stones developed in the participants in the three studies. In each study, participants with the highest DASH scores were between 40 percent and 45 percent less likely to develop kidney stones than participants with the lowest DASH scores. The reductions in kidney stone risk were independent of age, body size, fluid intake, and other factors.

Because a DASH-style diet may affect the development of hypertension, diabetes, and other chronic diseases associated with kidney stones, the researchers also performed an analysis limited to study participants without hypertension or diabetes. Even among those individuals the DASH diet reduced the risk of kidney stones.

5-point #gym #protocol to follow

Following gym etiquette are as important as being well-mannered at the dining table, office or while traveling by public transport. Sometimes, you might forget about people around you in a gym and end up doing things that annoy others. Here’s a look at some of the unsaid rules you must follow when you if you frequent the gym:

5-point-gym-protocol-to-follow-jpg1. Avoid gym when you’re sick: If you go to the gym while you battle a flu, tiny microbes are likely to get stuck on equipment. This will result in your gym mates catching the flu as well. While you are down with a cold, but feel like working out, it is better to do an outdoor activity like jogging or brisk walking depending on your condition. If you still want to workout in gym, then ensure that you sanitize all equipment after use.

2. Focus only on what you do: Make sure that you are completely focused on workouts that you do, irrespective of distractions you might face in gym. This will not only make the person working out next you comfortable, but also helps you leave the gym without injuries due to carelessness and have a productive time at gym.

3. Appropriate dressing is important: While appropriate dressing enhances your workout sessions by helping you move comfortably, it also avoids unwanted attention from fellow gym mates — especially if you are in a unisex gym. Wear clothing that covers your body appropriately and which helps you exercise with ease and confidence. Also avoid baggy clothing as you may tend to trip over it or it may get caught between equipment.

4. Share with your gym partner: Learn to share equipment with your gym mates. If you are taking a small break, don’t leave your towel on the machine thinking that it will be available while you return. Let someone else slip in and do his set. That will save everyone’s time.

5. Have patience: If someone is working out on a machine, don’t rush or crowd around him just so that you can use it. One of the most annoying things that one can do is keep asking ‘Are you almost done?’Avoid it. Wait till he finishes and be prepared for your turn.

Are you leading a #healthy, #happy #life?

For your physical and emotional well-being, follow these basic rules.

Are-you-leading-a-healthy-happy-lifeEat home-cooked meals: Restaurants have become an essential part of urban landscape. And eating out is big biz now in cities. But if you want to have a healthy lifestyle then cook a healthy meal at home. Nothing beats a home cooked meal. Not only you will save money, you will be better off on health front.

Drink water: Even though you are not feeling thirsty (just because you are working in an air-conditioned office), keep on drinking water. Water helps flush your body of toxins and carries essential nutrients to your cells.

Get moving: Find something you love doing. Whether it’s yoga, jogging, swimming, or playing basketball, pick an activity you really like and start doing it. Don’t let yourself go slack on exercises. Don’t just be a couch potato at home. Exercises are great mood elevators. So, enjoy stretching your muscles.

Live in the present: Worrying has never solved any problem. Nor will it ever. So, learn to live in the present and find a solution to your problem instead of wasting your energy on worrying.

Maintain relationships: There is great wisdom is the saying ‘Man is a social animal.’ So, have a healthy happy life by staying in touch with your family and friends. Maintaining close relationships go a long way in being happy.

Why you must #drink #water

Regular intake of water is essential for maintaining good health!


Most of us know that up to seventy per cent of the total body weight is due to water. Although it is present in all parts of the body, it is more present in organs such as lungs and brain and fluids such as blood, lymph, saliva and secretions by the organs of the digestive system.

The common belief is that we feel thirsty only when our body needs water. While this is true, recent research studies have indicated that there are several other indicators of inadequate water in some or all parts of the body. Ignoring these indicators can lead to several major diseases.

Most of us spend a lot of our working hours in air-conditioned environment so naturally we don’t feel thirsty but that does not mean that our body does not need water. Lack of water can lead to fatigue too. So, for your glowing health, drink enough water.

Importance of water for maintaining normal health:

Just as water helps a seed grow into a tree, it also helps our body. The flow of water inside and outside the cells generates energy. This energy is stored in body along with other chemical sources of energy in the body. The energy generated by the water in the cells helps transmit impulses in the nerves. Water content in the body influences the functions of the various proteins and enzymes that are dissolved in it.

Water helps maintain the moisture of the lining of the internal organs of the body. It maintains normal volume and consistency of fluids such as blood and lymph. It regulates body temperature.

It removes ‘toxins’ from the body

Water is essential for regulating the normal structure and functions of the skin. The body loses about four litres of water every day. It is, therefore, necessary to replenish this volume by drinking at least the equivalent amount of water every day. Inadequate intake of water can lead to dehydration.