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Health Tip: Potassium is an Essential Mineral

Posted 29 Oct 2015 by Drugs.com

-- Potassium is an essential dietary mineral, offering benefit to your heart, muscles, kidneys and nervous system. Good sources of potassium include: potatoes, bananas, nuts, citrus fruits and avocados. The University of Maryland Medical Center says potential benefits of potassium include: Improved bone health. Lower blood pressure. Reduced risk of stroke and heart attack. Helps the body get rid of excess salt. Read more

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Health Tip: What's Behind Muscle Cramps?

Posted 28 Oct 2015 by Drugs.com

-- Nothing can end a workout faster than muscle cramps. But have you ever wondered what causes them? The Mayo Clinic mentions these common factors: Straining or overusing muscles. Being dehydrated. Keeping a muscle in the same position for a long time. Having poor blood supply to affected muscles. Having compressed nerves in the spine. Getting less-than-required amounts of dietary minerals, such as potassium, magnesium or calcium. Read more

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Health Tip: Are You Getting Enough Potassium?

Posted 15 Oct 2015 by Drugs.com

-- Potassium is an essential nutrient that helps your body regulate blood pressure. Make sure you're getting the amount of potassium daily that's appropriate for you. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics suggests these potassium-rich foods: Potatoes, both sweet and white. Beans, notably white beans, soybeans, lima beans and kidney beans. Dairy products, such as low-fat yogurt or skim milk. Fruit, particularly bananas, peaches, cantaloupe and honeydew. Fish, including halibut, cod, rockfish and yellowfin tuna. Read more

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A High Salt and Potassium Diet May Accelerate Chronic Kidney Disease

Posted 17 Sep 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Sept. 17, 2015 – A diet high in sodium and potassium can make chronic kidney disease (CKD) worse, a new study claims. "These data warrant future clinical trials to test the effect of a moderate reduction in dietary sodium and potassium intake on CKD progression in patients with high dietary sodium or potassium intake," study leader Dr. Jiang He, from Tulane University, said in a news release from the American Society of Nephrology. "The findings could ultimately impact dietary recommendations for patients with CKD to slow disease progression," He added. It's estimated that 26 million people in the United States have chronic kidney disease, the researchers said. Chronic kidney disease can lead to kidney failure and also increases the risk for heart disease and early death, according to the study authors. For the study, the researchers tested urine samples from almost 4,000 ... Read more

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U.S. Kids Not Drinking Enough Water Each Day

Posted 11 Jun 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, June 11, 2015 – Many American children and teens aren't consuming enough liquids – especially water – and that lack of hydration could affect their physical and mental health, a new study suggests. The findings "highlight a potential health issue that has not been given a whole lot of attention in the past," study author Erica Kenney, a postdoctoral research fellow in social and behavioral sciences at the Harvard School of Public Health, said in a Harvard news release. "Even though for most of these kids this is not an immediate, dramatic health threat, this is an issue that could really be reducing quality of life and well-being for many, many children and youth," she added. One expert in child health agreed. "Children – due to their slower acclimation to heat and greater surface area than adults – can be more susceptible to dehydration than adults," said Nancy ... Read more

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Health Tip: Avoiding Leg Cramps

Posted 20 May 2015 by Drugs.com

-- Painful leg cramps can happen to anyone, but tend to be common among seniors. The AARP recommends: Gently stretch and flex the leg to ease a cramp. Ask your doctor if a medication, such as a statin or diuretic, could be causing your leg cramps. Make sure your electrolyte levels are normal. Below-normal levels of potassium, magnesium or calcium could trigger leg cramps. Drink plenty of fluids. Make sure the covers aren't too tight on your bed. Choose shoes with proper arch support. Read more

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