Health: The #1 Best Food for Your Kidneys

The healthiest main-meal options at your favorite fast food joints

  The healthiest main-meal options at your favorite fast food joints Did you know a White Castle Original Slider has fewer calories than a chocolate milkshake? We all crave fast food every now and again, but some menu options are undeniably healthier than others. Here we look at every major fast-food chain and point out the surprising main-meal menu items that will help you cut the calories.

Choosing healthy foods in your everyday diet can be a preventative measure in protecting healthy kidneys and it can also help you manage current symptoms of kidney disease. The kidneys work hard to remove waste and toxins from the body and keep the body's fluids balanced (such as blood and electrolyte levels). This is exactly why taking good care of your kidneys' well-being is essential for a long and healthy life.

"The kidneys are a complicated organ," says Toby Amidor, MS, RD, CDN, FAND, an award-winning nutrition expert and bestselling author of Diabetes Create Your Plate Meal Prep Cookbook. Because of that, there are various states of kidney damage and different types of kidney diseases that all "call for different medical nutrition therapy," she says.

Goodbye to Mission Chinese Food and Its Complicated NYC Legacy

  Goodbye to Mission Chinese Food and Its Complicated NYC Legacy So much of restaurant culture can be traced back to the early popularity of Danny Bowien's game-changing Mission Chinese Food. Its last New York location closes this week, leaving behind a complicated legacy and a trail of scarred workers.I had not experienced the early days myself. By 2015, when I started working in food media, Mission was on its second iteration in New York, operating on the Lower East Side near a buzzy area that's now both lovingly and disparagingly called Dimes Square.

To better help you maintain healthy kidneys and potentially prevent any further kidney decline, you can try incorporating whole foods and eating less processed meat. Specifically, studies have found that dark leafy greens that are high in minerals and antioxidants can give these powerhouse organs exactly what they need.

The leafy greens in your diet should help "maintain a healthy balance of water, salts, and minerals like sodium, calcium, phosphorus, and potassium in your blood," Amidor says because all of which are necessary to prolong kidney function over the span of your lifetime.

arugula salad © Provided by Eat This, Not That! arugula salad

Arugula, for example, contains a healthy amount of multiple nutrients like magnesium, vitamin K, and calcium. But what sets this leafy green apart from others is that it's low in phosphorus—a naturally occurring mineral in foods that can build up in the bloodstream if the kidneys don't filter properly. A large body of research has found that a frequent high intake of phosphorus may increase also one's risk of long-term damage to the kidneys.

10 Fun Things You Didn’t Know About the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile

  10 Fun Things You Didn’t Know About the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile You can’t miss this 27-foot-long hot dog on wheels! But here's what you might not know about the iconic Oscar Mayer Wienermobile. We got the scoop from one of its lucky drivers. The post 10 Fun Things You Didn’t Know About the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile appeared first on Taste of Home.

RELATED: These Symptoms Can Mean You Have Kidney Damage

Another reason eating more arugula may be the first step in preventing kidney decline, is due to the fact that the dark green vegetable contains nitrates, which have been shown to help lower blood pressure. Consistent high blood pressure can put major stress on the kidneys and in turn, interfere with their ability to work properly, explains the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.

For the most part, when it comes to generally healthy people, "no food is toxic to the kidneys, as the kidneys are built to filter out toxins," Amidor explains. However, she says, it's the "folks with certain types of kidney disease that need to watch certain foods," since their kidneys have weakened capabilities.

For more healthy eating news, make sure to sign up for our newsletter!

Read the original article on Eat This, Not That!

Metabolic syndrome: Green tea extract improves intestinal health .
© ISTOCK Metabolic syndrome: Green tea extract improves intestinal health Green tea is renowned for its many health benefits. A recent study by the University of Ohio claims that it could also decrease the risks linked to metabolic syndrome, such as intestinal inflammation and blood sugar. Metabolic syndrome brings together a set of physiological signs such as abdominal fat, hypertension, intestinal inflammation or too high blood sugar.

See also