Fizzy Drinks can Cause Hypertension

Across the world carbonated drinks have become staples with meals and even otherwise. Despite numerous studies that show the sugary carbonated drinks as having adverse effects on general health and wellbeing, the drinks are very popular.

Along with the popularity of carbonated drinks, hypertension has become an equally recurrent disease. There might be a possibility that drinking soda is related to the occurrence of high blood pressure.

Study

A study conducted by the American Medical Association reviewed how caffeinated beverages affected blood pressure on a group of 155,594 white women. At the beginning of the study all the women had normal blood pressure readings. Over a period of 12 years, 21 percent of the women reported hypertension diagnosis.

Is coffee just as dangerous as soda?

The same study concluded that women who drank anywhere between one and several cups of coffee were no more likely than somebody who drank no coffee at all to get hypertension.

However, when the consumption of caffeinated sodas increased, whether diet or regular, the risk of hypertension also increased proportionately. Women who drank more than four cups of soda per day faced a 60 % risk of contracting high blood pressure.

Alternatives

While the study is not conclusive in any way, it does add to the fact that caffeinated and carbonated drinks are not a healthy choice to make. So next time instead of reaching for a soda, think about organic cane juice, you may be making a healthier choice.

Fighting Kidney Disease at Home

Despite being one of the most crucial organs in our body, the kidneys are often overlooked. Diseases like kidney stones can easily cripple and bring Hercules to his knees. Chronic kidney disease is a fatal disease that will gradually stop renal function.

Home remedies at the onset of the symptoms can help you manage your kidney health without expensive drugs and hospital care.

Home remedies

  • Salt – Convenience foods and frozen foods tend to have high salt content. Fresh, organic produce is a better choice as they are minimally processed.
  • Parsley – Known as a kidney cleanser, organic parsley is a perfect solution for healthy kidneys. Organic parsley is free from pesticides and other processing chemicals and safer than normal parsley.
  • Herbal teas – Certain blends of green and herbal teas are known to be beneficial to health.
  • Cranberry juice – When the kidneys are inflamed or irritated, cranberry juice is known to restore health to the kidneys, preventing any further infection from developing.
  • Aloe Vera juice – Packed with healing and antioxidant properties, Aloe Vera can be grown at home and used for a wide range of remedies.
  • Extra virgin olive oil – Is known to soothe inflammation and is therefore best used to slow the progression of renal disease.
  • Water – Nearly all kidney issues in their juvenile stage can be remedied simply by drinking more water.

While all these remedies can help you regain complete kidney health, serious and chronic diseases should be treated by a professional doctor.

Organic Food Choices During Winter

Winters can be cold and grueling, especially with cloudy and gray days. Most people turn to fried food and hot caffeinated drinks to stay warm. Fortunately, there is a better way to beat the winter blues.

The availability of fresh fruits and vegetables during winter is significantly reduced. While the word seasonal is slowly going out of fashion, owing to the introduction of GMO and chemicals that have made growing anything in any season possible. Instead of choosing produce that is riddled with chemicals and engineered to be different, organic food is definitely better.

Best seasonal winter produce

Winter gives us the opportunity to savor some refreshing fruits and vegetables. Most of these are readily available. What is usually missing is the knowledge that they are in season during winter. Here is a list of a few fruits and why there are healthy choices.

  • Guava – Loaded with vitamin C, guavas are a tasty alternative to most snacks that mark winter. (Think rose cookies for example.) The fruit also boasts of a high lycopene content, known to help fight against heart diseases.
  • Oranges and other citrus fruits – The organic fruits have a far higher Vitamin C content and are natural immunity boosters.
  • Kiwi – Another fruit with a high Vitamin C content makes facing the cold of winters easier.

Eating healthy and taking care of yourself does not have to be a seasonal choice. Where there is a will there is a way to find organic food.

Organic Food Lives up to the Hype

organic foodIt is no secret that organic food is hailed as a healthier food choice. Consistently overtaking traditional food, organic choices have lived up to the hype of better health. The following points are a few testimonials.

  • They have a higher nutritional content including vitamin C, calcium, chromium, magnesium, iron and antioxidant levels.
  • They contain no neurotoxins. Commonly used chemical pesticides are still classified as neurotoxins.  Organic food therefore, is better suited to children’s diets as they are more susceptible to the toxins.
  • Genetically modified food is engineered so as to produce its own pesticides. They continue to produce them in the stomach. Organic food has no such pesticide factories.
  • The chemical pesticides are a major factor in water pollution across the world. Eating organic helps reduce a portion of the pollution. It is a sustainable food choice.
  • Food grown without the use of chemicals is bound to taste better than traditional choices.
  • Organic food is ripened naturally, without the aid of chemicals and/or gas.
  • Farms that rely on organic methods are safer for farmers. The potential health risks of getting Parkinson’s and other diseases is greatly reduced with organic choices.
  • Wildlife is also saved from harmful exposure to chemicals.
  • A large number of chemicals used in traditional farming are known to cause cancer.
  • Organic meat is not exposed to antibiotics and growth hormones.

All the reasons listed above fall short in describing the raging popularity and celebration that organic food is enjoying globally.