Exercise well, eat healthy to charge up your kidneys
New Delhi : Eating healthy and exercising regularly can check the risk of obesity, diabetes and high blood pressure -- the key factors responsible for development of kidney disease, said an expert on the occasion of World Kidney Day on Thursday.
 
"High blood pressure, diabetes, smoking and regular intake of common anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen and naproxen can increase the risk of developing kidney diseases -- a serious condition in which the kidneys fail to rid the body of wastes. Kidney failure is the final stage of chronic kidney disease (CKD)," said Dr Sanjeev Gulati, director (nephrology) at Fortis Flt Lt Rajan Dhall Hospital in New Delhi.
 
Nearly 50 percent of people who suffer from high blood sugar levels are prone to the risk of kidney disease. 
 
In addition, people with a high blood pressure -- that is, upwards of 140/90 mmHg -- are also at high risk of developing kidney problems.
 
"Further, the blood flow to the kidneys is impaired as a result of excessive smoking. Smoking reduces the normal functioning of kidneys and increases the risk of kidney cancer by 50 percent," Gulati told IANS.
 
"Healthy lifestyles should be adopted early in life to keep kidney diseases at bay," he added.
 
Healthy eating habits include limited intake of salt, reduced amount of processed food and increased consumption of home cooked meals and drinking adequate amount of water.
 
"These can keep an individual's weight under control as well as prevent diabetes, heart diseases and other ailments that are associated with kidney disease," Gulati said.
 
An exercise regimen suitable for optimum fitness levels should be maintained. However, overexerting oneself when one is not fit and healthy can put a strain on the kidneys, and sometimes even cause excessive breakdown of muscle tissue, the expert advised.
 
Public awareness, especially among schools, teachers and parents, is essential to check the increasing problem of kidney diseases.
 
"Moreover, annual check-ups are necessary for people above 40, and especially for those suffering from diabetes or high blood pressure," Gulati said.
 
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    Indian condiments are spicing up global cuisine
    The use of Indian condiments, or masalas as one would call in Hindustani, is increasingly becoming popular in various world cuisines. The ingredients used in Indian cuisine are unique and their mixing is an art mastered in the subcontinent over centuries.
     
    In the olden days when there were no refrigeration techniques, the use of spices in dishes also acted like preservatives. When the Europeans came to the Indian subcontinent, they soon discovered the local spices and were impressed with the aromas and tastes. They took them back home and soon the demand in Europe sky-rocketed. 
     
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    Of late, there has been a surge in the use of turmeric across the western world. Once an exclusive Indian spice, turmeric is now available as capsules and consumed raw for medicinal purposes. Although this has been the practice in India for centuries and is a common ingredient in almost all dishes in India, turmeric and milk is now popularized in food shows across the US as an exotic drink renamed "golden milk". Food shows on network channels are showing use of turmeric in various meat dishes in the West.
     
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    The anti platelets and clot prevention properties of some of the spices may explain the lower incidence of venous clotting of the legs in the Indian subcontinent. 
     
    Spices have been used since ancient times for their anti-inflammatory and anti-flatulent properties. Turmeric has been used over wounds swollen and painful joints and is now proposed to reduce the post menopausal symptoms. Its cholesterol lowering properties have been reported too. Clove oil and dentistry is another example.
     
    It has also been proposed that spices may reduce the incidence of certain cancers. With the renewed interest in spices around the world and changing palates I'm not surprised that Indian spices are increasingly used all over the world in various cuisines.
     
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