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Welcome to SELF Principle, a 501c(3) nonprofit focusing on evidence-based health, nutrition, fitness, and wellness research. I’m Dr. Sean Hashmi, board-certified kidney disease and obesity medicine specialist, father of two beautiful daughters and one lucky man to have married my soulmate. :) I got into medicine because of losing my sister. My passion for nutrition and wellness started with...

Phosphorus Intake and Chronic Kidney Disease: Phosphorus binders and more!

In this episode, we talk about all things phosphorous. What is it? Why is important for your health; How do you keep it under control? Timestamps 0:00 Introduction0:42 What is phosphorous and why is it important to our health and our kidneys?8:30 What are the causes of low phosphorous or hypophosphatemia?14:00 If your phosphorous is normal in CKD, should you still...

Should you add Olive Oil to your diet?

Let's look at the latest data on Olive Oil and whether you need to add it to your diet.

Adding 13 years to your life with a predominantly plant-based diet

Let's discuss the data showing how switching to a more plant predominant lifestyle can add years to life. The greatest benefit is to start as soon as possible. But the data shows that even if you are 80 years old, you can still gain benefits. 0:00 Intro0:26 Recommended intake of fruits, vegetables, whole grains1:22 Red and processed meats1:55 Benefits of...

What’s the role of Vitamin K2 in Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis?

In this video we look at the role of Vitamin K2 in kidney disease and whether or not you should supplement with it? 0:00 Intro0:25 Kidney Disease and Heart Disease link1:25 What is the role of phosphorous in kidney disease?2:05 Vitamin K2 basics and role in kidney disease4:45 Absorption of K2 in CKD6:11 Why MK-7 is better than the other...

Health Benefits of Vitamin K2: Heart, Bone, Cancer, Kidney Health and more

Vitamin K2 is an essential nutrient for bone health, but did you know it's also linked to heart health, cancer prevention, and even weight loss? In this video, I'll cover what vitamin k2 is, why it's important to have enough in your diet, and how it plays a role in everything from heart disease to osteoporosis to chronic kidney...

The Best And Worst Whole Grains For Preventing Type 2 Diabetes

Whole grains are rich in fiber and an important part of a healthy diet. They have been shown in human studies to improve resting metabolic rate, lower fat mass, improve insulin sensitivity, improve lipids and lower inflammation. However, not all whole grains are created equal. Some are better than others and one can even increase your risk of diabetes!...

Plant Based Kidney Health Episode 4: GFR, Fistula, Kidney Vitamins and Calcium Supplements

In this episode of Plant Based Kidney Health, we answer your questions on when a fistula should be placed, which vitamins are needed in kidney disease, what is the role of calcium supplements, and how much calcium do you need? Transcript Sean Hashmi, MD, MS, FASN All right. Welcome, everyone, to Plant Based Kidney Health. And I can't believe, is this really...

Protein and Kidney Health: plant vs animal protein, optimal amount in kidney disease and dialysis

This week we discuss protein and how it relates to chronic kidney disease and dialysis. We answer your questions about differences in animal versus plant protein, the impact of protein on the kidneys, calculating your protein needs, and lots more.

Plant Based Kidney Health: How do you lower creatinine and protein in the urine?

In this episode, we answer your questions. We are discussing how to lower your protein, improve your creatinine, what is safe for alcohol, and more. If you have a question, email us and we will address it in one of our upcoming episodes.

Kidney Health: Why should you care about your kidneys?

In this video, we introduce you to our channel and show you how to protect your kidneys with tips on diet and lifestyle choices. Subscribe to our channel and join us as we answer your questions and help you make a plan for your future kidney health!

Diet and Autoimmune Diseases: How Vitamin D3 and Omega-3 Fatty Acids play a role?

In this video, we discuss the connection between vitamin D3 and omega 3 fatty acids, and how they impact autoimmune diseases. Are they helpful, harmful and what are some good sources for them? Transcript Welcome to the SELF Principle: sleep, exercise, love, and food. As always, I'm Dr. Sean Hashmi. Now, today's topic is all about autoimmune diseases. And what is...

The Most Important Things To Include In A Healthy Diet Plan For Dialysis Patients

When it comes to kidney disease and nutrition, the information can get quite confusing. Let's look at the research behind fruits and vegetables in patients undergoing hemodialysis. How does eating fruits and vegetables affect their risk of all-cause mortality, cardiovascular mortality, infection, and cancer mortality? Video Transcript

5 lifestyle factors to increase longevity | live longer and healthier

Longevity is one of the most important topics for all of us, but what are the lifestyle factors that increase longevity? And which are the ones that are most effective? In this video, I'll cover 5 of the lifestyle factors that have been scientifically proven to increase longevity. Watch to find out!

Ketogenic diet: Pros and Cons that you need to know!

The trendy ketogenic diet promises quick and easy weight loss. Before you try it, learn what this low-carb eating approach could actually mean for your health. Learn the ins and outs of the diet, including risks and benefits

Additional Benefits of Fasting for weight loss, visceral fat, insulin resistance

What are the benefits of fasting? Well, let me start with the bad news. A head-to-head trial showed no difference in weight loss with fasting versus simply cutting calories. But that's not where the story ends. It turns out fasting is terrific for many things, such as lowering your visceral fat and decreasing insulin resistance, and lowering LDL. In...

What are some beneficial effects of Intermittent Fasting on health?

What are some beneficial effects of fasting? After about 12 hours of fasting all the way up to 36 hours, you actually have an increase in the breakdown of triglycerides or fat. In addition, you have increased parasympathetic activity. What does that mean? Your heart rate starts to slow down a little bit, and your blood pressure goes down....

Plant-Based Diet vs. the SAD Diet: Results from Adventist Health Study

Let's look at vegans versus a standard American diet. It turns out that when you compare vegans to the Western diet, vegans had a 26% lower risk of non-cardiovascular non-cancer mortality. Also, if you looked at Pesco vegetarians, meaning people who are predominantly vegan but still eating fish, they had a 19% reduction in all-cause mortality. They had a...

The Optimal daily intake of fruits, vegetables, salt and sugar

There's so much talk out there about healthy eating. And by now everybody has heard fruits, vegetables, cutting out salt is good for you. But the question is, do people follow it? The answer is no. If you look at the average American, they eat only about one to one and a half cups of vegetables per day. Recommendation:...

The 3 Types of Intermittent Fasting You Need to Know

We have so much data on how fasting is really good for you. But some of you have been asking a question-what are the different types of fasting? Here's a basic understanding of the three main types in the intermittent fasting category. The first one is time-restricted feeding (TRF or TRE). Very simply, you have a daily eating window...

The Healthy Plate Model: A simple approach to eating better

What's the healthy plate model, and how can it help you to live a healthier life? Look at your plate in three sections. First, 50% of your plate should be filled with fruits and vegetables. Specifically, two-thirds should be vegetables, and one-third should be fruit. Then, for the remaining 50% of the plate, fill up 25% with healthy proteins:...
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