DETOX KIDNEYS Naturally: Your kidneys are responsible for filtering toxins and wastes from your blood, and maintaining “homeostasis”, a state of proper balance in the body by regulating blood pressure, various minerals, water and even hormones in the bloodstream. Kidneys adjust the body’s acid/alkaline balance and regulate the amount of fluids in your body.
Kidneys process 200 quarts of blood daily to filter out 2 quarts of excess water and wastes. The kidneys monitor the correct balance of sodium, potassium and phosphorous in the blood, along many other body chemicals. Excess minerals, hormones, water and other substances are passed to the bladder and out of the body. If your kidneys aren’t able to remove waste products and excess minerals, these build up in the blood and cause damage.
Kidneys also produce several essential hormones. One stimulates the production of red blood cells, another regulates blood pressure and calcium metabolism, and yet another produces a form of vitamin D which strengthens bones and increases immunity.
When your kidneys are overloaded with too many chemicals, medications, processed foods, preservatives, highly chemicalized beauty, personal care, and cleaning products, and a polluted environment, they may become unable to handle it all. Because of our modern “chemical society” almost everybody’s kidneys are already functioning at less than optimum levels.
About 100,000 new people are diagnosed with kidney disease yearly! Everyone needs to know more about what is good for the kidneys and what isn’t, in order to make better choices.
Even if you have only a few symptoms, you should take action to protect your kidney function right away. If you have heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity or kidney stones, taking action will make a huge difference in your quality of life now and in the future.
Overload of toxins in the kidneys can result in symptoms. Do you experience any of these?
dry skin, skin rashes, hair loss,
inability to focus, fuzzy vision,
fatigue, lethargic feeling, drowsiness
heart palpitations, high blood pressure
incontinence, kidney stones, urinary tract infections
decreased urine flow, increased nightly urination,
burning or painful urination, dark colored urine
itching, sleep problems, metallic taste in mouth
nausea, coldness, fever
swollen joints, stiff neck, cramps
abdominal or lower back pain
poor appetite, diabetes, anemia
How to Restore Kidney Health
The first step is to support kidney function, and help deal with the overload, so the kidneys can begin to heal. We recommend natural organic and wild-crafted herbs to help unload the burden from your kidneys.
Today 80% of the world population depend on natural herbal remedies discovered and used by ancient Asian, European, African and Native American cultures to promote health and handle ailments. These herbs are effective and generally safer than medicines. Certain herbs and combinations are especially cleansing for the kidneys.
Kidneys respond well to Juniper Berries to flush out toxins and reduce stress, helping to rejuvenate tissues. Juniper Berries are usually taken in the form of a tincture or tea.
Dandelion Leaf is another super effective kidney herb. It dissolves kidney stones. It is a diuretic and increases urination. Drinking dandelion tea can is a traditional remedy for kidney stones.
Foods that Benefit Your Kidneys
Kidney function is improved by eating foods that are free of toxins, excess sugar, chemical sweeteners, contaminants, pesticides, herbicides, preservatives, antibiotics, hormones or additives, and excess protein. So processed foods should be minimized. And you need to read labels with care.
Use organic foods when possible. If your produce is not organic, you can spray it with a non- toxic fruit and vegetable wash and rinse thoroughly to remove surface chemicals. For meats, poultry, eggs, dairy and fish, local farm-raised where you can meet the farmer, organic or wild caught are recommended.
Adding plenty of fruits, vegetables and herbs to your diet, and reducing animal proteins makes it easier for the kidneys to detoxify. Animal proteins produce a waste product called uric acid. This can put an extra burden on the kidneys. If your kidneys aren’t functioning well and are unable to remove this waste, it can be harmful. Taking enzymes if needed to improve digestion of animal proteins may be helpful. A juice or water fast for a day or part of a day every week can take the strain off the kidneys, giving them a break from the overabundance of food and non-food substances in our modern diet.
A plant-based diet allows your body to alkalize via the kidneys. This tends to lower blood pressure and promote a healthy body pH, renewed energy and a feeling of well being. Recipes featuring a lot of vegetables and smaller amounts of meat, chicken or fish such as Asian foods or a Mediterranean diet with fruits, vegetables and some chicken or fish are very healthful for kidneys.