Looking like 2 fist-sized red beans located mid way each side of the spine at the back of the body your kidneys are one of the most important underestimated organs. Their job is to keep you healthy by maintaining just the right balance of water and other substances.
Two biological marvels your kidneys act as filters making sure wastes and fluids are removed and what can be recycled. During this process your kidneys process something like 35 gallons of circulating blood each day.
However, the disturbing fact is that 10 - 20 million Americans have kidney problems. Some 7 million only have half the kidney function of a young person in their early twenties. Considering this can range from being an uncomfortable or debilitating condition to a serious illness (kidney failure, stones and infection...) which could lead to death it is absolutely essential that your kidneys are kept healthy.
A stealthy healthy approach is needed involving changes in diet and lifestyle. This will not only keep your kidneys healthy but can also reverse kidney conditions. Just how committed are you to maintaining the following diet and lifestyle approaches?
The healthy kidney diet
If too high, lower the protein in your diet. High protein from too much meat burdens the kidneys and when absorbed into the body becomes an 'acid food.'
Avoid eating junk foods with their unhealthy salt and sugar content. They also contribute to an unhealthy acid food diet. Eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables instead. These carbohydrates would be a healthier choice over high protein meats and can be part of the healthy 'alkaline food' diet.
Avoid drinking milk. It's not the healthy product it has been made out to be. It is NOT a good calcium source. The calcium in milk is difficult for the body to absorb because the calcium is bound to a protein called casein. The kidney can be burdened by trying to absorb the calcium from too much milk and stones may result leading to excruciating pain. Avoid carbonated, sugar laden or artificial sweetener soft drinks.
Kidney friendly foods include:
Apples, apple cider vinegar (great for removing kidney stones), strawberries, raspberries, cranberries, cabbage, red bell peppers, cherries, red grapes, green beans, cauliflower, garlic, onions, olive oil carrots and ginger... Incidentally ginger is a good remedy for gout.
As a detoxifier take about 4 ounces of lemon juice a day. Sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) another detoxifier is a wonderful all-round health promoting substance. An eighth of a teaspoon in water twice a day is an excellent remedy. It also contributes to alkalizing the body, serving to protect from disease... On the subject of water drink plenty of it in filtered form NOT tap water. Choose to eat organic food. This avoids the herbicides, fungicides and pesticides found in non-organic food and GMO.
Pharmaceuticals to avoid
If appropriate avoid painkilling drugs such as aspirin. Statins such as crestor are also on the no, no list... Statins may be unnecessary... there are natural alternatives that unlike statins have no side effects and you may have been given misleading information on taking statins.
Focus on having a positive outlook on life
The mind-body-spirit connection can have quite an effect on health. Focus on handling stress and anxiety if necessary.
One of the prerequisites for good kidney health is that the body gets well oxygenated. Exercise can provide this by causing the body to puff and pant removing CO2 and introducing oxygen.
This is not a substitute for the trusted guideline of a health professional who should be consulted with at all times where appropriate.
-Having said that knowledge is only king if you act upon it. Are you prepared to make those gradual simple changes needed for good health?
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