Let’s talk about kidneys for a moment shall we? With millions of people suffering from chronic kidney disease (CKD) across the world, it’s not something anyone can take lightly. Kidney disease is most commonly (but not exclusively) linked to people with diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and those older than 60 years. But while there’s no questioning that it’s a serious condition, there are many things you can do to reverse and restore Kidney Damage.
Steps You Can Take To Heal Kidneys Naturally
DON’T HESITATE TO HYDRATE!
Your kidneys filter over 200 quarts of blood in order to keep your blood clean and chemically balanced. And 2 out of those 200 quarts are removed every day in the form of waste, through urine. None of this can happen without water. You’d be surprised how many people are walking around dehydrated without even realizing it – maybe you’re one of them.
How to heal kidneys naturally
For every 2lbs of body weight you need to be drinking at least 1 ounce of water. This will flush and cleanse you internally, and give your kidneys a major boost by ridding them of toxins. In regards to water the absolute best is fluoride free. Water that contains chlorine and fluoride is almost enough to negate the positive effects it has on your kidneys and whole body. So if you can, get a carbon water filter which filters out 90% of the chlorine and all of the fluoride! They tend to cost under $65.
ANY FOOD WITH THAT SALT?
Wherever you can – pass on that salt! It’s crucial there’s a balance of sodium and potassium to pull the water across the wall from the bloodstream into a collecting channel in the kidney. When a diet is too high salt this alters this sodium balance, which in turn causes the kidneys to have reduced function and remove less water resulting in higher blood pressure. This strain can eventually lead to kidney disease.
High salt intake also increases the amount of protein in the urine, which is big factor in the decline of kidney function. This is even more of a factor for someone who already has kidney problems. Often people are not aware of how much hidden salt is in their foods (especially ready made meals) so check those labels! You should be aiming to have 6 grams of salt a day or the effects of over salting food will tell on your kidney health.
As mentioned previously, having elevated protein levels is a major factor in kidney decline. Although is normal to pass a small amounts of protein in urine, higher protein levels in urine suggest there may be damage to the filter mechanism (the glomeruli) or inflammation, a condition called Proteinuria.
Symptoms Of Proteinuria include:
- Bone pain
- Confusion, dizziness or excessive sleepiness if you have high blood calcium levels (Hypercalcemia).
- Neuropathy – if you have protein deposits in your fingers and toes due to your disease
- You may not be urinating very often. Your urine may be dark or red blood-tinged. You may have pain or an urgency to use the bathroom.
- You may have fever or chills, if you have an infection
- You may be overly tired, or very weak (fatigued). It may be hard for you to do any kind of your normal activities. Your muscles may become extremely weak.
- You may notice that your feet or ankles are swelling. You may feel “puffy”.
- You may have nausea or vomiting. Some people experience a loss of appetite.
- You may become confused, or have a seizure.
If you have any of these symptoms, check with your doctor first to pinpoint the exact cause.
THE KIDNEY DIET
In advanced stages of chronic kidney disease (CKD), a high protein diet is generally discouraged as it elevates Phosphates. Elevated phosphates can cause a leaking of calcium from your bones, which in turn leads to joint problems and osteoporosis. If you’re having kidney problems it’s best to limit the amount of high and moderate phosphorus foods you eat. These include; milk, nuts, cheese and meat. In fact, one of the hardest things you can give your kidneys is red meat, so it’s best to keep consumption of this to a minimum. But don’t be discouraged, there are many foods that are very pro kidney. Below are some examples:
1. RED BELL PEPPERS
Red bell peppers are naturally high in flavor, but that’s not the only reason they’re perfect for the renal diet. They are also an excellent source of vitamin C and vitamin A, as well as vitamin B6, folic acid and fiber. Red bell peppers are good for you because they contain lycopene, an antioxidant that protects against certain cancers.
A cruciferous vegetable, cabbage is packed full of phytochemicals, chemical compounds in fruit or vegetables that break up free radicals before they can do damage to the kidneys. Many phytochemicals are also known to protect against and fight cancer, as well as foster cardiovascular health. Raw cabbage is also a great for the dialysis diet, so homemade coleslaw and sauerkraut would be a great addition to a meal.
Another cruciferous vegetable, cauliflower is high in vitamin C and a good source of folate and fiber. It’s also packed full of indoles, glucosinolates and thiocyanates — compounds that help the liver neutralize toxic substances that could damage cell membranes and DNA.
Not only does garlic help prevent plaque from forming on your teeth, it lowers cholesterol and reduces inflammation in your kidneys. Buy it fresh, bottled, minced or powdered, and add it to meat, vegetable or pasta dishes. You can also roast a head of garlic and spread on bread. Garlic powder is a great substitute for garlic salt in the dialysis diet.
Onion are rich in flavonoids, especially quercetin, a powerful antioxidant that works to reduce kidney disease and protects against many cancers. Onions are low in potassium and a good source of chromium, a mineral that helps with carbohydrate, fat and protein metabolism. For people on a kidney diet and wanting to add some flavour, try out the variety of onions including white, brown, red and others. And even better eat them raw sandwiches and in salads.
These tart and tasty berries are known to protect against bladder infections by preventing bacteria from sticking to the bladder wall. In a similar way, cranberries also protect the stomach from ulcer-causing bacteria and protect the lining of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, promoting GI health. Cranberries have also been shown to protect against cancer and heart disease. When choosing Cranberry juice look for ones were the ratio of cranberries is high in comparison to sugar. You can also sprinkle Cranberries on cereal or add them to salads.
7. EGG WHITES
Egg whites provide high the highest quality of protein with all the essential amino acids. For the kidney diet, egg whites give protein with less phosphorus than other protein sources such as egg yolk or meats.
Not only does Fish provide high-quality protein, it also contains anti-inflammatory fats called omega-3s. Omega-3s also help lower low-density lipoprotein or LDL cholesterol, which is bad cholesterol, and raise high-density lipoprotein or HDL cholesterol, good cholesterol.
CONSIDER MASSAGING YOUR KIDNEYS BACK TO HEALTH
As strange as it sounds massaging the kidneys has been a relief for many people. The theory being that the massage brings blood flow to the organ, and what has blood has life. Below is a video demonstrating exactly how this is done.
So what next?
If you or someone you know are experiencing kidney disease or simply have a history of it in your family, it is important to work with your physician. However, know there are alternative ways to support your kidneys healthy. In this Free Video, you can find out more ways on how to heal your kidneys naturally here.