Saturday, 6 December 2014

12 Tips To Take Care Of Your Kidneys

Our kidneys play
a vital role in
excreting drugs
and toxins in the
body but
sometimes
sheer numbers
can be
overwhelming
and they need
some help from us. You may need to undergo
some detoxing therapy and you certainly need to
be constantly on guard against the many drugs
and other toxins that can actually harm your
kidneys.
Toxins include medications such as
NSAIDS and statins, aspirin and
Tylenol
In addition, here are some other ways in which
you can harm your kidneys:
Being obese
Through fluoride in your water supply
Using non stick cookware (Teflon) and other
common household items
Undergoing root canal treatment along with
dental mercury amalgams
Exposure to toxic mold in the home and
elsewhere
The use of pesticides and laundry detergents
and other toxic cleaning materials
Artificial sweeteners of all types
Consuming fructose , sodas and candies
The emotion often associated with
problems with the kidney is fear
Emotions can play a part with the health of our
organs too. If you are frequently fearful, you may
well be affecting your kidneys and their function.
Disease factors
Kidney disease risk factors include diabetes, high
blood pressure, obesity, smoking and age. Early
detection and treatment can increase the life of
the kidneys. Remember too that high blood
pressure can lead to or be a sign of kidney
disease.
Kidney disease is called a ‘silent disease’ as
there are often few symptoms but here some of
the signs and symptoms:
Change in frequency and quantity of urine
passed, especially at night (usually increase
comes first)
Blood in the urine (haematuria)
Foaming urine
Puffiness around the eyes and ankles
(oedema)
Pain in the back (under the lower ribs, where
the kidneys are located)
Pain or burning when passing urine
Later on, when the kidneys begin to fail, there is
a build-up of waste products and extra fluid in
the blood as well as other problems, gradually
leading to:
Tiredness, inability to concentrate
Generally feeling unwell
Loss of appetite
Nausea and vomiting
Shortness of breath
Reduction in kidney function
cannot usually be reversed
However, if detected early enough, the progress
of kidney disease can be slowed and sometimes
even prevented – but if kidney function is
reduced to less than 10 per cent of normal then
renal dialysis or a kidney transplant becomes
necessary.
Dialysis is a treatment for kidney failure that
removes waste products and extra water from
the blood by filtering it through a special
membrane (fine filter).
But please do not let your kidneys deteriorate in
the first place.
Early detection of kidney disease
can be life saving
Very importantly, lifestyle changes can keep
your kidneys healthy.
Here are those 12 tips
1.  Avoid contact with all the toxic and harmful
items listed at the beginning of this article.
2.  Eat lots of  fresh fruit and vegetables
(particularly the latter) together with grass fed
beef and free range chicken and eggs.
3.  Stay away from sugars, sodas and artificial
sweeteners, processed salty foods and the bad
trans fats. Instead, change to natural salt and
good fats such as butter from raw cream, olive
oil and organic coconut oil.  Stevia is a safe
replacement for sugar.
4.  Try to drink only water instead of other drinks.
This should be pure filtered water – several
glasses per day.
5.  Maintain a healthy weight and, of course, this
will be more easily achieved through the other
lifestyle changes that you make.
6.  Stay fit by at least 30 minutes of physical
activity that increases your heart rate on five or
more days of the week – suggestions include:
walking, lawn mowing, cycling, swimming or
gentle aerobics.
7.  Don’t smoke and limit your alcohol to a
maximum of two small drinks per day if you are
male or one small drink per day if you are
female.
8.  Have your blood pressure checked regularly.
If you blood pressure levels are higher than they
should be, lower them with natural remedies
rather than statins which can actually lead to
kidney damage.
9.  Do things that help you relax and reduce your
stress levels.
10. Spirulina (from a safe source) helps
to protect your kidneys. As kidneys are one of
the first organs to suffer damage after significant
radiation exposure, Spirulina is used – but
research also suggests that spirulina helps
protect from the nephrotoxicity of cancer
treatments, antibiotics and analgesics.
11. Please be aware that many people today are
gluten intolerant and as such can suffer from
gluten induced kidney damage. If you are not
sure or are suspicious that you might be gluten
intolerant, get genetically tested for gluten
sensitivity.  If you have actually have kidney
disease, make sure your doctor checks your 25
OH D levels (vitamin D).  Additionally, make sure
that he measures for other nutritional
deficiencies as well. Malabsorption is a
common cause of secondary diseases for those
with intolerance or sensitivity to gluten.
12. It cannot be overemphasized how important
vitamin D is to your general health including the
kidneys. Vitamin D is not a vitamin at all but a
steroid hormone that is probably the single most
important factor in human health. The optimum
level for good health is to be between 40 ng/ml
and 100 ng/ml and if you are not receiving
sufficient sunlight exposure, the average adult
needs to take a daily dose of 8000 IUs daily to
elevate their levels above 40 ng/ml.
Remember that avoiding all toxins, taking regular
exercise, along with a balanced diet and drinking
plenty of water will help to keep your kidneys. Happy Sunday
working well and in peak condition.

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