By Anni Dahms
Owner of the retail chain
ANNI’s VITAL SHOP.
Nurse- & Health
specialist, Biopath and Nutritional Adviser.
I took a little siesta on the sun bed in the heavy, sultry August heat. It was so hot that not even the leaves on the trees had the energy to move. Before my eyes surrendered to a little nap, I flipped through one of my old health books.
Suddenly I sat up with a jolt. My eyes had caught sight of a sentence, where it stated that when you are in your 70’s, your kidney function is often reduced by 1/3. 70’s is my current age group.
The siesta was ruined, but this article was written instead.
It is important to take your kidney function into account. You can do a lot yourself to keep them healthy.
In my world, the kidneys are connected to our life energy and surplus. Kidney problems are often related to fear and anxiety. You must invest time in yourself and find happiness and security in the things you do every day. Fear controls far too many of us in our daily lives. Unfortunately, we can’t simply ignore the fear. It is much too strong. You can face it, look it in the eyes and do your best to become invulnerable to fear.
According to Chinese medicine sexual energy also has to do with the kidneys. It is said that the right kidney reflects our confidence and selfworth in relation to our surroundings, whilst the left kidney reflects the negative feelings that we direct towards ourselves, in the form of self-criticism and self-hatred.
It is possible to live with only one kidney. Although they have different functions, it is possible for one kidney to overtake the others function.
Most often, kidney conditions come from people suffering from diabetes, both type 1 and 2, high blood pressure, atherosclerosis, kidney stones, cysts, and kidney infections of various reasons.
The kidneys practical function
The kidneys are a cleansing plant, removing the toxic waste our bodies create. We have 2 bean-shaped kidneys, which are located high up in the abdomen behind the lower ribs. The right kidney lies slightly lower down than the left. Some cases of kidney problems report of back pain, high up in the lower back.
Normally we don’t give our kidneys much thought, but they are really fantastic, small, essential organs, and their main function is to keep the body in balance. Each kidney weighs about 150 grams. Around 1 litre of blood passes through the kidneys every minute. In all, 1700 litres of blood pass through these two small organs per day.
The kidneys basic work assignment is
- To rinse the blood of water products.
- To maintain the body’s fluid balance.
- Keep the body’s salt balance.
- Maintain the body’s acid/alkaline balance.
- To derive all excess fluids as urine. We urinate between 1 – 1⁄2 litres of urine daily depending on many things.
The kidneys have other work assignments
- Dihydroxy Vitamin D which regulates the absorption of calcium in the small intestine.
- Erythropoietin which has a relation to the formation of red blood cells.
- The enzyme renin which has a regulating effect on the blood pressure.
If you wish to keep your kidneys as fit and healthy as possible, then it’s important that you focus on your diet, and perhaps make some changes to your eating habits.
Sugar is the kidneys number 1 enemy. Protein is a popularly discussed food topic, but my own personal opinion is that if you are over your first youth, be careful when it comes to large amounts of protein.
Excess material from food, mainly protein can become a burden on the kidneys. Protein is one of the body’s key building blocks, so if you restrict your protein, be sure to get the proteins in which the body can’t make itself – namely all the essential amino acids. Instead of milk you can find one or several of the so-called alternatives for milk. For example, hemp-, coconut-, almond-, oat-, soya- and rice milk etc.
If you are looking for non-meat sources of protein, there many good sources e.g. Quinoa, chia seeds, almonds, beans, peas and hummus. It is calculated that you should eat about 50 grams of protein daily.
Steer away from too much acidic foods such as red steak, full fat dairy products and sweet desserts.
Avoid fizzy drinks too.
Are you in the risk group for kidney stones which often consist of oxalate, then be careful not to eat too much chocolate, spinach, beetroot, cacao, rhubarb, tea, etc.
Watch out that you’re not drinking too much coffee and be very careful with too much alcohol. Even though many sources indicate that a daily glass of red wine is good for the kidney cells, several glasses become a burden. Add to your daily drinks e.g. parsley, dandelion, etc. Refined carbohydrates such as pasta, white bread, white rice increase both calcium- and oxalate excretion in the kidneys.
Ingestion of salt is discussed a lot. Excess use of salt causes your body to retain fluids. The whole world is talking about the pink-coloured himalaya salt at the moment. It contains a lot of minerals. It tastes delightful, is described as being healthy, and reportedly can contribute to lowering blood pressure as it contains less sodium than normal salt. Pure unrefined sea salt has also been reported as being healthy.
Seltin salt has been recommended for many years by the heart association, as its content of sodium chloride is significantly less than that of normal salt.
I usually recommend to use salt sparingly. Feel the joy of noticing the taste of good organic ingredients, instead of overly flavoured food, which is often too salted in order to hide the lack of flavour. If necessary, let the taste of the healthy, good food be underlined by a pinch of good quality salt.
Make sure you’re getting enough fibre and antioxidants in your diet. There are plentiful amounts in fruit and vegetables. Try a lot of raw vegetables such as cucumber, kale, broccoli and salad. Use healthy oils on your salads. E.g. a good olive oil, linseed oil, hemp oil, etc. Fruit with a high water content are very good, e.g. melon, blueberries, apples, strawberries, raspberries and cherries. Black cherries are especially healthy. They aid in removing uric acid crystals from the body.
Research has shown that vegetarians have 40-60% less likelihood of developing kidney stones.
Drink plenty of clean water. You can mix the water with cranberry juice, carrot juice, celery, pomegranate and parsley, etc.
• Take a base of vitamins/minerals. There’s a really good liquid vitamin/mineral product available, and it also contains the complete amino acids. I have had several “kidney” clients that have really thrived on this product.
• Extra B vitamins can be beneficial, especially if you suffer from stress. Choose vitamin B’s that contain choline, as choline is considered to protect the kidneys against inflammation.
• Resium is an especially effective and well-tried natural product, and is good at dissolving stones. This product consists of many different herbs, that work well on both kidney- and gallstones.
• Vitamin C supports the kidneys and helps to keep the kidneys free of kidney stones. Take about 2 grams daily.
• In well-stocked health food stores, you can find various combination products that clean and do good for kidney function, and consist of e.g. parsley, horsetail, dandelion, nettle, asparagus, celery, etc.
• Vitamin D. This vitamin increases productions of vitamin D from the kidneys, and is necessary for absorption of calcium and for bone structure, etc.
• Goldenrod is available both as tincture and as tea. If you wish to give your kidneys a little extra care for a period of time, then it would be a good idea to make 1 litre of goldenrod tea and sip it throughout the day. Don’t bother making it too strong as it will help anyway. It tastes good and can even be enjoyed cold from the fridge. In addition, you can put 20 drops of goldenrod tincture in a cup of goldenrod tea 3 times a day. It has a purifying effect on both the kidneys and bladder, as well as helping to flush out kidney stones.
• Drink green tea too, it’s known to be beneficial for kidney function.
• Nettle tea acts as a diuretic, so drink 2 – 3 cups of nettle tea a day.
• Turmeric (curcumin) is a strong antioxidant with antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties.
• The amino acid Taurine also has a good effect on the kidneys. Especially people with type 1 diabetes can be taurine deficient.
- Apple cider vinegar is a good agent against many disorders, including kidney stones. Not only does it help the stones to come out, it also contributes to preventing the formation of more kidney stones. Use about 2 tablespoons daily, in a glass of water morning and evening.
- Pomegranate juice is a potent antioxidant that helps both the kidneys and the rest of the body.
- It is important for the kidneys that you keep to your normal weight and exercise regularly, at least 4 times a week. It doesn’t need to be hard exercise. Obesity is known to increase the risk of kidney problems. Minimise or better yet quit smoking. It is well-known that smoking increases the risk of kidney disease. Keep an eye on your blood pressure. Did you know that if you have a tendency to high blood pressure, it may be a good idea to buy a blood pressure testing machine.
- If you are taking medication, some medication can give kidney problems on the long run. Get your kidneys checked on a regular basis.
- Different forms of treatment such as zone therapy, massage, lymph drainage, etc. are good ways to drain your body. If you know that you have kidney problems, then tell your therapist and ask her to gently carry out the treatment, to ensure that not too large amounts of waste products are released at once.
- Louise Hay writes that generally contributing causes to kidney problems include: criticism, disappointment, defeat. Shame. Reacting like a child. A new thought pattern to use:
The divine right is always happens in my life. Each experience is good. It is safe to grow up.