KEEPING YOUR KIDNEYS HEALTHY
Most of us don’t pay attention to our kidneysuntil something goes wrong, but behind the scenes these bean-shaped organs thatsit beneath our rib cage play a critical role in keeping our bodies healthy.They flush out toxins, filter blood, and produce three hormones: one to keep blood pressure in check, one to stimulate red blood cells, and one to maintainstrong bones. Luckily, we can support these renal workhorses by making good diet and lifestyle choices and, of course doing YOGA.
1.- STAY HYDRATED: The kidneys detoxify the body by filtering the blood and secreting thewaters through the urine. Doctorsrecommend drinking enough water “so that the urine is relatively clear, a good indication that you are hydrating asufficient amount “Don’t overdo your liquid intake-too much water actually forces the kidneys to work overtime to filter the excess. (8 glasses of water per day is very good)
2.-EAT KIDNEY FRIENDLY FOODS: The kidneys excrete wastes but they can’t always eliminate all toxins. Too much protein can increase the burden on the kidneys, so opt for a low protein diet and mind your blood sugar and insulin levels. Also, anything that causes high blood pressure-like a high sodium diet, isn’t good for the kidneys.
3.- SUPPLEMENT WITH HERBS: Diuretics herbs like stinging nettle and uva ursi have anti-inflammatory properties that aid in flushing out the kidneys and urinary tract. Parsley is a natural diuretic that is particularly effective when taken as a tea. Simply bring to a boil 2 tablespoons of chopped parsley in 2 cups of water and steep for 15 minutes.Strain the parsley and drink the tea.
4.-OBEY YOUR NATURAL URGES: As simple as itsounds, responding to your body’s natural urges is an underestimated but keyaspect of good health. Honoring your body’s desire to sleep, hydrate, urinate,yawn or sneeze connects you to your physical needs. Listen to your body. It isa great communicator. If you feel the urge to void, please do so as soon aspossible. Eliminations is very important.
MINIMIZE YOUR USE OF PAIN RELIEVERS: Using NSAIDS,or non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, like Advil or Motrin oracetaminophens like Tylenol or Excedrin on a regular basis can damage yourkidneys. Ideally, it’s best to avoid these drugs, says Dr. Holly Lucille, ND,RN. She recommends Turmeric instead, which she calls “ One of the most effective natural pain relievers” TryCuramin (erry Naturals) or Turmeric Force(New Chapter). Anyone who takes painmedication,says Dr. Holly, “should consider supplementing with Milk Thistle,which is a liver-protecting tonic.
PRACTICE YOGA ON A REGULAR BASIS.