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Are you worried about your kidneys? Your kidneys are a very important way of eliminating toxins from your body. If you smoke or use pesticides, alcohol, or other toxic mterials, you are weakening your kidneys, which are also the check-in point for your acid-base balance. Being overweight, having high blood pressure and eating a lot of salt or salty foods are also associated with kidney cancer.

There are many self-care and wellness actions you can take to protect your kidneys even if you have kidney disease, or if you just want to keep them healthy and stay well.


Find some ways to keep your kidneys healthy below. Consult the source listed below for more information.


1.  Eat polyunsaturated fatty acid foods.


Some foods to eat include fatty fish (tuna, salmon, mackerel, herring, whitefish), green leafy vegetables, flaxseed (add to salads, soups, yogurt, cereals, baked goods or fresh juices), olive oil, seeds and nuts.


2.  According to several studies, fish oil may reduce high blood pressure, prevent the development of proteinuria (protein in the urine) and minimize lesions. To insure these effects, take fish oil capsules daily.


3.  Eat an oeganic high soy and vegetarian diet and include flaxseeds. A report in the American Journal of Kidney Disease reviewed the recent findings from dietary intervention studies and found that soy (choose non-GMO form to eat) and flaxseed both protect against kidney disease. You'll also lose weight if you stop eating meat, sugar/sugary foods and grains.  


4.  Increase your intake of garlic. It can protect the kidney cortex (Free Radicals in Biological Medicine) and stop kidney damage in chronic kidney syndrome (Molecular and Cell Biochemistry).


5.  Vitamin B6 supplementation can improve tingling, numbness, and burning pain in fingers and toes that sometimes accompanies chronic kidney failure, according to a study in Nephrology Dialysis and Transplants. Mushrooms are full of b-vitamins also, so eat plenty of those.


6.  A Chinese herbal recipe called Yishen Huanshuai can markedly retard the rate of progression of chronic kidney disease when combined with a low protein diet and controlled blood pressure, according to one study.


7.  Drink a pint of raw carrot juice mixed with one pint of raw spinach juice daily. It would be best to purchase a juicer because the juice must be made fresh daily and drunk immediately.


8.  Eat the following foods daily or as often as possible. They are considered kidney tonics in Chinese Medicine: beef kidney, chestnuts, cinnamon, cloves, dill, fennel, fenugreek, lobster, pistachios,raspberries and strawberries.


9.  To balance negative thoughts, write the following affirmations on a 5x7 card and say them 20 times every day:


      *  It is safe to grow and be joyful

      *  The right action is always taking place in my

      *  All things good come into my life


10. Hold your hands just above your waist on your back and say in a loud voice, "Phew!" 25 times. This will bring cleansing circulation to your kidneys.


11. Avoid concentrated sugars (cakes, cookies, bread, pasta, rice, candy, sweet rolls, donuts, etc.--
         cancer cells feed on sugar so don't eat any sweets,       
      grains or
) dates, raisins, lots of protein (this means eliinating meat, beet greens, cooked spinach, rhubarb, chocolate, coffee, tea, sugar and alcohol.

12. Drink and use only distilled water when cooking. Kidney cells can be damaged by toxic materials in the environment.

13. Get rid of commercial cleaners, cleansers, solvents, pesticides, etc. as they will harm your kidneys. Use white vinegar or alcohol Bon-Ami to clean with and use borax to stop insects.

14. Drink 8-10 glasses of distilled water a day to cleanse the kidneys.  

15. Take milk thistle one of more times a day to strengthen and cleanse kidney tissues. It has no side effects. It also helps to reduce pain and help you sleep.
The best form is a liquit extract or glycerite. Follow the directions on the bottle. You can find it online at iherb.com or My Natural Market. Click on the link that follows to read a government review of this herb.


16. AVOID DRUGS LINKED TO CANCER, e.g., ibuprophen and some other pain killers, or cholesterol lowering drugs https://thepeopleschemist.com/popular-cholesterol-lowering-drugs-wonder-drugs-may-cause-cancer/ or blood pressure drugs https://thepeopleschemist.com/popular-cholesterol-lowering-drugs-wonder-drugs-may-cause-cancer/   http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2008/10/20/do-prescription-1/ or chemotherapy drugs http://www.cancer.org/cancer/cancercauses/othercarcinogens/medicaltreatments/secondcancerscausedbycancertreatment/second-cancers-caused-by-cancer-treatment-toc
The upshot is, always read the insert in any drug before you take it. Ask your physician if any drug prescribed for you is linked with cancer in humans or animals. Also look the drug up on the internet e.g., does _________(name of drug) cause cancer? Become an informed consumer.

This article is excerpted from The American Holistic Nurses' Association Guide to Common Chronic Conditions: Self-Care Options to Complement Your Doctor's Advice, Wiley, 2003. For more information, consult this source.


This article is for information only and was updated in 2016. For treatment, consult your health care provider.Copyright www.carolynchambersclark.com

 For more information about kidneys, click on http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kidney 

*Kidney Stones 

If you don't know the composition of your stones, when you urinate, use a strainer so you can catch your stones for later analysis.
Stones can take up to 6 weeks to pass. In the meantime (and as a preventive in the future):
  • If stones are calcium-based, limit the amount of calcium and oxalate-based foods eaten. These include apples, black pepper, spinach, crackers, chard, celery, green pepper, strawberries,  raspberries, marmalade, grits, liver, chocolate, beets, wheatgerm, okra, peanuts, coffee, cheese, grapes, ice cream, vitamin C, yogurt, asparagus, beet greens, eggs, fish, vegetables of the cabbage family, dried figs, nuts, poppy seeds, black tea, tomatoes and oranges, to name a few.  
  • Drink 3 quarts of distilled water a day; and only used distilled water for cooking; dehydration is a common source of kidney stones and drinking water will help pass stones. 
  • Eat foods high in vitamin A: apricots, cantaloupes, carrots, pumpkin, sweet potatoes, and squash; see acidosis/alkalosis
  • Eliminate animal fats: yogurt, milk, butter, meat, cheese etc; a vegan diet that contains no animal products prevents kidney stone production; see acidosis/alkalosis below 
  • Limit salt intake and salt substitutes
  • Avoid carbonated soft drinks 
  • Avoid taking L-cystine, which can crystallize in the kidneys and form large stones; see acidosis/alkalosis below
  • Sodium phosphate is effective on calcium-based stones; potassium citrate is effects oon stones not of calcium origin
  • Raise the pH of the body to control calcium stones, and lower it to control uric acid stones. Get pH paper at your pharmacy and test your urine every day.

  •     Acid forming foods: asparagus, beans, brussels sprouts, catsup, chickpase, cocoa, cranberries, eggs, fish, flour, legumes, lentils, meat, milk, mustard, noodles, oatmeal, olives, organ meats, pasta, pepper, 
    plums, poultry, prunes, sauerkraut, shellfish, soft drinks, sugar, tea, vinega, aspirin, tobacco, and most drugs, butter, canned fruit, cheese, dried coconut, grains, ice cream, ice milk, seeds and nuts.

        Alkaline forming foods: avocados, corn, dates, fresh coconut, most fresh fruits, most fresh vegetables, honey, maple syrup, molasses, raisins, soy products, crackers, potato broth, citrus fruits.

       For acidosis:  Excess vitamin C can lead to acidosis; reduce your intake for a few weeks and only take a non-acid forming buffered variety.

       Practice deep breathing to reduce acidosis. Apply ginger compresses to the kidney area for acidosis. Kelp, almonds, blackstrap molases, Brazil nuts, buckwheat, chestnuts, lima beans, millet and soured dairy products (buttermilk, kefir, unsweetened yogurt) are low level alkaline-forming foods.

       For alkalosis: pH above 6.8: Eat more acid-forming foods, take betaine hydrochlorid a digestive dnzes that releases acid in the digestive tract, L-Cysteine (500 mg twice daily on empty stomach with water or juice only, and for better absorption, take with 50 mg vitamin B6 and and 100 mg vitamin C; 200 micrograms of selenium, and sulfur 500 mg daily or eat cabbage, Brussels sprouts, dried beans, eggs, fish, garlic, kale, onions, soybeans, turnips, and wheatgerm.
    *Taking probiotics can help to neutralize toxic metabolites and indirectly adjust your body's acid/alkaline balance. Follow the directions on the product label, and use a dairy-free formulat if you're allergic to milk.
    *Drinking peppermint tea with meals can reduce acidity
    • Take up to 100 mg a day of zinc to inhibit formation of stones; anything over 100 mg depresses immunity
  • Drink Kombucha Tea  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14631833?ordinalpos=12&itool=EntrezSystem2.PEntrez.Pubmed.Pubmed_ResultsPanel.Pubmed_DefaultReportPanel.Pubmed_RVDocSum
  • Limit supplemental intake of vitamin D; take a tablespoon of cod liver oil or take 15 minutes in the sun (light-skinned) or 45 minutes (dark-skinned) 3 times a week, exposing face, arms and legs. 
  • Drink lots of lemonade. It’s no wonder drink, but it can do one thing other drinks can’t---increase citrate levels in your urine. Make your own or use frozen form; more processed varieties may contain other products you may not want to ingest; always check lagels. Citrate prevents the formation of some kidney stones; see acidosis/alkalosis
  • take vitamin B complex 50 mg 3 times daily with meals and an additional 50 mg of vitamin B6 twice a day to reduce oxalates
  • take magnesium 500 mg a day to reduce calcium absorption and ower urinary oxalate; use oxide, hydroxide or chloride form of mg
  • aloe vera juice can reduce the size of a stone during an acute attack; drink at least 8 ounces a day over 24 hours
  • Beets have been reported to reduce kidney stones and/or help eliminate them; eat fresh ones shredded and raw and or slice canned beets and mix either one with olive oil and cider vinegar.
  • Here's a refreshing drink to have first thing every morning before eating:

    1. 1 tablespoon molasses

    2. 2 tablespoons aloe vera juice OR 1/4 cup of the whey you get from straining organic plain yogurt + 1 teaspoon sea salt and no molasses

    3. 2 thin sliced beets ground up; can use canned beets, but fresh is better

    4. Follow with a shot glass of apple cider vineger (most critters and cysts and other non-wanteds don't like an acidic environment.)

  • lobelia tincture (3-4 drops) and wild yam tincture (15 drops) in a glass of warm water helps relax the ureters, relieve pain, and hasten the passing of stones; sip this mixture through the day
  • Uva ursi helps to relieve pain and bloating
  • Other Sources/Resources:

    Balch and Balch, Prescription for Nutriitonal Healing.

    Zand, Spreen and LaValle, Smart Medicine for Healthier Living.
  • Think positive and you'll be positive!

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