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The Holistic Approach to Kidney Disease

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The kidneys are two bean-shaped organs located on either side of our lower back. They act as filters, removing toxins from our blood and then causing the body to expel those toxins as waste through our bladder and urine. The kidneys also balance PH homeostasis and regulate electrolytes, including salts.

Kidney disease affects 5 to 10 percent of the world’s population. Kidney disease involves the progressive loss of kidney function. Chronic kidney disease is believed to be triggered by certain toxins (such as chemicals and heavy metals in non-organic and processed foods, and excess refined sugar and salt in processed foods). Refined sugar and salt are toxins. Type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure are often associated with chronic kidney disease.

The holistic approach to kidney disease includes avoiding toxins (i.e. chemicals and heavy metals and refined sugars and salts in food, water and beverages, chemicals and heavy metals in body products (i.e. soap, shampoo, lotion) and cleaning products, medications and vaccines). Avoiding toxins puts much less stress on the kidneys (which remove toxins from the body).

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Avoid processed, packaged, unhealthy and non-organic foods. These foods contain toxins that put a strain on the kidneys. Eat clean, organic, plant-based whole foods instead. Drink pure water and herbal tea. Avoid soda, soft drinks, and convenience drinks. Avoid or heavily reduce animal foods like meat and dairy.

Avoid glyphosate. This is a chemical used in weed killers. Glysophate has been shown to trigger kidney disease. Instead, use natural and organic weed killers.

Detoxify chemicals and heavy metals stored in your body’s cells with natural products such as parsley and coriander tea/juice (boil water and add bunches of parsley and coriander to the hot water and steep overnight), Diatomaceous earth, colloidal trace elements and dandelion root tea. Drink fresh green juices and eat lots of green leafy vegetables like kale, spinach and arugula. Use apple cider vinegar on your salads and add apple cider vinegar to plain water and drink it. Drink plenty of pure water. All of this will help detoxify your body. Berries also help detoxify your body. So eat blueberries, raspberries, blackberries and strawberries.

Reduce the blood sugar in your body through the plant-based diet outlined above and daily exercise. Supplements that help lower blood sugar include cinnamon (especially Vietnamese cinnamon), bitter melon, alpha lipoic acid, vanadyl sulfate, chromium picolonate, and gymnema sylvestre.

It is important to maintain an alkaline PH balance. Eat an alkaline diet (ie, whole, organic, plant-based) and drink plenty of alkaline water. Also drink plain water, baking soda and fresh lemon to maintain an alkaline diet.

To improve kidney health, drink pure cranberry juice (no added sugar) along with beet juice and take the following supplements: milk thistle, dandelion root, burdock, rhemannia, and nettle. Asparagus and kidney beans are also good for kidney health. The herb Chinese foxglove (Rhemannia glutinosa) is used in traditional Chinese medicine to strengthen the kidneys.

Stress is bad for the kidneys because it floods the body with cortisol from the adrenal glands, which sit on top of the kidneys. Relax, de-stress, apply positive thinking techniques and learn to be in the moment and in the flow. Use mindfulness techniques, meditation, and breathing techniques to reduce stress. Dietary supplements that help with stress include magnesium, B complex vitamins, hawthorn, 5 htp, ashwagandha, dark chocolate, cacao and valerian root. Rest and sleep /

Energy healing also helps with kidney disease. So get regular lower back massages and receive Reiki healing for your kidneys and sacral and base chakras. Consider acupuncture.

The foregoing is not intended as medical advice. It is information based on holistic health research. It is a holistic approach to be used in combination with conventional medicine. Ask your doctor for medical advice.

Thanks to Michael E. Goldberg

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