9 things damaging your kidneys

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, a disease has different levels or depths of severity. In TCM skin disease is viewed as being the most superficial level of disease in the body. The body is struggling but it’s not too deep or life threatening. At the other end of the scale, kidney damage is viewed as the deepest level and the most severe level in the body. It is important not to stress any of our organs too much especially the delicate cells of the kidneys.

Our Kidneys filter our blood, produce hormones, absorb and balance minerals, produce urine, eliminate toxins, and neutralise acids. It is possible not to notice the gradual decline in your kidney function over the years until it’s almost too late. Do something today, don’t wait until you have to, when it’s almost too late.

How to look after your wonderful kidneys so they function well for a very long time.

Alcohol consumption

This one may come as a bit of a surprise as most people think it’s the liver that’s the organ heavily affected by alcohol consumption. The occasional beer and wine are good but people drink much more than that. Alcohol is a toxin that needs breaking down into less harmful substances, using up huge reserves of nutrients in the process. It stresses the body but mostly the kidneys and the liver.

Daily Water

The kidneys are our filtration system. Today there is a problem, trends of drinking soft drinks (sodas) are putting a huge strain on the kidneys and other organs. Full of additives, high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) or artificial sweeteners. Causing serious problems for the kidneys and weight problems. People in general, don’t drink water or enough water, the kidneys need water, the body in general needs water.

Coffee

Coffee is a diuretic, meaning it encourages the body to get rid of fluid and in the process interferes with the mineral balance. You don’t want to drink anything that puts a strain on your kidneys, making them get rid of fluids.

Salt

We need salt (sodium) in balance with all other minerals, however, many people regularly consume far too much. This puts a huge strain on the kidneys.

Pharmaceutical Medication

Medication can irritate the delicate kidneys and liver cells. They are made to work harder and eventually cause some sort of damage. Occasional use is fine, it’s the regular use that’s the problem. Seek help from someone like a naturopath or acupuncturist or chiropractor depending on the problem you are suffering. Some over-the-counter painkillers can be highly addictive. I have come across people who are having dialysis because their kidneys were damaged from prescribed medication.

Vitamins and Minerals

The majority of people today are sadly eating food that is lacking in so many nutrients. This situation can cause any or all organs a problem. Processed foods lack enough nutrients for healthy functioning organs but also the food consumed needs processing (digesting) and this takes a lot of resources (nutrients) to do this, leaving a bigger deficit each time.

Sugar

Sugar is addictive and highly acid forming in the body, it’s destructive. The kidneys are put under a lot of stress. The delicate mineral balance is upset. Early signs of problems with kidney function – finding protein in the urine.

Too much protein

Eating too much animal protein put an enormous strain on the kidneys. Over time this can lead to kidney dysfunction.

Sleeping

Not getting enough sleep is a problem, putting stress on the already struggling organs. At night when we are asleep the body repairs and recuperate.

Testing your urine

This can be done very easily with those white sticks that have strips of colour on them. They are dipped in fresh urine and a few seconds later as the colours change, they are compared to a colour chart provided. Keeping a regular eye on your kidney function is a good, however, there is a problem if you see good results as a confirmation to continue with your bad diet. It will catch up with you.

Think about your kidneys today and begin changing your lifestyle now.

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