Wednesday, 9 December 2015

How to rescue our kidneys?

How to rescue our kidneys?
Since I worked as a pharmacist for the past 9 years, there have been many patients asking me about this question. Many are real concern about their kidneys. Most of them are terrified of kidney dialysis.
First of all, we need to understand the prefect environment for healthy kidneys.
Perfect Environment for Kidneys
Our kidneys filter the blood that circulates through our bodies, separating out water and waste products of metabolism from the blood and excreting them through the urinary tract. Our kidneys require an alkaline environment to do the job effectively. The diet, stress levels, and medications all contribute to a body chemistry that is highly acidic, and this is completely unfavorable to kidney health.

  • Fluid intake—Kidneys require at least 8 glasses of pure water per day to help them flush waste from your body. And this doesn’t include coffee, beer, soda, and not even juice. You certainly can drink other beverages, but they do not count toward your daily intake of 8 glasses of fluids. "Water" is the watchword.

  • Sodium—Excess levels of sodium (salt) cause fluid retention and are counterproductive to kidney health. You don’t have to avoid it entirely but try not to shake salt onto anything.    

  •  Protein—Meat and cheese not only create an acidic environment that is bad on the kidneys, they cause the body to excrete calcium, causing excessive amounts of it to pass through the kidneys, and this increases the potential for stones. Limit your consumption of protein from meat and cheese, giving preference to fish, soy or beans. Actually, whey powder is the perfect way to consume protein.
  • Sugar—Limit or avoid refined sugar and products that contain it. Sugar stimulates the pancreas to release insulin, which in turn causes extra calcium to be excreted in the urine.

Rescue for Overworked Kidneys
5 supplements offer significant help for your kidneys as detailed below. Keep in mind however, like most systems of the body, the kidneys really respond best to a healthy diet that includes plenty of fruits and vegetables plus 8 glasses of pure water.
1.      Aloe Vera Juice—Aloe is very cleansing to the body, and the kidneys love it! Mix up a health cocktail from the juice of one squeezed lemon, an ounce of aloe vera juice, 6 ounces of bottled water and a teaspoon of honey to keep the kidneys performing at their best. Lemon juice and aloe vera provide enough levels of citric acid or citrate. When citrate binds to calcium, it prevents this mineral from combining together to form stones.
2.      Vitamin B6—Helps break down proteins. The more protein you eat, the more vitamin B6 you need.

3.      Magnesium—Lowers urinary oxalate, which is a mineral salt. Magnesium deficiency will cause kidney dysfunction. Magnesium is an essential mineral for healthy kidney functions.
4.      Celery—Increases the flow of urine, thereby assisting the kidneys to flush the body of wastes like uric acid etc.
5.      Chlorella—helps maintain an alkaline environment in which the kidneys thrive.

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