(NaturalHealth365) It pays to keep your kidneys in good health. Most of us just ignore them unless there’s an obvious problem like kidney stones. We just assume they’ll function, doing their job, day in and day out, without any difficulties.
The truth is, we tend to neglect our kidneys, when we really should be pampering them. For example, too many people run around chronically dehydrated – especially physically active kids and the elderly – which places an enormous stress on the entire body.
Are your kidneys functioning at optimal levels?
Our kidneys are important filters that sift gallons of waste out of the body every day. What isn’t useful to the body is converted into urine by the kidneys, and passed out of the body, where it will do no harm.
If you aren’t producing a lot of urine, if your kidneys hurt some or all of the time, or if your urine looks odd, your kidneys may not be functioning at full capacity.
Poor kidney function can lead to all kinds of other health issues including swelling, chronic fatigue and skin rashes. And, don’t expect conventional medicine to provide much relief for these symptoms – especially if you get hit with chronic kidney disease. In fact, at best, Western medicine tries to convince the public that patients on dialysis can still ‘live well.’
Don’t believe the ‘standard of care’ nonsense. There is a natural way to take better care of your health and avoid kidney problems.
What are the best herbs (and foods) to boost kidney function?
Drink your water! Water remains one of the best things you can do to improve kidney function. Without enough water, your kidneys will NOT function properly. Many holistically-trained physicians recommend drinking about ½ your body weight – in ounces – of pure (clean) water per day. And, of course, avoid drinking tap water for obvious reasons.
A clean source of spring water – that has been properly tested for impurities – is a great way to stay hydrated. If you can’t get good quality spring water; then you may want to invest in a reverse osmosis (RO) water purification unit – which can be attached to your sink or, if you can spend the money, get a system for the entire house.
You can also drink unsweetened herbal teas. Just make sure you avoid caffeine and sugary drinks, since these can be dehydrating. And, by all means, do NOT drink (or eat) any product with artificial sweeteners – which is extremely toxic to the entire body.
Watermelon is a wise choice. This delicious, hydrating treat is an excellent kidney tonic. It has diuretic properties, so it helps your body produce more urine. The more urine you excrete, the more waste products are being removed from your body – which is good for your overall health and well-being.
Even the National Kidney Foundation recommends a ‘watermelon spritzer’ for better kidney health. Of course, a diet filled with water-rich vegetables (and fruits) would be ideal – much better than drinking spritzers for health.
Give yourself a squeeze of lemon. Half a cup of lemon juice, per day, will help prevent kidney stones from forming. Simply add it to water and let it dilute – so you can drink it easily without it being too sour.
Lemon juice is a simple, inexpensive way to safeguard your health. Dr. Allan Jhagroo, a kidney health specialist at the University of Wisconsin, recommends sugar-free lemonade to his kidney stone patients. Again, just be sure that none of your ‘sugar-free’ drinks contain aspartame – which is a neurotoxin.
Ginger is a strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory herb which helps to effectively move toxins through the kidneys. There is plenty of research to suggest that ginger has a positive effect on kidney function.
You can use it in a variety of ways, such as an extract or as a daily tea. You can also chop it up raw and put it in salads and smoothies to get the same kidney boosting benefits.
Best of all, unlike toxic pharmaceutical drugs, none of these suggestions increase your risk of sickness or disease symptoms. Remember, healthy kidney function is a must for strength and vitality. So, stay hydrated and be well.