Kidney Disease Treatment

Treating Your Kidneys Through Natural Medicine

Kidney Disease Treatment and the Role of the Diet

The fitness craze that has swept across the world has brought a lot of attention to total body health rather than one particular area of the body. Whole body wellness is obtained by good nutrition, exercise, a positive mental attitude, exposure to sunlight and fresh air. When the body is not well there are either biological factors or environmental factors that are bringing about a state of un-health or dis-ease. The vital organs of the body should work in harmony with one another. The kidneys are a critical part of the body’s health system because they are responsible for several essential regulatory activities within the body, meaning dysfunction can have widespread affects.

The kidneys are bean-shaped organs, positioned just above your waistline. In comparison of other larger organs, the kidneys receive much more blood and oxygen than other organs as they have five vital functions:

  • Filter the blood and keep it clean by eliminating waste products in the form of urine
  • Maintain the body’s fluid composition
  • Kidneys secrete the hormone called erythropoietin, responsible for stimulating the production of red blood cells in your bone marrow
  • Produce an enzyme called renin, which is needed to help maintain your blood pressure.
  • Your kidneys convert vitamin D to its most active form.

Individuals who are familiar with the pain and complications of kidney infections or kidney stones, as well as those who want to protect their kidney health need to ensure that the nutritional needs of the organs are met. This helps promote whole body wellness and helps maintain the balance in your body that allows you the quality of life that your body is built to deliver. There are a plethora of delectable and nutrient dense foods, which are good for your kidneys and your whole body wellness.

Research has shown that the kidneys operate best when the diet is not too high in protein. Dr. James E. Lingeman, director of research at the Methodist Hospital Institute for Kidney Stone Disease in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA states, “ A diet that allows the over consumption of animal protein increases the risk of uric acid stones. Red meat contains sulfuric and phosphoric acid.” The kidneys need a high fiber and antioxidant diet in order to prevent and protect against inflammation.

Further research has shown that the kidneys function best on a vegetarian diet. This is not good news for individuals who love their meat. Reducing the amount of protein in the diet in the form of meats is accomplished by substituting meat with rice and beans or other protein sources such as tofu or tempeh.

Often the form of kidney disorder a person has been afflicted with will dictate what their diet should consist of. In the case of kidney stones, it is vital to determine what types of stones have formed. Stones can be formed from different substances such as calcium oxalate, calcium phosphate, uric acid crystals and cystine stones. No matter what type of stone the kidney is afflicted with, it is important to drink plenty of liquids in order to flush the minerals that accumulate in the kidneys and form the stones.

The International Kidney Foundation teaches that getting the correct amount of minerals, nutrients and vitamins is essential to healthy kidneys. The body needs sodium, potassium, calcium and phosphorus to function properly, but too much of any of these minerals can upset the balance and overload the kidneys.

Many naturopaths recommend juicing as a way to help support kidney function. Juices made of fruits and vegetables can range from string beans to raspberries, and watermelon to asparagus. It is recommended including vegetables over fruits as generally the sugar content is lower in vegetables.

Whole body wellness is the ultimate goal of balancing our lifestyle, diet and exercise routines. Taking care of the kidneys is a huge step in obtaining whole body wellness and supporting the smooth function of all the vital organs in the body.

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