The main function of your kidneys is to control the volume, composition, and pressure of bodily fluids. When you drink a lot of water, or other fluids, you tend to urinate more frequently. If you don’t take in fluids, your urine volume is less and usually darker and more concentrated.
Your kidneys filter about 120 to 150 quarts of blood everyday and produce about 1 to 2 quarts of urine. This is made up of waste products and extra fluids that your body doesn’t need. One of the things your kidneys need to do this important work is ADH (anti-diuretic hormone.) ADH is produced by your pituitary gland and makes it possible for water to pass through the cells and into the collecting ducts.
Kidney Disease Symptoms
When your kidneys don’t function properly it can cause quite a few symptoms:
- weight loss,
- abnormal blood pressure
- blurred vision
- a puffy face
- cloudy or bloody urine
- frequent urination during the night
- kidney stones
Causes of Kidney Disease
- Birth control pills, many other medications (including diuretics)
- A high intake of sugar and/or meat
- Not drinking enough water
- EDTA (a food additive, also used in chelation therapy) can cause kidney damage
- The protein in cows’ milk, and also refined sugar, can stimulate kidney stone formation.
- Parathyroid dysfunction, due to its effects on calcium and phosphate absorption, can lead to secondary kidney dysfunction.
- Spinal misalignment in the lower thoracic spine can cause kidney dysfunction.
- A diet too high in protein can cause kidney hypertrophy, due to the extra work the kidney must perform to rid the body of excess nitrogen and protein byproducts. Over time, this can cause kidney dysfunction. Excess protein intake will also cause the body to excrete more calcium; this can cause kidney stones and/or osteoporosis.
- Trauma or loss of muscle tone can cause the kidney to drop down (ptosis). This can cause a kink in the ureter and decrease urinary output. Someone trained in soft tissue manipulation can check for this.
- High blood pressure or exposure to cold without dressing warmly enough can cause increased urine output and overwork the kidneys.
- Alcohol retards pituitary ADH output, as does caffeine. This would cause an increase in urine output.
- Nicotine stimulates ADH production leading to decreased urine output.
- Other pituitary dysfunctions can cause altered ADH output and influence the kidneys.
- The methylxanthine family (coffee, tea, chocolate, etc.) can irritate the kidneys as can eating foods you are sensitive to, dysbiosis and toxic metals/chemicals. (See respective chapters.)
Restoring Your Kidney Health, Naturally
If you have some of these kidney disease symptoms you may want to try natural treatments. Always consult a competent doctor before you embark on a treatment plan for any health issue.
- Drink at least 6-8 glasses of water daily
- Minimize salt intake
- Don’t eat too much protein. Don’t take refined protein powder supplements unless you are certain you have a protein deficiency.
- Avoid foods high in oxalic acid such as spinach, rhubarb, chocolate and chard.
- Don’t smoke.
- Alcohol, white sugar, white flour, milk, birth control pills and lack of exercise can all be damaging to the kidneys and increase susceptibility to kidney stone formation.
- High blood pressure can be due to bad kidneys, adrenals, thyroid, diet, cranial dysfunction, etc. Find the cause.
- The following herbs may be beneficial in kidney problems: burdock root, chaparral, kidney bean pod, corn silk, wild Oregon grape, chamomile, cleavers, milkweed, thistle, nettle, sorrel and uva ursi.
- The following foods may benefit the kidneys: parsley, watercress, melon, cucumber, garlic, banana and honey (in small amounts).
- If you suspect spinal misalignment, food sensitivity, dysbiosis, or toxic metals (see respective chapter), see a qualified natural health care practitioner.
- Rub 2 reflex points: each is one inch above and one inch to the side of the umbilicus. Rub them for 1 minute each, 3 times a week, for 1 month.
- For calcium oxalate stones, drink cranberry juice. If the stones are uric acid, alkalinize the body using plantain tea, fresh grapefruit juice and lots of raw vegetables and fruits (except cranberries and plums).
- A cold foot bath aids in bladder and kidney bleeding.
- A mud bath to the whole body (except the head) is helpful in removing wastes and takes a load off overworked kidneys.
Kidney Health Supplement Suggestions
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