Your kidneys started out like everyone else’s, working away for endless hours to clean up the blood from your cheeseburgers-and-cola diet. From the dark nothingness of your belly, the bean-shaped organ begins to pulse with other super powers like lowering your blood pressure, regulating blood sugar and making vitamins and red blood cells. Your kidneys protect you from the villainous toxins all around you.
You now have a Super Kidney
After decades of scientific research, modern medicine has verified what traditional herbalists have known for centuries: you can develop SUPER KIDNEYS.
Traditional medicines for kidney health include dietary changes and alternative treatments focusing on specific foods, vitamins and herbs. Modern science has rediscovered the benefits of many traditional medicines. Whether you have two healthy kidneys or a single sickly one, you can improve your overall health by improving the way your kidneys function.
Explore Unconventional Treatments
The watermelon cleanse is a popular, if not unconventional treatment to improve kidney function. Simply eat several large watermelons while sitting in a bathtub filled with warm water Pee continually to flush the kidneys. It is not so super to do the watermelon cleanse in a public pool – trust me on this one.
The Lemonade Diet helps people with kidney stones. Lemons contain the highest levels of citrate of any citrus fruit. Citrate slows down the formation of kidney stones. Drink four ounces of reconstituted lemon juice in two liters of water each day to reduce your risk for kidney stones.
Duncan Capicchiano, medical researcher, 2nd generation naturopath and kidney disease expert believes that unconventional is the way to go. Conventional medicine has to many restrictions, to many constraints, to many regulations and YOU are the one that suffers because you simply don’t get access to that really and truly works.
Duncan has helped 100′s if not 1000′s of people with his unique method.
Feed Your Kidneys a Super Hero Diet
Give your kidney all its favorite foods. Your kidneys are responsible for filtering out all the healthy junk you put into your body. Food and liquids introduce waste into the bloodstream; it is up to your kidneys to dispose of this waste. Overworked kidneys get tired and fall behind in their work. Simply putting a cape on your kidneys will not make a super hero out of them; you must change your diet.
Ancient wisdom and modern science agree on a few general food do’s and don’ts to appease the almighty kidneys. Here are some foods to enjoy, a few items to avoid and a couple of things to never, ever eat. (Prepare yourself: chocolate is on one of these lists.)
Eat more of these:
- Raw Foods
Eat less of these:
- Foods containing potassium and phosphates, such as sweetened condensed milk and cheese sauce
- Beet Greens
- Swiss Chard
Never eat these:
It will take more than plain good eating to transform your ordinary kidney into an organ worthy of membership in the Justice League. Old-fashioned healers and current-day herbalists use common herbs to restore kidneys to their superstar status in the human body. Choose from a variety of herbal remedies to transform your everyday kidneys into super kidneys.
Treat your kidneys to an old-fashioned marshmallow! Yesteryear’s cooks used to make from the marshmallow plant, althaea officinalis, which is a natural diuretic and very good for your kidneys. Make your own marshmallow tea by steeping the leaves or boiling the roots for 7 to 10 minutes. Drink three cups each day.
Raise a glass of horsetail herb juice as a toast to your kidney’s good health! Mix 1 or 2 tablespoons of this herb into hot or cold water. Prepare and drink three glasses a day before meals.
Drink birch juice, known to reduce inflammation in the kidneys while increasing volume and output of urine. Bearberry may enhance the effects of birch juice and horsetail herb juice.
Present your kidneys with a bouquet of dandelions! Taraxacum leaf, or dandelion leaves, are a gentle diuretic, which means they make you pee out excess fluid. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, some animal studies suggest dandelion leaves may normalize blood sugar and lower cholesterol levels.
Prepare and drink three cups of dried leaf infusion tea each day. Pour hot water directly over one to two teaspoons of dried leaf and steep for 5 to 10 minutes.
Zea mays, or corn silk, is also a diuretic. Corn silk – that yellow hairy stuff on a cob of corn may also reduce kidney stones and relieve some symptoms associated with kidney stones. Pour hot water over two teaspoons of zea mays and steep for 5 to 10 minutes. Drink three cups every day.
Cranberries acidify urine to help dissolve tiny kidney stones before they become giant boulders. Cranberry also destroys bacteria to reduce kidney infections.
Barley water nourishes kidneys, especially during times of stress. Add 10 parts of washed barley pearls to 100 parts wter and boil for 20 minutes. Strain and measure one dose, ranging from 1 oz to 4 oz.
Berberis vulgaris, commonly known as barberry or Pepperidge bush, is frequently used to soothe kidney infections. It is especially helpful for those individuals experiencing tenderness near the kidneys. Using Berberis may help ease the sharp, colicky pain associated with kidney stones, which starts at the kidneys and radiates to the bladder and down the legs.
Other teas known to boost kidney function include:
- Watermelon Seed
Add flaxseed oil to hot or cold cereals, fruit and vegetable dishes, juices, sauces and dips. The Natural Health Research Institute published a 2006 study that found that flaxseed oil preserved kidney function in mice with a certain type of genetic kidney disease known as PKD, or polycystic kidney disease. There are about 600,000 Americans with PKD, the fourth leading cause of kidney failure in the U.S.
Take vitamins. Some vitamins enhance kidney health. These vitamins include:
- Vitamin A, 25,000 IU daily (avoid during pregnancy).
- Vitamin B complex, 50 mg two times a day.
- Vitamin B6, up to 200 mg a day.
- Vitamin C, with bioflavonoids, 1,000 mg a day.
- Vitamin E, with mixed tocopherols, 400-800 IU a day.
Lifestyles of Super Kidneys
Your super kidneys demand a pampered lifestyle. Super kidneys require the perfect balance of exercise, rest and nutrition.
Identify the location of your Super Kidneys so you can easily recognize signs of trouble. Batman had the batcave and Superman had the Fortress of Solitude. Your Super Kidney also has a secret location. Assume the super-hero pose: Put your hands on your hips with your feet about shoulder-width apart. Slide your hands up your waistline with your thumbs pointing backward until you can feel your ribs with your fingers. Your thumbs now point to your super kidneys.
Give your kidneys plenty of rest. They have worked relentlessly your entire life and they are now tired. Your kidneys would love a massage while they relax. Hot packs and warm baths reduce the load on your kidneys by stimulating the excretion of toxins through your lungs or intestines rather than making your kidneys do the work.
Lose weight. A 2009 study published in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology shows that losing weight reduces proteinuria, which is the excess excretion of protein into the urine. Dropping extra pounds may also prevent additional decline in kidney function in those people already struggling with kidney disease.
Keep your chronic conditions under control as best you can. Diabetes is the number one cause of kindey failure, with high blood pressure ranking a close second. High blood cholesterol levels are high in patients with kidney failure. Visit your medical laboratory frequently to have your blood tested.
Keep your blood sugar under control. Excess sugar in the blood gums up the microscopic plumbing inside your kidneys. This can lead to scarring and shrinkage of the kidneys.
Control your blood pressure. One in three adults has high blood pressure but many do not know it or do not address it. High blood pressure damages your blood vessels in a way that prevents adequate blood and oxygen flow to your kidneys. Hypertension is kryptonite for the kidneys.
Take your kidneys out to play nearly every day. Physical activity improves blood pressure and circulation, helps you drop weight, reduces the risk for diabetes and lowers blood sugar levels in those with diabetes, strengthens muscles and puts you in a better mood.
Go easy on the painkillers and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medicine, commonly known as an NSAID. Your kidneys are responsible for removing these substances from your body and they do not particularly care for the job. NSAIDs can even cause kidney failure.
Make your kidneys giants in the organ world with proper diet, supplements, exercise and heroic lifestyle. With proper care, your kidneys can become super heroes in your body, able to clean toxins from your body in a single bound. Whether you have two fully functional filters, or only one cantankerous kidney, you can develop Super Kidneys!
P.S. NEVER be afraid to explore advances in non-mainstream medicine. Researchers like Duncan Capicchiano have proven that being open minded actually pays off…and sometime big time!