Only Prevention Can Save Your Kidneys
It is possible and easy to prevent Kidney Disease, and related problems like Stones Formation and Urinary Tract Infections (UTI), naturally and effectively, but you have to actly as early as possible, when you feel well and healthy, because when your doctor finds out that you have kidney impairment disease you have already become an incurable chronically ill patient.
More than 10 million Americans have kidney disease. Over 7 million people have less than half the normal kidney function of a healthy person.
High chronic kidney disease increases one’s risk of premature death, heart attack, stroke, hypertension, anemia, bone disease and malnutrition.
Kidneys are two bean-shaped organs located just below your rib cage one on either side of your spine. On top of each kidney are your adrenal glands. Kidneys daily filter up to 150 quarts of blood, and they have to flush out other waste products like urea and uric acid, (produced from the breakdown of proteins and nucleic acids respectively) of your body through your urine.
Excessive protein intake increases urea, while uric acid is a byproduct of both protein and fructose metabolism. Fructose typically increases uric acid within minutes of ingestion.
The Lethal Combination flexoffers
Most western people consume a few times more protein and fructose than their bodies need and just these two dietary factors, especially in combination, can significantly stress your kidneys and promote kidney disease and kidney stones.
It is essential that kidneys function properly for maintaining homeostasis in your body, for maintaining proper pH level and electrolyte balance (the ratios of sodium, potassium and phosphates) and for the composition of your blood .
Kidneys produce also hormones that make red blood cells, and those that help regulate your blood pressure.
A Silent Disease
Because you can lose up to 90% of your kidneys function before you feel any symptoms at all for loss of function. Even when a kidney disease has set in and it is still in its early stages of chronic disease, you may have few signs or symptoms. This is a very insidious disease.
Chronic kidney disease will inevitably progress to end-stage kidney failure, which is fatal without artificial filtering (dialysis) or a kidney transplant.
This happens often to people and when they realise it the damage is usually irreversible. So start to take care of your kidneys ASAP, do not wait to feel sick. The best start is with the Kidney Cleanse.
Just A Few Basic Adjustments To Your Diet Will Protect Kidney Function
- Restrict protein to the ideal intake of about one-half gram of protein per pound of lean body mass, which for most is 40 to 70 grams a day. Restrict further to 50 grams if you have already kidney disease.
- Restrict fructose consumption (better eliminate it completely) to (about 6 teaspoons), or less than 25 grams per day.
- Drink only pure, clean water.
The best way to gauge your water needs is to observe the colour of your urine (it should be light pale yellow) and the frequency of your bathroom visits (ideally, this is around seven to eight times per day).
Roughly 1 million Americans develop kidney stones each year, and about 10-15 percent of adults will be diagnosed with a kidney stone in their lifetime.
If you have had one kidney stone attack, you have a 70 to 80 percent chance of recurrence.
How They Form
Kidney stones develop when urine concentrations of minerals and other dissolved substances get so high that the minerals can no longer remain dissolved.
Stones also form if the pH of urine is too high or too low. In all cases, the minerals form insoluble crystals and precipitate, exactly the way too much sugar drops to the bottom of a glass of iced tea. The crystals collect in the kidney ducts, slowly solidifying into stones.
Composition Of The Stones
Kidney stones contain crystals of various types, with calcium as the key ingredient, particularly calcium oxalate which comprises about 75 percent of all cases.
Besides being in some fruits and vegetables, your liver is the biggest producer of your oxalate.
So, usually one type of crystals predominates, and if the type of crystal can be determined, the underlying cause of the stone can be identified.
There are also other types of stones, in smaller percentage than Oxalate:
- Cystine stones are caused by a hereditary disorder and will force your kidneys to excrete massive amounts of specific amino acids.
- Uric acid stones are a byproduct of protein metabolism. They’re linked to gout, and also from genetic disorders of your blood-producing tissues.
- Struvite stones are more common in women, resulting from of urinary tract infections.
Symptoms Of Presence
Like a number of diseases, you realise you have it when it is too late. So for stones you never know you have them until they move into your ureter—the tube connecting your kidney to your bladder. And you will feel:
- Pain episodes of various intensity and duration in your side below the ribs and back.
- Pain “waves” radiating from your side and back, to your lower abdomen and groin
- Foul-smelling cloudy, even bloody urine,
- Painful urination
- Persistent urge to urinate
- Nausea, vomiting and even fever and chills (symptoms of present infection)
The Diagnosis Of Stones
a) Is made by analysing a kidney stone or
b) With a 24-hour urine test..
The best and safest approach to treat them is almost always to let them pass on their own. Just drink enough water, especially when you are involved in settings where you can get dehydrated.
But kidney stones can range in size from a grain of sand to a golf ball. If you do get a large kidney stone, you will not be able to pass it without some type of intervention like the extracorporeal shockwave lithotripsy which is a modern non-surgical procedure
Extracorporeal shockwave lithotripsy consists of receiving sound waves while being submerged in a tub of water. The sound waves traveling through the liquid shatter the stones reducing them to a gravel which will then pass as through your urine in a few days or weeks.
Treating stones with the other old standard medical procedures and surgical techniques available is very risky.
Tips For Stones Prevention and General Kidney Health Maintenance
To Prevent Kidney Stones Formation, Prevent Urinary tract infections, and Protect Kidney Health in General, just a few lifestyle alterations will take care of it:
– Eat a diet based on your body’s metabolic type
– Avoid these foods that contain high levels of oxalate.
- Wheat flour
- Processed salts
- All processed foods (high salt content)
– Include These Kidney Health Promoting Foods And Herbs
- Cauliflower: high in vitamin C, folate and fiber
- Lemon juice: helps reduce kidney stone formation.
- Garlic: antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-clotting properties.
- Pumpkin seeds: rich in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, especially magnesium, which helps reduce the risk of kidney stones.
- Onions: low in potassium, rich in antioxidants, particularly quercetin, which has natural antihistamine properties.
- Kale: lower in potassium, good source of vitamins A and C, rich in iron — the latter of which is important for kidney health.
- Apples: high in fiber, antioxidants, and anti- inflammatory compounds. Raw organic apple cider vinegar is helpful for the prevention of kidney stones.
- Sweet potatoes: rich in beta-carotene, vitamins A and C, and fiber, and a good source of B6 and potassium.
- Berries,22 including blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries.
- Red bell peppers: low in potassium, rich in vitamins A, B6, C, folic acid and fiber.
- Grapes (red and purple)
- Cabbage: low in potassium, rich in vitamins C and K, and fiber, and phytochemicals that protect against free radical damage
- Watermelon: rich in water, with diuretic properties, allowing you to produce more urine to flush out toxins.
- Yarrow root: a natural diuretic with antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties; helpful for urinary tract infections.
- Nettle: natural diuretic that helps purify blood and treat urinary tract infections; also high in iron, making it beneficial for building blood.
- Uva ursi root: helps treat urinary and bladder problem.
- Dandelion: a natural diuretic that helps strengthen the kidneys and soothe urinary tract problems.
- Hydrangea root: Native American remedy for kidney stones.
- Turmeric: has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties that help prevent and treat kidney infections and inflammation.
- Chanca Piedra: Used in South America to break up kidney stones (its Spanish name actually means “stone breaker”).
- Red clover: diuretic that stimulates waste removal from the kidneys.
- Ginger: purifies the blood and kidneys of toxins.
-Do not take prescription drugs. They usually only harm your health. The drugs Lasix (furosemide), Topomax (topiramate), and Xenical, among others specifically promote kidney stones,
– Drink enough water. This is probably the single most effective way to prevent and treat kidney stones . Dehydration prevents your urine from dissolving minerals and acid salts.
Drink enough water so that your urine gets to be a light yellow colour. Dark yellow or even orange, is a clue that you’re not drinking enough. Remember that if you’re taking a multivitamin containing B vitamins, or a B vitamin complex. they will tend to turn your urine a bright, fluorescent yellow.
If you are sweating abundantly your urine, like just all your body fluids, become more concentrated. This greatly increases the risk that a stone will precipitate in your kidney. Drink just enough to keep your urine lightly colored
But DO NOT drink soda, which causes kidney stones.
Urine is 95 percent water and five percent urea, uric acid, minerals, salts, enzymes, and other waste substances that would cause problems if allowed to accumulate in your body. Normal urine should be clear and have a straw yellow color, caused by the bile pigment urobilin.
Urine changes colour depending on the time of the day, the medications and supplements you take, how much water you drink, how active you are, and the foods you eat.
Also diseases can affect the the colour and other characteristics of your urine so urine’s features changes will always give you clues to potential problems that may be developing.
Urine colours variation that may indicate an altered state of health for which you should consult your physician:
- White/Colorless indicates excessive hydration
- Red/Pink. Indicates blood in the urine, related to urinary tract infection (UTI), kidney stone, or rarely cancer;
- Cloudy, With Sediment. Indicates presence of protein particles, UTI; kidney stones;
- Blue, indicates dye in foods or drugs, bilirubin, medications.
- Black, indicates a genetic disorder of phenylalanine and tyrosine metabolism, poisoning
- Brown, indicates urine concentration, dehydration; UTI; kidney stone; kidney tumor or blood clot, Addison’s disease; glycosuria; renal artery stenosis; proteinuria
- Amber, indicates severe dehydration related to intense exercise or heat; excess caffeine or salt; hematuria; decreased urine production, metabolic problem, pituitary problem
- Orange, indicates dehydration, the drug Pyridium (phenazopyridine); liver or pituitary problem
Urine doesn’t normally have a strong smell, but it could smell more pungently if you
- Take medications or supplements
- Have certain genetic conditions
- Eat certain foods like asparagus which is causing a, eggy smell due to its sulfur compound
- Have UTI
- Are diabetic (will cause a sweet or fruity smell.
So, do not wait to be thirsty , that’s is usually a sign of dehydration.
Remember to increase your water intake whenever you increase your activity, and during summer months when you’re likely to sweat more. Also know that once you’re thirsty it is too late.
The best rule to know how much water you have to drinks is the colour of your urine. Drink water in sufficient quantity to maintain a pale yellow urine.
– Do not drink sodas. And diet sodas are even worst. Sodas are loaded with phosphates which acidifies your urine, which promotes stone formation.
Phosphates are the preservatives and stabilizers that food manufacturers routinely put in processed and packaged foods. In addition to kidney disease, phosphates also triple your risk for heart disease.
– Exercise. Surprisingly is a very important aspect of kidney stone prevention. A sedentary lifestyle raises your risk of developing stones.
– Do not take analgesic drugs like aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), ibuprofen, naproxen, and acetaminophen in excess (better not to take them at all) or over long periods of time.
– Keep Sodium-Potassium Balance
Kidneys are responsible for maintaining the proper amount of potassium in your body, and when they’re not working well, your levels could become excessively elevated.
Potassium can be found in many foods including fruits, vegetables, dairy products, salmon, sardines, and nuts.
Potassium is a mineral and electrolyte essential for your cells, tissues, and organs to function properly and it plays a vital role also for digestive and muscular function, bone health, helps maintain a regular heart rhythm and plays a role in muscle function, BUT when your potassium level gets too high, it can lead to irregular heartbeat and/or a heart attack.
And if you have severe kidney impairment, you need to restrict your intake of high-potassium foods.
Potassium needs to be kept in proper balance with sodium in your blood. High sodium consumption (typical of consumers of processed foods), require an increased need for potassium. Also people with chronic malabsorption syndromes, such as Crohn’s disease, and those taking heart medicine are at particular risk of low potassium.
Also anyone who eats a poor diet (an excess of processed foods and not enough fresh, whole foods) is potentially at risk of inadequate potassium levels.
The recommended daily amount of potassium intake for a healthy person whose kidneys are working well is 4,700 milligrams (mg), but it looks as if only 2 percent of U.S. adults get the recommended daily amount of 4,700 milligrams (mg). And it must be balanced with sodium intake.
The potassium to sodium ratio should be around 5:1. You should be able to achieve this ratio by eating lots of fresh organic vegetables.
Urinary Tract Infections (UTI)
A problem which affects typically more women who are more prone to urinary tract infections than men. Men are spared this problem because have a bacterial growth inhibitor injected directly into their urinary system by their prostate glands.
Do not take antibiotics to cure Urinary Tract Infections, if possible. Antibiotics kill the bad bacteria along with the good, which can cause the development of secondary yeast infections.
Antibiotic treatment do not kill all the bacteria present in the infection and let many of the bacteria to persist in a resting state.
Use of antibiotics for young children prevents them from developing their own natural defenses.
Most antibiotics have horrible side effects and can cause allergic reactions.
Careless overuse of antibiotics, in humans, pets, and livestock, and this careless overuse has created antibiotic-resistant superbugs like MRSA and antibiotic-resistant tuberculosis.
What Causes UTI
The majority of all UTIs are caused by Escherichia coli (E. coli), which is normally found in your intestinal tract. When this bacterium is present in high numbers in other organs of your body—like your urinary system, then you have a problem, the UTI
This E. coli is a normal part of your gut flora and typically is accidentally transferred to the bladder through lapses in optimal hygiene. This is not the E. coli associated with killer outbreaks in unsanitary food processing plant. This is a mutant variety, created by antibiotic overuse.
Symptoms Of UTI
- Urge to urinate frequently
- Burning during urination
- Occasional blood in your urine
- Lower abdominal pain or aching
- Cloudy urine
Unfortunately, urination cannot flush out the bacteria because the cell walls of the E. coli are fitted with tiny fingerlike projections -the fimbria, which allow them to stick to the inner walls of the bladder from where they work their way up to the ureter and the kidneys.
Cranberry juice (natural) can be helpful in supporting a healthy urinary tract promoting a healthy flora. Avoid commercial cranberry juice which is loaded with fructose that can lead to health problems.
The name of the active ingredient in cranberry juice, berries, peaches, apples, and some other plants. responsible for its benefit to your urinary system is D-mannose.
Pure D-mannose is 10-50 times stronger than cranberry, non-toxic and completely safe, with NO adverse effects and it can help cure more than 90 percent of all UTIs within 1 to 2 days!
Steps To Take To Maintain Healthy UT
In addition to the usual recommendations for General Kidney Health described above, you should:
- Eat a healthy diet
- Drink plenty of pure, filtered water every day
- Urinate when you feel the need; don’t resist the urge to go
- Use only white unscented toilet paper to avoid potential dye reactions, or better yet—a bidet
- Wipe from front to back to prevent bacteria from entering your urethra
- Take showers; avoid baths, hot tubs/Jacuzzis
- Cleanse your genital area prior to and after sexual intercourse
- Avoid using feminine hygiene sprays, which may irritate your urethra
Apple Cider Vinegar
It was suspected for a long time and it is now scientifically proved that Apple Cider Vinegar besides helping reduce blood pressure, help prevent heart disease, help improve blood sugar response (reducing the effects of diabetes) and many other things, apple cider vinegar can aid also in the cleansing of the kidneys when taken on a regular basis. It will work when taken with food, as a drink that contains 1 tsp of vinegar for every cup of water.
Another traditional use of ACV is for dissolution of kidney stones
The citric acid and phosphoric content of ACV softens and dissolves kidney stones or reduces their size allowing them to pass freely. It also reduces or eliminates the pain caused by kidney stones.
ACV stimulates the production of hydrochloric acid which prevents the formation of new kidney stones and dissolves the crystals that form into stones.
There are a few methods to get rid of stones using ACV, the safest seem to be this:
- Mix 2 tablespoons ACV and 6 – 8 ounces of fresh water.
- Drink the solution frequently throughout the day before meals. For as many days as it takes.
- After the stones have passed, continue drinking the solution 1 – 2 times weekly to prevent the formation of new stones.
And also this method which utilizes a cure-for-all element: Baking soda. I take it every night for prevention. This is how you do it:
- Mix 1 ounce of ACV and 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda in a large in a large glass of water
- After, the solution has stopped fizzing, drink gradually.
- Repeat three times daily until you experience relief from the kidney stones.
- Note: Add a squirt of honey for added results.
A Modern Natural Approach to Kidney Disease Cure
But another less known and much better way to take care of kidneys is with Sodium Bicarbonate.
A study of scientist at the Royal London Hospital shows that sodium bicarbonate (yes, the regular baking soda) can dramatically slow the progress of chronic kidney disease. As a matter of fact, bicarbonate is so effective in treating kidney disease that can prevents patients from having to be put on kidney machines. The findings have been published also in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology
And sodium bicarbonate can be used safely at home taken orally 3-4 times a day (by the way it should always be used with magnesium chloride for greatest effect).
Sodium bicarbonate also prevents the formation of uric acid type kidney stones and helps dissolve existing uric acid stones. It makes the urine less acidic, which makes uric acid kidney stone formation less likely.
Why Sodium Bicarbonate Is So Effective to Cure Kidney Impairment
We know pancreas does three things:
1 – it produces Insulin,
2 – it produces the digestive juices which contain the pancreatic enzymes for the completion of the digestive process and
3 – it produces the bicarbonate needed to neutralize acids coming from the stomach thus providing the right environment for the pancreatic enzymes to be effective.
If pancreas does not work, besides causing diabetes, it allows undigested proteins to penetrate the bloodstream thus inducing allergic reactions and Inflammation of the body which is the cause of most diseases.
The bicarbonate maintains the normal levels of acidity (pH) in blood and other fluids in the body, and the kidney is first organ affected when general pH of the body becoming too acid.
Bicarbonate is so important for protecting the kidneys that even the kidneys get into the act of producing bicarbonate and now we know the common denominator between diabetes and kidney disease. When the body is hit with reductions in bicarbonate output by pancreas and kidneys, an acid conditions builds up and then entire body physiology deteriorates.
Diabetes and kidney disease are strictly correlated and affect each other and diabetes is the greatest cause of kidney disease so when you treat kidneys also diabetes is going to greatly benefit. Magnesium bicarbonate treats the insulin problem and blood sugar systems and removes those problems and cures the disease itself and the associated pain—and very fast.
A Dietary Help
An alkaline-rich diet (vegetables and fruits) is the perfect diet program because an alkaline body can help reduce toxins and strengthen the immune system. In order to be completely healthy, we need to keep the chemical balance not only in our stomach but in our entire body system as well. Cleansing from the inside must be done to restore a healthy pH balance through the alkaline diet system for best long term results. This process can be started and assisted by sodium bicarbonate.
Oral dosing of sodium bicarbonate must be used to jump start the return of the body to a more healthy alkaline condition, followed by proper diet consisting mostly of alkalinizing foods (vegetables and fruits) for maintenance.
The recommendation is up to 1/4 teaspoon per 8 oz. glass with a quarter slice of lemon (to balance the sodium with potassium) 3-4 times per day.
Untill next time.