We all know that the kidneys are small, but extremely important organs in the human body. They perform important functions in the human body, which means that we should take good care of them. According to the latest statistics, provided by the National Kidney Foundation, more than 26 million Americans have kidney disease and 1 in 3 American adults is currently at risk for developing the disease. This is really shocking. The medical experts warn that in the United States only, kidney disease kills more people than breast or prostate cancer. These are the most common risk factors for kidney disease: diabetes, high blood pressure, family history of kidney failure and being 60 or older.
Additional risk factors include kidney stones, smoking, obesity and cardiovascular disease. As we said, the kidneys perform important functions in the human body. They don’t just filter the blood of toxins, they also clear extra fluid from the body, manage electrolyte levels, regulates blood hormone levels, regulates blood pressure, makes new red blood cells and keeps your bones strong. Kidneys are so efficient that it’s possible to survive with just one. You should take good care of them, drink plenty of water and don’t ignore these early warning signs. If you notice any of the warning signs mentioned below, you should see your doctor immediately.
In addition to eating right and controlling your weight, you can take other simple steps to keep your kidneys healthy, including monitoring your blood pressure, cholesterol and blood glucose level, going to the doctor every year, exercising regularly, not smoking and being aware if kidney disease runs in your family. Kidney stones can develop when minerals build up in your urine. However, eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, and low in salt or oxalate-rich food can help prevent mineral build up. Additionally, drinking lots of water throughout the day, especially if you exercise frequently, is important for kidney health.
The first signs of kidney failure include:
- Fatigue, weakness
- Difficult, painful urination
- Foamy urine
- Pink, dark urine (blood in urine)
- Increased need to urinate (especially at night)
- Puffy eyes
- Increased thirst
Note: you should also know that one of the most dangerous side effects of unhealthy kidneys is edema, or water retention, characterized by swollen face, hands, abdomen, ankles and feet. This occurs when the kidneys can’t expel enough fluid or salt from the body. This can lead to diseases of the heart, liver, and other essential organs.
14 Kidney-Boosting Foods
Note: you should be very careful, because some of the herbs on this list are unsafe for pregnant women and may interfere with prescription medication. This means that you should consult with your doctor or naturopath before you use them.
Cranberries are loaded with healthy nutrients. You probably know that cranberries are often used to prevent urinary tract infections (UTIs), which can reach the bladder and kidneys if left untreated. The medical experts say that cranberry juice is extremely useful and beneficial in preventing urinary tract infections, because it makes the urine more acidic, which also prevents kidney stones. It even prevents bacteria from sticking to the walls of the bladder and the tissues inside the kidneys.
Did you know that grape seed and skins can be used as a preventive measure against kidney disease in high risk or obese individuals? Well yes, and this is probably because grapes are loaded with antioxidants, which means that it protects the kidneys from free radical damage and toxins. 15 grapes a day can help keep your blood alkaline and keep your kidneys functioning properly.
You should know that apples are loaded with potassium. The amount of potassium found in apples is high enough to protect your heart but low enough to be appropriate for dialysis patients and others with kidney problems. You probably know the old saying: an apple a day keeps the doctor away. That’s true!
We can easily say that lemons are one of the healthiest fruits on the planet. All citrus fruits contain high amounts of citric acid, which prevents and dissolves some varieties of kidney stones. How it works – well, it works by breaking up stones that have already formed and preventing smalls stones from getting bigger by coating them and preventing materials from attaching and building unto them.
Turmeric – is loaded with healthy nutrients and it can provide many health benefits. Did you know that turmeric relieves inflammation in diseased and overworked kidneys? Well yes, and you should also know that it prevents blood clots by preventing platelets from clumping together. Its antioxidants even protect your kidneys and liver from damage.
Ginger is one of the healthiest roots on the planet. You should know that ginger promotes blood flow and helps cleanse the blood of toxins. This super healthy root also helps to heal back pain, which is often an early sign of kidney problems. It’s most well-known as a digestive tonic that relieves vomiting, nausea and stomach upset.
The medical experts say that dandelion root works as a diuretic, which relieves edema and relieves some symptoms of PMS. Dandelion root is also used to treat digestive disturbances and increase bile flow. The Native Americans boiled the root in water and drank the tea to treat kidney disease. This super healthy root is extremely useful and beneficial. You should definitely try this homemade tea.
You should incorporate parsley in your healthy diet or drink tea every day. It will help you treat urinary tract infection and kidney stones. Drink as a tea to ease edema and constipation.
- Marshmallow Root
Note: you should know that the marshmallow root doesn’t taste like the well-known sweet treat, but the root works as a powerful diuretic, which means that it increases the secretion and flow of urine. It’s said to promote the elimination of toxins in the kidneys, colon and liver to promote cleansing and healing of your body.
- Gravel root
You should know that the route of this pink-flowered plant treats urinary tract problems such as urinary or kidney stones, bladder, urethra and kidney infections as well as painful urination.
The medical experts say that stinging nettle is an essential herb for men with prostate problems, which can put extra strain on the kidneys. You can use the stinging nettle to treat symptoms of the early stages of an enlarged prostate, such as: reduced urinary flow, incomplete emptying of the bladder, post urination dripping, and the constant urge to urinate. You can also use it for urinary tract infections, hay fever (allergic rhinitis), or applied topically to treat joint pain, sprains and strains, tendonitis, and insect bites.
- Celery Seeds
You can use the celery seeds to treat and prevent many ailments, such as: they are used as a diuretic, as well as an anti-inflammatory and anti-stress substance which keeps your kidneys going. It’s also used to heal liver and spleen disorders.
You should know that yarrow has surprising medicinal properties. Yarrow fights both inflammation and pain of the kidneys. Its hemostatic abilities can also be used to stop bleeding and prevent blood in the urine.
- Hydrangea root
Note: you should know that hydrangea root may be toxic to household pets, but in humans, it has beneficial effects. The hydrangea root is used for urinary tract problems such as infections of the bladder, urethra and prostate; enlarged prostate; and kidney stones.
You will need the following ingredients:
- 1 tablespoon of dried Hydrangea Root (Hydrangea arborescens)
- 1 tablespoon of dried Gravel Root (Eupatorium purpurea)
- 1 tablespoon of dried Marshmallow Root (Althea officinale)
- 1 quart of juice (apple, grape, cranberry or melon)
Here’s what you need to do – first, you need to use a mortar and pestle to crush all the ingredients together in a fine powder. Then, you need to mix 2 1/2 ounces of the herbs into the apple juice. After that, you need to place the remainder in a glass jar with a lid and store in a dry, cool place. Bring the mixture to a boil and pour into a cup. How to use it – you need to drink multiple times a day for three days. Note: you can also keep it simple by adding the mixed herbs to warm lemon water.
You should know that the foods mentioned above will help you prevent kidney problems. But, your lifestyle is most important in keeping these organs healthy. And forget – you should drink plenty of water to stay hydrated and prevent the formation of kidney stones. It’s also advised to drink responsibly, restrict salt intake and keep your blood pressure and blood sugar stable. We really hope you find this article helpful and don’t forget to share it with your friends and family. Thank You.