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5 Holistic Health Tips to Keep Your Kidneys in Balance

By Jess Lewis-Peltier
July 19, 2011
File under: Detoxification, Herbs, Natural Remedies


The kidneys are bean-shaped organs situated in the lower back just below the adrenal glands and are a significant component in the body’s detoxifying system.

These are the filters that stabilize the acid/base balance in the blood removing anything that is unnecessary or harmful to the body, whether toxins or excess vitamins.

The Kidneys play a crucial role in maintaining overall health as kidney disorders can lead to a number of degenerative diseases. Kidneys love gentle attention so incorporating a holistic approach will help keep them in balance, naturally.

Five natural tips to renal health

Eat a kidney-friendly diet:
Kidneys love water. So, to keep them moving, eat foods with a high water content, such as watermelon, cantaloupe and salads with plenty of lettuce and cucumbers, several times a day.

Include foods that have a naturally balancing effect on the kidneys, such as parsley, grapes, blueberries and asparagus. Anyone with a tendency to form kidney stones should focus on foods that create a more alkaline environment in the body like cherries, strawberries and asparagus.

It is also a good idea to limit the amount of salt in your diet. Salt causes water retention, which creates a backup, preventing the kidneys them from flushing properly.

Pay close attention to protein intake:
Too much protein overworks the kidneys and without adequate hydration can actually cause kidney stones in as little as three days.

The body doesn’t need nearly the amount of protein as is consumed in the Standard American Diet. Americans typically consume meat-based protein at each meal in amounts that far exceed what is healthy for the kidneys or needed by the body to function.

Plant based proteins are far easier for the kidneys to process than animal protein and much lower in fat and calories.

Water is very important for proper organ function and the kidneys are no exception. Drink 8 to 10 glasses of water a day in order to stay hydrated and keep the kidneys flowing.

Clear your emotions:
From an energetic perspective, kidney issues are typically associated with the inability to release. Holding onto negative emotions or experiences creates stagnation in the releasing organs like the kidneys.

Learn to release through supportive outlets like meditation or yoga classes. Create a connection with your body and your emotions. This is the first step in “letting go.”

Herbal Cleanse:
Since kidneys are filters for the excess in our bodies, it is important for the herbal cleanse be to be simple and gentle. Combining diuretic and tonic herbs can flush the kidneys gently and potentially keep kidney stones at bay.

Herbs like parsley, burdock and goldenrod are a great combination for a short cleanse once or twice a quarter. If there is a suspicion of kidney stones, herbs like cramp bark, nettles and wild yam can help break them down. However it is important to be seek assistance from a qualified practitioner before embarking on a stronger cleanse.

Jess’s Kidney Kindness Tonic:
This tonic is very hydrating and gentle on the kidneys and can be consumed every day or incorporated into a cleansing regimen.

1 bunch parsley
1/2 lemon with peel, sliced thinly
1 small cucumber with peel, sliced thinly
3 cups fresh filtered water

Add parsley, lemon and cucumber to the water and let sit for a few hours. Enjoy throughout the day. Tip: Crush the parsley in your hands by wringing the bunch a few times.

Jess Lewis-Peltier, ‘The Holistic Yogini‘ is a naturopath, biochemist, herbalist and yoga teacher living in southern California. Facebook Jess and follow her on Twitter.

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