Nutrients for kidney health

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Your kidneys are very efficient filtration organs. They are working silently for you, but without their continuous cleansing function, your blood would become so toxic you would die in a matter of days. Improper diet and fluid intake can overtax the kidneys and cause miserable symptoms. God designed your kidneys to be sturdy and last a lifetime.

KIDNEY FUNCTION
Your kidneys are the filters of your bloodstream which makes them importantly involved in your body's nutrition! Kidneys are a pair of bean-shaped glandular organs located behind your abdominal cavity at the level of your lower ribs protected within a cushion of special fat. Each kidney is about 4 1/2 inches long, 2 inches thick, weighs about 1/3 of a pound and contains over a million microscopic filtering units called nephrons. At any given moment, as much as 1/4 of all the blood in your body may be circulating through your kidneys. The hair-sized kidney tubules have a total tength of nearly 100 miles! Your kidneys should excrete between one and two quarts of urine daily which is about 60% of all liquid taken into the body. The other 40% exits by way of the lungs, skin and intestines. Laboratory tests of the contents of the urine produced by the kidneys can give important data about a person's health.

THE MAIN FUNCTIONS OF THE KIDNEYS ARE:
Filtering wastes from the blood and producing urine which carries waste out of the body.
Returning water, sugars, salt, potassium, amino acids, and other nutrients to the bloodstream. This recycling process is very precise and even critical in the regulation of minerals. The minerals in solution monitored by the kidneys are called electrolytes. These very valuable electrolytes conduct or carry an electric current between the brain and the nervous system. Calcium sodium chloride, potassium, magnesium and nitrogen are some of the important electrolytes.
Regulates the water balance on the body which is under the control of a hormone known as ADH produced by the pituitary gland and carried to the kidneys in the bloodstream. This and other functions of the kidneys contributes much to the dilicate pH, acid-alkaline balance of the entire body.
Kidney cells combine and break down chemicals and produce hormones that affect the salt balance and the red blood cell production.
KIDNEY DISEASES
Symptoms of kidney malfunction may be dizziness, severe headache, high blood pressure, puffiness around the eyes, edema, some inability to concentrate, nausea, muscle cramps, listless and fatique, darkening finger nails, dryness of mouth, constant thirst, loss of appetite, foul breath, constant urge to urinate or inability to urinate, blood in urine, constant dark color of urine, grossly offensive urine odor, or severe pain in back and legs.

The most common disorder is the formation of kidney stones. A stone in the kidney can interfere with the normal flow of urine and infection can result. Every year one person in 200 has pain because of kidney stones. The first attack occurs between age 20-30 for men and 30-40 for women.

The main causes of kidney stones are: magnesium deficiency, insufficient pure water daily, excessive consumption of animal protein, and deficiency of vitamins A, B6, and B complex. Another cause is excessive intake of milk, milk products, or calcium supplements. Excessive vitamin C can cause an overproduction of oxalic acid, and certain medicines can cause an increased output of uric acid. Other causes are: a hyperparathyroid condition or tumor that increases the level of calcium on the blood.

In the past years, kidney stones meant much suffering and painful surgery with many weeks of recovery. But today, laser surgery techniques quickly get rid of the stones and requires a shorter recuperation time. But unless the patient changes his drinking and eating habits, more stones may form.

Magnesium salts and the other precious trace elements as found in Natural Celtic Salt has been proven beneficial by clearing the kidneys of stones, oxalate mud, toxins and excess sodium.

The most serious kidney disease is uremia, also known as renal failure. Uremia occurs when both kidneys stop functioning: the urine flow slows down and poison remains in the body. Chronic uremia may affect a person for several years, but when the kidneys stop the condition is fatal. Kidney malfunction may also be caused by nephritis, infections, severe gout, injury, tumors, diabetes or malignant kidney tissue.

Many medications, used for therapeutic purposes, are toxic and hazardous to the kidneys. In addition to prescription drugs, indulgence in the following can damage the kidneys: aspirin, antibodies, ibuprofen, Advil, Nuprin, Motrin, Indocin, Vanquish and Excedrin. Anticoagulants, anticonvulsants, antihypertensive drugs and diuretics are also a suspect. It is estimated that over 200-250 Americans experience kidney failure each year as a result of taking large amounts of various painkillers.

Kidney failure in both men and women that occurs due to nephron (urinary tubule in the vertebrate kidney) breakdown is very common today. Insoluble crystals of hemoglobin form in these nephrons and are the cause of the failure. Protein, animal or fowl, can be harmful to the kidneys when consumed in excess. Starvation diets or severe overweight conditions alter the protein and amino-acid metabolism that is so common in kidney disorders. Exposure to mercury from seafood or dental fillings has caused a variety of kidney problems.

HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE
Because of the function of the kidneys to regulate fluid circulation, they also establish blood pressure. Problems with kidney function is the prime culprit for hypertension. High blood pressure often causes changes in the eye's retina and causes optic damage. Prolonged high blood pressure can further damage the kidneys and strain the heart. Most blood pressure problems can be controlled with improved kidney function, nutrition, pure water and learning to cope with stress. Also professional advice is always essential to maintain weight, avoid smoking, alcohol, salt, extra spicy foods and birth control pills.

However, many people who suffer high blood pressure are not overweight, nor do they smoke, drink alcohol, or coffee, take birth control pills, or overeat spicy foods. But they go on a salt-flee diet. And their blood pressure may or may not have a lower reading, but for certain people, other health problems evolve. Sodium (salt) is a major necessary element for the human body. Without salt, there is no exchange between the sodium on the outside of the cell, and the potassium on the inside. Deprival of the solution, the body cells age. You simply cannot function without salt. Your life is in your blood, and your blood must have salt to feed every cell. Without salt, your nerves, heart, liver, kidneys, and adrenal glands slow down or cease to function. Salt is also required to emulsify fats and oils in order for them to be digestible. Additionally, a salt deficiency can cause a craving for excessive sweets.

When sodium is deficient in the diet, excess potassium will cause the body to diminish hydrochloric acid production. Without this protein digestant in the stomach, serious digestion problems lead to other ailments. Salt-free dieters, fruitarians and vegetarians are often victims of respiratory difficulties, kidney and urinary infections, and blood sugar problems. Research proves that when the people add a certain type of salt--Natural Celtic salt--to their food, healing and much energy is enjoyed.

I became aware of Natural Celtic Salt through Sam Beiser, a health researcher, who interviewed a California biochemist, Dr. Jacques de Langre. After 30 years of research on salt, Dr. de Langre has written two books which explain the necessity of the right kind of salt in our diet. Dr. de Langre recommends an unrefined French Celtic salt for all people in order to maintain health and especially for patients with high blood pressure and heart or kidney problems.

Dr. de Langre says that our white, refined table salt, whether derived from the earth or the sea is only sodium chloride and can be very toxic to the body. The Natural Celtic salt is pure, sun-dried, nonprocessed sea water that contains at least 84 elements. Once Natural Centic salt is dissolved in food or water, it is capable of maintaining or restoring health in people. This pure salt is gray in color, moist to the touch, and is very small, precisely cubic crystals that will not pour from a common salt shaker.

Your body requires the concentration of sodium, potassium, magnesium, and calcium be kept constant and in proper relation to each other. If these relationships vary more than 1%, laboratory tests will show that you have some medical problem.

Biology teaches that excess salt collects in tissues and body fluids. Refined salt can cause accumulated fluids to stagnate in joints, causing pain and edema. However, Dr. de Langre says that only refined table salt will cause this problem. Natural Celtic salt does not accumulate in the tissues. He says that Natural Celtic Sea Salt has countless medicinal uses. It helps the kidneys perform so to correct excess acidity, restore good digestion, relieve allergies and skin diseases and prevent many forms of cancer. Natural Celtic Salt provides a steady boost in cellular energy and gives the body a heightened resistance to infections and bacterial diseases. The secretions of the adrenals and pituitary gland are measurably curtailed when refined salt is used. Refined table salt has lost its ionic, electrolytic, positive and negative charge properties. But Natural Celtic Salt has this bio-electronics quality which makes it a healing food.

To purchase a book that will give details of Natural Celtic Salt and kidney health, and where you can purchase the salt, call (916) 873-0294 or FAX (916) 873-4186.

FOODS AND SUPPLEMENTS FOR KIDNEY HEALTH
Aspargus: In addition to being extremely high in Vitamin A, asparagus is rich in a substance called asparagin which acts as a gentle stimulant to kidney function. Aspargus also has a trace of arsenic which makes it a healthy food for your heart, but it also means that you should eat asparagus three times a week or only four tablespoons of puree a day. A pinch of Natural Celtic Salt added while cooking will increase value to kidney health. Aspargus has proven helpful in the breaking up of oxalic acid crystals in the kidneys and throughout the muscular system and is good for rheumatism and neuritis. When aspargus is doing its theraputic work, you will notice its identifiable odor when you urinate. We cannot overestimate this vegetable's ability for the prevention or cure of kidney problems. Be creative and include aspargus in your weekly menus by adding to salads, scrambled eggs or soups.

Raw Beet Juice Fast: An occasional eight-hour raw beet juice fast is one of the best insurances for good kidney health. You may find it more enjoyable and effective if you fast with a few friends. You will need a good juicer and a minute timer. Juice the fresh raw beets and take one teaspoon every six minutes while relaxing in a big chair with feet comfortable. You must not have more than one teaspoon of pure beet juice at a time as it is too potent. Beets have a balanced iron and copper content that helps build good blood as well as cleanse the liver and kidneys. Your urine may turn red, and you may pass some gravel and crystals. Have nothing else to eat or drink during the eight hours of beet fasting. You may drink some pure water during the evening.

Watermelon: A marvelous kidney and bladder flusher is a one or two-day watermelon fast. Cut the watermelon into bite-size pieces. While resting in a comfortable chair and listening to good music, tapes or TV--nothing that can make you tense--eat one bite of water melon every three minutes for eight hours! Have nothing else to eat or drink that day. If you get hungry, eat some more watermelon. If you prefer bedrest, you can juice the watermelon and drink three or four ounces every half hour. You will urinate more than ever in your life! To help maintain kidney health, often eat watermelon between meals.

Pears: Use fresh pears--we recommend Bartlett--and cut into one-inch cubes and eat one every three minutes while relaxing. Pears are rich in magnesium so they do wonders in helping to cleanse the kidneys. Eating pears several times a week will help maintain good kidney health.

Lemon: Dr. Bertrand Bibus, chief urologist at Kaiser Franz Joseph Hospital in Vienna has patients juice two lemons a day and drink with an abundance of pure water to dissolve kidney stones. There are testimonies of people in excrutiating agony who fasted on the juice of 1/2 lemon in pure warm water every half hour and with in five days the stone was gone. Lemon juice in warm pure water, sweetened with a little honey, maple syrup or molasses the first thing in the morning will keep your liver and kidneys healthy!

Kidney Bean Pod Tea: This has proven to be a blessing to many suffering from kidney stones, inflammation, bleeding in any part of the urinary system, rheumatism and diabetes. Dr. Ramm and Dr. Isenburg of Germany began recommending this around the turn of the century. Kidney bean pod tea is available in capsule or tea form. Some people have had success by drinking eight ounces of tea every two hours.

Fiber: Evidence on the great value of fibrous foods in the diet continues to accumulate. People who live on processed food are among those who suffer the most kidney problems. So, include fiber in your diet for kidney health as well as all the other benefits! All fruits, vegetables, cereals, grains and nuts are excellent sources. If your diet is low in fiber, there is a wide selection of fiber supplements available at your health food store.

Parsley: Raw parsley juice is one of the most potent vegetable juices and is helpful in healing many kidney and bladder problems. It should never be taken alone. You can mix 2 ounces of fresh juiced parsely with some carrot, beet, or any other salad vegetables and drink three times a day and see the difference! Parsley tea therapy has helped many people with a chronic kidney disease. Wash a fresh bunch of parsley in cold water; put it in a glass (never plastic) dish and cover with boiling pure water. Cover and let sit until cool. Pour off the liquid, and drink during a 24-hour period. A few cups of parsley tea every week will insure good kidney health. If it's inconvenient to make the tea, you can buy parsley capsules, tea and herbal formulas at your health food store.

Pine nuts: Also known as pinole or pignolia are delicious as a snack, in yogurt or in molded salads to improve kidney function. Pine nuts are the easiest-to-digest nut God created and contain some naphtha which has a cleansing effect on the kidneys.

Grapes: In Bible days, the sick often fasted on grapes or fresh grape juice until strength returned. One nutritionist recommends that if you have cloudy urine that you eat only grapes--up to three pounds a day-and drink large quantities of water. Within a few days, the urine should be clear, blood pressure normal and have a better sense of well being. This could be followed with a good vegetable soup containing some green vegetables like spinach, celery, parsley, green beans and asparagus.

Cranberries: A four-ounce glass of cranberry juice twice a day is now being recommended by many doctors to help get the urine more acid and provide maganese. If the juice does not help, grind or chop fresh cranberries and add a little honey and eat a teaspoonful several times a day. Fresh cranberries furnish some Vitamin C, but often, an additional 100 mg. is suggested to help with kidney and bladder health.

Herbs: At your health food store, you have a choice of several herbal formulas to promote kidney function. Golden Seal Root is a blood purifier and kidney dialator but should not be used for more than a month. Sassafras tea is a mild diuretic for the kidneys. Fresh horseradish is believed by some to be the most potent herbal diuretic. It is suggested that you soak in one pint of boiling water: one ounce fresh, chopped horseradish root and 1/2 ounce crushed mustard seed for four hours; strain and take three tablespoons three times a day. Fresh ground horseradish added to sandwiches, fish, meats and hor d'oeuvres help keep the kidneys healthy. There are many herbs that promote kidney health. The formulas available in health food stores will contain great combinations--most all of them have raspberry leaves, juniper berries, cornsilk and watermelon seed, golden seal, and some contain raw kidney glandular. Also there are liquid homeopathic preparations.

Vitamins A, B6, C & E: Vitamin A reduces susceptibility to infections as it protects the mucous membranes and all soft tissue. Bitamin B6 (pyridoxine) works with magnesium to help the kidneys excrete unwanted oxalic acid. Vitamin B6 should be taken with a B-complex. Vitamin C is necessary for collagen maintenance, absorption of iron and stimulating the immune system. Vitamin E thins the blood and unites oxygen to help prevent toxic peroxides and helps the kidneys clear out cell debris.

Magnesium: A deficiency in magnesium is believed to be the main cause of kidney stones because it leads to an alkaline urine that can result in the formation of calcium phosphate stones. A deciciency of B6 greatly increases the B6 greatly increases the oxalic acid content of the urine which promotes alkalinity and leads to calcium oxalate stones. Thus magnesium and B6 are important nutrients to have in your diet and supplements. Foods that contain both nutrients include peanuts, bananas, soybeans, wheat germ, peas, rice, corn, brewers yeast, potatoes, yams, raisins, parsley, and molasses. Magnesium is found in most vegetables and fruits; however, oour soil is often depleted of this valuable mineral and we suggest taking a supplement. Also, your Natural Celtic Salt contains much magnesium.

Potassium: A potasssium deficiency results from poor diet, excessive table salt intake, cortisone therapy, alcohol, too much coffee and sugar, or diuretics. Our bodies simply were not designed by God to cope with the amount of table salt (sodium chloride) that is in our modern diets. Unless you do your own gardening, food storage and cooking, you are probably eating too much table salt! The kidneys may handle the salty intake until you reach middle age, but there is always a payday for bad habits. Fluid retention (edema) is usually caused by a sodium/potassium imbalance. Stress and tension also causes a potassium loss. I'm convinced that everyone needs to dispose of their salt shaker, eat Natural Celtic Salt, and eat more potassium foods or take a potassium supplement. Adequate potassium in your diet is as important as restricting sodium (salt) for good kidney health because a potassium deficiency will also cause the urine to be too alkaline which leads to kidney stones. All dried fruit, beans, nuts and sunflower seeds, parsley, avocados, yams, garlic, spinach, bananas and carrots are good sources of potassium foods. Your health food store has a variety of potassium supplements. I take a product developed by Dr. Hans Neiper in Germany containing potassium citrate, magnesium citrate and the enzyme bromelin from pineapple. Magnesuim is necessary to keep potassium in the muscle cells. I use less of this supplement since using the Natural Celic Salt.

Water: We cannot overemphasize the intake of water--the most abundant nutrient found in the body. It is important that you drink plenty and that it is pure water. Most tap water isn't fit to drink! Filtered spring water or water purified by distilling or reverse osmosis is recommended. And be sure you take a good mineral supplement. Personally, I take a liquid trace mineral supplement in addition to my major minerals of calcium, magnesium and potassium. Nearly all foods contain water that is absorbed during digestion; fruits and vegetables contain chemically pure water. Sufficient pure water will help the kidneys to filter out debris and toxins. Never ignore the feeling of thirst and satisfy it with pure water, fruit or vegetable juices. Colas and soft drinks should be avoided or consumed in moderation because of their sodium, phosphoric acid and caffeine content that adds stress to the kidneys. To compensate for the stressful drinks such as coffee, colas, chocolate drinks, flavored drinks and alcohol, be sure you drink plenty of pure water and take some potassium!

Conclusion: One hospitalization out of every 1,000 in the United States is for a kidney problem. Let us not be one of those statistics!

PHOTO (BLACK & WHITE): Nutrients for Kidney Health

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By Willa Vae Bowles