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Monday 26 October 2015

12 Natural Foods That Supports Kidney Health


The Kidney and Liver are two very important and busy organs you must pay close attention to if you must experience longevity.  The work these two key organs are involved in affects our entire body,  the kidney in particular is involved in the following activities that are of critical importance in  ensuring  we are up and going.  This bean shaped organ is involved in extracting the waste from the blood and balancing the fluids of the body in urine apart from various other functions.

Its Key Functions Includes:

Regulating blood pressure:  Our Kidneys are constantly in the business of filtering the blood in the presence of constant pressure.  When this pressure gets lower, the kidneys help to increase it by producing the angiotensin, which is a vessel- constricting protein.  The constriction and retention produced in the body helps to maintain the normal blood pressure in the body.

Regulating the Acid Level:  The food we ingest regularly has a capacity to either increase the acid level in the body or to neutralize it.  But for proper functioning of the body, it is important to keep these acids in balance and kidneys are the organs that perform this function for the body.

Removal of Waste:  In the course of metabolism, waste are produced by our bodies, also as we inhale the air and other activities, waste are constantly produced, If these toxins are not urgently removed, they are capable of causing major organ damage.  The Kidney plays this important role by excreting them through urine.  All the excessive minerals and salts are collected via urea, which is produced in liver and is then transferred to kidneys via blood for removal of waste.

Balancing the Water Level:  In carrying out this function, the urine is broken down chemically with the help of kidneys.  When the intake of water is low, the kidneys will let the water stay inside the body rather than excreting them, by so doing the water balance is regulated and maintained by the liver.  Excess water retention is dangerous to our health as much as too much excretion is also injurious.  It is the function of the liver to maintain this balance.

The Kidney in carrying out these functions needs quality raw materials in the form of proper nutrition and healthy lifestyle, where this is not provided, the kidney could suffer damage, infection or other disease which includes but are not limited to:

  • Kidney cysts
  • Cancer
  • infections  or
  • Kidney stones
We advocate prevention, which is usually better than cure,  It is better to consume natural foods that will support your kidney health and will also protect them from infections or even reverse the disease if already existing.  Here are 12 Top Foods to Support Your Kidney health:  These foods are naturally high in vitamins C, E, beta carotene and lycopene.  These antioxidants  not only slow down the infections but also help in maintaining  the health of the kidneys.  The Kidney is like a cleansing machine and are busy 24/7.  Ensure to include some of these foods to support your kidney:

  • Red Bell Peppers
These peppers are found in our local markets, other versions of peppers including cayenne are beneficial to kidney health as they have low levels of potassium and are loaded with nutrients like vitamins A, C and B6, fibres and folic acid.  They help in making digestion easier by reducing the quantity of acids required for digestion.  They must however be taken in moderation.
  • Cabbage
This is a supper food waiting to be discovered by many.  Cabbage has special nutrients and ingredients not found in most vegetables, apart from its easy digestibility.  It contains phyochemicals beneficial for kidney health and it is a top cancer fighting food and good for cardiovascular health too.
  • Garlic
Garlic is a known anti biotic, anti fungal, anti inflammatory and high antioxidant vegetable,  It is available in our local markets and affordable too.  Garlic is beneficial for managing and preventing most degenerating diseases ailing us today,  It is helpful in cases of high cholesterol, heart problems, digestive disorders and constipation, bacterial infestation,  It is one food that should be included in our daily family menu in order to keep diseases and infections under control.  Remember to not overcook your garlic, chewing one or two cloves of garlic dipped in natural honey first thing in the money will deal with stubborn constipation  and other ailments of the intestine.

  •     Onion
 Onions are naturally enriched with flavonoids that help in preventing  the blockage in blood vessels caused by the fatty acids.  The antioxidants present in the onion is known to have great advantages for heart and cancer patients.  Onions are known to have very low levels of potassium, making them a perfect food for kidney health.  They are also a source of the rare nutrient Chromium helpful in metabolizing  fat, carbohydrates and proteins.

  •   Apples 
The saying that an apple a day keeps the doctor away still holds true, Being a raw food rich in fibres, and a source of pectin, they are good in lowering bad cholesterol, preventing heart disease and cancer issues, also reducing constipation, and migraines.

  • Red Grapes and Other Berry Fruits
Red grapes have the property of reducing blood clotting and oxidation.  There are many kinds of flavonoids present in red grapes which is what gives it its red colour.  Other berry fruits like blueberries, strawberries, Cranberries, Raspberries,  Cherries are all good support for kidney health due to the presence of antioxidants and flavonoids.
  • Egg Whites
Eggs are available all season and loaded with quality proteins, vitamins and minerals.  If you have been avoiding eggs due to cholesterol, you are definitely not on the path of health, why?  Eggs especially farm raised eggs, are rich source of vitamins A D, E and K, these are disease fighting nutrients, including zinc and proteins, The white part are particularly beneficial in terms of kidney health.

  • Fish
Fish is a good source of protein.  Particularly the omega -3 rich ones, like sardines, salmon, tuna and mackerel,  They are anti-inflammatory and helps reduce bad cholesterol.
  • Olive Oil
Good Extra virgin olive oil is one special gift mother nature has given to man, Among other oils, it stands oil due to its disease fighting ability.  It has the best profile when compared to other vegetable oils in the market followed by organic peanut oil, which is closer in terms of their profile.  They are both good oils that supports kidney health.  Ensure to get the organic version.  There are so many fakes in the market.

  • Lemon Juice
The acid present in lemon juice helps in breaking the kidney stones naturally, it also helps in preventing the biding of already present crystals in the kidney.  two tablespoons with a teaspoon of natural honey first thing in the morning in empty stomach will support the kidney and liver and boost our overall immune system.
  • Carrots
Carrots are one of the richest source of Beta carotene as a result of vitamin A.  Vitamin A is a helpful ingredient in restoring affected kidneys.   Carrot is a disease fighting food.  If you are a confirmed diabetic, however, you must ensure to control your carrot consumption or be supervised by a dietitian or nutritionist as the sugar content is high in carrots-
  • Turmeric 
Turmeric is a healing spice, with anti inflammatory properties, it is a source of rare ingredients like cur cumin which helps in reducing oxidative stress and supports the smooth functioning of the kidneys.

Other Tips To Support Kidney Health:

 Avoids foods high in phosphorus
Avoid high intake of calcium and sodium especially, supplemented calcium
As much as possible reduce stress and sleep at least 7 - 8 hours every night.
Exercise moderately.



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