The kidneys are vitally important organs for health and well-being. In America 1 in 3 adults are at risk for developing kidney disease. Every other corner seems to have a kidney dialysis center. The kidneys when healthy and strong do their job which entails various functions. When they become compromised they cannot do what they need to and your body begins to suffer. The role of the kidneys in the body have quite a wide range.
They produce help your body produce hormones, absorb minerals and are vital in the role of excretion. They help the body to urinate properly and remove excess salts. If the kidneys are not properly filtering toxic waste can build up in the body and kidney disease and kidney stones (which are very painful) can result. The kidneys are also responsible for helping to regulate blood pressure, red blood cells, regulation of acid and more.
There are two kidneys in your body, they are bean shaped organs near your upper abdominal region. Like their shape suggests, beans are good for your kidneys.
If you have had any of the following once, a few or several times then paying attention to your kidney health would be smart:
- Infections in the kidneys
- Blood-clotting disorders
- Decreased blood flow
- Low or high blood pressure
- Urinary tract infections (UTI)
- Pregnancy complications
These can be signs that your kidney health is compromised and that foods to support kidney strength and cleansing are what you need.
One of the common health conditions that people can experience with compromised kidney health is kidney stones. Kidney stones show up in the kidneys when the body accumulates too much calcium and an imbalance of other minerals such as magnesium. Over-calcification leads to kidney stones (think balls of calcium) forming.
The Top 8 Kidney Foods Are:
- Chanca Piedra: Chanca piedra means ‘stone breaker’ in spanish and it means to break stones. To break up kidney stones, and over-calcified areas of the body. It’s an herb that you can find online quite easily and if you’ve had or have kidney stones it’s worth taking. It not only benefits the kidneys but the gallbladder as well. You can get liquid chanca piedra here.
- Avocado: Avocado is a rich source of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Avocado is in particular good for the kidneys because of it’s high levels of potassium. If you have kidney disease then your body loses it’s potassium reserves quickly and avocado’s range of nutrients including potassium helps.
- Kidney Beans: Kidney beans are obvious! They tell you they are good for the kidneys, not just because of the name but because of the shape. Many foods in nature mimic the shape of the organ or gland that they benefit in the human body. Kidney beans are shaped like kidneys and correlate to benefit them. They have also been used for kidney stones reduction. Other beans have been found to benefit the kidneys as well. Black beans in particular!
- Cherries: On a scale of 1 to 10 cherries are at the deliciousness level of 10! One of my favorite fruits is very beneficial for kidney health. Cherries are rich in vitamin C, vitamin K, vitamin b6, folate, citrate and magnesium. All beneficial for health and the kidneys. Citrate in particular reduces uric acid build up. When uric acid is too high in the body it leads to gout and arthritis. Keep your kidneys healthy with cherries!
- Cranberries: If you’ve ever had a urinary tract infection (UTI) or any urinary related irregular patterns you’ve probably been told to drink cranberry juice, and for good reason. Cranberries benefit the kidneys and urinary tract. They contain high levels of vitamin C and manganese. Pure cranberries (or organic cranberry juice without added sugar) reduces levels of urinary levels of oxalate and phosphate which help to reduce the formation of kidney stones.
- Cinnamon: The good old cinnamon spice comes in handy here. Cinnamon helps to manage glucose (blood sugar) levels very well. Kidney damage is harmed by unhealthy blood sugar patterns. Keep cinnamon handy to add to your beverage or meal. Organic cinnamon can be found here.
- Parsley: Parsley is an aromatic, delicious herb that is used in many herbal routines. It has diuretic properties, which simply means that it’s beneficial for removing the excess build up of toxins in the kidneys and urinary tract.
- Marshmellow Root: Marshmallow has a variety of different medicinal applications. Its diuretic qualities some of its best qualities. Marshmellow root is able to stimulate urine production and soothe the urinary tract quite effectively, marshmallow is a gentle and effective way to support the kidneys. You can get liquid marshmellow root here.
In Ayurveda (Indian medicine, which dates back 5,000 years) they use a medicinal powder known as shilajit, pronounced she-la-geet. This is a black powder that has around 85 minerals and trace minerals. This mineral powder is collected in the Himalayan mountains in between India and Nepal. In Ayurveda it is used for reducing anxiety, stress and inflammation. Shilajit is used for the benefit of the nerves, kidneys, bladder, reproductive organs, and endocrine glands such as the thyroid. I personally take omica organics shilajit powder (found here) and absolutely love it. I feel the benefits of taking it and highly recommend taking it yourself if you have an issue with your kidneys or any other organs listed above.
Make sure to include these foods and herbs in your diet. The more often you include these foods in your diet and stay properly hydrated with pure water the healthier, stronger and more effective your kidneys will be. These foods and herbs will prevent kidney disease and stones.