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Be Kind to Your Kidneys

BE KIND TO YOUR KIDNEYS
ORGANS THAT WILL LOVE THIS DAY: KIDNEYS; BLADDER; HEART; NERVOUS SYSTEM
YOU MAY FEEL BENEFITS TO: LOWER BACK PAIN; UTIS; ENERGY LEVELS; BAGS UNDER THE EYES; ARTHRITIC OR GOUTY SYMPTOMS

Our kidneys are often under-appreciated, only getting noticed when they hurt or are infected.

DID YOU KNOW...

For example, that your kidneys convert vitamin D from supplements or from the sun into the active form that your body needs? If you’re wondering why your vitamin D supplement doesn’t seem to be doing you much good, maybe it’s time to pay your kidneys some attention.

WHAT ELSE DO THEY DO?
Healthy kidneys take wastes out of the blood and put them into the urine to be expelled from the body. The kidneys are particularly important for the removal of uric acid, a build-up of which promotes gout, gouty arthritis, prickly heat, and mystery skin rashes.
When working well, they release excess water from your body and prevent fluid retention.
They balance levels of red blood cells, to keep anaemia at bay, helping to keep you energised.
They help to regulate blood pressure, and when they are happy and hydrated you are less likely to feel jittery and jumpy.

Kidney stones form more easily if you are dehydrated – keep up your Day 1 water work to flush out kidney stone components in your urine.

Having happily hydrated kidneys, free from too much salt and caffeine and alcohol, means you are more likely to feel energised, reducing that 3pm slump that many of us suffer from. 3pm is a great time to sip a cup of herbal tea, to gently support good fluid balance and care for your kidneys. Enjoy Golden Rod and Knotgrass tea for a different take on herbal beverages – it is quite unique and has a mellow taste that doesn’t challenge the taste buds. Other herbal teas your kidneys will enjoy include fennel and dandelion.

YOUR KIDNEYS DON’T LIKE:
  • Fizzy drinks, alcohol, too much tea and coffee
  • Salt and tobacco
  • Refined sugar
  • Late nights and overwork
  • Stress, especially chronic stress
  • Cold – especially on your lower back – ditch those
    cropped tops!

Comfort your kidneys with a haramaki – a Japanese belly wrap, available in all sorts of colours and materials, warming and cosy for the winter.

FOODS YOUR KIDNEYS WILL APPRECIATE

Edible seaweeds, black sesame seeds, miso, black/ red beans, blackberries, cranberries, plums, root veg and green leafy veg, watercress, parsley, beetroot, asparagus, celery, barley, buckwheat, millet, rice, onions, garlic, walnuts, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, dill, and fennel.

Magnesium is a great nutrient for the kidneys, and because it is used up quickly when you are stressed, it’s a good strategy to supplement it when you know you’ll be under pressure. Keep sipping that water too!

MOVE IT

As we get older, we can reduce the risk of rapid decline in the health of our kidneys by maintaining our levels of physical activity.1 As we saw in Day 4, physical activity comes in all shapes and sizes, and ‘staying active’ doesn’t mean playing squash tournaments or running marathons – just keep moving every day, and feel the benefits everywhere, including your kidneys.

AND STOP

It is known that sleep deprivation increases the risk of kidney disease2 , and now research suggests that insufficient sleep can cause dehydration by potentially disrupting the release of a hormone that is important for hydration – vasopressin.3 Getting less than 6 hours sleep appears to adversely affect hydration status; so, if you have a bad night, ensure you drink more water the next day.

1 Robinson-Cohen C, Katz R, Mozaffarian D, et al. Arch Intern Med. 2009; 169 (22): 2116-2123
3 Rosinger AY et al. Sleep J 2019; 1-10

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