Like it or not, there are many things that the average person takes for granted.
That is, until there's a problem and suddenly they realize how important that certain something is.
Healthy functioning kidneys are one of those things!
Once you understand everything your kidneys do, you realize that you'd darn well better make sure they're healthy…because it can be a matter of life or death.
Here’s what I mean.
Your inner filtration system
Located in the lower part of your back on either side of your spine, this pair of organs (each about the size of your fist) is busy 24/7.
Every hour they filter 18 gallons of your blood--in a year that's enough to fill over 6 built-in swimming pools!
They gather wastes and toxins from your blood and produce urine to dump them into, to the tune of as many as 7 gallons a day.
As a result of their hard work, your blood is free of dangerous substances that could make you very sick or potentially kill you.
They're smart too--because your blood also contains good things your body needs like vitamins, glucose and minerals. Your kidneys can tell the difference and instead of filtering out the good things, they get reabsorbed into your blood so your body can use them.
The balancing act
Your kidneys also help maintain your acid/alkaline balance and this is vital.
Your health depends on you having a slightly alkaline blood pH of about 7.3 – 7.4. When your pH is in this range, your organs and systems can work like they should.
But when your pH gets too low and dips into the acid range, your body literally begins to break down. It’s like your innards go on strike! Your organs (especially your heart and pancreas) cannot work as efficiently, inflammation is triggered, and aches and pains pop up.
And you become the perfect home for diseases of all kinds, including tumors and cancer.
Remember this: The ONLY time our bodies are supposed to be acidic is upon DEATH!
That’s so we can decompose like Nature intended us to.
Since you probably don't want to be pushing up daisies anytime soon, that should give you a clue about how crucial your kidneys are.
Plus your kidneys also convert vitamin D into a form your body can use.
This is crucial, because vitamin D deficiency is a factor in many diseases, including heart disease, depression, osteoporosis, cancer and autoimmunity.
So what can go wrong?
Kidney problems can include things like polycystic kidney disease (multiple cysts forming on the kidneys) and impaired kidney function associated with diabetes.
But far and away the most common kidney problem is kidney stones.
Kidney stones can result from having high levels of acid wastes in your blood (usually the result of your diet and low water intake).
When you have a lot of acid wastes, your kidneys get stressed trying to filter them out. Eventually they can't keep up, and the wastes accumulate in your kidneys and become kidney stones.
Now, many people associate kidney stones with excess calcium in the body.
Not always true.
Where the calcium often comes in is when you have an acid blood pH, your body takes calcium from your bones and dumps it into your blood to try to neutralize the acid.
But it's the acid waste build-up that's the real culprit in this case—the calcium is just your body's natural defense against the acid.
How are yours doing?
Here are signs that something may be going on with your kidneys:
- Dry, itchy skin
- Cloudy or strong-smelling urine
- Fluid retention in your arms and/or legs
- Dark circles under your eyes
- High blood pressure
- Very little urine output/urinate infrequently
- A metallic taste in your mouth
- Low intake of water
As you can expect, the more symptoms you have, the more likely your kidneys may be stressed.
Pamper your precious kidneys
Here are four very effective things you can do to help keep your kidneys (and you!) healthy for years to come.
1) Gimme some water
Drink at least eight 8 oz. glasses of filtered water a day. (Note that water means water and NOT coffee, tea, soda, milk, Gatorade, sports drinks, juice, energy drinks, etc.)
Don't wait until you're thirsty. By the time you sense thirst, your body may already be seriously dehydrated.
2) Help keep acid wastes low
The number one cause of acid wastes in your system is your diet—specifically, eating too many acid forming foods and/or eating smorgasbord-type meals that lead to poor digestion.
The good news is it's easy (and VERY tasty) to eat in a way that helps minimize acid waste accumulation and helps pave the way for efficient digestion.
I'll show you exactly what to do in the Great Taste No Pain System.
Great Taste No Pain shows you which foods are acid and which are alkaline, so there's no guesswork. Plus it has guides that show you what to pair with your favorite foods to ensure that all of your meals are more easily digested and help minimize acid wastes!
3) Avoid processed foods
Processed foods are loaded with sugar and salt… both of which are kidney-wreckers.
Sugar is an abrasive substance which stirs up inflammation in all of your arteries—including those that service your kidneys. This is why diabetics are at risk for kidney disease.
And salt raises your blood pressure, which in turn will stress your kidneys.
4) Make sure your nutritional bases are covered
Nutrient deficiencies are a root cause for ALL diseases, and your kidneys are no exception.
When it comes to your kidneys, being deficient in vitamin B6 and magnesium can increase your risk of kidney stones.
In addition to having a diet of wholesome real foods, an outstanding multi-vitamin and mineral formula like Super Core can help ensure all your nutritional bases are covered.
In addition to a therapeutic blend of essential vitamins and minerals (including B6 and magnesium), Super Core goes way beyond other multi-vitamins and provides an impressive variety of natural antioxidants and anti-inflammatories.
Free radical damage and inflammation are both significant causes of disease in all your organ systems, so it’s vital to have enough antioxidants to control free radicals, and keep inflammation low.
Take care of your kidneys, and they will return the favor for years to come!
To your health,