Let’s talk FEAR and the Kidneys!
Most people have two kidneys. They are bean-shaped organs located on both sides of the spine, behind the stomach. Each one is about the size of an adult fist. Their main purpose is to keep the composition of blood in the body balanced to maintain good health.
Proper care can keep kidneys running properly well into old age. One of the most important things to remember is to stay hydrated. Kidneys need water to function properly and to carry away toxins.
“In the most serious cases, dehydration can eventually harm the body causing seizures, kidney failure and even death,” said Dr. Buck Parker, a trauma surgeon who also recently appeared on NBC’s reality TV show “The Island.” Parker suggested that the best ways to avoid dehydration included drinking water before you get thirsty, since thirst indicates dehydration; eating foods, like fruits and vegetables, with a high water content; avoiding soda or other caffeinated drinks; and limiting alcohol consumption.
Vitamins can be very important to the function and health of kidneys. “(Folic acid) helps to reduce levels of homocysteine, which has been linked to heart disease, stroke and kidney disease,” said Dr. Kristine Arthur, an internist at Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center in Fountain Valley, California. Vitamin A is also very important to healthy kidney function.
Taking too much vitamin C, though, may lead to kidney stones, according to Arthur.
Another supplement that may cause trouble is calcium. “Some older women who get their calcium from supplements rather than in their diet are more prone to kidney stones,” said Dr. Linda Girgis, a family practice doctor in South River, New Jersey. “Many people falsely assume that taking vitamins is healthy and safe, but this is not always the case. Sometimes people take too much. It is very hard to get too much when ingesting it is food,” said Girgis.
Keeping blood pressure in check may also contribute to long-term good kidney health. A study by the National Kidney Foundation found that moderately high blood pressure levels in midlife might contribute to late-life kidney disease and kidney failure.
The American Kidney Fund also suggests avoiding a diet high in fat and salt, limiting alcohol, avoiding tobacco and exercising most days as good ways to keep kidneys healthy.
Again, as I have stated in other posts, let food be your medicine. Look up foods that have Vitamin C, Vitamin A, etc. Don’t reply on supplements that may or may not be absorbing for your body type. If you are deficient they are fine for a short term and then create your diet around what you need. This can change over time…check in with your body and give it a variety diet. Eat the Rainbow! Have fun with foods and enjoy the different textures and tastes! Eating is part of life…it should be enjoyed!
Every organ corresponds to the energy of a certain emotion, and every disease stems from an imbalance in an organ or its meridians (energy channels). This is a fundamental idea in Chinese Medicine. Many times a physical disorder linked to a certain organ actually stems from an imbalance in the emotion associated with that organ. The reverse could be true: an imbalanced organ can heighten the specific emotion experienced by an individual. It can become a vicious cycle. So, people with kidney issues could be living in more fear than the average person with healthy kidneys. Fear is the emotion associated with Kidneys (water element).
It is a normal adaptive emotion, but can become chronic when we ignore it. Kidney issues often arise when we are dealing with fear, such as a change in life direction or unstable living conditions. When we experience extreme fright, our kidneys struggle to hold Qi and we can quite literally pee our pants. Involuntary urination like this is often seen in ‘stage fright’.
Reduce: cheese, salt, animal protein, sugars, excessively cooling foods.
We have helped many clients with kidney issues and no animal protein is the quickest way to turning around kidney issues. You can go back to it when you have healthy kidneys…it’s not a life sentence.
Kidneys have ties to Root, Sacral and Solar Plexus Chakras. I like the colors Yellow, Red, Magenta and Green for kidney health. Instruments like drumming and flute are used in the Harmonic Egg to support the kidneys.