My Body Parts....aka....How do I stay healthy?
First of all, exactly what do the kidneys do? Answer, A LOT!!!!! We each have two kidneys (Unless you’re from Mars, then you might have three.) A Right and a Left kidney. They are not just one large filter system, as so many people think. In reality they are made up of about a million filtering units called nephrons. And they all work like crazy, 24/7-365. Every single day your kidneys filter about 120 to 150 quarts of blood to keep the composition of your blood stable. Modern Western physiology sees the kidneys primarily as a filter to remove waste from your blood and excrete it as urine. That’s a big job in itself, but Chinese medicine sees the organs as possessing a much deeper purpose. The concept of the kidney shares similarities with our understanding of the adrenals, the small glands that sit on top of our kidneys. The Adrenals produce over 50 hormones that drive our growth, development, reproduction, inflammation, blood pressure, blood sugar and many other processes in our bodies. Other functions of the kidneys are…. Governing the water in your body, directing red blood cell production in bone marrow, and helping to build and maintain your bones. Yes, they are hard little workers.
So, we really do need to treat them well. Here’s a few things we can do to keep them healthy, because we could be in big trouble if they get sick.
1. Avoid eating raw foods in the winter….harder to digest.
2. Fear stresses out your kidneys. They might not complain at the time, but too much stress and problems could arise later. So be careful not to indulge too much in those horror films, or that terrifying roller coaster ride you love, but which scares you silly.
3. Try not to use too much salt or sugar.
4. Make sure you drink plenty of water every day.
5. Don’t eat or drink anything in excess. In other words, if you feel full….stop.
What should we consume to help them?
- Beans….black, kidney, adzuki and chick peas.
- Beef, lamb, rabbit, goose, duck, chicken and eggs.
- Walnuts, chestnuts, black sesame seeds.
- Dark leafy greens.
- Milk and butter, in moderation...
And in winter it is important to add the following to your diet:
- Garlic and ginger
- Soups, stews and bone broths.
- Cinnamon, nutmeg and cardmom.
- Apples, pears, and citrus fruits.
- Root vegetables, squashes, leafy winter greens, mushrooms.
Remember…..too much stress or worry can cause your adrenaline levels to drop, drop, drop,and that can make your kidneys sick, sick, sick without you even being aware of it……until your are….and then you will not be very happy!!
TIP…..is your hair is looking a little lifeless and dull lately, and nothing you do makes it any better? Lower back feeling weak? Hands and feet cold a lot? Suffering chronic bronchitis?
Skin Dry? Seeing more wrinkles than you think you should have? Hair Loss? Lack of sexual fluids? TALK TO A DOCTOR…….NOW! Your kidneys just might be unhappy!!!!!