Blog#97 Balancing Life at the 2020 Spring Equinox

                          Blog# 97 Balancing Life at the 2020 Spring Equinox

In the year 2020, the Vernal (spring) Equinox occurs earlier than most others.  Around this time, give or take a couple of days, there are equal amounts of sunlight and darkness.  You could think of it as a waxing moon or a rising sun, with the Summer Solstice or the full moon being the maximum. The vernal equinox can be viewed as a tipping point, from more darkness into more light.  With this change, there is a surge of growth in the world: animal young are conceived or are growing more and more rapidly.  Trees are starting to bud, tree sap is rising in maximum amounts.  Humans become restless and want to socialize, explore, flourish.  Unfortunately, these outgoing activities may help viruses and some other microorganisms proliferate. 

So this particular spring, it might be enjoyable to learn a new skill, such as taking a photography course online.  It might be fun to cook meals using new recipes, clean house (some people like doing that), write that novel or memoir or poetry or article you’ve been meaning to write.  It could be rewarding spending time with a partner or children and learn to communicate more effectively.  Learning about foods or exercises or herbs and other supplements could be essential in helping protect your health or the health of others. 

In addition to the above, there are many things you can do to help sustain yourself through the stress of the coming weeks, months or year.  Here are just a few things which some people may not have thought of. 

  • Learn and practice abdominal breathing. This is also referred to as belly breathing and diaphragmatic breathing.  Not only will it help calm the mind, it will also help increase lung vital capacity and also help improve blood and energy circulation throughout the body.  This improvement of circulation through the organ massage provided by abdominal breathing will help improve digestion and elimination as well as help improve endocrine and immune system function. 
  • Massage both feet, especially the soles, for at least 20 minutes every day. This will help cleanse the body of toxins, make walking more comfortable, improve physical balance and stability, calm the mind, and will help support functioning of the internal organs, musculoskeletal system and more.  
  • Create, read, watch, and /or listen to something inspiring every day. This will help counteract some of the stress and fear people may be feeling regarding health, occupation, finances, responsibilities, family and more.  This habit can also help improve intuition and allow access to more ideas than would be possible if worry, fear and other emotions took over the mind. 
  • Eat as healthfully as possible, stressing whole foods that nourish and benefit the body. If some of these foods are not available, consider consuming a high quality multivitamin and mineral supplement or else some high quality herbal supplements to nourish the body and mind and assist in defense against various agents of infectious disease.
  • Without self-endangerment, offer and provide assistance, such as grocery shopping, car transportation, money gift cards, or cooked meals to those who are vulnerable and in need.

This blog’s offer:  please feel free to contact me with questions about ways to support your health.  I may suggest nutritional supplements, yoga stretches, or new ways of coping with the world situation.  Currently, my office is still open to offer treatments to those who have no signs or symptoms of infection.  I wish you safe passage through these difficult times.

 

 

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Blog #96 Staying Healthy During a Pandemic

                    Blog #96 Staying Safe from Infection During a Pandemic

With news of the corona virus invading the media, most of us are probably starting to formulate plans to protect ourselves and our loved ones.  This blog features information about prevention, some of which may be novel to readers.

From Perelandra, an organization located in Virginia, which frequently features information about resisting and recovering from infection and about potential pandemics, I am including the following suggestions:

Wash your hands frequently with soap and hot water. Soap between your fingers, don’t forget your thumbs and finger tips. Or if water is not available, use alcohol wipes or anti-bacterial hand sanitizers. 

Keep your hands away from your eyes, nose and mouth. If you do touch your face, wash your hands.

If infection is spreading in your region, wear a surgical mask when in close quarters with others, or at the grocery store. The key to the effectiveness of the mask is wearing it properly so there’s no space or openings between the mask and your face. Also, don’t reach under the mask to scratch your face. And if you do, don’t put that mask back on.

Monitor your temperature. If it spikes, stay home from work out of consideration for other commuters and your coworkers.

Wear leather gloves at the gas pump.

Stay hydrated. Especially drink water. 

Shower and shampoo as soon as you get home, and put the clothes you were wearing straight into the hamper. Set yourself and your family up to make this easy. Put a hamper by the door through which you enter your home, and hang clean robes for each family member to use from the door to the shower.

Leave your shoes at the door. Have a set of indoor slippers ready if your floor is cold.

Carry your own pen for signing receipts when you’re shopping.

Learn to use smart phone pay systems, and get them set up now so you can avoid having to touch the credit card swiper or sign anything at checkout counters or gas stations.

Use disinfectant wipes to clean surfaces two to five times a day, depending on the number of people using them. Surfaces include doorknobs, countertops (don’t forget the edges), light switches, shared keyboards and mouses, printer keypads, shared phones, water cooler buttons, fridge handles, sink handles, toilet handles, remote controls all on/off switches and more.

Wipe down tablets or smart phones frequently through the day, especially if you share them with others.

If someone in your house isn’t well, separate their toothbrush, give them separate hand towels, launder bedding frequently.  Wear a face mask while in their room, handling the bedding and laundry and consider using disposable/compostable dishes, utensils and paper towels for the duration of the pandemic.

Air out the building or the office, floor or classroom once a day for at least 15-20 minutes. It’s a short time of being chilly, but it pays off with not breathing in stuffy air full of everything your coworkers or family have been exhaling!

Set up humidifiers (moist air vaporizers are best) in your home and office during the colder months when indoor air is dry. If you use filters, give your humidifier a thorough cleaning once a week to ensure nothing is growing in there and then travelling out into the air.

Sneeze or cough into your elbow. Teach your kids to do this. Remind friends and coworkers to do this, too.

Maintain good toothbrush hygiene.  Replace your toothbrush regularly — especially after an illness, and keep your toothbrush covered when not in use.

Get a good night’s sleep. Lack of sleep may profoundly impact your body’s immune function.

Keep your mind and emotions calm.  Fear, anger, worry and sadness are not inevitable responses to a pandemic.  Prepare for the worst and hope for the best. 

Should you and your family find yourselves at home for an extended period of time due to illness, it is helpful to have the needed supplies. Prioritize and purchase gradually so it doesn’t seriously impact your budget.

One way to do this is to buy extra non-perishable foods with your regular groceries each week. Also, if you are able, buy an extra supply of the herbal, vitamin and multimineral supplements or prescription medicines you or your family members need to take regularly.  Check out my blog #94 for some suggestions re: remedies to strengthen your resistance to viral and other infections.

This may sound like overkill, and maybe it is, but in some cases, this approach would likely be very wise and may even save lives. 

Other things you can do is eat very healthy, get regular chiropractic and/or acupuncture treatments, is that is feasible, and get some regular exercise, even it is just doing Yoga or Tai Chi or even walking around in a small area. 

This blog’s offer:  here is a link about preparedness from the Red Cross that you might appreciate.  Anatomy of a First Aid Kit

As always, feel free to contact me with questions or problems, as well as for professional support of your health in these challenging times. 

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Blog#95 Addiction: Shaking the Habit

                                       Blog 95 Addiction:  Shaking the Habit

 Recently, I listened to an interesting interview with Annie Grace, where she described her addiction to alcohol and how she eventually overcame it.  One of the things she did was do extensive research for a year about how to overcome addictions (in her case, alcohol) and how to reconcile conflicts between the conscious and subconscious minds regarding habits and life choices.  The person’s conscious mind might want to stop drinking alcohol or smoking cigarettes or consuming large amounts of sugar, or whatever else a person might do that impacts their health and their self-esteem negatively, (to say nothing of their finances).  But their subconscious mind may want to continue engaging in addictive habits.  Until a person can resolve this conflict, they will be struggling with themselves, something that consumes energy and negatively impacts health and self-esteem in the long run. 

 She presented approaches which had worked for herself.  For one thing, she had never labeled herself as an alcoholic, and felt that her attitude gave her more power to take the next step.  She stopped drinking alcohol for one month.  She stopped 100% and promised herself that after a solid 30 days without alcohol, she would then allow herself to take a drink, and she had to do this mindfully.  This meant that she was completely aware of what she was thinking, feeling, tasting, smelling, seeing, hearing, and touching as she purchased the alcohol, as she took it home, and she opened the bottle, as she poured herself a drink, as she raised the glass to her lips, as she took a sip, as she swallowed, and as the alcohol then traveled down her esophagus and into her stomach.  Now, understand that she already consciously wanted to quit, but her subconscious had felt differently.  She chose a month free from the substance because by that time, the physical aspect of the addiction would be past, and what would be left was the mental and emotional attachments.  When she listened to her mind and body as she took that first sip after 30 days, she realized that she did not even like the feel of the alcohol in her body.  She also understood that she had survived emotionally and socially for 30 days without the substance.  She was able to quit, and no longer felt conflicted regarding alcohol consumption.  Understand, if she had been so addicted that she had severe shakes when she stopped drinking, then should would have needed some professional help to free herself from the substance.  Fortunately, she was not that seriously addicted.   

 Annie Grace has shared her experiences and approach to quitting free of charge, and has helped many other people free themselves from alcohol addiction. Some of these people occasionally may have a drink. One to two drinks per week probably will not increase the risk of cancer, stroke, ulcers, autoimmune illness, heart attack, etc.  But more than this can negatively impact one’s health.  And generally, when people have been struggling unsuccessfully with a habit for a long time, they are relieved to finally succeed in freeing themselves.  It would make no sense to go back to the way things were.

 Something struck me as I listened to her interview:  the same method of quitting alcohol should be helpful in quitting any other substance, as long as as a person is not seriously physically addicted.  I am including a link to Annie Grace speaking for a few minutes about her overcoming her addiction.  If that sounds good to you, or if you think it could help someone you know, you can find more information on her website.  Here is the link:  it would be best to cut and paste it to your browser.  Free Alcohol Experiment program 

 This blog’s offer:  Consider having several sessions of hypnosis, as well as self-hypnosis instruction to help quit any undesired and harmful habit.  As a certified hypnotist, I can offer this service and instruction.  Happy New Year 2020. 

 

 

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Blog #94 Good Health – Important for a Fulfilling Life

 Blog #94 Good Health – Important for a Fulfilling Life  

Many people consider good health to be one of  our most precious assets, and for good reason.  Without our health, we may not have the energy or endurance to work at a job, care for others, enjoy the world around us, and achieve and embody the things that matter most to us. 

With the New Year, winter weather, and the flu season here, it is important to take extra good care of ourselves.  There are many vital aspects of self-care.  These include getting sufficient sleep. Sound and peaceful sleep allows the body to heal and rebuild, helps the mind to stay sharp, supports the various organ systems to function well, and keeps us more emotionally in balance.

Proper nutrition is another factor of self-care.  Staying well-hydrated and consuming whole, nutritious, non-processed foods aid in both keeping the body and mind vital and minimizing toxicity.  The better nourished and the less toxic we are the more able we will be to resist acute infections.

Regular exercise is also important for health.  Walking, running, Yoga, Tai Chi, Pilates, stretching and weight lifting all can be helpful.  Playing at sports you enjoy, such as tennis, canoeing, or biking, as well as gardening, housecleaning and repair, and wilderness hiking can also be helpful.  Regular exercise can improve blood and lymphatic circulation, eliminative function and detoxification. Other benefits are better muscle tone, greater self-confidence and a calmer mind. 

Maintaining strong posture and abdominal breathing helps with all aspects of health and vitality, from feeling centered, to keeping the joints aligned and stable, and establishing  good balance to prevent missteps and falls. 

Also important in maintaining good health are various holistic therapies.  Massage helps relax muscles and improve circulation and lymphatic drainage.  Chiropractic adjusting also does the and especially helps to teach us to keep musculoskeletal and nervous systems functioning optimally.  Acupuncture helps coordinate and balance the body’s electrical and circulatory systems, which can generally support health and well-being.  Tonic and medicinal herbs can help improve resistance to infection and also remedies physiological imbalances. 

Now, I want to focus on several herbal remedies that often can prevent colds and flu or shorten their duration.  The Chinese herbal formulas Yin Chiao and Gan Mao Ling can help halt the onset of an upper respiratory infection when taken at the very start of symptoms, such as the first hint of a scratchy throat, headache, fatigue or slight warm or chilled feeling.  Yin Chiao treats a more heated condition and Gan Mao Ling is helpful with a more chilled condition.  Since many infections present as a combination of both hot and cold symptoms, it often is helpful to take one each of these remedies.  Frequency is usually three times a day, for two or three days.  Once the infection has fully manifested, these herbs will be of little help.  They can be obtained from stores in Chinatown. Better quality versions of these herbs can be obtained through an acupuncturist. 

Another helpful remedy is a combination of vitamin C and Echinacea.  I personally like Standard Process brand Cataplex C and Medi Herb brand Echinacea Premium.  You can tell that an Echinacea supplement is potent if it makes your tongue tingle.  The stronger the tingle and the longer it lasts, the better the supplement.  Usually, taking one each of these, morning and night for several days to a few weeks will keep you resistant to colds and flu strong.  They will also speed up recovery from these infections.  It is best to purchase vitamin C and Echinacea from a holistic practitioner rather than from online companies. 

Lastly, Sambucus Elderberry concentrate, preferably in liquid form, is an excellent tonic. Since it is very sweet, it is not appropriate for everyone, but most people tolerate it well.  Elderberry concentrate can help support you through the flu season.  Then, it is best to then take a break until the next year’s flu season.  Usually one half to one teaspoon one to three times a day will be sufficient.  Sambucus Elderberry concentrate can be purchased at Whole Foods and similar stores. 

This blog’s offer.  Feel free to call me with questions or come in for a consultation and treatment to support your health this year.  Resolve to treat yourself with kindness this year. 

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Blog#93 A Thankful Attitude Can Help Make the Holidays Happy

                   Blog#93:  A Thankful Attitude Can Reduce Holiday Stress

 There are many reasons why people feel stressed during the winter holidays.  Busy schedules, tight budgets, tense personal relations, food overload, and traveling or receiving guests are just some of the issues.  However, the end of year holidays can give us inspiration and support inner calm and happiness even in the face of challenging situations. 

 Let’s start with All Hallows Eve, All Souls Day, the Day of the Dead and similar holidays. From October 31st to November 2nd, people of diverse countries, religions and cultures renew their connection to deceased family and friends with special foods, decorations, costumes, altars, and other celebrations and rituals.  The living receive guidance from the dead and show appreciation and respect for friends and relatives who have crossed over.  The living celebrate the lives of the deceased and also give thanks for their own ongoing lives.  Death is not seen as a tragic ending or loss, but rather as transition, transformation and continuance for which to be thankful. 

 Following this holiday, Thanksgiving helps remind us how essential the earth, plants, animals, and other people are for our survival.  Thanksgiving Day and similar holidays are celebrated on varying dates and places throughout the world, including the U.S., Canada, some Caribbean islands, Liberia, Germany, the Netherlands, and Japan.  A common theme is giving thanks for the harvest that will sustain celebrants for another year. Thanksgiving dinners often provide massive quantities of food.  Centuries ago, there was likely a good reason for these large meals.  Then, food often was scarce and people could not be sure how much nourishment they would be able to obtain between autumn harvest and the following spring, when the earth once again became prolific.  Eating big meals in autumn, when food was available, helped people put on a little extra fat, which the body could burn off in the dead of winter. 

 Finally, Christmas, Winter Solstice, Chanukah, Kwanza, New Years, and similar holidays all share a similar theme – celebrating the returning of light after maximum darkness. Whether we thank Christ, the savior for bringing us peace and salvation (Christmas), whether we regard with wonder the Sun God gradually returning more light to the world as we start moving toward spring (Winter Solstice), whether we commemorate the miracle of the Festival of Lights, when one cup of oil kept a poor woman’s candles burning for eight days (Chanukah), the themes of enlightenment, blessing and miracles are present.  And the New Year – celebrating the birth of another life cycle, and Kwanzaa – commemorating survival of African culture and traditions throughout the world both embrace survival and rebirth.  

 Looking at things from the perspectives of treasuring friends and family, living and deceased, thanking the earth for daily survival, and celebrating the return of light into our days, and mercy, grace and peace into our lives, we could conclude that we have much to be thankful for, and that we can do much to make the holidays happy.  A thankful attitude can help reduce physical and emotional stress and help increase the joy in each day.

 This blog’s offer:  please accept my best wishes for happiness, prosperity and health for the coming yearly cycle. 

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Blog 92 Care-givers and Burnout

Blog #92 Burn-out and How to Avoid It

Recently, I have noticed that many of my patients suffer from exhaustion due to taking care of ailing or dying relative and friends.  Sometimes, these care-takers perceive that they have little or no time to care for themselves during these stressful months or years, and end up experiencing such physical and emotional pain and exhaustion that they have difficulty resuming their normal lives.

It is so important to care for yourself, even during the stressful and demanding times that you function as a care-taker.  Making sure that you eat nutritious food is essential, as is staying sufficiently hydrated.  Some people forget to eat or drink for many hours or even for a day or more.  And though occasionally, fasting is beneficial for health, it is advisable to fast during times when you can rest more than usual and when you are not under significant stress.  Recently, one person diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and caring for a close relative with severe dementia sent her blood sugar spiraling out of control because she was only eating one handful of potato chips a day.  She was unable to sleep and was having headaches, abdominal pain, constipation and almost constant leg cramps.  Fortunately, she was drinking plenty of water.  When she broke her fast sensibly, by first eating a salad and later on, half of a sandwich, her blood sugar returned into a safe range, her sleep returned to normal, the leg cramps, abdominal pain and headaches dissipated, and her bowels resumed moving normally. 

When care-taking responsibilities continue for long periods of time, people can eventually suffer from adrenal exhaustion, depression, and severe fatigue.   Some may develop food sensitivities or an autoimmune illness such as fibromyalgia or Hashimoto’s thyroiditis.  Others may develop chronic back pain and degenerative spinal changes may accelerate, sometimes contributing the development of bulging or herniated spinal discs. 

Even though eating properly, staying hydrated, getting sufficient sleep, and periodically obtaining emotional support and physical assistance with tasks may feel like an impossibility, the alternative, self-neglect, will usually cost much more inconvenience time, money and suffering in the long run.  We sometimes feel that the entire world rests on our shoulders and that a loved one will perish if not for us.  However, the world around us shows a very different picture: life will continue on and people will survive even when we pass away.  But we won’t get a chance to experience life anymore, nor will we get the chance to offer help and inspiration to others if we are incapacitated or our lives end due to extreme self-neglect. 

Some people find someone to prepare food for them, find a nutritious food service to deliver meals, or make time for food preparation.  Everyone must allow themselves sufficient time to sleep at night, and also sometimes to rest during the day.  Listening to enjoyable music, reading uplifting literature, or meditating is important, as is getting some exercise, such as yoga, tai chi or walking on a daily basis.  Of course, sometimes care-taking is labor intensive on its own and can be good exercise. 

Over the years, I have noticed that many people develop a significant illness within a year of a loved-one’s death.  One way to prevent this or at least to reduce the severity is through regular self-care.  Often, it is advisable to also obtain supportive care from one or more holistic health professional, such as a chiropractor, acupuncturist, massage therapist, herbalist or nutritionist.  Counseling may also be helpful.  All of this may sound self-evident, but when we are in the midst of overwhelming responsibilities, or in the throes of exhaustion afterward, we often forget all about self-care until it is too late. Then we may end up needing intensive care ourselves. 

This blog’s offer:  consider making an appointment for some supportive health-care, including chiropractic, acupuncture, dietary suggestions, nutritional supplementation, or even Chi Gong instruction.

 

 

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Blog #91 Kidney Health

                                             Blog #91 Kidney Health

 Recently, two friends and I had a conversation regarding kidney health.  Standard medical assessment has indicated that all three of us are in kidney failure.   All three of us have varying contributing factors to the diagnosis.  One person has a history of hypertension, which can damage the kidneys.  Additionally, several kidney stones have the harmed the kidneys.  A third factor is this person’s very sensitive nature, which can result in much stress on the body, including the urinary tract.  A second person has similar and different factors involved. Several medications and supplements likely are stressing the kidneys.  Aging also is having an effect.  This person’s  sensitive nature coupled with an unwanted and unexpected career shift is yet a third factor.   In my case, I appear to have been born with weak kidneys.  Repeated urinalyses since I was six years old indicated the presence of protein and glucose in the urine.  This means that since that early age, my kidneys were doing a poor job of handling protein and glucose.  The pediatrician’s other diagnostic tests did not reveal any structural abnormalities. He said to my parents: “We can’t find anything wrong at this time, but she might have problems with her kidneys when she gets older.”  He did not offer any nutritional advice, such as reducing protein intake, especially animal protein, or reducing sugar intake, especially processed sugars.  Both protein and sugar can stress the kidneys, as can high dietary  intake of potassium, sodium, phosphorous, and more, depending on the cause of the disease and the stage of kidney failure.  So in my case, a combination of either very early urinary tract infections or constitutional kidney weakness, along with aging, stress, and inappropriate nutrition (I had begun eating more protein when I had begun some weight training) were likely the main factors. 

Other contributors in kidney malfunction are poor diet – fast, junk and processed foods, foods high in sodium, potassium, phosphorous, sugar and/or protein.   Diabetes, sedentary lifestyle, obesity, chronic dehydration, excessive fluid intake, and too infrequent urination can also be important causes.   A blow or other injury to the low back can also result in organ failure. 

 The kidneys are located in the low back, on either side of the spine.  These endocrine glands constantly work to help with detoxification, proper mineral balance, maintaining strong bones and proper water balance, pH balance, blood pressure regulation, and more.  They help support the body’s energy level as well as help in the extraction of certain vitamins and minerals from food.  Kidneys help in the extraction of usable Vitamin D from food and sunlight, and at the same time can be harmed by too much supplemental Vitamin D.  People in severe kidney failure may live up to several years receiving dialysis, which performs at least some of the kidney’s vital tasks.  Other people may receive a donated kidney.  If they tolerate the strong anti-rejection medications, they may survive for quite a few years. 

 Treatment can vary greatly, depending on the severity of the problem, the health of the person involved, and the cause of the kidney damage.  Some basic approaches are below:

 Limit protein intake, particularly animal protein and protein powders.  Make sure the protein you do eat is high quality.  Some examples of high quality protein are wild-caught salmon or sardines, eggs from organically raised or biodynamically raised ducks or chickens, a mix of organically or biodynamically raised beans, legumes and/or grains, such as lentils and whole oats, a green salad with several other vegetables such as cabbage and radish, and pumpkin and squash seeds. 

 Eliminate processed sugars from the diet.  Fresh fruit in moderation is acceptable, but sugar (glucose sucrose and fructose) puts stress on the kidneys, as does uric acid, derived from various foods, such as red meat, rich and fried foods, and some sea foods.  Additionally, fruit high in fructose, such as dried fruit, juice, pomegranates, melon apple, cherries, pineapple and mango give rise to purines when broken down, which in turn, can result in high uric acid levels, which can stress and harm the kidneys. 

 Eliminate all added salt from the diet and keep sodium intake otherwise low.  High sodium stresses the kidneys and also gives rise to high blood pressure, which can further damage the already delicate blood vessels in the glomeruli – the filtering units of the kidneys. 

 Eliminate certain nutritional supplements from the diet, especially those containing potassium and large quantities of vitamin D.  These can be hard on the kidneys. 

Avoiding alcohol, nicotine, and recreational drugs will take a load off your kidneys.  Castor oil packs are sometimes used to detoxify the body and protect the liver, which is vulnerable when the kidneys are not functioning well. 

 Avoid foods that contain large quantities of phosphorous.  Dairy products red meat, sea foods, dark sodas, beans and nuts are all high in this mineral.  Not only does it stress the kidneys, but when the kidneys are unable to filter enough phosphorous from food, this mineral goes back into the blood and the resulting imbalance will result in calcium being pulled from the bones to balance out the extra phosphorous.  This, in turn, can lead to weakened bones and osteoporosis. 

 Keep fat consumption low, and avoid trans fats, such as margarines, corn oil and soy oils, completely.  Some saturated, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats are necessary for continued health, and long term survival. 

 Do not overeat, but stop when still a little hungry.  Excessive nutrients from food will also stress the kidneys, since they will need to work more to deal with the excess.  As long as there is a natural appetite, it is bet to wait to eat until hunger is noted.  Relax, eat slowly, and chew food well. 

 Find out what foods, if any, you are allergic and/or sensitive to, and avoid these.  Examples could be gluten, soy, or dairy. 

Some specific supplements can sometimes help slow the progress of kidney damage and disease.On the other hand, too many supplements will often over-tax the kidneys, so be careful regarding nutritional supplements.  Some herbs, including licorice, cats-claw and wormwood are particularly hard on the kidneys.  Some symptoms may be hypertension, fatigue and body aches.  Nettles, on the other hand are almost always beneficial, as is fresh-squeezed lemon juice in water first thing in the morning and possibly throughout the day. High quality turmeric herb can be helpful for kidney health.  A high quality pine bark extract can also be helpful for the kidneys.  I personally use two products from Standard Process – Arginex and Renafood.  However, depending on the severity of your kidney dysfunction, these two could possibly cause problems for you, so I urge you to work with a health care practitioner who has specific knowledge about kidney health and kidney disease.  A diet or supplements to prevent or counteract kidney stones is vital when stones are a major causative factor.  Individual with high risk for kidney stones may benefit from reducing or eliminating spinach, rhubarb, okra, beets, nut butters, fries, and potato chips from the diet.  Daily apple cider vinegar or lemon juice in water, frequent consumption of basal and regular consumption of real sauerkraut all may be helpful in preventing kidney stones, as will losing weight, if needed, and sufficient hydration, with water. 

This blog’s offer:  feel free to contact me regarding anything in this article about which you have questions. 

 

 

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