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Ways to Support Kidney Health

ways to support kidney health

Here are ways to support kidney health.

Your kidneys play a vital role in your health. Without them your body could not absorb nutrients or filter waste and toxins. March is National Kidney Month, and March 10 is World Kidney Day. In keeping with this theme, this post is designed to overview the importance of kidney health, as well as natural ways to support your kidneys.

Your Kidneys – The Basics 

Your kidneys are fist-sized organs located at the bottom of the rib cage on either side of the body. They are part of the renal system, which eliminates waste and supports detoxification. The kidneys were created to function beyond capacity, which is why you can donate one and still live a healthy life. In fact, 1 kidney functioning at only 75% of capacity can sustain a healthy human body with minimal issue.

The Body’s Filter

As part of the renal, or urinary system, the kidneys have several main functions. The kidneys filter roughly 200 quarts of fluid every day, returning beneficial substances to the body and eliminating waste in the form of urine. Roughly 198 quarts are returned to the body, while 2 quarts are excreted through urine over a 24 hour period.

Role in Nutrient Absorption

Your kidneys play a key role in helping your body absorb essential nutrients. For example, kidneys activate the form of vitamin D necessary for calcium absorption. They also work to regulate Ph levels, salt, potassium, and blood pressure.

Diabetes and Kidney Function

There are a number of things that can cause a loss of or decline in kidney function, with the number one cause being diabetes. Over time, high blood sugar levels may cause clogs in the kidneys leading to a decline in function. Diabetes can also cause nerve damage that causes a decrease in bladder function and normal elimination. The pressure of a consistently full bladder can cause damage to all parts of the renal system.

Supporting Healthy Kidneys

Although some kidney disease is genetic, such as polycystic kidney disease and predisposition to kidney stones, most kidney disease is created through a poor diet, a lack of activity, and other less than healthy habits.

The best way to support your kidneys is to maintain an active lifestyle, paired with a healthy diet. Maintaining a healthy weight and eating a diet low in processed foods keeps excess amounts of sugar and salt from building up in your kidneys and causing blockages or painful kidney stones.

Supplements to Support Kidney Health

The Professional Supplement Center store carries a number of products designed to support kidney health, here are a few we recommend.

Kidney Support by Professional Botanicals

Containing a proprietary blend of European Goldenrod leaf, fenugreek seed, hydrangea root, plantain leaf, horsetail aerial, cordyceps mycelium, and other adaptogens, Kidney Support by Professional Botanicals is a natural way to support kidney health and detoxification.

Rentone by Ayush Herbs

Rentone by Ayush Herbs is a formula designed for kidney and urinary support with a unique combination of Eastern and Western herbs. Using a blend of shilajeet, vitamin B, cranberry, and other natural ingredients this supplement provides nutritional support for kidney health.

What steps are you taking to support kidney health this March and throughout the year? Share your favorite products of lifestyle hacks with our team in the comments section below.

Kidney Disease – Are You At Risk?

kidney_monthJacquieIconBy Jacquie Eubanks
BSN, RN
 

While low on our radar screens, the kidneys are very important organs that play a huge role in our overall health. If you think you are not at risk for kidney disease, think again. The fact is that one in ten adults in the U.S., equating to 20 million people, currently have kidney disease, and studies show that more than half of middle aged adults are at risk of developing chronic kidney disease (CKD) at some point during their lifetime. CKD is a relatively common and life threatening illness that slowly damages the kidneys over a period of years and often goes undetected until an advanced diagnosis is made.

One in three adults with diabetes and one in five adults with high blood pressure have kidney disease, making these two conditions the leading causes of CKD. Other risk factors include heart disease, aging, obesity, congenital abnormalities and a family history of kidney disease. Smoking and alcohol consumption can cause high blood pressure, increasing the risk for developing kidney disease. Additionally, pharmaceutical and OTC drugs can damage the kidneys if taken incorrectly. The warning signs of kidney disease include high blood pressure, blood or protein in the urine, more frequent or difficult urination, excess waste such as creatinine and blood urea nitrogen in the blood, puffiness around the eyes and swelling of the face, hands, abdomen and feet.

Why is healthy kidney function so critical? Many of us know that the kidneys produce urine, a highly complex and life sustaining body function that is necessary to remove waste products. These hard working organs filter all the blood in your body every 30 minutes! In addition to filtering the blood and removing waste, the kidneys are responsible for regulating the body’s fluid levels, balancing pH and electrolyte levels, controlling blood pressure and calcium metabolism, generating an active form of vitamin D and producing hormones that stimulate red blood cell production.

It’s safe to say that most of us would rather prevent kidney disease than treat it once it occurs. Simple urine and blood tests can tell you how well your kidneys are functioning. Early detection and treatment can slow or prevent CKD progression. With end stage kidney failure, 85 -90% of kidney function is lost, necessitating dialysis. Dialysis treatment filters wastes and water from the blood to help control blood pressure and maintain a safer level of chemicals in the blood. However, this life saving therapy can be challenging and costly. In cases of acute kidney failure, such as caused by an injury, severe dehydration or a serious illness, dialysis may only be needed for a short period of time to aid in kidney recovery. CKD necessitates dialysis for the remainder of one’s life and eventually the need for a kidney transplant is inevitable. While there are many obstacles to having a kidney transplant, including cost, long waiting lists for a healthy kidney and finding a well-matched donor, some will find they are not considered a good candidate and are therefore ineligible for a kidney transplant.  

As always, prevention is the key to good health. As we age, we may need to pay more attention to our lifestyle habits. Our lives, as well as our quality of life, may very well depend upon healthy living strategies. The National Kidney Foundation provides the following recommendations that everyone can and should do to maintain optimal kidney function and promote overall wellness. Additionally, for those who may already have CKD, the foundation recommends consuming protein in moderation, avoiding NSAID painkillers, and taking steps to lower blood pressure and control blood sugar levels, especially if diabetes is a factor.

  • If you smoke, quit
  • Drink water to stay well hydrated
  • Maintain a normal weight
  • Follow a balanced heart healthy diet
  • Watch your overall sodium consumption
  • Exercise regularly
  • Drink alcohol in moderation if at all
  • Monitor cholesterol levels
  • Get an annual physical
  • Know your family health history

Products that support kidney health include:

Renagen™ DTX by MetagenicsRenagen DTX This product supplies a specific blend of nutritional factors and traditionally used herbs to promote healthy kidney detoxification and provide antioxidant protection. Gluten free, Non-GMO formula.

 

 Argizyme™ by Biotics ResearchArgizyme This product is designed to support normal kidney and bladder function with a unique, proprietary blend of botanicals, amino acids, enzymes, vitamins, minerals and organ supporting ingredients. Gluten and dairy free formula.
 
 
 
UriCare® by Himalaya Herbal HealthcareUriCare This clinically studied proprietary herbal formula provides soothing support for the urinary tract, promotes the normal filtration efforts of the kidneys, provides antioxidant protection and supports normal bladder muscle contraction and relaxation. This synergistically complete formula is gluten and additive free and is safe for long term use.
 
 Kidney Korrect™ by Designs for HealthKidney Korrect This comprehensive kidney support formula contains a patented blend of kidney protective botanicals shown to improve kidney function and reduce kidney damage due conditions such as diabetes and hypertension. Gluten free, Non-GMO vegetarian formula.
 
 
 
References:
Why Are the Kidneys So Important?  https://www.kidney.org/kidneydisease/howkidneyswrk
Keep Your Kidneys Healthy. http://newsinhealth.nih.gov/issue/Mar2013/Feature1
At Risk for Kidney Disease? http://nkdep.nih.gov/learn/are-you-at-risk.shtml
About Your Kidneys.  http://www.kidneyfund.org/are-you-at-risk/about-kidneys/