The kidneys are a vital component of your body’s innate ability to detoxify itself. That is why it is so important to learn how to heal kidneys if they become diseased or damaged. Read on to learn more!
Symptoms of Kidney Disease
Fatigue – being tired all of the time
Healthy kidneys make a hormone called erythropoietin, or EPO, that tells your body to make oxygen-carrying red blood cells. As the kidneys fail, they make less EPO. With fewer red blood cells to carry oxygen, your muscles and brain tire very quickly. This is anemia, and it can be treated.
Feeling cold – when others are warm
Anemia can make you feel cold all the time, even in a warm room.
Shortness of breath – after very little effort
Being short of breath can be related to the kidneys in two ways. First, extra fluid in the body can build up in the lungs. And second, anemia (a shortage of oxygen-carrying red blood cells) can leave your body oxygen-starved and short of breath.
Feeling faint, dizzy, or weak
Anemia related to kidney failure means that your brain is not getting enough oxygen. This can lead to feeling faint, dizzy, or weak.
Trouble thinking clearly
Anemia related to kidney failure means that your brain is not getting enough oxygen. This can lead to memory problems or trouble with concentration.
Feeling very itchy
Kidneys remove wastes from the bloodstream. When the kidneys fail, the build-up of wastes in your blood can cause severe itching.
Swelling in hands or feet
Failing kidneys don’t remove extra fluid, which builds up in your body causing swelling in the legs, ankles, feet, and/or hands.
Swollen or puffy face
Failing kidneys don’t remove extra fluid, which builds up in your body causing swelling in the face.
Food tastes like metal
A build-up of wastes in the blood (called uremia) can make food taste different and cause bad breath. You may also notice that you stop liking to eat meat, or that you are losing weight because you just don’t feel like eating.
A build-up of wastes in the blood (called uremia) can cause bad breath.
Upset stomach, nausea, vomiting
A severe build-up of wastes in the blood (uremia) can also cause nausea and vomiting. Loss of appetite can lead to weight loss.
Getting up during the night to make urine
Kidneys make urine, so when the kidneys are failing, the urine may change. How? You may urinate more often, or in greater amounts than usual, with pale urine. You may feel pressure or have difficulty urinating.
Foamy or bubbly urine
Kidneys make urine, so when the kidneys are failing, the urine may change. How? Urine may be foamy or bubbly. This can lead to an above-normal amount of protein in the urine.
Brown, red, or purple urine
Kidneys make urine, so when the kidneys are failing, the urine may change. How? You may urinate less often, or in smaller amounts than usual, with dark-colored urine. Your urine may contain blood.
Pressure when you make urine
Kidneys make urine, so when the kidneys are failing, the urine may change. How? You may feel pressure or have difficulty urinating.
Treatment of Anemia
Anemia is essentially a side-effect of kidney disease, so it must be treated. Treatment is given depending on which nutrient or component is missing. There are several different types of anemia. We’ll discuss the main types.
Iron-deficiency anemia is a result of a lack of iron in the body. This is treated with iron supplements.
Megaloblastic anemia is the result of a lack of vitamin B-12 (many vegans/vegetarians will have this if they aren’t careful about their diet). This is treated with vitamin B-12 supplements.
Finally, anemia of chronic disease, such as that found with kidney disease. This is treated with EPO injections as long as the patient does not have under lying heart conditions.
Ok, The Anemia is Gone. Now What?
Now you will learn how to heal kidneys. There are several things you can do. Let’s start with my favorite.
Try the DASH diet. DASH stands for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension. Hypertension can greatly affect kidney health.
On the DASH diet you will eat lots of whole grains and fiber, fresh fruits and vegetables, fish, poultry, beans, seeds and nuts. You will also reduce sodium intake.
Reducing sodium is important for kidney health. The average American diet is extremely high in sodium. Sodium causes fluid retention, and too much fluid is damaging to the kidneys, especially when they’re already damaged.
Reduce Mineral Intake
Talk to your doctor to find out if you need to reduce your intake of Phosphorous, Calcium, and Potassium. Your kidneys may not be able to filter out these minerals if they are damaged.
If you have diabetes, keep your blood sugars under control. This will ensure that your kidneys are not working harder than they need to in order to get rid of excess sugar in the blood.
How to heal kidneys? Exercise! Regular exercise can help keep your body, including your kidneys healthy. It can help you lose any extra pounds, which will ease the burden on your kidneys.
Another way to heal kidneys is by taking an herbal supplement that helps your body detox the way it is intended to. Make sure you talk to your doctor before taking anything, but Bioterra Herbs’ Detox supplement is very gentle and safe enough to use every day. Click the image below for a link to learn more about the herbs and to purchase the product.