Protecting your precious kidneys

our kidneys are made to work for an entire lifetime when cared for properly. However, in the U.S. the incidence of chronic kidney disease has been rising at an alarming rate. A report published by the American Journal of Kidney Disease revealed that the amount of adults 30 years or older that are predicted to have this issue with their kidneys has increased from 13.2% currently, to 14.4% in 2020 and 16.7% in 2030. It turns out that about 1 in 8 people today have the early stages of chronic kidney disease and do not know it. 

"We are surprised by the high probability of developing CKD during a lifetime" said Thomas Hoerger, PhD, a health economist and senior fellow at RTI International. It's higher than most diseases that immediately jump to mind." For US adults aged 30-49, 50 to 64, and 65 or older with no CKD at baseline, the residual lifetime incidence of CKD is 54%, 52% and 42% respectively, according to Dr. Hoerger's research. This is startling when compared to the incidence of breast cancer, which is 11%, or diabetes which is 33% and hypertension which is about 90% for middle aged men.

What is causing this alarming rate? What can be done about it? How you apply these principles to your biofeedback practice?

What do your kidneys do?

The kidneys are (of course!) bean-shaped organs, each about the size of a fist. They are located below the rib cage, one on each side of the spine. Each day, the two kidneys filter about 120-150 quarts of blood to produce 1-2 quarts of urine. Urine is composed of wastes and extra fluid. The metabolites of protein breakdown, including the breakdown of ammonia into urea and uric acid, are eliminated in the urine. It is essential that your kidneys work properly to maintain proper mineral balance and to eliminate waste from the body. Your kidneys are meant to last a lifetime in good order. The way we live our lives today appears to be causing early deterioration of the kidneys. However, there are ways to reverse the damage and prevent further issues in the future.

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How do your kidneys work?

The kidney is not one large filter. Each kidney is made up of about a million filtering units called nephrons. Each nephron filters a small amount of blood. The nephron includes a filter, called the glomerulus, and a tubule. The nephrons work through a two-step process. The glomerulus lets fluid and waste products pass through it; however, it prevents blood cells and large molecules, mostly proteins, from passing. The filtered fluid then passes through the tubule, which sends needed minerals back to the bloodstream and removes wastes. The final product becomes urine. In a system that contains million nephrons, it is the tiniest of blood vessels that provides the flow of oxygen and nutrition to this area. It is of the utmost importance to keep these vessels healthy. Certain lifestyle modifications can really help with this. Biofeedback can give a sense of where you are energetically with your kidneys and provide helpful frequencies for harmonizing the energy.

What do I need to be concerned about?

The main concern is a diet that could promote the loss of oxygen flow through the kidneys. Related to this is the health of the vessels. Diets high in fat, which include meat and dairy as well as oil, may contribute to atherosclerosis. Anytime you eat a high oil diet, you decrease the effective flow of blood through the vessels.

What do I need to do to protect myself?

Think of your strategy as one that provides the most oxygen to your kidneys. What are the things that will reach this goal? Deep breathing, exercise, rebounding and stretching. In particular, yoga is designed to massage all the organs through different spinal twists. In considering your food, think of the foods that have the most prana or vital force. These often help to create good oxygen flow. Examples would be fresh wheatgrass juice or fresh juices, fruits and vegetables. On the flip side, consider avoiding foods that could ultimately starve the tiny microvasculature of oxygen. Foods such as meat, butter, milk, eggs, vegetable oils including olive oil can contribute the process of atherosclerosis in the vessels and reduce oxygenation as a result.

Lower protein for success, source of protein counts

At one time, I worked with a fitness center to run detoxification and juicing programs. I was deeply concerned at the amount of protein that they encouraged their clients to consume; the recommendation at that time was twice the amount in grams of protein as your body weight. For example, it was recommended that a 150 lb client to consume about 300g of protein each day in order to build muscle. This kind of consistent consumption of protein can strain and even damage the kidneys. The normal range of human need for protein is about 30-50 g of protein. If you consume enough calories of whole, unprocessed foods such as whole grains, legumes, vegetables and fruits you will never fall under that amount.

To be clear, not consuming enough protein is NOT the risk factor. Consuming too much protein IS the risk factor. Consuming more protein than the body needs can strain and even scar the kidneys. As stated in a study published in the American Journal of Nephrology, “High protein intake may accelerate progressive renal damage.” (Am J Nephrol, 1991 11(5) 380-5. Interestingly, plant-based proteins do not seem to affect the kidneys in the same way as meat and dairy derived foods.

There was actually a study done on this. When you consume beef or tuna, the pressure on the kidneys increases within hours. This might not be an issue, but it is that people are eating these types of meals day in and out for a lifetime. It means that you can unknowingly harm your kidneys over time by doing actions that have been touted as healthy and beneficial. But this does not happen in the same way with plant protein as evidenced in the following study, “Effect of whole soy and purified isoflavone daidzein on renal function--a 6-month randomized controlled trial in equol-producing postmenopausal women with prehypertension”. In this study, they found that the group consuming soy but the same amount of protein grams per day had moderate improvement in kidney function compared to the group consuming a dairy based protein.

Cleanse the kidneys

The idea behind cleansing the kidneys is to use herbs and essential oils that will help you to excrete uric acid and other waste from the kidneys more efficiently than is done on a regular day. Combining this with a cleansing diet that is low in protein will enhance the effects of such a cleanse.

Try Dr. Andreas Moritz Kidney Cleanse tea, which assists in clearing waste from the kidney and helping them to function better.

Use the Unda numbers, usually under the direct order of a naturopathic doctor, or obtain them energetically here. Unda #2 is absolutely fascinating. It is a combined drainage remedy created in the philospohy of 5 element Chinese Medicine. It has been said that Unda 2 is good for all eliminations, not just the kidney, but it is good for the bowel, perspiration, urine, breathing and the lower level of the triple warmer.

Unda numbers, these liquid herbal drainage remedies, are used to open up the eliminatory functions of the body and they work on both a physical an energetic level. Unda # 2 specifically opens the doors for drainage from the kidneys. It can even be good to use with fevers, especially for inefficient fevers. It turns out the fever can increase the number of toxins 2-3 times and so #2 helps to eliminate the toxins and complements the action of the fever. Other helpful Unda numbers for the kidneys include #15, #37 and #44.

An excellent herbal remedy for the kidneys is Berberis vulgaris (in the homeopathic form), which has been known to restore glomerular function to the kidneys. It is typically used in the homeopathic form in potencies of 6C, 30C and 200C. It is not just for the kidneys but also can be used to improve the bladder improving bladder function and helping with any bladder infections.

Using Biofeedback to assist the kidneys

In your sessions remember to use the Solfeggio frequency 285 Hz, which can help energetically in the repair of damaged tissue. Use Nogier A (292 Hz) to restore cellular vitality in the kidneys and Nogier C (584 Hz) specifically for a positive resonance in the kidneys. For the chakras, use the 3rd chakra. Use the Kidney Meridian and its paired meridian, the Bladder Meridian. A good flower essences for working on the kidneys is Vine. Vine is about dominance and inflexibility. The kidney is the seat of the will. Being willing to be flexible and surrender the will to the needs of the present moment can help with kidney issues.