26 million Americans have chronic kidney disease, many more have thyroid illness and the two are interlinked.
Do you know that without a functioning thyroid your kidneys don’t work properly and the other way around too. Without functioning kidneys your thyroid does not get the message it needs to release thyroid hormones. Now we know how important the connection is, here are a few tips for you.
Your kidneys are two bean-shaped organs, each about the size of your fist. They are located in the middle of your back, just below your rib cage, on either side of your spine. Your kidneys weigh about 0.5 percent of your total body weight. Although the kidneys are small organs by weight, they receive a huge amount — 20 percent — of the blood pumped by the heart. The large blood supply to your kidneys enables them to
- Regulate the composition of your blood:
Keep the concentrations of various ions and other important substances constant;
Keep the volume of water in your body constant;
Remove wastes from your body (urea, ammonia, drugs, toxic substances
Keep the acid/base concentration of your blood constant
Allow the movement of active thyroid hormones in your blood stream and into your cells
- Help regulate your blood pressure
- Stimulate the making of red blood cells
- Maintain your body’s calcium levels
- convert medicated thyroxine into the active components that we need to live!
So your kidneys for such a small organ do a heck of a lot of work and of course unless they fail we tend not to ‘care’ for them.
Here is a tip to spring clean your kidneys and it’s really easy and cheap.
- Take a bunch of parsley(Kothimbir, Hara Dhaniya) and wash it clean.
- Cut it in small pieces and put it in a pot and pour clean water and boil it for ten minutes and let it cool down
- Filter it and pour in a clean bottle and keep it inside the refrigerator to cool.
- Drink one glass daily and you will notice all salt and other accumulated poison coming out of your kidney by urination. You should also notice other health benefits.
Parsley is known as best kidney cleanse treatment and it is natural!
Keep up the good work with these 15 super foods for your kidneys
1. Red bell peppers
low in potassium, add color and taste to any dish, while packing a generous portion of vitamins A, C, B6, folic acid and fiber. They also contain the antioxidant lycopene, which protects against certain types of cancer.
For people with a low thyroid then cabbage needs to be cooked and still packs a healthy punch with Phytochemicals that work to break apart free radicals. It’s also high in vitamins K and C, high in fiber and a good source of vitamin B6 and folic acid, yet it’s low in potassium, so it’s especially kidney-friendly.
Another one to cook and it adds lots of vitamin C to your plate, along with folate and fiber. In addition it contains compounds that help your liver neutralize toxic substances.
Garlic is good for reducing inflammation, lowering cholesterol and it has antioxidant and anti-clotting properties.
Onion is full of flavonoids, which are natural chemicals that prevent the deposit of fatty material in blood vessels and add pigmentation (color) to plants. It also has anti-inflammatory properties.
Low in potassium, onions are not only kidney-friendly; they also contain chromium, a mineral that assists your body with the metabolism of fats, proteins and carbohydrates.
Be careful of the impact that even natural sugar can have on you but Im sure an apple a day will help as it is high in fiber and anti-inflammatory properties, apples help reduce cholesterol, prevent constipation, protect against heart disease and decrease your risk of cancer.
Why not try to get your health benefits by drinking apple juice or cider.
Cranberries are great for preventing urinary tract infections, because they make urine more acidic and help keep bacteria from attaching to the inside of the bladder. They’ve also been shown to protect against cancer and heart disease.
These tasty berries get their blue color from antioxidant compounds called anthocyanidins. Blueberries get high marks for nutrition, thanks to natural compounds that reduce inflammation and lots of vitamin C and fiber. They also contain manganese, which contributes to healthy bones.
Raspberries are packed with fiber, vitamin C and manganese. They also have plenty of folate, a B vitamin. Raspberries have properties that help stop cancer cell growth and the formation of tumors.
Strawberries are rich in two types of antioxidants, plus they contain lots of vitamin C, manganese and fiber. They have anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties and also help keep your heart healthy.
Cherries are filled with antioxidants and phytochemicals that protect your heart. When eaten daily, they have been shown to reduce inflammation.
12. Red grapes
The color in red grapes comes from several flavonoids. These are good for your heart, because they prevent oxidation and reduce the chance of blood clots. One flavonoid in grapes, resveratrol, may boost production of nitric oxide, which increases muscle relaxation in blood vessels for better blood flow. Flavonoids also help protect you from cancer and prevent inflammation.
13. Egg whites
Did you know that egg whites are pure protein? They provide the highest quality protein there is, along with all of the essential amino acids. If you’re on the kidney diet, it’s good to note that egg whites have less phosphorus than other protein sources, such as egg yolks or meats.
Besides being a great source of protein, fish contains anti-inflammatory fats called omega-3s. These healthy fats help prevent diseases, such as cancer and heart disease. They also help lower LDL (the bad cholesterol) and raise HDL (the good cholesterol). The types of fish that have the most omega-3s are salmon, albacore tuna, mackerel, herring and rainbow trout.
15. Olive oil
Olive oil has many good components: oleic acid, an anti-inflammatory fatty acid which protects against oxidation and polyphenols and antioxidant compounds that prevent inflammation and oxidation.
Finally, the best way to give your kidneys the extra help they need is to take time out to relax, laugh and spend time with people you care about. Now that is a great recipie for your improved kidney health and the benefits it will give to your thyroid health too.