Exhaustion, swollen eyes, adrenal fatigue, lower back pain, crashing energy - these are all signs of weak kidneys. I'm seen a handful of people over the past few weeks who have rehabilitated from these symptoms by nourishing their kidneys.
Our kidneys are very small organs - about the size of our ears. Their job, however, is anything but small. They filter up to 1000 pints of our blood daily. They also regulate our qi energy, build courage and will, and deal with emotions of fear and insecurity.
I often find that most people with adrenal issues also have underlying kidney issues. The adrenal glands are on top of the kidneys and they both influence one another in a number of ways. The good news is, once kidney function is optimized the adrenals become stronger, as does your energy, nervous system, and will power. I also see improved kidney function result in a happier emotional state. Interestingly enough, vitamin D from the Summer is stored in the kidneys for the Winter time.
So how does one begin working to heal the kidneys? It's actually quite simple:
Excessive sodium can wreak havoc on our poor kidneys. It's often understood that salt is drying and that is why the kidneys suffer under its influence. I believe that that's part of the story. I also believe that the excessive water or beverages that are taken in due to dehydration from too much salt overwhelms and exhausts the kidneys. After all, they're only the size of our ears!
Eliminate Excess Proteins
Excess proteins from meats, protein powders, and cheeses create the by-product ammonia and urea which has to be dealt with by the kidneys. Most body builders that I've worked with have totally exhausted their kidneys through excessive proteins and chemical stimulants over the years. I recommend cutting out all animal products for 90 days, or as long as possible to begin giving your digestive system and kidneys a break.
Herbs are SO good for the kidneys. Herbs are SO good for our bodies. Herbs are SO good for everything! Nearly all plants and herbs have a positive effect on our kidneys, livers, etc. My triple root infusion will take care of most kidney, blood, and liver issues. Nettle tea is also known to rehabilitate the kidneys and act as a diuretic. Some herbalists even claim that their clients have been able to withdrawal from dialysis with strong Nettles infusions alone!
All plant foods flush out excess ammonia, urea, proteins, and sodium. Thus all plant foods are good for our kidneys. In particular black beans, mung beans, sweet potatoes, celery, and grapes are the best.
So there you have it. If you have puffiness under your eyes, pains in your lower back, total exhaustion, dark urine, fatigue, or dehydration you can try some of my suggestions above to see if it helps. Of course, I am not a doctor - thank Goddess! I am, however, a Certified Nutritional Counselor who has over 10 years experience watching people heal themselves without medicine. How rewarding and beautiful that process has been, and continues to be.
If you're ready to embark on a personal healing journey and would like some support or guidance, feel free to contact me.