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Discover the ancient wisdom and modern science behind kidney health

Saturday, December 01, 2012 by: Carolanne Wright
Tags: kidney health, herbs, foods

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(NaturalNews) Winter is the season of the kidney according to traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). It is especially important to tend to these organs during this time. With a measure of proper care and attention, kidney health is strengthened while painful stones and infections are avoided. Through straightforward dietary and lifestyle choices, the kidneys can be kept clear, untroubled and vigorous.

Winter - A season to nourish and rebuild

As observed in traditional Chinese medicine, when the kidneys are unbalanced, the emotion of fear arises. The reverse is equally true. When we are in a state of chronic fear or anxiety, the kidneys become depleted. The cold, winter months can aggravate the kidneys further -- it is vital to pay particular attention to these organs during this time. Staying warm (especially the feet) while protecting against chills and cold wind encourages harmony within the kidneys. Enjoying soups, stews and seasonal, grounding vegetables like winter squash maintain kidney equilibrium too. Additionally, a brief meditation from The Organ-Emotion Link helps to balance these tiny bean shaped organs as well:

"Sit in qigong posture for a few minutes, with the eyes lightly closed. Make sure you are relaxed and breathing naturally...Now focus on the kidneys. Let the inhalation fill the kidneys with wisdom, with the confidence of inner knowing - Exhale all fears. Repeat several [times]."

Traditional Chinese medicine states that winter is a season of warmth, replenishment and rest -- this is not the time to be cold, stressed or overworked. Robust kidneys are linked with slowing down, nurturing ourselves with seasonal whole foods and bundling up. Modern medicine also addresses kidney health, but in a more diet-focused manner.

Kidney health basics

We usually don't think about the kidneys as long as both are functioning properly. The kidneys are one of our most important organs, filtering an incredible 200 quarts of blood per day. When disease sets in, whether with kidney stones or an infection, severe pain follows. And kidney stones can lead to serious complications if they become lodged in the urinary tract. This is reason enough to keep these organs zipping along. Luckily, diet is extremely effective in preventing a painful kidney wake-up call. As seen in How to keep your kidneys healthy, happy and stone-free, some of the best foods for the kidneys include:

Cranberry

Collard greens

Spinach

Kelp

Sesame seeds

Sardines

Broccoli

Aloe vera

Garbanzo beans

Apple cider vinegar

Magnesium

Potassium

Moreover, freshly made lemonade has been shown to significantly reduce kidney stones. In order to keep these painful crystals at bay, drink four ounces of lemon juice in two liters of purified water each day. According to TCM, green tea, asparagus, garlic, parsley, celery and fish are also beneficial. Drinking plenty of water, reducing both refined salt and excessive protein supports strong kidneys too.

Maintaining healthy and happy kidneys not only minimizes distressing and painful maladies, but also fosters fearlessness -- infusing emotional stability into our day-to-day lives. By utilizing the wisdom of traditional Chinese medicine along with modern science, the kidneys can be hardy and thriving throughout the winter season and beyond.

Sources for this article include:

"The Kidney in Chinese Medicine" Acupuncture Services of Central NY. Retrieved on November 27, 2012 from: http://www.acupuncture-services.com

"Winter is the season of the kidneys" The Good Earth Chinese Medic. Retrieved on November 27, 2012 from: http://thegoodearthchinesemedic.com

"How to keep your kidneys healthy, happy and stone-free" Jonathan Benson, Natural News, April 7, 2012. Retrieved on November 27, 2012 from: http://www.naturalnews.com

"6 Ways to Prevent Kidney Problems" David Blyweiss, M.D., ANM Health Newsletter. Retrieved on November 27, 2012 from: http://www.advancednaturalmedicine.com

"Drink to your kidney health with lemonade to avoid kidney stones" S.L. Baker, Natural News, May 7, 2010. Retrieved on November 27, 2012 from: http://www.naturalnews.com/028740_kidney_stones_lemonade.html

"The Kidney Network and Mingmen: Views from the Past" Itmonline. Retrieved on November 27, 2012 from: http://www.itmonline.org/5organs/kidney.htm

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