The kidneys are two bean-shaped organs located near the middle of the back. They play an important role in the functioning of the body. They are often referred to as the ‘housekeepers’ of the body because they help filter the blood of impurities and eliminate the waste products through urine. Kidneys also help maintain fluid, salt and acid balance in the body and keep bones healthy and regulate the formation of red blood cells.
Kidney disease occurs as a result of genetic problems, or injury or overreaction of the kidneys to some drugs. People with diabetes and high blood pressure are especially prone to kidney diseases. Blood tests, urine test, ultrasound of the abdomen and kidney biopsy are some of the tests that can reveal the presence of kidney diseases.
Here are 5 natural ways to cure kidney diseases:
- Diet: Patients having kidney disease should follow a low-protein, high-carbohydrate diet. Protein rich foods produce uric acid which places high demand on the kidneys, therefore it is best to avoid chicken, red meat, pork, beef and animal organs. Fish can be eaten in small amounts. Highly salted and processed foods are rich in sodium, so it is best to avoid them. Vegetables like garlic, lettuce, cauliflower, cabbage and onions should form a major part of your diet. Similarly, fruits such as berries, red grapes, cherries and apples are good for kidney patients. High-potassium foods such as oranges, bananas, potatoes, spinach and tomatoes should be avoided completely by kidney patients.
- Fluid intake: One of the main functions of the kidneys is to balance fluid in the body. Kidney patients commonly face the problem of getting rid of excess water from the body. If the fluid intake is more than the urine output, the patient may suffer from swelling of the body, starting from the ankles and moving up. Excess fluid intake can also lead to heart problems and pulmonary edema, which is a life-threatening condition. Therefore, it is suggested to keep your fluid intake to the minimum. You can avoid thirst by avoiding salty foods, gargling ice cold water and sucking an ice cube. The doctor or the herbalist treating you will tell you how much water you should consume in a day, depending on your kidney condition.
- Exercise: Exercise is rarely considered as an essential component of kidney failure treatment. Exercise helps improves metabolic function of the body by stirring blood and helps in eliminating waste from the body. Aerobic exercises, resistance exercises, or skill-based exercises help deal with kidney disease and improving them.
- Reducing stress: Kidneys are usually damaged by stress, so it is important for you to get stress under control. Yoga, meditation, fishing or any stress relief measures will benefit your kidneys. In addition, slowing and deepening breathing is a powerful way of bringing stress down.
- Kidney disease and baking soda: Baking soda or sodium bicarbonate is one of the basic medicines for kidney disease. Many studies have shown baking soda to slow the progress of chronic kidney disease. Baking soda brings down the inflammation of the kidneys through a chemical reaction that limits ammonia production in the kidneys.