Winter – Part I
The kidneys are the second most important eliminators in the body. We have two of them situated along either side of the spine.
According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, the colon receives restorative energy in the autumn. During the first part of winter, we turn our attention to the kidneys and bladder. We focus on cleansing these two systems before dealing in the spring with the liver and gallbladder. In that way, we don’t risk flooding the colon and kidneys with toxic debris buildup from the liver causing overloaded systems.
Functions of the Kidneys
Your kidneys filter blood through a system of nephrons (about one million nephrons for each kidney) allowing them to filter 17 pints of blood every hour. However, kidney stone formations can block these nephrons causing filtration to lessen and a decrease in kidney function.
Minerals and electrolytes return back to the body through your kidneys while removing toxins and blood-borne wastes to the bladder for elimination.
Why Should You Cleanse Your Kidneys?
Ask anyone who has experienced kidney stones or a urinary tract infection that question. They immediately realize the value of such a cleanse. When you also see that the kidney is better prepared for this cleanse during the first part of winter, the importance of such a cleanse is more evident.
Such an annual cleanse can help support the kidneys against the formation of kidney stones in the first place. Usually these stones develop because of reduced elimination of calcium, phosphorous, oxalic acid or uric acid(a by-product of undigested proteins). Often we consume high-protein food with too much sugar or carbohydrate intake, so urine acidity increases and that promotes bladder infections. An annual kidney cleanse reminds us to revisit our diets and make necessary changes to prevent those problems from developing in the first place.
Insufficient Water Intake
Insufficient water intake contributes greatly to kidney problems. Pure water (not juice, milk, tea or coffee) hydrates cells and helps flush toxins.. As a matter if fact, caffeine dehydrates cells. Avoid it if you’re dehydrated. Poor hydration thickens your blood and lymph making it sluggish which can lead to blood pressure problems, urinary tract infections or kidney stones.
Essential Oils and Your Kidney Health
The following essential oils help support healthy kidney function:
Idaho Balsam Fir
K & B tincture
Stress and Kidney Function
Stress directly affects the kidneys, so try to relax. Tai chi slows me down with its rhythmical, flowing motions and regulated breathing techniques. Pilates and stretching also improve circulation of blood and lymph. Working with a personal trainer helps you learn more about exercises that benefit your body’s needs at this time in your life. Remember to take time to enjoy life through others (grandchildren), as well as giving and doing for those around you.
Occasionally, a hot bath in Epsom salts with drops of essential oils helps manage stress as can massage therapy.
Start the Kidney Cleanse
Plan to begin your kidney cleanse the first part of January. Hopefully, you’re already on a routine where you are juicing an entire lemon the first thing in the morning drinking it to help alkalize your body.
For information on a personalized kidney cleanse for yourself, please fill out the form below and we can set up a 30-minute free phone consultation. Then I can share with you more about the essential oils I prefer to use and get you on track with your seasonal detox.
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