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Take Care of Your Kidneys and Live Longer

Written By: Steve Volpe,   Print   Email
Published - Oct 26, 2009

Recently I had a friend come to me with some questions regarding their kidneys, how they function and what herbal supplements can be used to protect them to ensure optimal health. I was quite surprised when I found how important the kidneys are and what a large factor they play in your longevity. I felt I had to share this information with you today, as I am certain you will be able to appreciate it!

Basically, the kidneys are two bean-shaped organs in your abdomen that form a part of the urinary tract. They are responsible for filtering waste products and useful chemicals from your blood and eliminating the waste products into the urine. Without the kidneys, waste products and toxins would build up to dangerous levels in the blood and damage your body. Your kidneys also regulate the body's level of necessary substances like water, sodium and potassium. The correct balance of such substances is vital for your body to function healthily, but excess amounts can be harmful. So essentially, the kidneys are powerful chemical factories that perform the following functions:

* Remove waste products from the body
* Remove drugs from the body
* Balance the body's fluids
* Release hormones that regulate blood pressure
* Produce an active form of vitamin D that promotes strong, healthy bones
* Control the production of red blood cells

Drugs and toxins can also cause kidney problems. Using large numbers of over-the-counter pain relievers for a long time may be harmful to the kidneys. Certain other medications, toxins, pesticides and 'street' drugs can also cause kidney damage.

The kidneys perform their life-sustaining job of filtering and returning to the bloodstream about 200 quarts of fluid every 24 hours. About two quarts are removed from the body in the form of urine, and about 198 quarts are recovered. The urine we excrete has been stored in the bladder for anywhere from 1 to 8 hours.

Diabetes, high blood pressure, urinary tract infections and much more are all things that can happen when we neglect our kidneys. However, the good news is that taking care of these precious filtration devices is really not hard at all and there are some excellent herbal supplements that make it even easier!

Kidney bean pod is a diuretic used for kidney and bladder problems. Kidney bean pod is also used for edema, dropsy, sciatica, and rheumatism and to lower sugar in the blood. A longer use of the pods may clear up acne.

Kidney bean pod tea, according to a naturopath, Dr. Chinyere Ogbonna, is useful for dropsy, sciatica, chronic rheumatism, kidney and bladder problems, uric acid accumulations, and loss of albumin in the urine during pregnancy. She said: 'When applied externally, extracts of kidney bean promotes healing of ulcers and sores.' Prolonged use of the decoction made from the beans is recommended for difficult cases of acne.

Properties and indications of the kidney bean, according to Encyclopedia on Medical Plants by Dr. George D. Pamplona-Roger, shows that the pods contain several amino acids, especially arginine, as well as vitamins A, B, and C, mineral salts, trace elements, bran, and starch. The report shows that kidney bean pods present three basic properties:

* Diuretic (encourages the passing of urine) due to the mineral salts and arginine. Kidney Bean Pods lack the undesirable effects of some chemical diuretic substances such as loss of potassium. This property is useful for edema produced by coronary or renal insufficiency, and for pre-menstrual retention of liquid. They are also used for gout and kidney stones, since they promote the elimination of uric acid.

* Cardiotonic (improves the functioning of the heart). This property of kidney bean pods is similar to that of foxglove, though much milder. They increase the strength of heart contractions and its general performance.

* Hypoglycemic (reduction of blood sugar). A decoction of kidney bean pods is used to decrease the blood sugar level.

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Java Tea has a mild diuretic action, useful for flushing the kidneys and urinary tract. It also relieves spasms of the smooth muscle in the walls of the internal organs, making it valuable for gallbladder problems. Researchers have found it to be mildly antiseptic as well. Java Tea is recommended for:

* Kidney and bladder stones
* Liver and gallbladder problems
* Urinary tract infections

While it's not exactly clear how java tea works, it has been customarily thought that some or all of the active compounds within java tea help to open the ureters - the tubes leading from the kidneys to the bladder - allowing small stones to be passed. It is for this reason that java tea is recommended for improved urinary flow and irrigation of the urinary tract. In vitro and animal studies demonstrate the diuretic, antihypertensive, and hypoglycemic effects of java tea.

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Horsetail is used for kidney and bladder stones, urinary tract infections, wounds and burns. Horsetail gains its name from the bristly appearance of its jointed stems. Its ability to draw excess water from the body makes it useful for flushing bacterial infections and kidney stones from the urinary tract. Horsetail also alleviates painful urination, reduces inflammation of the prostate gland, and helps eliminate some cases of adolescent bed-wetting. Out of all known herbs, Horsetail contains the highest amount of silica, which is an important nutrient for healthy hair, skin, nails, and connective tissues throughout the body.

Corn Silk is helpful for any irritation of the urinary system. Corn Silk is used for renal problems in children, and also as a urinary demulcent combined with other herbs in the treatment of cystitis, urethritis, and prostatitis. Corn Silk was used traditionally as a mild diuretic. Chinese research indicates that Corn Silk reduces hypertension and reduces blood-clotting time. Corn Silk has been used in conditions of high uric acid such as gout and some types of arthritis. It helps to reduce conditions of painful swelling, and is used for a wide range of genitourinary complaints. Even though it is a diuretic, Corn Silk can also benefit frequent urination conditions by soothing bladder irritation.

Corn Silk has been used to soothe irritation to the kidneys and bladder, often caused by burning and painful urination. Corn Silk alleviates the irritation of the bladder and urinary tract by coating the membranes lining the urinary system walls. Corn Silk may also alleviate prostate disorders including difficulty in the beginning of urination. Corn Silk has also been known to reduce the formation of sediments in the kidneys, relieve inflammation caused by urinary tract problems and help reduce water retention in the body.

And finally, if you are looking for one product that would support, protect, nurture and cleanse your kidneys, that one product should be Kidney Complex. This product contains all of the ingredients you have read about today and is specifically designed to take care of your kidneys and help to ensure your overall best health! You can find Kidney Complex in its different formats at by following: is proud to be the exclusive distributor for TerraVita supplements worldwide and carry a wide range of herbal products, including capsules, creams, liquid extracts, teas and powders. In having such a range of products available to our customers, we are able to provide you with products that allow you to choose what you like best, without compromising on quality!

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