Q&A: How Can I Support the Kidneys?Nov 25, 2023
Our kidneys play a crucial role in maintaining our overall health, performing tasks from hormone secretion to toxin excretion. However, kidney dysfunction often goes undetected until it reaches an advanced stage. To safeguard these vital organs, it's imperative to adopt a proactive approach. To access the kidney pathway protocol go to: The Kidney Pathway: Root Causes & Supplements
Understanding Kidney Vulnerabilities
Kidneys face threats from environmental toxins, including pesticides, heavy metals, and molds. Testing for these toxins through methods like heavy metals or mycotoxin profiling can reveal their impact on your kidneys. Reduction of exposure becomes paramount for kidney health.
Microcirculation, the tiny vessels ensuring oxygenation and waste removal, is integral to kidney function. Insulin resistance and hypertension pose threats to these vessels, emphasizing the importance of addressing lifestyle conditions promptly.
Reversing Lifestyle-Related Conditions
Insulin resistance and hypertension are reversible through lifestyle changes. A root cause approach with a knowledgeable practitioner can guide you towards effective solutions.
Calculate Minimal Water Intake
A general rule of thumb for calculating your minimal water intake is to consider 4% of your body weight. To convert this percentage into liters, simply subtract it by 2.2.
Let's break it down with an example: If an individual weighs 150 lbs, the calculation would be as follows: 0.04 * 150 = 6 pounds. To convert this into liters, divide by 2.2, resulting in approximately 2.7 liters.
For those adhering to a whole-food diet, I suggest adjusting your water intake strategy. Subtract 0.6 liters from your calculated amount and consume the remaining water.
It's essential to note that the calculation provided doesn't account for additional factors like sauna use, exercise-induced sweating, and other variables. Adjustments may be necessary based on your individual circumstances, body weight, body composition, etc, to maintain a well-balanced hydration routine.
Reducing Kidney Burden
Consuming a significant amount of water rapidly can pose risks to kidney function. Instead, adopt a gradual approach by distributing your daily water intake evenly across your waking hours. Dividing your total daily water requirement by the number of hours you're awake provides a practical hourly guideline. Ensure hydration is balanced by concluding water intake approximately 2 hours before bedtime to avoid sleep disruptions during the night.
Emotional Well-being and Kidney Health
Traditional Chinese Medicine links kidney stagnation to fear. Emotional well-being is integral to kidney health. If fear is a constant companion, explore therapies or work with a practitioner to release these negative emotions.
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