To finish off the posts from last week on the kidneys and urinary tract, here is an example of an eating plan that may help you recover from an infection or other health issue effecting this system. I find useful as part of my two gentle detoxes each year to follow a similar eating plan and it gives the whole body a boost but specifically major organs such as the liver, who work tirelessly to keep us healthy without a break.
If you have read the posts on the kidneys & urinary tract, you will be aware of the physical precautions that you can take to avoid infection and now we need to look at some of the foods that you can eat daily to help protect you from both these conditions.
First and foremost you need to ensure that you are taking in sufficient fluids. These are essential for flushing the toxins through the system such as bacteria and ensuring that chemicals do not crystallise and form kidney stones.
It is very important that you drink little and often throughout the day to ensure a steady flow of fluids and little stress on the organs that have to deal with it. The recommendation for kidney stone sufferers is actually more than my recommended 2 litres, nearer three.
There are certain foods that will help prevent bacterial growth and reduce the risk of stones but there are also foods that you need to avoid if you are prone to both these conditions.
Research has shown that a diet that is very high in animal protein and fat can cause a chemical imbalance that can encourage the formation of stones. Include lean proteins such as turkey and fish in moderate quantities. Also, sugar, coffee and alcohol in excess all damage the kidneys so these should be in moderation.
A glass of wine per evening is always better than bingeing once a week.
Drinking Green Tea would be better for you than drinking lots of coffee. The antioxidants in the tea will also help with damage to both kidneys and the rest of the urinary tract.
Cranberry juice has been shown to contain properties that inhibit the adhesion of bacteria to the soft tissues inside the urinary tract as do blueberries that can be added to a fruit salad.
A deficiency in potassium can lead to kidney problems. Potassium helps maintain the body’s correct water balance. Eating bananas and spinach, avocado, dried apricots, potatoes, pumpkinseeds and lots of fruit will boost your levels.
I have covered calcium in previous posts, and how it can be a very volatile mineral if it is not counterbalanced with another like magnesium. So it is important to take calcium in moderation combined with high magnesium foods like whole grains such as brown rice and spinach and salmon, seeds etc from the superfood list.
Check to see if the tap water in your area is particularly high in calcium. If your kettle is furring up then the chances are that it is.
There is some argument that you should take foods out of the diet if they have a high oxalic content. This is found for example in spinach. However, if you have a balanced healthy diet that is packed with a wide variety of natural vegetables and fruit you should find that, like your other major organs, the kidney’s health would be either protected or improved following an episode of kidney stones.
It is really important that you do not eat industrially processed foods during the weeks that you are following his programme. Apart from plain cereals such as porridge oats and you can just about get away with shredded wheat. Check labels for added sugar.
- Glass of water or cup of hot water with the juice of half a lemon.
- Drink at least 6 throughout the day if you are drinking cranberry juice and green tea as well.
- 8 oz. glass of cranberry juice
- Shredded wheat or porridge oats sprinkled with blueberries.
- Slice of wholegrain toast with butter and local organic honey or savoury with pureed tomatoes.
- Cup of Green tea.
- Cup of black or green tea.
- 2 rye crispbread with mashed banana or sliced cucumber
- Glass of water
- Brown rice risotto with chopped onions, mushrooms, garlic, peppers and olive oil.
- Spinach and tomato salad.
- Green Tea
- Mix of pumpkin-seeds and dried apricots.
- Glass of water
- Glass of cranberry juice for another 12 hour protection.
- Avocado and orange salad.
- Salmon or turkey fillet – grilled.
- New potatoes
- Broccoli and carrots.
- Glass of wine
- Glass of water
- Fresh fruit salad made from favourite fruits and sprinkle of blueberries and chopped banana.
- Handful of walnuts or pumpkin-seeds.
- Cup of green tea.
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