Blood Pressure Overmedication Affects Memory, Coordination, and Kidneys

We have recently seen a plan of attack from the medical and pharmaceutical industries to force blood pressure numbers down. There are consequences of low blood pressure and the effects of multiple medication use, known as polypharmacy that may not be discussed in your doctor’s office. You may be one of those individuals with great blood pressure numbers and on multiple medications but find yourself forgetful, falling asleep in mid-conversation, or just exhausted. These concerns are real and problematic especially for those 65 and older.

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7 Best Foods to Support Kidney Function

Your kidneys provide vital service to your body — they filter waste from your blood and send it to your bladder. They also regulate blood pressure, manage water reabsorption, control the acidity in the body, and balance electrolyte levels. Considering their importance, eating a diet to promote kidney health could be one of the best things you can do. The following seven foods will support your kidneys and make their job easier.

 Human Kidney

1. Cherries

These tasty little fruits help reduce redness and swelling and contain a healthy amount of vitamin C as well as vitamin K, folate, vitamin B6, magnesium, and citrate. The tarter the cherry, the higher the level of citrate. Citrate reduces uric acid in the blood stream which can lead to gout and arthritis. [1] Those who eat cherries have been found to have lower uric acid levels and a lower risk of gout attacks. [2]

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Urgent new warning for statin users

Your kidneys are among the most important organs in your body — but millions of people treat theirs like punching bags.

It’s not bad habits, it’s bad medicine. The statin drugs given for supposedly high cholesterol may actually increase the risk of acute kidney injury by up to 34 percent, according to new research.

This risk supposedly kicks in at “high” doses, but there’s nothing high about the levels used in the study at all. It starts at just 10 mg of Crestor (rosuvastatin), 20 mg of Lipitor (atorvastatin) or 40 mg of Zocor (simvastatin).

Those are the everyday doses millions of people are taking right now. In some cases, they’re even starting doses — and many people take double those levels or more. (more…)

Thyroid and Kidney Problems Overlap

A considerable body of science now links thyroid problems and kidney problems1 in a “chicken and egg” manner. To maintain good health it is vital to nip both in the early phases, as the more progressive the issues the more difficult they are to correct.

Many people are familiar with the symptoms of a sluggish thyroid – coldness, sluggish mental function, poor muscle function, dry skin, constipation, etc. (more…)

Cholesterol Drug Can Harm Your Kidneys

If you take a kind of drug known as a fibrate to control your cholesterol or triglycerides (blood fats), make sure your doctor tests your kidneys. A study of these drugs, (brand names Lopid, Tricor and Trilipix), shows they frequently cause kidney damage, especially in older people.

Recent evidence from clinical trials and case reports suggests fibrates can cause an increase in serum creatinine, an indicator of kidney health measured by a blood test, which indicates a loss of kidney health. Scientists at the Lawson Health Research Institute and the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES), found that at least one in 10 fibrate users over the age of 65 experienced a 50 percent increase in their serum creatinine. (more…)

The Anatomy of the Urinary System

The urinary system is the Rodney Dangerfield of the body: it gets no respect. Medical doctors pay worship to the cardiovascular and nervous systems; alternative healers pay homage to the colon and practice ancient detoxing rites. But who thinks about the urinary system? Who pays attention to the kidneys until something goes wrong? And make no mistake, things go wrong. When it comes to the urinary system, we’re not just talking about kidney stones and kidney failure, which affect millions of people in the United States alone, but more significantly kidney sludge, which compromises kidney function in virtually every adult living in a first world country. And we’re also talking about infection and inflammation in the urinary tract, not to mention incontinence in the bladder. (more…)

Lipoic Acid : Slow Aging and Repair Damage

Step by step researchers are documenting that lipoic acid protects every organ in the human body. The latest findings are that lipoic acid offers powerful protector against diabetic polyneuropathy and nephropathy (peripheral nerve disease and kidney disease resulting from damage to small blood vessels). It is also a great defender of brain tissue, and has been shown to have anti-inflammatory and neuro-protective capabilities that make if effective in slowing the aging of the brain and treating Alzheimer’s disease. Other recent research shows that lipoic acid prevents the development and progression of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, and protects retina ganglion against glaucoma. (more…)

Glutamine Supports Kidney Health

Weak kidneys lead to elevated blood pressure, increased levels of circulatory toxins due to impaired filtration, and a worsened ability to handle stress (kidney-adrenal relationship).  Kidney problems are invariably made worse when a person is overweight and especially when they blood sugar levels begin to rise, as excess blood sugar caramelizes kidney structure (advanced glycation end products – AGEs), leading to even worse kidney health.  A new study shows that glutamine can improve multiple gene signals that impact kidney health, helping to improve many of the kidney problems people experience when they are in weakening health. (more…)

Gamma Tocotrienol Protects the Kidneys

The kidneys may be the weak link in the chain when it comes to problems with blood pressure and blood sugar, which are at epidemic levels in America.  Nutrients that help protect the kidneys are likely to save untold health misery for potentially millions of people.  A new study by University of Arkansas researchers shows that gamma tocotrienol has potent kidney-protecting properties. (more…)

The Importance of Cleansing The Kidneys and Adrenal Glands

For those who have had chronic problems with urinary tract infections, kidney pain, kidney stones or other related Urological disorders brought on by infection or contributed to by degenerative disease, the importance of kidney cleansing cannot be overstated.  Since the body is made up of almost 80% water the kidneys play an important role in the daily health of our bodies. The kidneys and adrenal glands are responsible for cleansing the blood, producing needed hormones (especially later in life), regulating blood pressure, and mineral balance of the body. Keeping the kidneys and adrenals functioning at there best can help retard degenerative diseases such as cancer and may help prevent future specific problems of the kidneys and adrenals. (more…)