If you have followed our LWTM lifestyle program for a while you will have seen that we always advocate starting a diet program during the time of the Waning Moon.
As a quick reminder, you will see this symbol popping up with the arrival of the Gibbous Waning Moon and staying on until the later stages of the Waning Moon. You can then either ignore it or get ready for your 2-week program – the exact details of this program will be out soon.
You may be benefitting from a 10-hour feeding window and a 14-hour fast (you can only drink black tea/coffee, herbal tea, or water – nothing else!). During the 10-hour feeding window eat normally, but try to cut out the worst offenders
Alcohol, sweets, anything fried or overly processed, fizzy drinks – even the sugar-free ones, large amounts of carbohydrates, like potatoes, rice, pasta, bread, fruit juices, and desserts
I always advocate liquid fast days during the 4th Quarter and around the New Moon. A day you just eat soups and drink – so no solids. It can be quite tough at first, but over time your body will get used to it and you will have far more energy than before. Then have a 2-week break(the time of the Waxing and Full Moon) and try to stabilize your weight loss before embarking on another 14-day cycle.
We are currently working on a detailed program that you can use in the future. But for now, you can follow a program of your own choice. Ideally, finish your program with a Liquid Fast Day at New Moon.
Today’s highlighted body region contains the kidneys and the bladder. Pay extra attention to this region, exercise it, and look after it! Below you find some tips and recipes. You can do these also on other days, but use this symbol as a reminder, and after all, today is the best day to do it.
Look after your kidneys
The kidneys and the bladder are the body’s filtration system. It is very important to flush your system through and use Liquid Fast Weekends at New Moon or Waning Moon. If you want to strengthen your kidneys and bladder, make tea from one of the herbs mentioned below. You can also use a mixture of some or all. Prepare a thermos flask in the morning (boil water and leave to stand until it has cooled to 80-90 degrees C. Put 2 teaspoons of herbs into a sieve and run the slightly cooled boiling water through it. This tea you can sip throughout the morning/day (best to carry it in an insulated thermos flask). You can even add a dash of fresh lemon juice.
The kidneys are vital organs that naturally perform the essential function of filtering waste products and excess fluids from the blood, producing urine, and maintaining a balance of electrolytes. They are already designed to detoxify the body by removing harmful substances. To help your kidneys stay in good shape, here are a few pointers:
Stay Hydrated: Drinking an adequate amount of water helps maintain good kidney function. It helps flush out waste products and toxins from the body. Water and herbal teas are ideal. Anything sugary, like colas, fruit juice, and even smoothies should be only an occassional treat.
Maintain a Balanced Diet: Eating a healthy, balanced diet is essential for overall health, including kidney health. Include a variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins.
Limit Sodium Intake: Excessive sodium can contribute to high blood pressure and kidney damage. Limiting sodium intake is important for kidney health.
Monitor Blood Pressure and Blood Sugar: High blood pressure and diabetes can contribute to kidney damage. Regular monitoring and management of these conditions are crucial.
Avoid Excessive Use of Over-the-Counter Painkillers: Long-term and excessive use of non-prescription pain medications, such as ibuprofen and naproxen, can harm the kidneys. Follow recommended doses and guidelines.
Regular Exercise: Regular physical activity supports overall health, including cardiovascular health, which indirectly benefits the kidneys.
Herbs for kidneys and bladder
Detox Tea Mixture: Mix some fennel seeds, coriander seeds, and cumin seeds, add pieces of fresh ginger and some lemon juice, and add some fresh turmeric root. Add to a teapot and add hot water, leave to cool, and sip throughout the day/morning. During hot weather add a glass of coconut water to your daily routine. It is one of the best ways to hydrate your body. In general, make sure to drink enough water or herbal teas to stay well hydrated. This is the best way to keep your kidneys and bladder in good shape. Watercress juice: Hippocrates already prescribed fresh watercress juice to benefit the liver, spleen, bladder, and kidneys. It is also used for gout and rheumatism. Blend 2 handfuls of watercress from the shops until it is a paste or juice and add some water. A small glass per day will be enough. It is best taken 30 minutes before your next meal.
Epsom salt bath
Bathing in Epsom salts or having a sauna/steam bath is a good way to rid your body of toxins. Don’t have the sauna too hot. If you suffer from kidney problems don’t take Epsom salts internally as it may be too much for your system.
A healthy body relies on the right pH balance. A normal blood pH level is 7.35 to 7.45 on a scale of 0 to 14, where 0 is the most acidic and 14 is the most alkaline. If the lungs or kidneys are malfunctioning, your blood’s pH level can become imbalanced and your body becomes too acidic which can lead to disease. Drinking 2x water with a teaspoon of Dr. Jacob’s Base Powder. or similar, can help shift your balance back to a healthier pH.
Eat more alkaline food
Sugar, meat, fish, dairy products, flour, alcohol, tea, and coffee are all acid-forming products. No wonder that most of us are too acidic.
There are a few things you can do to counteract it.
Drink base powder (see above)
Eat more alkaline food in the form of dark leafy vegetables like spinach, avocados, miso products, tomatoes, almonds, garlic, onions, watercress and parsley.