Keeping fit and healthy from head to toe – Kidneys and bladder

Keeping fit and healthy from head to toe – Kidneys and bladder

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Limit Sodium Intake: Excessive sodium can contribute to high blood pressure and kidney damage. Limiting sodium intake is important for kidney health.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Regular Exercise: Regular physical activity supports overall health, including cardiovascular health, which indirectly benefits the kidneys.
Herbs for kidneys and bladder 
  • Dandelion tea.
  • Marshmallow root.
  • Juniper.
  • Nettles.
  • Parsley.

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 

Detoxifying Treatments

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.
  • The one food that is the most alkaline is also very counterintuitive. Did you know that lemons are the most alkaline food there is?  All other citrus fruits like grapefruit, oranges, limes, and tangerines are acidic. Lemons are the only alkaline citrus fruit! This is the reason why lemons are used for cleaning and sprinkling some lemon juice on a breaded chicken, will help to alkalize it and easier to digest.
    One of the easiest and most pleasant ways to help balance your body’s pH level is to drink Lemon Water. 

 

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Keeping fit and healthy from head to toe – Hip and sexual organs

Keeping fit and healthy from head to toe – Hip and sexual organs

Today’s highlighted body region contains the hips, pelvic floor, sexual organs (womb, vulva, ovaries), or male sexual organs. 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.

Conceive with the moon 

female fertilityHere is an article I originally wrote in 2014 called Conveice with the Moon. It is based on a book by the Czech doctor Eugen Jonas who treated women for infertility in the early 1950s and discovered a second cycle that he called The Cosmobiological cycle. This method is free and effective and puts women in control of their body, wherever they live as there is no need for prescriptions or tools.

Pelvic Floor Exercises 

It is common knowledge that women over 45, especially when they had previously given birth, should practice regular pelvic floor exercises. There are many apps available to help you perform these exercises and time them. One of my favorites is the Squeezy App from the British NHS.  It is a bit of a misconception that these excercise are only meant for women. A doctor recently told me that one of the most common reasons why men have to go into care in old age is rectal incontinence. Not a very sexy topic, but sadly very preventable if they had started to excercise the core muscles and pelvic floor earlier in their life. So let’s spread the word and bring the men folk with us on the journey of good health in this body region.
Test your pelvic floor: Next time you feel the need to urinate, try to stop the flow halfway through. You should be able to manage this quite easily. If you struggle with this exercise, then I suggest it is time to exercise daily and check occasionally with this exercise if you made progress. But I would exercise in any case as you don’t want those muscles to weaken.  Here are a few simple pelvic floor exercises that you can do in your own time.  

The menopause

Mostly described as a curse and until recently barely mentioned. It is encouraging that at least here in the UK, the debate about menopause has started and some real practical help is on hand. Whatever your thoughts about HRT, family history, or personal preference, I think it is really important to make an informed choice. Here is an app created by  Dr Louise Newson called The Balance App. She also has a very informative podcast. My recommendation is not to wait until menopause hits, but to get the information before you turn 45. By then you will have entered the peri-menopause and having this knowledge will ease your transition into and through the menopause.
Herbs for this region: 

Red Clover, Lady’s Mantel, Red raspberry leaf tea, and Lemon balm are all useful herbs to help you during menopause.

Menopause tea (you can also drink it before your period starts and if you suffer with PMT- premenstrual tensions)

1/2 cup lady’s mantle
1/2 cup red raspberry leaf
1/2 cup lemon balm

For larger quantities expand in this ratio and keep it in a large glass jar.

  • Place all herbs in a dry glass jar with a lid and shake until they’re mixed up well. Alternatively, you can mix the herbs in a bowl and then add the mixture to the jar.
  • To make one cup of tea all you need is 1 teaspoon of mixed herbs per cup of hot water. Put them in a sieve container and immerse them in your cup for a short period. Another option is to add 2-3 teaspoons in a small sieve and place it on top of your thermos flask or glass jug and slowly run the water that has boiled but slightly cooled to 80/90 degrees over the leaves. Then discard them.   This makes a larger quantity and you can sip it over the morning until lunchtime.

For period pains and discomfort:

  • Sitz bath: There you want a stronger mixture. Add 1-2 tablespoons of herbs to a pint-size (500ml) jug and fill it up with hot water.  Leave to stand for 7-8 minutes and strain.  Add this mixture to the bath water (run the water only to cover your private area and not higher) and remain in the bath for 15 minutes until the bath cools down. This is a great relief during your period, especially if you suffer from pain or PMS. You can top your sitz bath up with actual drinking cups of tea during the day (use the same mixture).
  • Begin drinking the tea about a week before you are expecting your period.
  • If you have problems with heavy cramping, get a hot water bottle and place it on your lower belly. Then sip this tea at the same time to soothe this area. If you need to work you still have to rely on pain medication, but try this natural alternative when you can.

Low Libido

Another hot topic is the lack of sexual appetite. Some people are born with more sexual appetite than others and that is perfectly normal. Whatever the appetite, if it works for you, then there is no issue. It only becomes one, when it decreases or does not match your partner’s natural appetite. Stress and worries take a toll on libido.  So the first rule here is to relax, meditate, and find peace of mind. A relaxed person finds sex more enjoyable. And in a long relationship, you can experiment with gadgets to bring back a new sense of adventure.  The fight food can also help your libido. Here is an article that might be of interest to you. 

For your hips and general well-being into old age,  have a look into Pilates classes near you.

 

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