Sunday, June 13, 2010
The Power of the Kidney Cleanse
Here on Koh Samui there are many, many detox centers. The trend started in the early 1990s when Guy and Toi Hopkins first opened their Spa Resort in Lamai. This has attracted visitors for the last almost 20 years and given rise to a string of other Resorts following on the same or a similar path.
All detox programs seem to stress the liver flush but nobody speaks much about the kidney cleanse. The late Dr. Hulda Clarke always insisted that you cleanse the kidneys before the liver. Thus the Health Ambit Consultancy would stress the importance of completing a thorough kidney cleanse before embarking on any fasting or detox program. Hulda Clark suggested a combination of herbs for this cleanse, sometimes these are hard to get, so Health Ambit Consultancy suggests an easier version.
Why do the kidneys need cleansing? Daily they filter something in the region of 200 ltres of blood. The impurities are extracted and excreted in approximately two litres of urine.
In clinical practice blood pressure issues abound. There are very many reasons for this. The traditional medical practice is to medicate, but it seems to the Health Ambit Consultancy that the most intelligent course of action is to ask the question why? Before resorting to something that has become a knee jerk reaction. It seems that far too many women have extremely low blood pressure and far too many men have high blood pressure. One of the first places to look for blood pressure issues is the kidneys. To balance and cleanse the kidneys is easy to do and it just might bring the blood pressure down.
Kidneys produce hormones and balance the pH of the blood. Because of poor diet and overstress many people have a blood pH which is too acid. The parameters here are very slim. Blood has to have a pH between 7.36 and 7.45. If you go too far to the higher end you are too alkaline and too far to the lower end you are far too acid. Acidosis is a condition that is very serious. Blood becomes too acid when we eat or drink too many acid forming foods. For instance sugar, most grains, animal protein, coffee and alcohol are all acid forming. It is important we reduce the acid forming substances to 20% or the diet and increase the alkaline creating nutrition to 80%. This is done by increasing the serving size of fruit and vegetables in the diet. Negative emotions make us acid, too. It’s a good idea, then, to work to overcome these by utilizing some of the very powerful emotional clearing tools like EFT and EMDR that are out there.
Many people hold onto water. This causes swelling or edema which can be in the lungs, the arms, the legs and even the abdomen. If somebody is fluid retentive it is a very good idea to look to the kidneys, first. To overcome edema we need to strengthen the kidneys. Taking a diuretic does not strengthen the kidneys.
Thus Health Ambit Consultancy suggest that if any of the above mentioned conditions are present or before undertaking a fast or detox, a kidney cleanse is the first step in the process.
Parsley, the green and very common herb is an ideal kidney cleanser. Coriander is very similar. To make a cleansing drink, take 4 bunches and bring to the boil in one liter of fresh spring or bottled water. Allow the mixture to boil for three minutes. Then allow the fluid to cool before bottling it. Drink half a cup first thing every morning for four weeks. You will have to re-make the mixture as you go. Be sure to refrigerate it, but even so the shelf life will only be three or four days before the drink goes bad.
Drinking parsley juice will allow the kidneys to drain of salts and other toxins and it makes an ideal beginning to any fasting program. Once you have worked on the kidneys you can then give attention to the liver but the kidneys take precedence.