Kidney Support During the Lyme Fight
The last newsletter I wrote about why enzymes are needed during your recovery. Today, I’m going to write about a VERY overlooked subject on kidney health, especially in regards to fighting Lyme.
Are you urinating a lot? …At all hours?
Do you have prostate issues?
Do you have UTIs?
Do you have detoxing issues?
Do you have infectious disease (Yes, Lyme or otherwise)?
Do you have kidney stones or crystals?
Do you have gout?
Do you have pH issues? Are you too acid?
Do you have blood pressure issues?
….then you need to look into supporting your kidneys!
There is a WHOLE lot of emphasis on the liver during a Lyme recovery (and rightfully so), but the kidneys often go overlooked. Only Chinese medicine seems to address the kidneys while someone is recovering from infectious disease. When they address it, they put kidney health HIGH on the remediation list. Sometimes, it makes me wonder about your conventional system.
Most people do not know that their entire blood supply is filtered through their kidneys every 5 minutes.
That’s 200 quarts every 24 hours. Just think about how sick your blood is when you have infectious disease? If you have ever seen your blood under a microscope, you’d know!
In addition to filtering and REMOVING waste products,
- it balances the body’s fluids,
- CONTROLS blood pressure,
- regulates mineral and ACIDITY LEVELS,
- activates vit D and
- stimulates the production of red blood cells.
If you have blood pressure issues, getting your kidneys checked is critical, but again often overlooked as medicine is usually just prescribed.
The kidneys release an enzyme called renin and it’s job is to balance blood pressure. Renin is produced when blood pressure drops and the kidneys aren’t receiving enough blood. Renin makes the adjustment by causing blood vessels to tighten and blood pressure to rise. If you have problems with passing out when you stand up, it’s not only electrolytes (which is part of kidney health), but the kidney’s themselves that need some TLC.
Some of you have really bad RBC counts on your blood chem panels. The kidneys make a hormone that signals your bone marrow to make red blood cells. You cannot LIVE without oxygen in your blood and RBCs carry oxygen in your blood.
Even patients who have chronic kidney disease are KNOWN to be WAY more prone to infectious disease, so it’s really IMPERATIVE to keep really good kidney health during your recovery.
Kidney Health Tips-
- Hydrate– instead of just drinking water. Drink sole water. Carry a big liter around and sip it all day long (use 1 tbs of sole in your liter). You can alternate that with electrolytes (like Replete electrolytes). You should be drinking a gallon a day in water while you’re sick.
- It’s not just about hydrating, it’s about balancing electrolytes to promote kidney health. Don’t forget the electrolytes!
- Eat well– yes, it’s a generic tip, but it’s needed. Eat your greens and veggies.
- NSAID’s or ibuprofen, etc.- cause kidney damage when taken long term. If you have PAIN, find a better solution that’s actually helping your body recover. Try PAIN CALM– it’s awesome. Don’t forget your enzymes either.
- Get a regular blood chem panel to see if kidney function is within range and EVEN if it is considered normal, LOOK AGAIN. If your BUN, URIC ACID, BILIRUBIN levels are swinging close to outside the reference range, you could use some support in that area.
- SUPPORT THEM– KidneyChi (is part of Dr. Chi’s Lyme protocol), my KidneyCare ( a brand new product) is VERY supportive. Heck, I’d do both.
Cranberry extract has the ability to release bacteria which are already stuck to these cells that line the urinary tract where they can multiply. This may explain why cranberry is possibly effective in preventing urinary tract infections, but possibly ineffective in treating them. Most research shows that drinking cranberry juice or taking certain cranberry extracts can lower the risk of repeated UTIs in some people. Evidence suggests that taking cranberry products can reduce the occurrence of UTIs in women, most children, and people who are hospitalized.
Astragalus (a traditional Chinese medicine) for treating chronic kidney disease. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25335553
Astragalus offer some promising effects in reducing proteinuria and increasing haemoglobin and serum albumin. Astragalus may help to decrease the serum creatinine, reduce the amount of protein lost in urine and diminish the effects of some complications, such asanaemia and malnutrition, evidence quality was low. Astragalus can be effective in treating Lyme Disease.
Birch leaves, may help remove waste products from the urinary system.
Its primary benefit is its diuretic effect, which promotes more frequent urination. This is beneficial for the health of the urinary system, as it helps to remove more impurities from the body through urination. The frequent flushing of impurities can also reduce the risk of kidney stones from forming by not allowing these impurities to settle in the kidneys. Birch tea also helps to combat urinary tract and bladder infections with its natural antibacterial and antiviral qualities. Its anti-inflammatory properties help to reduce inflammation in the kidneys and bladder, allowing them to resume normal function, and may be particularly useful in the case of an enlarged prostate.
Buchu leaves are antiseptic, diaphoretic, a digestive tonic, diuretic, kidney tonic, stimulant, tonic, urinary antiseptic, uterine stimulant.
Nettle leaf is also a diuretic and can help flush the kidney stones from your system. Nettle tea may treat urinary infections, kidney inflammations and help prevent water retention. It is claimed to help to dissolve kidney stones and being a blood purifier, driving toxins from your body. This should not be a substitute for seeking medical care. 
Goldenrod has diuretic properties. This irrigates the kidneys and helps to remove renal deposits which otherwise might develop into kidney stones. It also removes harmful organisms which might cause harm.
Horsetail is a natural diuretic and is high in silica content.
Juniper is highly regarded as a blood purifying kidney tonic. Juniper has been shown to have anti-inflammatory effects and helps reduce edema.
Uva Ursi is the most common use for uva ursi is for urinary tract infections and bladder related conditions. In fact, uva ursi benefits the bladder and can help with conditions such as cystitis, nephritis, water retention, liver ailments, and chronic diarrhea. Over the years, through modern research, scientists have been able to uncover the components that make this herb effective for these types of treatments.
Uva ursi contains a compound called arbutin, a glycosylated hydroquinone, which has the ability to drain excess water from cells, promoting an antiseptic effect on the kidneys. During its excretion, arbutin produces an antiseptic effect on the urinary mucous membrane and can therefore help assist with the urinary tract infection 
Gravel Root not only exhibits anti-lithic (kidney stone dissolving) properties but also diuretic properties. It helps with cystitis, urethritis, and pelvic inflammatory disease. It can also play a role in the systemic treatment of rheumatism and gout, as it encourages excretion of excess uric acid. Gravel root can also tone the reproductive tract and is used to treat inflammation of the prostate.