The Kidney's Play a Major Role in Blood Pressure
Blood pressure must remain stable in order for all the systems of the body to work efficiently. If any system is compromised, disease or death is eminent.
The kidneys are bean-shaped organs that a located on both sides of the pelvis. They have 2 major roles: 1. Salt and water homeostasis (regulation). , 2. Eliminating waste products, excess salt, minerals, urea that. These wastes are removed by urine.
Each kidney contains a complex filtering system. Inside the filtering system lie microscopic units called Neuphrons. Neuphrons are the key component of the kidneys. Glucose are filtered and re-entered back into the blood stream, where as the more harmful components are excreted in the urine.
The kidney's work with the heart to regulate blood pressure. Blood pressure is defined as the pressure of blood against walls of the main arteries and is an indication of the efficiency of a person's circulation.
Blood pressure must be regulated in order to provide an adequate supply of blood and oxygen to the organs.
Low blood pressure (hypotension) indicates that there could be an insufficient amount of blood being pumped throughout the body. This can result in vital organs being depreived of oxygen rich blood and could result in shock, stroke, heart attack, death.
High blood pressure (hypertension) indicates that the heart is working too hard to pump blood throughout the body. Chronic high blood pressure can force too much pressure on the arterial walls which will ultimately cause scaring and attract cholesterol to help repair the damage. Eventually, the artery can occlude and shut down, forcing the heart to either work harder or to shut down (myocardial infarction).
The kidneys help to maintain homoestasis (balance among the body systems) in the circulation by regulating blood volume. Although the volume of blood varies with age and gender, the kidneys usually maintain total circulating volume at around five liters. Any significant alteration in this level will affect blood pressure.An increase in blood volume equals an increase in blood pressure. Increased salt intake can lead to water retention, which can lead to more blood volume increasing blood pressure. This is why eating too much sodium is dangerous for the body. On the other hand being dehydrated or losing blood from an open wound causes a drop in blood volume resulting in lower blood pressure.
The kidneys act as an alarm system for the blood system. It alerts the brain to re-adjust the blood when there are too many toxins or wastes products floating around. When blood volume increases the kidneys will filter out the wastes and send it off to be eliminated out of the body. The heart will regulate the blood pressure to help the kidney's. When blood volume increases the kidneys remove more water from the blood, reducing the blood volume and restoring normal blood pressure. When blood volume decreases, the kidneys absorb less water, thus restoring blood pressure.
Kidneys stone are mineral deposits that collect in the kidneys. Though kidney stone development is not entirely related to diet, eating junk food can definitely contribute to them. The kidneys are filters for wastes products in the bloodstream. If a person constantly consumes high salty foods, sodas, nitrates, refined sugars, high fructose corn syrup, heavy preservatives, chemicals, cement, antibiotics, alcohols, then they are at high risk of developing kidney stones. Kidney stones form into a hard material that builds up in the kidneys. This material is extremely difficult to pass through the urinary tract. Severe pain and discomfort is the result of a passing kidney stone through the urinary tract. In severe cases surgery is performed to remove the stones.
In order to safe guard yourself against the onset of kidney stones it is advised to drink plenty of water throughout the day and to eat organic natural foods that are not contaminated with chemicals and poisons. The cleaner the food the less the liver and kidneys have to worry about removing all the toxins. The kidneys are designed to last the full lifespan of a human, around 80-100 years. Unfortunately, many people are destroying their kidneys well before later years. This is due in fact to poor dietary choices.
I recommend that if you have been eating a lot of junk food and drinking a lot of alcohol you should perform a kidney cleanse. This detoxifying method will help flush out some of the toxins that are built up in the kidneys. From what I have heard from others who have had kidneys stones, I would rather take the preventative measure to keep the kidneys healthy, rather than go through what those folks did when they passed the stones through their urinary tract. OUCH!!!!
For more information on Kidney cleanses and other cleanses, you can purchase my book "diet EARTH" and I have the whole system and schedule written out. Or you can email me and I will assist you.
Daryl Conant, M.Ed
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