Sunday, April 11, 2010
Kidney Dialysis and otc remedies
There are hardly any otc (over the counter) remedies for kidney problems, and if you go to your local Wal-mart or CVS to find any, you probably won't. If you have been through dialysis before your doctor may have told you to start taking potassium and magnesium supplements. In other words your body may not be holding onto and processing electrolytes properly because of kidney problems. The problem is, these supplements are not going to be enough for optimum kidney health. Luckily, there are actually a few herbal supplements out there that really do help. Before I even start to talk about them, I do not guarantee that they will help someone with kidney failure live an extra day by taking them. They do help, but if someone you know has like 3 days to live and you read this blog and start buying these herbal medicines, and your loved one dies, please do not blame me. The kidney supplement that I have tried before actually helped me detox my system despite the cheap price that I found it at. My goal was to detox my kidneys to increase general health and metabolism, so I started looking into supplements beyond magnesium and potassium. I found something called "Kidney Aid" on the Internet and bought a few bottles just to test it out. I found it relatively cheap at $5.00 a bottle on the Internet somewhere at an online herbal shop. It was the only supplement out there for my kidneys that was reasonably priced, since I did not have a fortune to spend on kidney supplements. The directions said to take 1-2 capsules with a full glass of water and taking it with a meal was optional. I started doing this every day for 30 days but did not really notice a difference. I started reading the label and looking at the proprietary blend on the label and found that some of the ingredients were diuretics, which made sense for kidney flushing. One of the ingredients was goldenrod, that I researched on the Internet and found it to be an old chinese herb that was helpful for the kidneys. Goldenrod was quite expensive to buy it as a single herb in the bottle, so I figured it was one of the more important ingredients in this proprietary blend. The dosage of goldenrod was low in the blend, so I decided I would start taking more kidney aid capsules then recommended on the bottle, since all of the ingredients were natural herbs and there was no risk of overdose. I took 10 kidney aid pills to see what the effect was after being sure of my research there was no OD risk. After about 5 days of taking large amounts of kidney aid, I felt a major difference, as though my body was lighter and not as tense. The feeling is harder to describe, but I knew that it was working. Satisfied with the results of larger dosages of kidney aid, I went back online and ordered about 10 bottles. I figured this would be enough for a yearly detox since there are so many things being put into food nowadays like hormones and other bacteria that get processed with food. I also came across another cheap kidney supplement according to chinese herb lore called dandelion root. Thats right, the same dandelion root growing outside of your house that you call a weed has health value. Some of you may have even made a salad that included dandelion root. What I found was the dandelion extract which was suppose to be a concentrated form of dandelion so I would not have to eat 50 dandelion plants at one time. I was quick to order a few bottles since the dandelion extract was only a few dollars at an herbal shop online. In the week I decided to try dandelion out, I still had the kidney aid capsules, which I stopped taking just to isolate the dandelion root. Well, I started taking the dandelion supplements without the kidney aid because they had kidney helpful properties. The results were a difference kind of detox like feeling. The dandelion in large doses (about 10 capsules also) seemed to have a much quicker detox effect on my kidneys, unlike the kidney aid supplements that took about 3 days to start feeling. The instant result was decent from the dandelion supplements, but the long term feeling went away the next day after eating meals, drinking coffee, and consuming alcoholic beverages (in this case steel reserve 8.1%). To me, it was important to try out heavy meals like pizza, and have beer with the meals to give the herbal remedies a little competition. I found that the dandelion root was great to take after consuming alcoholic beverages compared to the kidney aid supplement. The dandelion seemed to be a quick cleanse, but not as thorough as the kidney aid. The kidney aid was the long term champion when it came down to overall kidney health maintenance, while the dandelion root may be good to have in the cabinet to cover a Saturday night with the beer cooler. I would still say taking both kinds of supplements would be the best way to maintain kidney health. Taking these supplements along with vitamin b6, magnesium, and potassium are probably the best thing you could do if you have a kidney problem or know someone who does. I am currently looking into whether or not milk thistle, an ingredient that has been scientifically proven to help the liver repair itself, helps with kidney detox since it is another organ that helps rid your body of toxins. If your liver is bad, don't you think there is going to be an extra toll on your kidneys or vice versa? If you are interested in finding the supplement called "Kidney Aid" or "dandelion root", shop around some on the Internet. I first found the average price for the kidney aid was $7.00 a bottle, but I found it cheaper on puritans pride website, who sells pretty reasonably priced supplements. I hope that this article was helpful for those out there who need something for their kidneys, because as far as I know there are no life saving prescription drugs out there for kidney problems.