The average adult is approximately 50-65% water. Lean muscle contains more water than fatty tissue, thus as body fat percentage increases, water percentage decreases. Roughly 2/3 of the body’s water is in the intracellular fluid while the remaining 1/3 is in the extracellular fluid. Crazy to think that more than half of your body weight is simply water!
It is important to keep all of this water clean; and the kidney’s do just that. The body has two kidneys and are extremely sophisticated filters, each roughly the size of your fist and bean shaped. Kidneys do much more than just remove excess fluid, waste products and toxins from the body as urine. They play critical roles in balancing the body’s fluids, releasing blood pressure regulating hormones and controlling the production of red blood cells. In a 24 hour period your kidneys receive, filter and return to the body approximately 200L of fluid and in that same time period the entire blood in your body will get filtered around 400 times!
The herbal kidney formula was created by Dr. Christopher to help clean, detoxify, support and strengthen these precious life sustaining organs. It is our favorite herbal kidney formula to date and an essential part of the Extended Herbal Cleanse. Considering that 1/10 adults suffer from some kind of kidney impairment, this kidney formula is a much needed herbal support.
What’s In It???
Juniper Berries are not actually berries at all, but rather a cone with a berry-like appearance. Juniper Berries are a natural diuretic, increasing the rate of kidney filtration and thus urinary flow. They are also a natural antiseptic, helping remove waste and acidic toxins from the body while supporting the fight against bacterial and yeast infections, especially in the urinary tract, bladder, kidneys, and prostate. Juniper Berries also have antispasmodic, carminative, depurative, stimulant and stomachic benefits.
Parsley Root’s nutritional value alone is enough to warrant the eating of this herb. Just one cup of parsley contains 1200% of the recommended amount of vitamin K, 100% of vitamin A and 130% of vitamin C. It is also a significant source of folate and iron. Medicinally, Parsley is no slouch either, with the root proving to be more beneficial than the leafy greens. Especially known for it’s diuretic properties – thus explaining the inclusion of the herb in the kidney formula – Parsley also displays carminative, tonic and aperient qualities. So while the herb’s main effect is supporting kidney function, filtration and detoxification, parsley also plays a secondary role in aiding the bowels as well, reducing gas and toning and strengthening the entire colon itself.
Marshmallow Root, or more accurately written as “marsh mallow”, is an herb belonging to the mallow family and the commonly used herb is found growing in marshes. A primary constituent of marshmallow root is mucilage, thus like Slippery Elm, it is a gentle demulcent and emollient. Marshmallow Root treats inflammation and irritation of not only the entire digestive system, but also urinary and respiratory organs. Marshmallow Root has been linked to help repair the gut lining and prevent leaky gut syndrome.
Golden Seal Root
Golden Seal is quite possibly the “golden” herb for health. Golden Seal is a known stomachic, tonic, detergent, alterative, antiseptic and even antineoplastic! Golden Seal is a key component in the Kidney Formula not only for its cleaning, toning and strengthening abilities of the bowels, blood and urinary tract, but also because it is a natural antibiotic and immune system booster (maybe only outdone by the well-known echinacea). This herb is especially great for getting over those irritating UTI’s (urinary tract infections). The fact that Golden Seal has been shown to literally help your body fight cancer is just an added bonus 🙂 (1,2)
Uva Ursi Leaf
Uva Ursi leaves, also know as Bearberry, are in fact the only part of the plant used in medicine and are very astringent by nature. Bearberry is great at strengthening and toning the bladder and kidneys. Uva Ursi leaves also act as a great diuretic, due to the glucoside Arbutin, which is excreted by the kidneys. During excretion, arbutin displays antiseptic qualities on the urinary tract, killing bacteria (like the much dreaded E.coli) and washing them out. Coupled with Golden Seal, this makes a powerful UTI-fighting kidney strengthening combination.
I don’t know about you guys, but when I was little and had a tummy ache, my grandma would always get me some ginger ale to drink. It has been well known that ginger is a fantastic digestive aid, helping relieve feelings of nausea, motion sickness, upset stomach and bloating. Ginger is also a diaphoretic, stimulating the body to sweat. Try drinking ginger tea on a cold day to help warm you up. Ginger is also a great anti-inflammatory, especially for the digestive tract.