Kidney Failure – Causes, Symptoms and Natural Remedies

One of the main tasks of the kidneys is filtering blood.Your kidneys must filter approximately 800 cups of blood per day. Of these 800, approximately 8 are excess water and waste products. This is a major job especially when you consider that your kidneys are about the size of your fists. Even more amazing is the fact that the filtering is done by millions of microscopic tubules called nephrons. Each kidney contains about 1 million nephrons. The waste collected by the millions of nephrons is what forms urine which flows down tubes called ureters and is then stored in the bladder until you urinate.


Your kidneys are also in charge of  of keeping your blood pressure stabilized  When your kidneys receive the combination of waste materials and chemicals to be filtered out they take the chemicals they can still use. The kidneys will measure out sodium, phosphorus, and potassium and release them back into the blood to be returned to the body. This amazing measuring act is how the kidneys help regulate your body’s blood pressure. Too little or too much of these chemicals can cause negative side effects. Your kidneys also produce a hormone that aids in the formation of red blood cells.


What is all this waste filtered by the kidneys?

The normal breakdown of active muscle and the breakdown from food that you consume is what makes up this waste. Once your body has taken the nutrients it needs for energy and self-repair the leftovers are sent to the blood to be filtered out because the body has no need for them.

Why is the removal of this waste vital?

This waste must be filtered out of the blood and then out of the kidneys on a daily basis. If this did not happen, the waste build up would damage your body. In kidneys that do not function properly, such as in those affected by diabetes, kidney stones or other kidney diseases, this filtering process does not work as efficiently. When this process is interrupted for an extended period of time the individual can suffer serious side effects. 

What causes kidney (renal) failure?

Infection, dehydration, some medicines such as: antibiotics, pain medications, aspirin, ibuprofen, blood pressure medicines, dyes used in some X-ray tests for kidney failure and a serious lack of blood flow to the kidneys can cause kidney failure. Kidney stones, an injury, an enlarged prostate gland, or a tumor can also be the cause of kidney failure.

What are symptoms of kidney failure?

Symptoms of kidney failure include: decreased sensation in the hands or feet, bad breath, decreased appetite, bruising easily, fatigue, changes in mood, pain between the ribs and hips, high blood pressure, nausea, vomiting, nosebleeds, metallic taste in mouth, bloody stools, prolonged bleeding, swelling (especially of the ankles, feet, legs and hands), shortness of breath, sluggish movements, little or no urine, difficulty when urinating, excessive urination at night, urination stops completely, chest pain, muscle weakness and seizures.

Kidney failure, also known as renal failure, can cause permanent kidney damage (loss of kidney function which requires permanent dialysis or kidney transplant to survive) and may even result in death. Unfortunately, kidney failure can go unnoticed for a long time before suddenly feeling symptoms when the problem has been acute and harder to rectify. Kidney stones are a major indication of kidney failure. They can serve as a warning  allowing you to seek help for your kidneys before tissue degradation becomes nearly irreversible.

What causes the formation of kidney stones?

Dietary factors such as: low fluid intake, high intake of: alcohol, animal protein, sodium, refined sugars, fructose and high fructose corn syrup can cause the formation of kidney stones. Drinking too little water can cause kidney stone formation because there are insufficient amount of water to filter out impurities. Animal protein contains compounds such as uric acid which acidify the urine which promotes the formation of kidney stones. Excess amount of sodium, refined sugars, fructose and high fructose corn syrup cause the veins and arteries, which normally expand with ease, to become hardened and shrunken which may potentially block the removal of waste from the kidneys. Infection can also cause kidney stones.

While it is widely believed in the medical community that ingestion of calcium, magnesium, vitamin C or vitamin D supplements may cause the formation of kidney stones evidence of this is inconclusive. We believe the ingestion of any supplement that is of low quality, containing synthetic compounds, fillers, chemicals and toxic substances can lead to the formation of kidney stones. There are many types of kidney stones, each formed by an excess of different minerals. You can read about and see them here.

How do I know if I have kidney stones?

The most common symptom of associated with the presence of kidney stones is pain. Intermittent pain that radiates from the area around the waist to the groin and inner thigh is a major indication. A sudden urgency to urinate is also a symptom along with: fever, restlessness, blood in the urine, sweating, nausea and vomiting. Contractions of the ureter as it tries to expel the stone can cause extreme pain lasting from 10 to 60 minutes. If you are experiencing dull to severe sharp pain in the kidney area, most commonly felt on the back bellow the ribs, it could indicate the formation of kidney stones has begun. A burning sensation when urinating can indicate  a UTI (urinary tract infection); infections may also cause the formation of kidney stones.

A CT scan, x-ray (IVP or KUB), ultrasound (preferred test for pregnant women), urinalysis and urine cultures are tests that can be performed by your doctor to test for the presence of stones in the kidneys. Unfortunately, some of these tests require the use of dyes that can themselves cause kidney stones.

How can I prevent kidney stones from forming?

Keeping a healthy and balanced diet is key to preventing kidney stones from forming. A diet high in animal protein, fat, salt, alcohol and processed sugars are very likely to cause formation of kidney stones. Also as a preventive measure it’s good to drink water with lemon on a daily basis. This habit can help keep your immune and lymphatic systems strong. Lemon’s are alkaline; drinking water with lemon will help keep your body’s pH level balanced. Since most foods we eat are acidic and stress makes our body produce more acidity keeping a proper pH balance is crucial to keeping disease at bay.

If you’re already experiencing discomfort in your kidneys or bladder, use one of the remedies below. Discomfort in any part of the urinary system is a symptom that should not be taken lightly; it may indicate an infection or the formation of kidney stones. Taking preventive measures is always ideal to keep your organism functioning at it’s best. With today’s toxic load from poor eating habits, stress, inactivity and environmental toxins it’s easy to let your health decline at a rapid rate. The longer you wait, the harder the road to recovery will be.

How can I get rid of kidney stones naturally?

This natural remedy for kidney stones is non-invasive and can be used for advanced kidney stone formation. This remedy will dissolve kidney stones and make it easier to pass the dissolved stones all while cleansing the kidney tissues. You’ll need at least a dozen lemons to start and a couple of herbal products. Squeeze one whole lemon into an 8oz glass of water and drink one glass every 2 hours. It is vital that you do not consume any fatty or fried foods and keep your animal protein intake as low as possible, preferably none. Diet is the most important factor when trying to remedy ailments naturally.

For this remedy it is essential to use the herbal combination JP-X, which stands for juniper and parsley, along with the herb Hydrangea. JP-X supports the kidneys, bladder, glandular system and urinary system overall. This product also contains uva ursi which is known to support the urinary system by keeping it clean and promoting urine flow. Two other notable herbs found in this combination are golden seal and marshmallow. Golden seal fights infection and marshmallow has anti-inflammatory properties making this product ideal for individuals suffering from diseases of the urinary system.

For advanced kidney stone formation and if the individual is in extreme pain it is recommended they take 2 capsules of JP-X every two hours. For individuals with slight to mild pain it is recommended they take 2 capsules of JP-X three times a day. Make sure to take with plenty of water and to drink plenty of water throughout the day.

Hydrangea is also a helpful herb for people suffering from a kidney disease and for those that have developed kidney stones. Hydrangea possesses natural solvent qualities and supports the urinary system. Take 2 capsules of hydrangea three times a day. This dosage can be used for severe kidney issues, such as dissolving stones, as well as for less serious issue such as slight kidney discomfort or urinary system maintenance.

For best results drink plenty of water with lemon and take both JP-X and Hydrangea for a minimum of 4 weeks. This will allow backed-up impurities to exit the urinary system and strengthen the kidneys so that they can return to normal. Follow up with Urinary Maintenance to keep the urinary tract clear, sanitized and prevent formation of kidney or bladder stones. Urinary maintenance can also be used in conjunction with hydrangea to eliminate kidney stones. For more information on Urinary Maintenance read below.

Is there a home remedy for getting rid of kidney stones?

If you have detected or know that stones have begun to form in your kidneys or if you simply have renal discomfort this natural home remedy for kidney stones may be ideal for you. To prepare for this remedy, you must fast for an entire day. If you find it difficult to withstand from eating you may drink natural (no added sugar; fresh squeezed is best) apple juice throughout the day and have a slice of very toasted whole wheat bread.

After fasting and before going to bed take 2 capsules of Cascara Sagrada or drink 4 ounces of prune juice. Cascara sagrada is a natural laxative and will help keep the colon clear, which is important when cleansing the kidneys. If cascara sagrada is not available then you can use 4 oz of prune juice.

Following the cascara sagrada drink the juice of four lemons, but be sure to save a tablespoon or so of lemon juice. Then lay on your side that the affected kidney is on for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes have passed, drink the olive oil and the remaining lemon juice to remove the taste of the olive oil. Lay down on the same side again and stay put over night. It’s best to stay in bed until morning time when using this remedy. Getting up may cause nausea or vomiting. To remove kidney stones use this remedy once a week until the stones pass. During this time drink plenty of water, preferably with lemon juice added to it.

Urinary tract infections and kidney failure.

The most common cause of urinary tract infections come from bacteria in the bowel that spread and enter the urinary tract through the urethra. The bacteria then climb upward and can cause bladder infection or infection in other parts of the urinary tract. Since women have a shorter urethra, they are more likely to experience a UTI than men are.

Another common cause of urinary tract infections is sexual intercourse. Women are more susceptible to urinary tract infections because of their anatomy. Bacteria in the vaginal area can be sent into the urethra during intercourse. For this reason, proper hygiene is crucial in keeping urinary tract infections at bay.

Waiting too long to urinate can potentially cause a urinary tract infection. When the bladder is filled to its maximum capacity and not emptied right away it causes the bladder muscle to stretch out. This can make the bladder weak and loosened. When this happens the bladder cannot be emptied out completely. Urine that is left in the bladder can become a breading ground for bacteria that can cause a bladder infection and subsequently a urinary tract infection. Not drinking enough fluids can increase your chances of getting a urinary tract infection. People with diabetes are also at higher risk of urinary tract infections because diabetes impairs kidney function.

How to I know if I have a urinary tract infection?

Are your experiencing any of these urinary tract infection symptoms?

◦ pain or burning sensation when urinating

◦ cloudy urine

◦ strong smelling urine

◦ nausea or vomiting

◦ fever and chills

◦ pain on one side of your back under the ribs (where kidneys are located)

◦ frequent sensation to urinate with little or no success

◦ lower part of your belly feels tender or heavy

Home remedies for urinary tract infections.

Practicing good personal hygiene, drinking plenty of water and keeping a healthy diet is key to a speedy recovery from a UTI. Make a habit of drinking the juice of one whole lemon in 8oz of water every hour to get rid of a UTI. Lemons have strong antibacterial properties that can cleanse the urinary tract and help keep infections from reoccurring.

Cranberry juice has long been used in home remedies for urinary tract infections. We recommend drinking R.W. Knudsen Family Just Cranberry Juice. R.W. Knudsen Family products are all natural made without artificial flavors or preservatives and never contain added sugar. For this reason their juices will have sediment so make sure to shake the bottle well before pouring. R.W. Knudsen Family juices can be found at your local grocery store. Drink an 8oz glass of cranberry juice every 2 hours, alternating with lemon juice.

Echinacea tea is also available at your local grocery store and can help fight infection. Echinacea is known to have immune supporting properties and antibacterial properties. It’s anti-inflammatory properties can provide relief from swelling of the urinary tract cause by infection. When picking an echinacea tea make sure there are not additives and that you’re receiving a wholesome product. The price can be an indication of it’s quality, echinacea tends to be on the pricier side.

Natural remedies for urinary tract infections. 

Naturally treating a urinary tract infection in women will be the same as treating a urinary tract infection in men. The goal is to clear the urinary system of bacteria then strengthen the urinary system so it can perform at its optimal capacity.

To do this we’ll need the help of a few herbs and herbal combinations. However, the most important thing to note is the key role a healthy diet will play in getting rid of a UTI (urinary tract infection) and in keeping UTI’s from reoccurring. Sugar is the perfect food for bacteria. Carbohydrates turn into sugar which also feed bacteria. Milk, cheese other dairy products can cause an overproduction of mucous, making it difficult for the body to eliminate waste and toxins.

Keeping your diet low in refined: flours, sugars and lactose products is key in being able to remedy any type of kidney failure or any other disease in general. Instead opt for fresh fruits, vegetables and Greek yogurt which is high in friendly bacteria that will help boost your immune system.

One of the most effective products we use in remedying UTI’s is Urinary maintenance. This powerful herbal blend contains a variety of herbs to support the urinary system, help maintain fluid and mineral balance, support urine flow and help sanitize the urinary tract. Urinary Maintenance also has strong diuretic properties and can help prevent hard mineral deposits from forming in the kidneys or bladder. For best results take 1 capsule three times a day.

The benefits of cranberries to the urinary system have been known for centuries. Cranberry and Buchu is a great diuretic and it also nutritionally supports the health of the urinary tract. Recommended dose for adults is 1 or 2 capsules with a meal three times a day. For best results use for a minimum of one week.

To help remedy a urinary tract infection in children under 10 years of age use one capsule with a meal twice daily. Children under 10 can also be given 1 capsule of JP-X and 1 capsule of Juniper Berries three times a day. Use JP-X with Cranberry Buchu or JP-X with Juniper Berries; it is not necessary to use all three when treating children with a urinary tract infection.

How to Prevent Kidney Failure.

The products discussed in this article along with the home remedies discussed help repair damage to the kidneys. Try using the lemon juice and extra virgin olive oil remedy every 6 months or so to keep the kidneys clear. Drinking lemon water is a great way to prevent kidney failure and keep the urinary tract clear and sanitized. Using products like JP-X, Hydrangea, Urinary Maintenance, Juniper berries, and Cranberry Buchu from Nature’s Sunshine Products is also a great way to keep your urinary system clean and strong.

Disclaimer: Our services and information do not diagnose or prescribe for disease conditions. Individuals are encouraged to seek competent medical help when those services may be indicated. Individuals accept total responsibility for their own health care and maintenance.


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