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Is Inflammation Driving Your High Blood Pressure? Find Out for Sure…

Renal Hypertension

For many of you with hypertension (aka high blood pressure), a fire is burning intensely within you, which must be extinguished. Inflammation is the cause of many illnesses, and studies now point towards inflammation as a key trigger and driver for high blood pressure – the second biggest cause of kidney disease after diabetes.

If you haven’t already gathered, treating the cause of your illness is rule number one for healing yourself from renal disease (and any disease for that matter), so excuse when I repeat myself 5 billion times on this one…

“Treat the cause, not the symptoms. Treat the person, not the disease.”

So when I came across this study, I just had to show you. The results weren’t just suggestive, they were straight out conclusive! (Study: JAMA December 10, 2010, Vol 290. No. 22 2945)

A group of researchers came together to observe whether C-reactive protein (= a marker of systemic inflammation) is linked to high blood pressure. C-reactive protein has already been connected with the increased likelihood of myocardial infarction (= heart attack) and stroke, so the dangers to the cardiovascular system is already well established. On a side note: inflammation has also been associated with the development of diabetes, gastrointestinal disorders, dementia, increased aging, arthritic conditions, skin disorders, immune dysfunction, and many more.

The Setting
The study began by taking blood samples from 20,525 people with normal blood pressure. 7.8 years later they measured the same individuals again, and discovered that now a quarter of them had high blood pressure (5,365). C-reactive protein was then tested and shown to be significantly associated with an increased risk of developing high blood pressure.

They concluded “C-reactive protein levels are associated with future development of hypertension, which suggests that hypertension is in part an inflammatory disorder.”

Free Tips to Eliminate Urinary Tract Infections the Fast and Easy Way … Naturally

First of all I would like to say … Merry Christmas!!! Thank you to all of you who have wished me happy holidays too. I REALLY appreciate it. I also want to thank all of you who have supported me and my blog throughout this year. Again, I REALLY appreciate it!

OK today I thought I would hone in on something that is often a result of over indulgence, and since it is Christmas … well, it is perfect.

Urinary tract infections (UTIs/cystitis) are common place over the holiday season, or any celebration, because what we consider is party food, is also ‘party’ food for the little bugs that live within us. Shame.

As you may be aware one of the top causes of kidney failure, especially acute kidney failure (aka acute renal failure), is infection of the kidneys. Now this can occur for a number of reasons: imbalance of good to bad bacteria, kidney drainage problem (often caused by under functioning bladder, or damaged ureters), diet, and the like. So when you incur a urinary tract infection it is best to turn to natural medicines to get on top of it quick smart.

With that all being said here are my top 5 natural remedies to eliminate urinary tract infections fast:

1.      D-Mannose: still not a well known product, but it is slowly making its way into the main stream as an effective agent for eliminating UTIs on the back of many clinical studies. D-Mannose is a sugar that is easily absorbed in the body, where its main action is to inhibit the adhesion of the bacteria E. coli. The great news is this has been shown to significantly reduce bacteria in the urine within 1 day.

2.      Cranberry: is probably the most well known natural medicine that treats UTIs, and like D-Mannose its action is also by inhibiting the adhesion of bacteria along the urinary tract. Studies have shown that cranberry juice can inhibit up to 75% of bacteria sticking the bladder surface.

Potassium Leaching – Study Shows Not All Leaching Methods Work

Just thought I would tell you about this really cool study I saw today. Some of you may already know that one of the key nutrients to avoid in kidney disease is potassium (from food). Now potassium is an essential nutrient, and in particular a VERY good nutrient for the heart – in fact, one of the best remedies for high blood pressure is taking a potassium supplement. However in kidney disease it is very easy for the levels of this nutrient to sky-rocket in the blood – due to the fact that the body (kidneys) can no longer maintain the ideal levels necessary for optimal health. This is not the case for everybody with kidney disease, so it is a good thing to have your levels checked at your next blood test.

One of the best ways to manage your potassium levels is to limit the amount of foods that contain high amounts of potassium. As you will see this is easier said than done! This is because most of the ‘healthy’ foods contain high amounts of potassium: fruit, vegetables, and nuts. So what to do? Well you may have heard that there is a technique called potassium leaching; potassium leaching is a simple method used to ‘leach’ out some, or the majority, of potassium.

Here is a typical method for leaching potassium from vegetables:

  • Peel the vegetable, cut into small pieces and place in a very large pot of water.
  • Rinse the vegetables thoroughly.
  • Fill a pot of water and place the vegetables within to soak for a minimum of four hours at room temperature (or you can let them soak overnight in the refrigerator).
  • After soaking, rinse the vegetables with fresh water.
  • Cook vegetables as desired.

Zinc Protects Kidneys From Chemotherapy… Spaghetti Marinara Anyone?

I came across this really interesting study while reading the Journal of Renal Nutrition. It talks about how the humble mineral zinc is showing amazing protective benefits for those undergoing chemotherapy (chemotherapy drug= cisplatin). Now it must be said that these studies are being performed currently on rats, but most promising studies all start out on rats and follow on to humans. They found that zinc picolinate (a type of zinc) treatment significantly reduced urea-N, creatinine, and oxidative stress and inflammatory markers.

Zinc is an “essential trace element” because tiny quantities of zinc are required for human health. However, it only second to iron (as a mineral) in the total amount present in the body. Zinc is one of the most under-rated minerals in the body (calcium and vitamin C get all the lime light it seems lately) as it is involved in over 200 biochemical processes in the body, and is a powerful antioxidant. Only out done by magnesium which is involved in over 300. Zinc is found in all bodily tissues and therefore lends it self healing many conditions, such as: colds and flus, cuts and wounds, alzheimer’s, dementia, diabetes, acne, AIDS, dandruff, psoriasis, stretch marks, hearing loss, coeliac disease, ulcerative colitis, hair loss, depression, fertility, and on and on it goes… oh, and of course kidney disease.

The chemotherapy drug used in the study was Cisplatin, a seriously toxic drug in anyones language which has a history of causing nephrotoxicity (=kidney toxicity).

The purpose of the present study was to examine the effect of zinc picolinate on cisplatin-induced kidney damage. The study used 28 rats, divided into four groups consisting of 7 rats each: Group 1. control, group 2. zinc picolinate, group 3. cisplatin, and group 4. cisplatin plus zinc picolinate.