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Kidney Disease Recipe: Curried Lentil Stew

Hey guys!

Here is a tasty recipe to keep you living the kidney health lifestyle. Healthy food doesn’t have to be boring food, oh sir re Bob!

Let’s get straight into it today shall we?

Curried Lentil Stew
This simple lentil recipe is a staple in many vegetarian households—not only is it full of flavour, it’s easy to make! If curry doesn’t appeal to you, substitute any spice mix you like.

Ingredients
• 1/4 cup (65 mL) extra virgin olive oil
• 1 large onion, chopped
• 1 1/2 tablespoons (21 mL) curry powder
• 2 teaspoons (mL) ginger powder
• 4 cups (1 L) vegetable broth
• 2 cups (500 mL) lentils, rinsed
• 3 cups (750 mL) diced tomatoes
• 1/2 cup (125 mL) plain organic yogurt

What Everybody Ought to Know About Cadmium Toxicity and Renal Failure

A long, long time ago when man was inventing the wheel… nature provided us with pristine surroundings and atmosphere. We drank from the crystal blue waters, ate ‘organic’ fruit and vegetables, and rested in unspoiled lands.

…How so much is changed. Yes, we have progressed in terms of no longer defecating where we eat. Instead we have raped and pillaged all of the earth; her rivers, lakes, oceans, forests, deserts, and anywhere else we can find*.

As a consequence we now live in a toxic environment that compared to 100 years ago, would completely exceed imagination. Lift a bottle of water to our mouth… bring in dangerous xenoestrogen plastics. Apply our daily antiperspirant… introduce the heavy metal aluminium. Breathe in a full breath… hello arsenic.

Before this turns in to one of those “the sky is falling” type blog posts, let me digress and say:

“Whether you like it or not, your environment is affecting your health; but you do have the power to control it.”

And one of the biggest problematic elements found on earth for kidney sufferers is the heavy metal cadmium. Cadmium is one of the ‘big’ four heavy metals that are associated with the biggest threats to human health. The other three include: lead, mercury, and arsenic.

Heavy metals are routinely studied by large international bodies (such as the World Health Organisation – WHO) to determine their affects on human health. As such, much data and evidence has shown that these heavy metals exert powerful, though destructive, biological effects on the human body.

Cadmium in particular is an easy one to be exposed to due to the nature in which it is used. Nickel-cadmium batteries are mass produced and shipped to all four corners of the Earth – where you are probably using some right now. Cadmium industrial emissions are also very high, due to the fact that most cadmium products are uncommonly recycled. And cadmium exposure is profoundly increased in those who smoke cigarettes (cadmium is found in tobacco).

So What Are The Main Sources of Cadmium?
• Cigarette smoke (inc. passive smoking)
• Batteries (nickel-cadmium)
• Paint
• Evaporated milk
• Ceramics
• Shellfish
• Electroplating (Electronics)
• Drinking water (galvanised pipes)
• Phosphate fertilisers
• Breathing contaminated air in the workplace
• Fungicides
• Pesticides
• Tools
• Plumbing alloys
• Photographic chemicals

I am sure you are wondering by now…

“So How Does Cadmium Affect The Kidneys?”

Well, studies have shown that long-term exposure to cadmium via the food, water, or air, builds up in the kidneys and can possibly cause kidney disease and kidney failure via a number of pathways. A 2003 study in New Zealand (using mice) showed that in as quickly as 4 weeks of exposure there was an increase in antinuclear antibodies (=immune system). And on top of that, after 31 weeks on a low dose, increases in IgG2a (=immune system) were also noted. This brought about increased levels of protein in the urine and continued presence of immune bodies in the kidneys; indicating a kidney linked auto-immune disease (e.g. glomerulonephritis).

The Daily Disciplines: Simple Ways For Creating Success In All Areas In Your Life

Kidney Health - Man Meditating

Keeping yourself motivated, and in the right of mind, is crucial for your ongoing success in life and health. So, what are the things you do every day to keep you on track to success?

When you get to find out what’s behind people’s success invariably it all comes down to “daily disciplines”. From the sage on top of the mountain, the tuned athlete competing in the Olympics, to the hot shot business man made of millions; they all have one thing in common “daily disciplines”.

You see I don’t believe in chance or luck. In fact, I believe luck’s meaning should be changed to something I heard Julia Roberts (actor) once say, “Luck is when opportunity meets preparation”.

NOW LET ME ASK YOU THIS… “How long did you spend planning your last holiday?” and “How long have you sat down and planned your life and health?”

Most people out there generally cruise along in life on auto-pilot, without much direction or intention for what they do every day – and that’s no way to be, you want to arrive somewhere on purpose, not because you were swept there by the river of life. They simply react to what is presented to them and carry on… hoping that things will change by themselves.

Their favourite saying is “one day…”. “One day my life will be in order, one day my life will be what I have always dreamed.” But the problem is that most people fail to see that without planning, serious thought or direction, those dreams will always stay dreams. We need to make most of the time we have and the only time we have is in the present… the NOW. We cannot live in the future (though some try) we only live in the present. Any event takes planning; have you ever been to a party without some form of preparation or organisation? I don’t think so.

So what are you doing now to attain your goals and dreams?

Here is a list that will transform your life; here is a list of 6 Daily Disciplines for the high performer:

1. Physical Exercise – A simple walk, swim, jog, bike ride, gym or yoga session, at least 4 out of 7 days. This your body healthy, and mentally charged and strong.

2. Gratitude Journal – Write down 5 things you are grateful for every morning. Having an “attitude of gratitude” will have the universe wanting to give you more. Do you like giving stuff to people who are ungrateful? Me either.

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.”

Delicious Kidney Juice Recipe To Help Reverse Your Kidney Disease

Today I wanted to give you a quick home remedy that virtually anyone can do to help aid the healing of your kidneys, and gently cleanse the body.

Juicing is the perfect natural treatment for renal disease, as it is easy, very safe, cost effective, and tastes great! Juicing literally takes the best of the plant, concentrates it, and delivers the benefits in such a manner that the body absorbs virtually all of it. Have you tried eating 2 apples, 3 carrots, a handful of celery, a knob of ginger, and a slice of cucumber all at once? I am sure a lot of it would pass right through you if you did – not to mention I would feel sorry for your poor stomach, as that’s quite a lot! But that’s where juicing is fantastic, it allows us to consume a much larger portion of vegetables (and fruit) than we ordinarily would, thereby giving us the a ‘therapeutic dose’, and without giving us a bloated stomach.

Juicing is not just about providing your body with naturally occurring vitamins and minerals (which is worthwhile benefit just in its self), juicing will also help heal your kidneys, give your entire body a cleanse, and flush out any toxins. You see plants (vegetables and fruit) give us so much more than standard nutrients, they give us phytonutrients.

Phytonutrients in specific plant foods are some of the most powerful biological response modifiers scientists have yet discovered.” (Jeffrey Bland Ph.D.) Phytonutrients can be defined as plant derived nutrients.

Phytonutrients can be defined as: chemical compounds such as isoflavones that occur naturally in plants. Plants produce these substances for various reasons, including, structure, chemical messengers, protection from harmful organisms or insects or even attracting pollinating insects. Once eaten by humans though, these substances take on a new role. Using isoflavones as an example, isoflavones can balance the female hormonal system and protect them from breast cancer.

Anyway, I am getting a little side tracked… Case in point juicing = good.