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Healing Kidney Disease Naturally

Updated on June 29, 2014

The kidneys are the lifeline to your health. It's has been said time, and time again, that patients don't die from a diagnosed disease, instead they pass away from the complications of the disease, and 9 out of 10 times that complication is kidney failure.

Kidney problems are huge right now because of the standard American diet, and 98% of the people eating it are unaware that their kidneys are suffering. I can honestly say that every single client that I have worked with since opening my detoxification clinic has had kidney problems.

Kidney and bladder issues unlike other organs do not cause pain until they have lost between 80-85% of their function. Kidney dialysis, however, is normally not suggested until kidney function drops below 15%. This only leaves the patient a 5% window in order to act and try to save kidney function.

The problem with this math is that most kidney tests are not accurate enough to inform patients when there kidneys are malfunctioning, and most doctors are not educated enough to spot problems early on, or simply are not reading the tests correctly.

Kidney dialysis is not the answer to curing kidney disease, just like chemotherapy is not the answer to curing cancer. Any dialysis lab will tell you that kidney dialysis will not cure kidney problems. Dialysis does some of the work of healthy kidneys, but it does not cure your kidney disease. The truth is that you will need to have dialysis treatments, four hours a day, three times a week for the rest of your life, unless you are able to get a kidney transplant.

Once renal replacement therapy is initiated, the range of the expected remaining life span is approximately 8 years. Kidney dialysis is so terminal that Medicare has a program (ESRD) which will approve and pay for 93% of dialysis cases, even if the patient is not 65 years of age or older.

The best time to take care of your kidneys is NOW, before you ever have the need to see a doctor. This message becomes even more urgent if you have, or have had family members with kidney issues, because weak kidneys run in the family.


Lower back pain that can not be attributed to an accident. Seventy-five percent of lower back pain has nothing to do with your back, or your spine and everything to do with your kidneys crying out for help. Groin pain, painful urination, middle of the night urination, foam in the urine, dark smelly urine or sparkling urine are all warning signs that your kidneys are in trouble. Some of the late stage warning signs are brown urine, which indicates that your passing blood, having the urge to go but there is only a trickle, and leg, facial and /or hand swelling, which is indicative of the kidneys not filtering properly and the body holding onto it's last water reserves which can lead to edema and high blood pressure.


Mainstream medicines like acetaminophen, nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs, NSAIDs and aspirin are one of the main reasons for kidney failure. Dehydration is also another huge kidney killer. As we get older we loose most of our sense of thirst, so it's very important to drink water even when your not thirsty. The next big kidney destroyer is animal protein. All forms of animal protein contain large amounts of uric acid. When the kidneys can not filter the uric acid fast enough, the body will leach calcium out of the bones in order to buffer the acid and you will end up urinating calcium for three to four hours after a high protein meal.The kidneys can only handle about 30 Grams of protein a day. The average American is consuming well over that.
Other things that harm the kidneys are over-eating, , processed foods, antacid, synthetic vitamins, antibiotics, beer, soda, sugar, caffeine, energy drinks, holding your urine and soy products. Carbonated water and soda will also keep the kidneys in a constant state of shock and the molecules in these drinks are far too large for the kidneys to process.


Make sure to always drink plenty of spring water throughout the day. Adding 1/4 tsp a day of pink Himalayan salt to your water will also help your kidney retain water better and help your adrenals to function better.

Nettle leaf is a wonderful herb for the kidneys and strengthen the kidney blood vessels and tubules. Nettle leaf also dissolves both uric acid and calcium oxalate stones, supports the adrenals, liver, thyroid, intestines, nervous system, and helps to control inflammation and allergic responses.

Corn Silk tea is a time tested method of combating bladder and urinary tract infections. It helps with water retention, edema ,kidney infection and kidney stone treatment.
Fresh watermelon juice, as well as radish juice are great natural remedies to help heal the kidneys. Watermelon juice is best drank fresh, and even the ground up seeds have health benefits for the kidneys. Radishes can be juiced along with apples and cucumbers for a tasty, healthy kidney treat.

Besides the herbs and juices mentioned above, some other ways to heal the kidneys is by adding magnesium into your diet. Kidney disease requires magnesium and it also helps to keep kidney stones at bay. Chanka piedra as well as "Kidney stuff" have both been proven to promote healthier kidneys. Recent research also shows that consuming 1tsp of baking soda in 8oz of water daily will keep you away from the dialysis chair. I also recommend that my clients search out a good Chiropractor and see them at least once a month. A chiropractor can help alien your back so that the energy that your kidneys need can be properly supplied.

Of all the things that you can do for your kidneys, the most important is investing in a healthier lifestyle with the correct diet changes. Restrict your sugar intake, cut down on processed foods, avoid all carbonated drinks and avoid animal protein if at all possible. I can assure you that if you treat your kidneys with kindness, they will serve you well in return. You do not have to be limited by your kidney pain, lose a kidney or submit to kidney dialysis. Kidney disease is 100% reversible. I know this to be true, because five years ago I was sentenced to the dialysis chair, I avoid it, and with some simple life changes you can too.

For more information on how to heal kidneys naturally my book "Healing the kidneys 101" is available in the kindle store at!


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    • Maddambutterfly profile imageAUTHOR

      Marie V Stephens 

      4 years ago from New Mexico

      At 15% kidney function is still revesable! Check out my e-book on Amazon, it will show you how to reverse kidney disease, where to purchase suppliments and great juices and herbs that help the kidneys.

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      4 years ago

      Hi, my kidney function is 15%, can I still reverse it? I do not want to undergo dialysis.

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      Marie V Stephens 

      6 years ago from New Mexico

      Serge Thanks for stopping by with your comments and your questions!! I will be more than happy to address both.

      You can start by going to Youtube and watching a full documentory on the subject of protein and it's effects presented by Dr. Michael Klaper. It's called "Foods that kill" and can be seen at

      According to the University of California in Los Angeles, the recommended daily allowance, or RDA, for protein is 0.36 g per pound of body weight per day and a 2004 report published in the “Journal of Sports Science and Medicine” will tell you that that people with kidney disease need to consume about half the RDA for protein, or 0.18 g per pound of body weight.

      Even as far back as as 1983, it was discovered that eating more protein increases your "glomerular filtration rate," or GFR which is the amount of blood your kidneys are filtering per minute. Scientists realized that a higher GFR places your kidneys under greater stress.

      HCL (hydrochloric acid or hydrochloride) is highly corrosive, just as is any other acid on the planet. The standard American diet is mainly composed of acid forming foods such as meat, grains and dairy. When you take a base level pH of 1.5 to 3.5 and continue to add more acid you begin to have issues, which can easily be seen by the tremendously large amount of people looking for relief from heartburn, stomach ulcers, and gastroesophageal reflux disease. The reason for so many people taking proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) such as Prilosec is not for LACK of stomach acid but because of TOO much acid in the stomach.

      Only people with protein issues would need to take baking soda in order to heal the kidneys. Anyone with healthy kidneys would not have a need to take baking soda. Solution: Drink baking soda, cut out protein, kidneys get healthy, stomach acid goes back to normal= problem solved.

      Bicarbonate which is the chemical in baking soda is alkaline. It is naturally produced by the body to regulate pH in the small intestine. Bicarbonate is also released by the pancreas as it responds to neutralize the acidic chyme entering the duodenum from the stomach so obviously baking soda can't be all bad :)

      As for myself and the dozens of clients that I have helped steer clear of the dialysis chair, no scientific evidence is needed that protein kills kidneys. We all have our health to prove !! ;)

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      6 years ago

      Can you point us to some supporting scientific evidence that animal protein destroys the kidneys? Also, ingesting baking soda is a sure way to reduce your HCL which is required for proper digestion.

    • Maddambutterfly profile imageAUTHOR

      Marie V Stephens 

      6 years ago from New Mexico

      Aviannovice, thanks for stopping by, I can always count on your positive input in my articles. I looked at the dialysis chair, the same way I would look at an electric chair! I was going to do whatever it took to stay as far away for it as possible :)

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      Deb Hirt 

      6 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Sounds like a wonderful plan to stay healthy. I can think of better things to do with my time than sit in someone else's chair.


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