Urinary System

Urinary System Health Concerns:  Kidney infections and cancer, bladder issues, kidney stones, prostate cancer, urinary tract infection (UTI), chronic kidney disease (CKD), incontinence, total kidney failure, testicular cancer, endometriosis, nephritis

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Your kidneys have a lot of work to do because your body is composed of 60-70% water.  Water is a critical nutrient for the body because so many functions are dependent on it.

Just think how important water must be to flush through your body each day to be filtered and remove toxins through the liver and kidneys.   The body has about 1 to 1.5 gallons of blood circulating through the body at any one time but the kidneys process it 40 times a day!  That means the kidneys process 40 to 50 gallons of blood a day!

Chronic kidney disease (CKD) affects 37 million people in the US as reported by the CDC – Center for Disease Control.  CKD is caused by a number of factors from diabetes, not drinking enough water, kidney stone damage, high blood pressure (HBP), repeated UTI infections, and several other conditions that contribute to a decline in kidney function.  CKD is when your kidneys are operating at a reduced capacity before of damage which is irreversible.

Symptoms of your kidneys failing may not show up until you have a medical condition where a blood test indicates a problem. Surprisingly, high blood pressure is the second leading cause of kidney failure, another reason HBP is known as the silent killer.   According to the CDC more than 87,600 die each year from CKD.  The CDC estimates that 9 out of every 10 adults who have CKD don’t know they have it and 1 out of every 2 that have low function and should be on dialysis don’t know they have it!

Another serious condition in the kidney system is prostate cancer.  One in 9 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during their lifetime. This year alone 130,000 men will be diagnosed and 30,000 men will die.

There isn’t any cure to reverse chronic kidney disease but there are nutrients to protect them with major antioxidants and a CKD diet to reduce the effect of free radicals, something to be aware of early in life.  Testing by way of blood tests can raise red flags and alert one to this silent disease.

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Important Nutrients – Flaxseed, Vitamin B1 (Thiamine), potassium citrate, Vitamin B6, cranberry tablets, astaxanthin, garlic

Food Sources – Cranberry juice, asparagus root, water – 6-8 glasses a day, aloe, apple, grapes

Herb Sources – garlic, saw palmetto, uva ursi, horseradish

Avoid – foods high in sugar, high fructose corn syrup, excessive potassium, dark sodas, and phosphorus especially if you have CKD, citric acid.

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Popular Supplements for Urinary Health: 

Cranberry fights infection in the urinary tract.
• Drink cranberry juice or take a tablet
Nature’s Way, 120 capsules, 3/day

Vitamin B6 helps prevent the formation of kidney stones.  B6 supports the metabolic, immune, and nervous systems.
Nature’s Way, B6, 50mg, 100 capsules

Asparagus root helps prevent the formation of kidney stones.
Solaray, Asparagus, 175mg, 60 capsules

Saw palmetto extract is used for urinary treatments of enlarged prostate.
Solaray, Saw Palmetto Extract, 160mg, 120 soft gels

Potassium citrate reduces acidity in the urine and prevents kidney stones.
Jarrow Formulas, Potassium Citrate, Pharmaceutical Grade, 99mg, 120 tablets, 1 a day

Astaxanthin – the #1 anti-oxidant in the world to fight oxidation damage to cells.
Jarrow, Astaxanthin, 12mg, 60 capsules

Phosphatidyl serine (PS) – supports cognitive function and stress relief.
Jarrow Formulas, Phosphatidylserine, 100mg, 60 soft gels, 1 a day

L-Citrulline/L-Arginine – relaxes the vascular system and improves circulation.
Jarrow Formulas, Arginine-Citrulline Sustain, 500mg, 120 tablets, 2/day

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Cautions – Dosages should be taken as instructed on the label(s).  Excessive consumption can result in uncomfortable complications.  Singular zinc supplements may require increased copper supplementation to offset the depletion of copper from the larger doses of zinc.
Drinking cranberry nutrients is usually fine, unless you are taking a blood-thinning medication, a medication that affects your liver, or aspirin.  Ask your physician for advice.
If you are pregnant or lactating, please read the warning labels on the products and consult with your physician before consuming.

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