Detox and sup­port your liver and kid­neys

Our liver and kid­neys warn us when things go wrong

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - NEWS - Estie Schreiber Liv­ing Nat­u­rally Health Ad­vi­sor

Good health is a gift that Åows from har­mony. Think of an or­ches­tra that pro­duces the most beau­ti­ful mu­sic when all the in­stru­ments are in har­mony: the body also pro­duces beau­ti­ful mu­sic when all the or­gans and sys­tems are in bal­ance. Prob­lems oc­cur when one of th­ese el­e­ments goes out of bal­ance - out of tune - and causes a cas­cade of neg­a­tive ef­fects through the body. The domi­noes fall where they shouldn t. When this hap­pens, we say we do not feel well.

Where could all this start? Swiss natur­opath Al­fred Vo­gel was of the opin­ion that the body s health was de­pen­dent on the reg­u­lat­ing action of both the liver and kid­ney. He viewed th­ese or­gans as the Äl­ter sys­tem of the blood. Just as we have to change the oil, fuel and air Äl­ters of our cars, we also have to en­sure that our liver and kid­neys are in good work­ing or­der. Some­times the hu­man body shows signs of liver and kid­ney prob­lems long be­fore patho­log­i­cal tests do. There is a big dif­fer­ence how­ever be­tween a liver and kid­neys that are sick and or­gans that are over­worked, slow and strug­gling with re­duced func­tion. If the liver and kid­neys have de­te­ri­o­rated se­ri­ously, you have to con­sult a health­care pro­fes­sional for di­ag­no­sis and help. The in­for­ma­tion we re talk­ing about here, based on ad­vice from Vo­gel, is to help you keep th­ese two vi­tal or­gans healthy with the aim of pre­vent­ing prob­lems from de­vel­op­ing.

So how do you know that your liver and kid­ney func­tions need help? Typ­i­cal liver warn­ing signs in­clude: Wak­ing be­tween 2 and 3am without any rea­son Mood­i­ness

Al­fred Vo­gel called the liver the reg­u­la­tor of the body which is a good de­scrip­tion. Each and ev­ery chem­i­cal process in the blood starts with en­zymes that em­anate mostly from the liver. The liver not only cleans the blood, it also pro­duces choles­terol, gall, hor­mones, en­zymes and red blood cells. It also stores iron and glu­cose for fu­ture needs. Vi­ta­mins A,B,D,E and K are stored in the liver; the liver trans­forms sat­u­rated fats into un­sat­u­rated fats as and when the body re­quires en­ergy. It also breaks down haemoglobin and re-uses it in the body. Ex­cess amino-acids are bro­ken down and dis­carded as urea which is then ex­creted by the kid­neys. You can see why your liver de­serves at­ten­tion and sup­port!

Clean­ing out waste and tox­ins

The kid­neys work con­tin­u­ously with the liver to pu­rify the blood of waste prod­ucts and ma­te­rial that can be toxic. The kid­neys also have to en­sure that there is not too much wa­ter in the blood oth­er­wise the vol­ume of blood be­comes too high for the small ar­ter­ies and high blood pres­sure may re­sult. In or­der to con­trol the amount of wa­ter, the kid­neys use a won­der­ful method of sub­sti­tut­ing salt, po­tas­sium and mag­ne­sium with each other in­side the cells of the kid­neys and in the blood. The kid­neys have to cal­cu­late this very ac­cu­rately to en­sure that the per­fect amount of th­ese min­er­als is in the body and won t be detri­men­tal to the cir­cu­la­tion.

The trained eye can look at the colour of urine and tell how well the kid­neys are work­ing - and how healthy the liver and gall­blad­der are. Just think: urine con­sists of what was in the blood! The kid­neys reg­u­late the wa­ter and pH-bal­ance (acid-al­ka­line lev­els) in the blood and this has a di­rect in­Åuence on the chem­i­cal land­scape of the whole body. Few peo­ple know that the kid­neys are re­spon­si­ble for new red blood cells pro­duced in the bone mar­row. The kid­neys can also help to pro­tect pro­tein in the urine, thereby en­sur­ing that we do not lose mus­cle mass.

An­other im­por­tant job for the kid­neys is to ex­pel acid from the blood, which helps to reg­u­late its acid/al­ka­line bal­ance. Most peo­ple know th­ese days that a con­stant acid state is not a friend to your body and can be detri­men­tal to your gen­eral health. You have to drink wa­ter there­fore to help the kid­neys - enough to pro­duce clean urine at least once a day. Most peo­ple do well with two to three litres of wa­ter per day. If one con­sid­ers ev­ery­thing that the kid­neys do for the body, you can un­der­stand how our health could be in dan­ger if things started get­ting out of bal­ance and the kid­neys weaken or be­come sick.

Al­fred Vo­gel gave a lot of at­ten­tion to the liver, gall­blad­der, kid­neys and blad­der be­cause of their ex­treme im­por­tance in main­tain­ing gen­eral health, and de­vel­oped two ex­cel­lent herb ton­ics for th­ese or­gans. He al­ways treated the liver and the kid­neys si­mul­ta­ne­ously be­cause their Äl­ter sys­tems are so closely re­lated. Most of his pa­tients used th­ese ton­ics un­til he was sure that they were on their way to good health.

A. Vo­gel Boldo­cy­nara liver-and gall­blad­der drops con­sist of ex­tracts of four dif­fer­ent fresh herbs. The main in­gre­di­ent is ar­ti­choke (Cy­nara scoly­mus), a plant that Vo­gel con­sid­ered one of the best liver cleansers. Ar­ti­choke helps to get the gall Åow­ing, reg­u­lates choles­terol and helps stim­u­late liver func­tion while be­ing a tonic for the liver at the same time. Dan­de­lion, boldo and mint help to sup­port the cleans­ing action in the liver by gen­tly as­sist­ing with di­ges­tion, Åat­u­lence, spas­tic colon and con­sti­pa­tion. This was deÄnitely a for­mula which Vo­gel counted on to help sup­port liver func­tion. A. Vo­gel Nephrosolid kid­ney and blad­der drops also con­sist of ex­tracts of four dif­fer­ent fresh herbs. Sol­idago (Golden Rod) is the main in­gre­di­ent and has been used for years by skil­ful doc­tors to as­sist kid­ney func­tion. Sol­idago has an an­ti­sep­tic, an­ti­spas­modic and anti-in­Åam­ma­tory ef­fect on the uri­nary tract. It is very efÄ­cient for blad­der prob­lems, with the po­ten­tial to pre­vent kid­ney stones and even as­sist in ex­cret­ing ex­ist­ing ones. Eq­ui­se­tum, rest har­row and birch make up the rest of the herbal for­mula that helps to Äght acid­ity and reg­u­lates wa­ter lev­els.

Peo­ple who are healthy and who wish to re­vi­talise their liver and kid­neys can use Boldo­cy­nara and Nephrosolid three times a day for six weeks. For good cleans­ing, do this three or four times per year. Peo­ple who take reg­u­lar chronic med­i­ca­tion would beneÄt from tak­ing Boldo­cy­nara and Nephrosolid three times per day for six weeks, af­ter which it should be taken once a day to sup­port the liver and kid­neys to process residue from the med­i­ca­tion. Some­one who con­sumes a lot of cof­fee or al­co­hol may feel slightly nau­seous when com­menc­ing with Boldo­cy­nara and may wish to ini­tially halve the dosage.

Al­fred Vo­gel al­ways be­lieved that na­ture was good and with th­ese two herbal gifts from him, the liver and kid­neys can pro­duce the loveli­est mu­sic - and send a pos­i­tive domino ef­fect rip­pling through your body.

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