Kidneys perform the vital function of purifying the blood by filtering the waste from it. They also help in the functioning of the urinary system, secretion of hormones and maintenance of blood pressure level in the body. Kidneys also have the additional function of homeostasis or maintaining the level of acid and bases in the body. Clearly, kidneys are one of the most vital organs in the body and should be cared for.
What do kidneys do?
- Remove metabolic waste
- Absorb essential nutrients
- Maintain homeostasis
- Help filter blood
- Produce hormones
Caring for your kidneys
Kidney related diseases are more prevalent in developing nations, where a combination of insufficient nutrition, stress, and unhealthy lifestyle contributes to renal deterioration. A World Health Organization (WHO) research has found that almost a million lives are lost annually, all over the globe, due to kidney and urinary-tract related complications. Moreover, high blood pressure and diabetes are known to worsen the situation.
Modern medicine and advanced medical equipment have helped doctors curb the damage caused to kidneys. Apart from this, natural alternatives like yoga are also useful in taking good care of your kidneys.
Yoga is an ancient branch of holistic living that promotes a healthy lifestyle through asanas, meditation, and Ayurveda. The best part about yoga is that it is entirely natural and does not have any side-effects.
Yoga poses for healthier kidneys
Yoga poses stimulate and massage various organs that help bring the body to an optimal condition. Along with yoga poses, switching to an Ayurvedic diet can help keep diabetes and blood pressure levels in check.
Start off with these simple yoga poses to ensure the health of your kidneys:
The Sphinx Pose stretches and strengthens the abdominal organs. It also raises the immunity level of the body.
The Sitting Half Spinal Twist stimulates the kidneys and liver. It also improves the body’s immunity level.
The Cobra Pose also stimulates the abdominal organs and relieves the body of stress and fatigue. It is also known to boost immunity.
The Two-Legged Forward Bend stimulates the kidney, improves digestion, and relieves one of menstrual discomfort.
The Bridge Pose stimulates the abdominal organs. It also helps bring high blood pressure under control and relieves the body of stress.
The Boat Pose strengthens and stimulates the abdominal organs. It also helps improve digestion and alleviates stress.
How yoga helps improve kidney functions
Yoga asanas are known to increase relaxation. They also assist in managing water retention in the body. This enables sound sleep schedules and hence better rest. A well-rested body is better able to perform functions such as regulation of water in the body and stabilizing the heartbeat. Yoga keeps the internal organs healthy, balances the various systems in the body, and effectively controls the stress of the body and mind. Some of the yoga asanas and pranayamas facilitate internal cleansing rituals that ensure the flushing out of toxins from the body. This also ensures that blood flows to various parts of the body, keeping it fresh and energetic.
Tips to keep your kidneys healthier
- Consume home cooked food and avoid eating outside food.
- Include more fruits and green leafy vegetables in your diet.
- Avoid foods with high-potassium content and include more iron-rich food in your diet.
- Switch to an ayurvedic diet for more nutrition.
- Drink plenty of water and get 6-8 hours of sleep every day.
Practice yoga and meditation regularly, eat healthy food and rest well to keep your body stress-free. A stress-free body responds more positively to therapy or cure than a stressed one. More importantly, stay positive and enjoy life to the fullest!
Practicing Yoga helps develop the body and mind, yet is not a substitute for medicine. It is essential to learn and practice yoga under the supervision of a trained Yoga teacher. In case of any medical condition, practice yoga only after consulting your doctor and a Sri Sri Yoga teacher.
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