Your body is about 60 percent water. There’s water
inside your cells and out. There’s water in your
bloodstream and in your organs. There’s even water
inside your bones (synovial fluid) and your spinal
cord (spinal fluid).
Like any healthy body of water — a swimming pool, a lake,
an ocean — the water in your body needs to stay CLEAN. And to
stay clean, it needs a FILTER.
Fortunately, your body has one. In fact, it has two — your
kidneys. They filter out toxins and wastes and send them to the
bladder for disposal.
The kidneys also help control the alkaline/acid balance of
the body (critical for optimal health), cellular levels of electrolytes
(potassium, sodium, calcium, magnesium), and blood
Meanwhile, your bladder is the storage container that
holds your urine, so you can control your urination to when it’s
convenient. Unless of course your bladder is irritated, in which case you go when IT wants you to!
If your kidneys and bladder are in tiptop shape, you’ll
feel clean and clear from the inside out, helping you maintain
abundant energy and a sharp mind.
Here are a few simple but highly effective tips for the care
and maintenance of your filtering system.
Drink Plenty Of Water
It’s hard for your kidneys to flush toxins out of your system
if you’re dehydrated. But exactly how much water should you
drink every day? There are a lot of different recommendations
— and I think you should ignore them all! Just check your
lips and mouth. If they’re dry, you need to drink more water.
It’s as simple as that!
Another simple method is to check the color of your urine.
If it’s a dull yellow, then there’s not enough water diluting it
and you should drink more. (Urine can also turn bright yellow
from taking B vitamins, but that’s different from the murky yellow
of overly concentrated urine.)
A third method is that when you feel tired, drink a glass of
water and see if your energy improves in a couple of minutes.
If it does, you were dehydrated.
Another method, which I often use to tell if I’m dehydrated:
when I’m thirsty, I can easily chug a whole glass of water;
when I’m not thirsty, I prefer to sip it.
My final tip? To minimize your intake of possibly toxic
chemicals in the water supply, drink filtered tap water. I’ve
found that MultiPure makes excellent home water filters,
which you can easily install at the faucet or the sink.
Keep The System Sterile
Your body’s filtering system functions best when bacteria in
the system are kept to a minimum. Fortunately, the body does
an excellent job of ridding the system of bacteria, washing
them out every time you urinate. But two tips can help:
- After a bowel movement, women should wipe front to back, which helps keep nasty bowel bacterial (E. coli) from reaching the bladder.
- If you experience urinary burning or urgency, try Dmannose. D-mannose is a natural substance that stops E. coli from sticking to bladder walls. Use ½ to 1 teaspoon, dissolved in water, every two to three hours. (Children under five should use half that dose.) To outflank frequent bladder problems, take ½ to 1 teaspoon a day. Another good idea is that if you tend to develop bladder problems after sexual intercourse (which can also deliver E. coli where it’s not wanted), take a dose one hour before and another dose just after intercourse.
Stop Calcium Crystals From Forming
The kidney filters electrolytes like calcium — but too much calcium
can precipitate into sharp-edged crystals that can literally
rip up the delicate tissues of the kidney and the urethra (the
tube between the kidney and bladder). Fortunately the amount
of calcium in the diet doesn’t cause these crystals. So enjoy
The main way to keep calcium dissolved so it doesn’t form
crystals? Get enough magnesium, which counterbalances calcium.
200 mg a day is a good dose. Vitamin B6 (25 mg daily) is
also helpful. You can get that amount of magnesium and B6 in
the Energy Revitalization System vitamin powder.
Increase Your Potassium Intake
Maintaining healthy blood pressure levels also keeps your kidneys
healthy. And the best way to keep blood pressure optimal
is by getting enough of the mineral potassium. Coconut water
is an excellent source. (I drink Zico, the Safeway brand — it’s
100 percent natural and inexpensive.) Tomato juice and V8
juice also deliver plenty of potassium. Bananas and avocado
are excellent food sources.
Other nutrients that optimize blood pressure include
magnesium and coenzyme Q10.
Cut Back On Sugar
Maintaining optimal blood sugar levels also helps protect your
kidneys. The best way to do that is to not overdose on sugar!
The average American eats 140 to 150 pounds of sugar a year.
An easy way to start cutting back? Limit (or completely eliminate)
your intake of the four types of foods that are loaded with
added sugar: fast food, processed food, sodas and fruit drinks.
As women age, they can start to leak urine during laughing,
sneezing or coughing. An easy solution? Use vaginal
bioidentical estrogen/progesterone cream, applied daily by the
urethra, the outlet for urine.
Kegel exercises — repetitive squeezing of the pelvic muscles
used to stop the flow of urine — can also help. Simply
tighten the muscle for a few seconds while laughing, sneezing
or coughing, to decrease the risk of linking. Over time, using
Kegels to prevent leakage will become second nature. To learn
how to do Kegel exercises, see this online guide from the Mayo
If there is blood visible in your urine, and you have fever and
back pain, see your doctor immediately — these are signs of a
kidney infection, which can cause severe damage to your kidneys
if left untreated.