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Chinese Nutrition for Optimal Health of the Kidney Organ System

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Chinese medicine places a great role on nutrition to creating health within the individual. For each organ system, which includes: kidneys, liver, heart, spleen, and metal there are certain foods that help to strengthen the organ system. Each organ system has a particular role in the functioning of the body. This article is going to focus on the nutritional needs of the organs system of the kidneys.

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The main function of the kidneys organs system in Chinese medicine is to store life essence, govern reproduction and growth, maintain bones health and optimize brain function, control the flow of urine and keep the will power strong. The kidneys are also vital to every other organ system in Chinese medicine. General symptoms of the kidneys out of balance include. Bone issues, especially related to the knees, lower back, and teeth. Also hearing problems, such as hearing loss ear infections and disease. Hair problems are a kidney imbalance and this includes hair loss, split ends, premature graying. Any urinary, sexual or reproductive health problems are a kidney issues. Premature aging which includes premature graying or premature ovarian failure as well as poor growth and development and excessive fear and insecurity.

To help strengthen the kidney organ system we can eat or drink various foods. One of the most important things to do is drink water. Water is the kidneys element so remember to drink water throughout the day to keep the body well hydrated.

Have a diet rich in salty flavored foods such as sea salt, seaweeds, tamari, miso, sauerkraut, kimchee, which is Korean cultured vegetables) can also help.

Remember balance your salt intake, do not over consume salt and switch from table salt to sea salt.

Kidney shaped foods, which means the foods resemble the shape of the kidney organs. These foods include black bean, kidney beans, most beans. This is known a the doctrine of signatures, which is a philosophy shared by herbalists that states that herbs that resemble various parts of the body can be used to treat ailments of that part of the body.

Blue and black foods support the kidney function: blueberries, blackberries, mulberries, black beans, figs have this color. The color black and blue is related to the water element of the kidneys. We are able to strengthen the elements by choosing the corresponding colors.

Seafood such as crab, fresh water clams, mussels, oysters, fish, shrimp, seaweeds, supports the kidneys. As well as meat products include pork and duck as well as chicken and duck eggs.

Seeds: pumpkin, flax, sunflower, black sesame- seeds are related to growth and fertility, which is governed by the kidneys. By eating seeds you are able to strengthen the kidneys.


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By choosing the right foods you are able to help the function of the particular organ system out of balance. By adding chines acupuncture from licensed acupuncturists you can really help your system feel great and get your body working optimally!

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