7 Ways to Care for Your Kidneys

  1. Eat foods that nourish the Kidneys. for almost everybody, both men and women, Chinese yams are the best food for the Kidneys. They nourish the Kidneys, as well as help with lower back pain. Another food good for the Kidneys is chestnut. If you have Kidney problems, do not have raw, cold, very spicy, oily foods or drinks, such as cucumbers, watermelons, persimmons, ice water, spicy chili, and deep-fried foods.
  2. Massage the Yong Quan acupressure point on the soles of your feet. It lies on the Kidney meridian and directly affects circulation to the kidneys. It is especially helpful to massage this point after soaking your feet in warm water for 15 to 30 minutes if you don’t have heart disease, diabetes, or any other serious illness. Soaking your feet in warm water helps both the Kidneys and the body with circulation.
  3. Protect the body from cold, especially in winter. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, cold moves to your Kidneys once inside your body. Keep your lower back, where Kidneys are located, and your feet, warm. In winter, eat more warming foods, such as cooked radishes, walnuts, sweet potatoes, black beans, lamb, and chicken.
  4. Kegel exercise. This is an exercise you can do almost anytime and anyplace. Relax the whole body and breathe naturally. Contract your anus as you inhale and relax your anus as you exhale. Repeat 30 times or so. This exercise may also prevent or heal involuntary urination.
  5. Lower back exercise. Move your lower back and waist often to stimulate circulation to the Kidneys.
  6. Swallow saliva. Stay calm and breathe naturally. Your tongue touches inside of your bottom teeth. Move the tip of your tongue left and right to generate more saliva. Once your mouth is filled with saliva, slowly swallow it a tiny bit at a time. Imagine the saliva slowly moving down the torso to the Kidneys and the lower abdomen. Saliva is treated as a precious body fluid that nourishes the Kidneys and whole body in Taoist doctrines.
  7. Avoid physical and mental stress, such as a high-pressure job or heavy physical exertion.


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