Chronic kidney disease (CKD), also known as chronic renal insufficiency, is the slow loss of kidney function over time.
The main function of the kidneys is to remove wastes and excess water from the body.
These sophisticated processing machines filter 200 quarts of your blood per day and remove on average 2 quarts of waste products and extra water.
Chronic renal insufficiency leads to a buildup of fluid and waste products in the body. This condition affects most body functions and systems, including:
- low blood cell count;
- high blood pressure;
- vitamin D and bone health.
The final stage of this condition is called end-stage renal disease. At this stage, the kidneys are no longer able to remove enough excess fluids and wastes from the body.
At this point, you would need a kidney transplant or dialysis.
If you have CKD, you’re at an increased risk of developing other serious conditions, such as cardiovascular disease.
This is a type of condition affecting the blood vessels and heart, which includes strokes and heart attacks.
The diagnosis of kidney failure is usually made by blood tests measuring creatinine, BUN, and glomerular filtration rate.
The overall prevalence of CKD in the general population is about 14%. Furthermore, 30 million people in the US are affected by CKD and most do not even know they have it. In 2013, over 47,000 Americans died from kidney disease.
Chronic Kidney Disease – Symptoms
- menstrual periods stop (amenorrhea);
- weight loss without trying to lose weight;
- swollen feet, ankles, or hands;
- numbness in the hands and feet;
- blood in your urine;
- chest pain, if fluid builds up around the lining of the heart;
- you may urinate more or in greater amounts than usual, with pale urine.
Physical Causes of Chronic Renal Insufficiency
- autoimmune disorders (such as systemic scleroderma and lupus erythematosus);
- high blood pressure – this can put a strain on the small blood vessels in the kidneys and stop the kidneys working correctly;
- long-term, regular use of certain medicines or chemotherapy drugs, which are medications that treat some autoimmune diseases and cancer;
- backward flow of urine into the kidneys (also known as reflux nephropathy);
- high LDL cholesterol – this can cause a build-up of fatty deposits in the blood vessels supplying your kidneys, which can make it harder for them to work;
- type 1 or type 2 diabetes;
- birth defects of the kidneys;
- the 3rd leading cause of CKD is glomerulonephritis, a disease that damages the kidneys’ filtering units, called the glomeruli;
- prolonged obstruction of the urinary tract, from conditions such as kidney stones, enlarged prostate, and some cancers.
Spiritual Causes of Kidney Stones and Chronic Kidney Disease
The energy center for the kidneys is the sacral chakra (or Svadhisthana). If there is an imbalance, you may well find it there.
When this chakra is blocked, you may experience a range of symptoms that are usually confined to the back, lower abdomen, and digestive and reproductive organs.
Because of its close connection with the digestive system, adopting a plant-based diet and getting moderate physical exercise might be especially helpful in balancing the Svadhisthana chakra’s energy flow.
The kidneys are known as the ”Minister of Power,” and are the fundamental cornerstones for the energies of Yin and Yang.
They are the important organs that allow us to anchor the energies, which determine our physical constitution, our vitality, and strength, and are responsible for our development and growth.
They are also the seat of willpower and courage, hence any impairment in kidney energy results in feelings of paranoia and fear.
In the Chinese medicine view, the kidney organ system also includes the adrenal glands (endocrine glands that produce many different hormones), which consists of the adrenal cortex and the adrenal medulla.
Unable or unwilling to hear the truth or discern the truth, shame, criticism, disappointment impairs the blood flow to the kidneys and eventually can lead to CKD.
Do Not Smoke
Smoking slows the blood flow to important organs like the kidneys and can make CKD worse.
Do Not Consume Alcohol
Drinking alcohol affects many parts of your body, including your kidneys.
Constantly heavy drinking has been found to double the risk of CKD, which does not go away over time.
Eat meals that are low in fat and cholesterol.
For example, a plant-based diet (with no vegetable oil) is associated with systemic hemodynamic and glomerular changes which may be beneficial in the prevention of glomerular sclerotic changes in health and disease.
Get Regular Exercise
Physical exercise also helps condition one of the most important muscles in your body – the heart.
Lose The Extra Weight
Obesity and being overweight are risk factors for chronic kidney disease and are linked to the progression of the disease.
Avoid Eating Too Much Salt (Sodium)
Healthy kidneys eliminate excess sodium from the blood. But when kidney damage occurs, a portion of the kidneys’ filters no longer work and sodium can accumulate in the blood.
Individuals who are considered at risk of kidney disease should ensure that they keep their salt intake below the recommended maximum of 6g.
Try to avoid anything that generates emotions such as horror, fear, or anxiety. Furthermore, excess sex also depletes the energy from kidneys and weakens them.
”Right is always taking place in my life.”
”I always eat foods that are nutritionally beneficial and good for my body.”
”Only good comes from each experience. It is safe to grow up.”
”My body knows how to heal itself, and is doing so even now.”
”I release all responsibilities which are not mine.”
”I am safe and loved and totally supported.”
”I love and approve of myself.”
”I dissolve all past problems with ease.”
”I am free and safe.”
”I do everything to live a healthy lifestyle and take care of myself.”
”I give myself permission to heal.”