The Macrobiotics diet is not a set diet that applies strictly to everyone but it emphasizes a balanced diet which consists largely of whole grains, cereals, and cooked vegetables, and living a natural way of life. Here is how to use the macrobiotic diet when you have a kidney problem.
How Does the Kidney Work?
Located in the upper part of the abdominal cavity near the spinal column, the kidneys filter impurities from the blood and discharge excess wastes. Most of the excess in the form of chemicals and toxins are naturally processed by the kidneys and eliminated through the bladder but the kidneys can easily become overworked from overeating or having to filter too many impurities. Excessive protein, fat, mucus and other substances can clog the kidneys’ system which can lead to a variety of problems.
Causes of Kidney Problems
Kidney and bladder problems are common in modern society. These include kidney and bladder infections, kidney and bladder stones, uremia, and incontinence. According to MichioKushi, the author of The Macrobiotic Path to Total Health, over-consumption of meat, poultry, eggs, bread and other hard baked flour products, refined products, stimulants such as alcohol and coffee, cold and frozen foods, high-protein foods are the causes of kidney problems.
Symptoms of Kidney Problems
In traditional Oriental medicine, the kidneys and bladder are most highly charged during the night and broadly govern sleep, reproductive functions, and overall vitality and regeneration, according to Kushi. For example, darkness or blackness on the skin under the eyes shows kidney stagnation and toxic blood as a result of tight kidneys. Typical symptoms of kidney problems include snoring, groaning, urinary problems and lower back pain. Through the macrobiotic diet, or a balanced way of eating, most urinary system problems can be prevented or relieved.
Macrobiotic Dietary Solutions
British researchers report that increased intake of foods high in fiber and complex carbohydrate such as whole grains and reduced intake of animal protein, sugar, and refined carbohydrates reduced the excretion of calcium, oxalate, and uric acid in the urine. The macrobiotic diet encourages you to eat whole grains, not refined grains, as the main dish of every meal. Buckwheat, wild rice and other dark-colored grains are particularly good for the kidneys and bladder. Eat soba noodles (which contain buckwheat as well as whole wheat), and beans that are shaped like the kidneys such as adzuki beans, lentils, chickpeas and black soybeans and tofu. Try to consume plenty of root vegetables, dried vegetables, including dried daikon and dried shiitake mushrooms and winter vegetables such as kale, sea vegetables such as kombu. Avoid or reduce hard baked flour products, refined sugar and animal food.
Wake up early and go to bed early. Lead an active life, both physically and mentally. Reduce exposure to artificial electromagnetic radiation such as computers, television, and cell phones as much as possible. Wear cotton underwear and use cotton sheets and pillowcases as wearing wool and synthetic clothing, especially nylon, are irritating to the bladder. Do not take long baths or showers which can deplete the body of minerals. Kushi writes that kidney disorders commonly lead to high blood pressure and heart problems, so the heart and circulatory system may also need to be strengthened.