The kidneys are charged with the responsibility of removing waste material from the blood stream. Without this vital function, acid waste from metabolism would build up in the body, resulting in disease and eventually death. When the body starts to retain water, the kidneys may need a little help in filtering waste fluid from the system.
Remedies that help to restore urine flow and remove excess water from the system are known as diuretics. Kidney Activator is an herbal diuretic formula, that also has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. It can be used to reduce water retention and to help fight urinary tract infections.
The ingredients of Kidney Activator are as follows:
Juniper berries, which are actually miniature female cones of juniper trees or shrubs, were used by Zuni women (native people of America’s past) to aid in uterine recovery after birth. Employed externally as an antiseptic, the aromatic oil of this plant acts as a diuretic when ingested. An infusion of juniper-berries is a traditional treatment for encouraging the start of menstruation, reducing inflammation related to arthritis, and for stimulating and strengthening the urogenital organs. Excessive dosages of juniper tend to irritate or inflame the urinary system and are not recommended for children under two years of age. Juniper is also not a good choice when the kidneys are inflamed or when their is pain and burning in the urinary passages.
Parsley has a rich history of symbolic and medicinal use in western culture. This common table garnish has long been recognized as a mild diuretic. Parsley contains an essential oil that stimulates urination (much like juniper), but it is also a rich source of sodium and potassium, mineral electrolytes used by the kidneys (and other cells) to regulate water and energy flow. Most diuretic drugs deplete the body of potassium, but parsley supports the kidneys by supplementing the body with extra potassium.
The leathery leaves of this plant were used by Native Americans as a urinary tract remedy. Uva ursi is not only a strong diuretic, it is also a urinary tract disinfectant. It contains up to 17% hydroquinones like arbutin, which have a disinfectant action on the urinary tract. It is one of the best remedies for urinary tract infections (UTIs), but is not a good choice if the kidneys are infected at the same time. Uva ursi works best when the urine is alkaline, so drink lots of water and avoid heavy acid forming foods like meat and grain when using it for UTIs. The astringent nature of uva ursi also makes it helpful for urinary incontinence.
Dandelion has a long history of medicinal use. The root is used as a remedy for the stomach, liver and kidneys. It is a mild detoxifying agent, helping to flush irritants from the body. The leaf is rich in potassium and is also used for urinary tract problems.
Used primarily as a remedy to reduce nervousness and anxiety, chamomile also has anti-inflammatory and mild antispasmodic action. It can help to sooth urinary passages and may have a mild antiseptic action as well.
For relief of water retention, take two Kidney Activator capsules one to four times daily with one to two glasses of water. For bed-wetting, take one capsule one hour before bedtime. For UTIs, take one capsule three to four times daily along with Goldenseal and Echinacea or Silver Shield.
Do not use with kidney inflammation. Also not recommended for burning or scalding urination. For these conditions use soothing urinary remedies like cornsilk or marshmallow. Always drink plenty of water when taking a diuretic formula.
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