Dr Oz did a segment on Kidney Health, and said that kidneys can get damaged from high blood pressure and high blood sugar levels. So, Doctor Oz gave a few Natural Remedies including Gurmar Extract (Gymnema Sylvestre is another name for Gumar Extract) for blood sugar and Hibiscus Tea to lower blood pressure.
Dr Oz: Where Are Your Kidneys?
Dr Oz said that your kidneys are the body’s trash collector that keeps waste from building up in your body. You can feel where your kidneys are located by sitting forward in your chair and putting your hands on your hips and then moving them up until you feel the bottom of your ribs. Move to the back portion of this part of your ribs and hit it lightly with a fist – that is where your kidneys are and if it hurts, it could be a sign of kidney infection or tumors.
Dr Oz: What Do Kidneys Look Like?
Dr Oz said that kidneys process 50 gallons of blood every day. You can see a large blood vessel that brings the blood to the kidneys, but the kidneys themselves feel rubbery and all of the “action” is on the inside of the kidneys. If you look inside of the kidneys, you will see collecting ducts that have long tubes where water and blood flows through. The red blood cells can’t get through, but the garbage is pushed out into the bladder where you get rid of it. So, the basic process in the kidney is that the blood goes through your kidney, where it gets cleaned, and your kidney gets rid of anything that should not be there.
Dr Oz: Blood Pressure & Blood Sugar for Kidney Health
Dr Oz said that it is important to know two key numbers which can tell us about how you are taking care of your kidneys: your blood pressure and your blood sugar. If your blood pressure is over 115/75 (which is perfect) you could by hypertensive, which bashes away at your kidneys and can cause irreversible damage. You want your fasting blood sugar to be 70-88 mg/dl. Dr Oz said that it is projected that at some point, 1/3 of us will be Diabetic – that is a huge number. If you have Diabetes, sugar can stick to your kidneys and damage them.
Dr Oz did a demonstration to explain how high blood pressure and high blood sugar damages your kidneys. Imagine that your kidney has a net, which separates the good from the bad in your blood. The bad can fall through and get out of your body, while the good is trapped in your body. High blood pressure and high blood sugar are like scissors that can damage the filter and cut through it so that everything passes out of your body – both the good and the bad. Eventually, your kidney produces a new covering that blocks everything from going out – again, both the good and the bad.
Dr Oz: Hibiscus Tea Lowers Blood Pressure
Dr Oz said that if you drink 3 cups of Hibiscus Tea a day, you can lower your blood pressure.
Dr Oz: Gurmar Extract Lowers Blood Sugar
Dr Oz said that Gumar Extract comes from a plant leaf and means “Sugar Destroyer” in Hindi. If you take 200 mg of Gurmar Extract twice a day, it can lower your blood sugar. Gurmar Extract is also called Gymnema Sylvestre. Dr Oz said that with all herbs, you should always double check with your doctor before taking them. Dr Oz thought it did not taste good, but his volunteer seemed to like it.
Dr Oz: Dialysis Device & National Kidney Transplant List
Dr Oz said that 92,000 people are currently on the National Kidney Transplant List because they did not understand what Dr Oz spoke about above. These people use a Dialysis Device daily or a few times a week. Dialysis involves sticking big needles into your body in order to clean out your blood for you. You definitely want to do everything you can to avoid getting to this point.