Published on September 8th, 2020 | by Michaelw0
Top 5 Spices to Repair Your Kidneys
Today’s video is all about spices to boost your kidney health!
The are 5, incredibly healthy herbs and spices that won’t JUST give an aromatic, fragrant taste to your dishes.
Because even if you have to avoid salt, it doesn’t mean you have to eat bland.
Because one of these spices has detoxing properties, one is good to lower you blood pressure, one can help you fight diabetes… and more!
Yes, the spices I have here with me today will give you a significant help to improve your kidney health and to lower your creatinine.
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Time to see the top 5 healthiest spices for your kidney health!
So, let’s start immediately!
Our number 5 is
Number 5 is…
hot peppers !!!!!
Hot peppers are really great when it comes to adding flavor to a lot of different dishes!
The best part is that Hot peppers have shown very promising health benefits:
They can help with weight loss, overall health and KIDNEY HEALTH in particular,
all this thanks to a compound called capsaicin.
It’s what makes them spicy. But it can also provide pain relief.
Capsaicin, and other spicy food molecules, deplete a neurotransmitter called substance P, which is responsible for sending pain signals to the brain.
The result? You don’t register as much discomfort.
It works really well on pain caused by arthritis and diabetes-related nerve damage. You can even find creams with capsaicin as the main pain relief ingredient.
Recent research has shown that capsaicin can assist to heal muscle and joint pain, and even speed healing of damaged tissue.
Another benefit of capsaicin in hot pepper:
Recent research has shown that consuming hot peppers may also give your metabolism a boost and stimulate your circulation.
This plant compound can improve heart health and lower blood pressure.
This is because blood vessels relax when exposed to capsaicin…!
Statistics show people who consume spicy food on a daily basis have a 14 percent lower risk of death, diabetes and cancer than people who consume it less than once a week.
And there’s more: a very recent study conducted in China, reported that a high capsaicin intake is associated with a lower risk of CHRONIC KIDNEY DISEASE (CKD) AMONG THE POPULATION!
Still not convinced to try hot peppers?
If you typically shy away from spicy foods, there are many ways to incorporate chilies into your diet without burning your tongue.
A “spice spectrum” exists, it’s called the Scoville scale and it can help you distinguish the milder chilies from those with a kick.
For example, today I have with me these hot peppers with a spiciness meter on the package.
This one says “medio” which is Italian for medium. It’s a habanero, named after the Cuban city of La Habana, or Havana.
This one says “leggero”, mild. It’s a jalapeno.
Many people think of the jalapeno as a very spicy hot pepper, but in terms of the Scoville scale, the jalapeno is merely mild to moderate.
Not really hot, actually you can even put this one in a salad!
Should I eat it?
Ok, I’m just kidding! I’m not that kind of youtuber!
But, on a more serious note,
remember that, before incorporating anything new in your renal diet, you should talk to your dietician or to your doctor.
Even if it’s unusual, some spices may have interactions with the medications you may be taking. Better be safe, alright?
Now, some easy ways to add hot peppers to your diet include sprinkling paprika over deviled eggs, tuna or chicken salad or adding cayenne pepper to your favorite vinaigrette.
It’s great in chili, soups, stews and on meat. For a fun twist, add a dash of hot pepper to hot chocolate.
It may be worth it, knowing they can lower blood pressure and make you feel less hungry.
Unlike our next herb, which is something that will make you definitely feel a lot hungrier when you smell it!
Our number 4 is …
Everyone loves cinnamon, but after knowing more about it, you’ll want to add it to ever food you can!
Cinnamon is a popular spice, found in all sorts of recipes and baked goods.
Some people definitely think that cinnamon is one of the most delicious and healthiest spices on the planet.
But it also has health benefits!
It can lower blood sugar levels
Having chronic high blood sugar is a very serious health problem. Diabetes is the main cause of chronic kidney disease, so it’s safe to assume that having high blood sugar levels can damage your kidneys.
This is where cinnamon shines: Studies have found that the spice can mimic the effects of insulin, a hormone that helps remove sugar from the blood.
Cinnamon can lower blood sugar by several mechanisms, including by slowing the breakdown of carbs in the digestive tract and improving insulin sensitivity.
Studies have shown that cinnamon can lower fasting blood sugars by 10-29% in diabetic patients, which is a significant amount.
Now, if you suffer from diabetes, keeping it under control is a great way to protect the health of your kidneys.
As an added bonus, cinnamon is also known to reduce heart disease risk factors and many other health problems.
Cinnamon has potent antioxidant activity, helps fight inflammation and has been shown to lower cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood.
Yes, this spice has a plethora of impressive health benefits.
But, if it’s so healthy, why is cinnamon only number 4 in my top 5?
Well, cinnamon also comes with a warning!
There are two varieties of cinnamon, one is called Ceylon, this one I have here, and the other one is called Cassia or Chinese cinnamon. Here you can see it.
Cassia cinnamon is considered lower quality. It is very cheap and is the type most commonly consumed around the world.
While it still has health benefits, it Contains Coumarin, Which Can Be Toxic if eaten in large doses.
If the cinnamon you have is of the cassia variety, use it in moderation.
Now, the one I have here is of the Ceylon variety.
Also known as “true cinnamon,” it is native to Sri Lanka and southern parts of India.
Ceylon cinnamon has a sweeter, more delicate flavor than Cassia cinnamon.
They also look different,
Ceylon is tan-brown in color and contains many tight sticks with soft layers.
Cassia tends to be a dark brown-red color with thicker sticks and a rougher texture than Ceylon cinnamon.
So, if the cinnamon you have doesn’t look like this, it is of the cassia variety.
It still has health benefits, but consume it in moderation.
This one is safer.
Time for our next spice: this one is known for it’s fragrant taste, but it also has detoxing properties your kidneys can benefit from!
Number 3 is…
Another spice that’s not just a spice: In many parts of the world, parsley is used as a natural diuretic.
But it also has blood sugar lowering properties!
Parsley is native to the Mediterranean region of Southern Italy, Algeria, and Tunisia.
But it has been naturalized throughout Europe and the US, so it should be really easy to find.
Parsley is highly nutritious: it’s loaded with iron, which is really, really important to support kidney health and your energy levels.
It’s probably the mineral you need the most in your diet.
And Parsley is also rich in flavonoid antioxidants, especially Luteolin.
Many researchers reported that luteolin possesses antioxidant, anticancer, anti-inflammatory, and neuroprotective effects.
But parsley is also rich in myricetin a substance that can lower blood sugar levels and decrease insulin resistance.
It also appears to provide anti-inflammatory effects and remove excess fat from the blood.
It has also been shown to act as a natural diuretic, which can increase urination and help with kidney health.
Another benefit of parsley: it can be used as a breath freshener!
And, if you add it to your dishes, parsley adds a burst of flavor without high amounts of potassium or phosphorus.
It’s easy to include it in everyday meals.
Use it as a garnish on pasta or soups.
Chop and add to salads.
Add to smoothies for a nutrient and flavor boost.
But remember that if you fry or grill food with spices, it decreases the antioxidants.
However, microwave cooking, simmering or stewing foods with spices actually heightens the antioxidant levels of spices.
Now, the main idea here is that you can use these spices to lower the salt in your diet.
And I know that following the right kidney diet, day after day, can be quite challenging.
But if you can find something to make your meals tastier, well, that could be a great way to give your kidneys the proper nutrition they need to improve.
And I think this is really important, so let me know if you will be using some of the spices I’m showing you today in your cooking!
Now, let’s not waste another second, the next one is both a yummy spice and a traditional remedy with well documented health benefits for your kidneys
our number 2 is…
A well-deserved second place!
Rosemary is not just one of the most fragrant spices in the world, really great when it comes to adding flavor to soups, casseroles, salads, and stews.
It is also a powerful herbal remedy!
Rosemary, or Rosmarinus officianalis, grows natively in the sunny and warm climates of Asia and the Mediterranean.
It has been used for centuries to treat a wide array of illnesses.
Actually, this plant was considered a miracle since the ancient times!
Legend says that the Virgin Mary spread her blue cloak over a white-blossomed rosemary bush while she was resting, and the flowers turned blue.
The shrub then became known as the “Rose of Mary”.
And, today, the medicinal use of rosemary is gaining more traction worldwide.
Germany’s version of the FDA, the German Commission E, approves the use of rosemary oil to treat joint pain and circulation problems.
They also approve the use of rosemary leaves to help treat various digestive issues.
And there are also preparations to improve hair growth made from rosemary.
Actually, there are studies proving that the almost miraculous properties of this plant are due to Rosmarinic acid, a phenolic compound with powerful anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant effects.
According to recent studies, this active ingredient can relieve high blood pressure, fight diabetic kidney disease and protect from acute kidney injury.
Not sure how to use rosemary?
Rosemary is great on recipes with oily fish such as salmon and mackerel.
It also goes well with poultry, soups, grains, mushrooms, onions and peas.
Time for our number 1 now!
The anti-inflammatory benefits of the healthiest spice of today’s video will leave you speechless!
Our number 1 is…
The many health benefits of ginger include soothing an upset stomach, helping with menstrual cramps, and contributing to weight loss.
But there are even studies on kidney disease patients showing that ginger has therapeutic effects in improving renal function.
This is because Ginger is loaded with bioactive compounds and nutrients that are helpful for our brain and body.
Ginger also contains gingerol, a substance with powerful medicinal properties.
It helps fight inflammation and this is more important than people realize:
kidney disease, like other chronic diseases will cause inflammation in the body.
Ginger can help.
Now to find some ginger… Picking a fresh hand of ginger requires you to use a few sensory cues.
Look for ginger with shiny, taut skin. Like this one.
The ginger skin should be thin, never thick and fibrous.
If you look at this one, it is clear that it’s older than this one.
Always get the fresher ginger!
Ok, this was our last one for today. I hope you enjoyed this video and that you’ve also discovered something new to add to your diet.
A new video is coming next Friday.
In the meantime, be good to yourself and take good care of your health.
This is all for today, thank you for watching!