Make sure to check out the easy, all natural Fruit Crisp recipe video below, perfect for the Holidays!
Kidney season is upon us, what does this mean? It means it is time to pull inward, to hunker down and make ready for hibernation. Its time to stuff our cheeks with nuts and seeds, soups and stews, and more steamed and boiled. It is a dry season and we forget to drink water, as we are not hot and sweaty like in the summertime. Try incorporating more leeks, garlic and onion as they moisten the lungs as well as help to kill fungus and mold, which are also prevalent at this time of year. Try my favorite onion soup, perfect for a chilly day!
This season can be the most challenging season for many of us due to all the holidays. We typically deplete the kidneys with sugar, alcohol, caffeine, late nights and heavy concentration of poor quality animal fats and/or dairy. Sadly these are all the things we indulge in during the season of Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years!
So how do we create a healthier and happier holiday season? Simply going to bed earlier during the week will help the kidneys and adrenals to heal. Eat the alternative sugars, like coconut sugar, agave and stevia, which are lower on the glycemic index. Make modifications in your drinking, maybe try only drinking on the weekends and not mixing your alcohol with sweet sugary beverages, but instead simply a lime or lemon or even soda water. Tequila, Tito’s gluten free vodka, and organic, gluten-free beer are better options.
Better quality animal fats, like grass-fed beef and lamb are good choices, as well as more greens to alkalinize your bodies’ terrain. Making more soups and stews will give you the grounding yang you need, so if you must indulge in some sugary yin-like substances you will already have a strong base.
Stay warm. Your feet, neck/throat, and ears relate to your kidney, so make sure to bundle up. Add a little ginger, lemon and a pinch of cayenne to hot water if you run really cold in the morning. Rub and beat your kidneys in your lower back to stimulate, detoxify, and move stagnant qui.
Your kidney houses your Jing essence, which is your life force qui or essence, so take care of them and do not abuse them with drugs. Why do you think that all prescriptions medications come with warnings of kidney damage? Too much Marijuana depletes the kidney of Jing also. I see a common occurrence from my pot-smoking clients of dark skin under the eyes, especially my teenage clients, showing me weakness in their kidneys. With the legalization of the already addicting Marijuana, we can become overindulgent, as some believe these new laws give us the ticket to over use. Careful, Marijuana will deplete your kidneys creating a weak constitution and eventually all manner of issues including premature balding, since kidneys rule the hair.
Here’s a video of an easy, all-natural Fruit Crumble, just in time for the holidays! Make sure to take a look at DHU’s free, downloadable Cookbook- filled with delicious, quick, anti-inflammatory recipes.
So enjoy the holiday season responsibly and treat your kidneys with care!
Have a happy and healthy thanksgiving,