Forget about detox tea & smoothies; the true body detoxifying heroes are your kidneys. Today, we’ll talk about the kidneys’ role in our overall health and how yoga can help keep your kidneys healthy.
The kidneys function is to purify the blood by filtering waste from it. On top of that, the kidneys produce the hormones that regulate your blood pressure, keep your bones strong and make red blood cells.
They do this 24/7. Our bodies are such efficient machines it’s sometimes hard to get our heads around how it works.
The problem is that stress, living an unhealthy lifestyle and lack of nutrition contributes to kidney deterioration. So it doesn’t come as a surprise that kidney-related diseases are more common in developed countries.
Here’s where yoga can help. An asana yoga practice improves your lifestyle in ways that support the normal function of your body*. Here’s how:
- By reducing blood pressure
When we practice, we’re usually breathing at half the rate we typically do. When we reduce the number of breaths per minute, we increase the CO2 levels in the blood, dilating the blood vessels and lowering blood pressure. By decreasing the blood pressure, we’re helping our kidneys with their never-ending (literally) task.
- By helping you cope with stress
When you practice yoga regularly, you learn techniques you can bring to your day-to-day life, increasing your stress resilience.
Stress makes us tense physically and mentally. Our fly & fight nervous response activates. We get adrenaline rushes, and our body releases cortisol which increases our heart rate and sends the blood to the muscles.
Yoga helps us tune in with our rest & digest nervous response. Our body starts its recovery, restore and repair functions. While these are immediate benefits of yoga, the long-term benefits include better sleep, digestion and stress responses.
- Increasing blood flow
The repertoire of asanas is quite varied! In yoga, we twist the body, fold it, extend it, and go upside down… it gets your blood flowing! This means that your kidneys filter more of your blood and that your clean blood reaches more of your body, keeping you fresh and energetic.
In short, your kidneys are your detoxifying system.
And even though your body is terrific at keeping it running, an unhealthy lifestyle can make things more complicated.
Incorporating yoga in your life is a fantastic way to give your body a hand and improve the normal function of your kidneys – helping you feel energised!
*We’re not claiming that yoga can heal kidney diseases. Even though yoga is good for your kidneys, it doesn’t mean it is a substitute for a healthy lifestyle. Always talk to your doctor before starting any new exercise program.
About Anna de Sousa
Anna is a London-based yoga teacher & Content Creator. After teaching yoga full-time for a couple of years, she joined the Digital Marketing team at MoreYoga to spread the word about wellness even further. Anna is fun and energetic, and she brings her warm personality to everything she does.