Kidney disease: the hidden cause of chronic resistant hypertension (high blood pressure).
The kidneys are the key organs that regulate systemic blood pressure. The kidneys are the bean-shaped organs in the posterior part of the abdominal cavity located below the lower margin of the rib cage and the upper limit of the pelvic cavity. The two kidneys regulate blood volume, excrete acid waste, metabolize drugs, balance electrolytes, and produce hormones. Yes, the kidneys do a lot more than make urine. In Chinese medicine, it is even believed that the strength of the kidneys controls the bones as well as fertility. In this article, I will focus on how kidney disease can cause or lead to intractable high blood pressure.
Accelerated hypertension Renal failure. The opposite is also true. In physiology, it is always thought that diseased kidneys need high blood pressure to maintain tissue perfusion. This simply means that in order for the rest of the body’s tissues to continue to receive nutrients and oxygen through the blood, the kidneys have to raise blood pressure. This is a natural survival mechanism that is incompatible with optimal health.
The renal vasculature is a low-pressure bed. In other words, the kidneys are very sensitive to changes in blood pressure and tend to react with renal artery spasm (sclerosis) and raising blood pressure through the renin-angiotensin-aldolsterone mechanism. Don’t let this discourage you, I’ll explain it to you.
Renin is the hormone secreted by juxtaglomerular cells in response to decreased blood volume, low potassium, low adrenaline, or decreased renal perfusion pressure. Renin then converts a 10 amino acid protein (packaged in the liver) called angiotensinogen into an 8 amino acid polypeptide called angiotensin I. Angiotensin I is still inactive but is activated in the lungs by angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) a active angiotensin II. . Angiotensin II is a potent vasoconstrictor. At the same time, renin also stimulates the adrenal glands (adrenal glands) to secrete a hormone called aldosterone which, in turn, stimulates the renal nephrons to reabsorb salt and water to expand blood volume. All in an attempt to raise blood pressure.
Now, aside from atherosclerosis and blood viscosity, the biggest cause of essential hypertension is glomerulosclerosis. The glomeruli are the filtering apparatus of the kidneys. Glomerulosclerosis is a fancy way of saying that the glomeruli are caked with debris, fibrin clots (fibrosis), and acidic debris that clogs the filters. As such, the pressure builds. The input is now more than the output. The tubules or nephrons also harden at the same time. we call this nephrosclerosis. Diabetes can also speed up this process as in diabetic nephropathy.
Keep in mind that even before hypertension is diagnosed, half of the kidneys are gone. If your hypertension is accompanied by leg swelling, tiredness, and puffy eyes in the absence of heart failure, your kidneys must have been diseased. The sad part is that kidney function tests like blood urea nitrogen and serum creatinine can still be normal at this point.
To avoid end-stage renal failure and concomitant hypertension, an ounce of prevention is always better than a pound of cure. Stop all foods that damage the kidneys, such as junk, fragmented and devitalized foods. All fried foods, processed foods, drugs like aspirin, too much refined sugar, heavy metals (lead and cadmium), heavy animal protein, coffee, and antihypertensives especially diuretics.
To restore the kidney to normal before it is too late, you should perform debridement with an enzyme mix that contains proteolytic enzymes such as nattokinase and serrapeptase. Kidney-friendly herbs like milk thistle, uva ursi, parsley, corn silk, and buchu. Raw fruits and vegetables also help restore stamina and kidney function without harmful prescription drugs. To get rid of heavy metals, you chelate with EDTA, malic acid, vitamin C, N-acetylcysteine, magnesium, vitamin B6, CoQ10, and zinc.