Chinese KB-C - Supporting Emotional and Structural integrity
Chinese KB-C formula was created based on Traditional Chinese healing principles to support healthy kidney function and the Water element. The Chinese 5 Element system, which dates to around 500 BC, describes the interrelationship between our bodies, our emotions, and the elements of nature. The Water element which becomes most dominant in the Winter, includes the function of the kidneys, the adrenal glands, the bone marrow, and the structural system. The Water element in Chinese medicine is all about fluidity and flow, creation, and movement. When our water element is balanced, we feel calm and centered, we are flexible and able to adapt to changes easily.
When the Water element is depleted or out of balance it reflects in the function of the body. For instance, the kidneys regulate fluid metabolism; waste removal and balancing the pH balance of the blood. The kidneys support clear hearing, healthy hair, and strong sexual function, as well as bone and joint health and flexibility. The kidneys help regulate blood pressure, stimulate red cells in bone marrow to prevent anemia, and regulate optimum mineral levels in the body. The adrenal glands, which sit on top of the kidneys, are affected by the health of the kidneys. When the kidney energy is off balance symptoms could develop in any of these areas.
Emotionally, the kidneys are most affected by the emotion of fear. Fear creates blockages in our ability to flow freely through life (Water element). Fear blocks our creative energy and our ability to adapt and move through changes in our life. When we are feeling drained, focused on our fears, feeling anxious or paranoid, feeling spacy, or have a lack of inner calm and strength, we know that our Water Element is off balance.
The connection between the kidneys and the adrenal glands is thought to be connected to our will power. Ancient Chinese healers taught that the ability to use our will power to express our creativity, and overcome our fears to pursue our goals, was dependent on a balanced Water element and healthy kidney energy.
Traditional Chinese medicine teaches dietary guidelines to nourish kidney function: Eat lightly Steamed vegetables, warm foods, homemade soups, and cooked grains – rice, oats, barley and millet. Herbs and vegetables: kelp, burdock, dandelion greens, cucumbers, yellow squash, sweet potatoes and yams, turnips, and pumpkin. Fruits: avoid cold fruits. Consider making baked apples, pears, blueberries, and blackberries with a small amount of oats and just a touch a honey to sweeten if needed. Watermelon is beneficial to the kidneys, let it sit out 20 minutes to bring it closer to room temperature. Avoid dairy, soy products, and cold vegetables or salads. Small amounts of Sea Salt can be beneficial when you are feeling drained (have you been craving potato chips or popcorn?), use only natural sea salt when adding salt to your foods.
Nature’s Sunshine’s KB-C formula supports healthy kidney function and supports the Water Element balance in the body. The formula contains adaptogen herbs which support our ability to respond to stress and supports healthy adrenal function. If you are feeling drained of energy due to excessive fears over the past couple years, you may benefit from supporting yourself with this formula. I personally love the feeling I get of being grounded and strong when I take this formula.
Disclaimer: Supplement recommendations are not designed to treat a disease condition. Discussions are for educational purposes only. Supplements should be used to nourish and strengthen the natural function of the various body organs and systems so that they will have a greater capacity to heal themselves. It is not intended to replace your doctor's recommendations. Any questions or concerns that you have regarding existing medical conditions, or the use of medications with supplements, should be discussed with your nutritionally oriented medical doctor.
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