Ancient oriental traditions believe longevity and vitality come from promoting Kidney Chi energy. This energy vitalizes and invigorates your body; alleviating fatigue, increasing immune function, creating strength and enhancing resilience.
Kidney Chi increases the bodies “adaptogenic processes” which, is simply, your defensive response to stressors in life, whether they be mental, emotional, physical, viral or bacterial. Kidney chi maintains your body’s strength, integrity and balance when under stress, and repairs and builds the body, after stress.
The oriental regime for enhancing Kidney chi:
- Minimize stimulants—caffeine, alcohol
- Decrease sugars and sweet foods.
- Manage stress—time out, meditation, yoga etc…
- Warm nourishing foods—like soups and stews. Warming herbs and veggies —ginger, pepper, garlic and onions.
- Herbs and foods that specifically increase kid- ney Chi—adaptogenic herbs—astragalus, ginseng, licorice, mushrooms (especially— Maitake, shitake, cordycepts, reishi), bee pollen, Withania, nuts, eggs, butter.
The modern equivalent to Kidney chi energy would be the adrenals.
Adrenal stress response
The adrenals are hormone producing glands that sit on top of the kidneys and, among other things, produce hormones that aid in our bodies adaptation to stress.
Poor adrenal function can lead to:
- lowered immunity
- sugar cravings
- weight gain
This is due mostly to elevatation of the hormone cortisol.
The adrenals increase production of cortisol during times of stress and long term elevated corti- sol, breaks down tissues of the body, accelerating the ageing process.
Controlling this stress response and the cortisol levels that go with it, is essential for maintaining health, vitality and longevity.
Cortisol is controlled by supporting adrenal function through adaptogenic herbs (as mentioned in Kidney Chi), B vitamins, vitamin C and magnesium. One of the best way of controlling cortisol is to increase DHEA.
A steroidal hormone produced in the adrenal glands.
Elevated DHEA has been linked to:
- Increased energy
- Improved immune function
- Increased metabolism
- Stress recovery
- Improved moods
- General defense against disease
People with high DHEA levels have a tendency to live longer with less disease.
(Note: Excessive DHEA may increase risk of heart disease)
Whether your stress is from, mental fatigue, over work, from exercise or from emotional traumas strong kidney Chi and adrenal function will allow you to bounce back from, endure and even benefit from times of stress.