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Updated: Aug 3, 2020

The kidneys are very important organs for maintaining homeostasis in the body (meaning the balance or status quo of the body, things like pH levels, blood filtration, water levels, hormones, blood pressure, sodium levels, excretion of waste products and more). The kidneys are located at about belly button height, towards the back behind the liver and are about the size of a fist.

They are considered the powerhouse of the body in Chinese Medicine, supplying reserve energy to any other organ that is low on energy reserves. So it is vital to keep your kidneys functioning at optimum health to assist the whole body to maintain health and vitality.

The Japanese, like many other cultures, believe that keeping the solar plexus (front) and kidneys (back) warm at all times is crucial to staying healthy. They take particular notice of whether or not their stomach “feels” cold as this is a first sign that your immune system might be weakened.

It is said that the kidneys are the organs associated to and most affected by winter ~ so we will benefit in mind body and spirit to nurture and keep these vital organs warm… it’s important to slow down and conserve energy, rest and keep the kidneys warm.

Enter - The BellyWarmer / Kidney Warmer ‘ … The ‘Belly’ is similar to the Japanese style ‘haramaki’ (freely translated as ‘belly warmer’ ) and traditionally worn in case of illness - kidney pain, stomach ache, problems with your abdominal joints, and so helps boost circulation by keeping your core warm which supports your kidneys and liver, helps digestion and eases menstrual cramps.

Some interesting correlations between the kidneys and the body & emotions…

FEAR is the emotion associated with the Kidney. If you often have severe panic attacks, anxiety, and fear, your body may be trying to tell you that Kidney energy is running low or is imbalanced.

THE EARS...are the sensory organs related to the Kidney. Any ear problems, such as deafness, tinnitus, or ear infections are a signal from your body that the Kidney’s energy needs extra support.

THE BONE is the tissue associated with the Kidney. If the Kidney’s energy is low, you may have symptoms such as osteoporosis, dental issues, or developmental issues.

THE TASTE that corresponds to, and supports, the Kidney is salt, according to the Five Element theory. Craving salt? Listen to your Kidney and have a salty snack!

Simple Tips for Everyday Kidney Health

Some ways to support your Kidney’s energy:

Stomp your feet, slowly and with flat feet, for about 5 minutes a day. This stimulates your Kidney’s energy as the feet are associated with the Kidney and Bladder meridians, which run through the heel and to the sole of the foot.

Rub your ears for several minutes a day. This simple massage strengthens Kidney function, as the ears are connected energetically to the Kidney organ and meridian.

Stop energy drains! Conserve your energy by sleeping before midnight, resting when you’re tired, and giving yourself permission to take a break and de-stress.

The body uses a lot of energy to stay warm, so Wearing a Belly Warmer to keep your solar plexus area and kidneys warm, conserves the body’s energy stores.

ready to shop for your kidney warmer? ;)

Grandma xx

Information Sources:

Traditional Chinese Medicine World Foundation

Kahn Academy

Dr. Akira Kawashima from Tokyo Women's Medical University

Updated: Jun 27, 2020

this will be the shortest blog in history. because it's the simplest concept of all.

if you messed up today, it's totally ok. because you can actually time travel to change the outcome of how you messed up today.

the machine that allows time travel is called t o m o r r o w .

you wake up the day after you messed up & the slate is clean. you do the day again. differently. the actual circumstances may be different, but ride into tomorrow & don't bring yesterday with you.

post credit: I don't recall the conversation, but in my notes, credit goes to my little buddy Gemma (7yrs old at the time) who must've mentioned something like this to me. kids. they're the smartest people on the planet.

Updated: Jun 27, 2020

how is life just like pie?

it's simple. think of the type of pie you want. look around at different recipes, all kinds, be open to new tastes. choose one you think sounds or looks like it could be the tastiest. then gather the ingredients* you’ll need. *side note/the more organic the ingredients, the better the finished pie will likely taste.

experimenting with pies

sometimes it may take a few trial and errors to make a good pie.

make the pie a few times using slightly different quantities or different ingredients, or take a couple of things out, add some more in from different recipes…whatever you fancy. until you get the best pie that tastes just to your liking.

if you get bored of eating that pie, just choose a different pie and start baking that one.

also, you don't even have to eat the same type of pie everyday. mix it up.

reminder/ hardly anyone will bake a pie perfect the first time around !

[ clue: sub. 'life' for 'pie' ]

what kind of pie are you eating everyday.


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