Unhealthy indulgences in the form of fast food, stimulants like caffeine drinks, and partying are things that keep us humans going to survive the pace with which our life is progressing. And who really bears the brunt of excreting these toxins out of our system? A pair of bean-shaped organs lying in one corner of the abdominal cavity. They work day and night, 24/7 to filter out these harmful toxins. When the load of toxins gets too much for these poor little kidneys to handle, their functioning slows down, making one susceptible to kidney stones, infections, cysts, tumours and finally a shutdown. Read on to learn how to detoxify your kidneys.
Most kidney problems do not show symptoms early on. It is important to maintain healthy kidneys before they start showing signs of disease or failure. Symptoms of kidney disease include nausea, decreased appetite, swelling of the ankles and lower legs, generalized fatigue, itching and dry skin, foamy and bloody urine, bad taste in the mouth, and mental status changes. Your body is designed to naturally detox and remove excess uric acid from the body through the urine. But when the kidneys aren’t functioning properly, the excess toxins can build up in the blood. Eat lots of fruits and vegetables during your cleanse and stay away from animal meat and fats. Animal fats and protein contain a lot of uric acid.
Ingredients for Kidney Cleanses
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple Cider Vinegar is great for improving overall health, boosting the immune system, and detoxing the body. The citric, acetic, and phosphorus acid components in ACV helps to break down and prevent kidney stone formation. It is best to drink this mix in the morning, as soon as you wake up. Drink this drink 3 times a day, for 1-week. For maintenance purposes, continue drinking 1-2 times a day, everyday.
Lemon, orange, and melon juice all contain citric acid, or citrate. Citrate helps prevent kidney stone formation by binding with calcium in urine. This inhibits the growth of calcium crystals, which can lead to kidney stones. In addition, drinking a cup of fresh juice per day can contribute to your daily recommended fluid intake.
Many people believe that avoiding calcium can help to prevent kidney stones. In fact, the opposite is true. Too much urinary oxalate can lead to kidney stones. Calcium is needed to bind with oxalate to reduce the absorption and excretion of this substance. You can meet the recommended daily intake of 1.2 grams of calcium by consuming high calcium food, such as soy or almond milk, tofu, and fortified cereals.
Drink lots and lots of water
The most important thing for a regular kidney detox is to have a high intake of natural, clean water. Having around 8 glasses of water per day (more if you sweat or are athletic) helps to filter out the accumulated toxins. A good indication of this would be passing clear or pale yellow urine which is not very strong smelling. If the urine is anything deeper than a pale yellow, it means that it is concentrated (which is normal for the first urination of the morning). Passing clear urine is an indication of a clean filtering system. Fluids in the form of colas, coffees and aerated drinks are not a good substitute for natural water.
Incorporate more barley into your diet
Barley is another excellent grain that is used to cleanse as well as to prevent damage happening in the kidney due to uncontrolled diabetes. Note that barley is not a cure, but just an adjunct along with other methods to maintain optimum functioning of the kidneys. Barley is a whole grain, and substituting barley flour in place of refined flours is a good way of including barley in your diet.
Blurberries, blackberries, raspberries, and cranberries are rich in vitamins, minerals, flavonoid antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Antioxidants rid the body of free radicals and slows the progression of kidney disease. Drink a berry smoothie once a day.
Garlic is great for immunity, cleansing of the kidneys and liver, and your overall health. Garlic is a natural diuretic. It forces out excess sodium and water from the body, and into your urine. This in turn decrease blood pressure throughout your entire body. Garlic also protects your kidneys, heart, lungs, liver, and blood from harmful toxins. A great way of adding garlic into your diet is to add it to your cooking. Cooked garlic has a pleasant aroma and is delicious. Also, add a few cloves to your smoothies. If the taste of garlic is too strong for you, odorless garlic supplements are also a great option.
Curcumin is an active component in turmeric and contains antioxidants and significant anti-inflammatory properties. Kidney diseases and other frequently accompanied diseases such as diabetes and cardiovascular disorders, are caused by inflammation in the body. curcumin is beneficial for people with kidney disease while study shows the benefits of curcumin on kidney stones. Turmeric comes in powder, liquid, tincture or supplement forms. Add turmeric powder to your favorite recipes, baked goods, teas and more!
Carrot, Beets, & Dandelion Salad
Beets contain betaine, an antioxidant that helps fight tumor growth and removes calcium buildup in the kidneys. Make a fresh carrots, beets, and dandelion salad. Personally, I like to slice all my salad ingredients with a mendoline slicer. A finely chopped salad makes it more fun and easier to eat.
There are many natural and safe ways to help detox your kidneys. Start off slow and let cleansing become part of your everyday routine. See how a cleaner body can change the way you feel and the way you think.