KIDNEY DETOX

Your liver and kidneys are vital organs that help process and filter out food, medications, alcohol and other substances that enter your body. What you take into your body can pollute your liver and kidneys, make it hard for them to function properly. This can lead to innumerable kinds of complications, including renal failure, kidney stones, liver cirrhosis and hepatitis. Detoxification techniques utilizing household items are available. Exercising and eating the right kinds of foods are key to effectively detoxifying your liver a kidneys.

According to ancient Chinese medicine, the kidneys are responsible for holding our genetic makeup, or “essence.” As this essence circulates throughout our entire body, healthy kidneys are essential for total well-being. Located on each side of our spine and protected by the rib cage, the kidneys are a powerful cleansing system that can filter more than 48 gallons of blood every day.

The kidneys help to removing waste products and toxins, such as urea and ammonia. They also control our phosphate, sulfur and sodium levels, while regulating the production of blood cells and maintaining the proper pH level in our bodies. Our kidneys never rest and often become overloaded, especially when our diet is high in processed foods. Additionally, the liver can become overly toxic and unable to perform its functions, and thus will pass excess waste to the kidneys for processing. When both of these organs become overloaded, symptoms such as water retention, urinary tract infections, mineral deficiencies and kidney stones can ensue.

To keep kidneys healthy we need to adhere to a diet that avoids excess salt and sugar while making sure that we have ample vitamins and minerals by eating fresh, organic foods. When our urine stream is colorless and odorless, we have proof that our kidneys are functioning at their optimum level

Step 1

Drink half a cup of water with 4 to 6 tbsp. of apple cider vinegar daily before eating your meals. The acidity of apple cider vinegar helps detoxify the liver while helping it break down fats. Apple cider vinegar also helps prevent kidney stones from forming.

Step 2

Drink one to two cups of pure cranberry juice not from concentrate every day. Tannin is the active ingredient in cranberries and works by helping your liver remove cholesterol out of your blood while flushing out bacteria and toxins from your kidneys. You can purchase pure cranberry juice at any big-chain health food store.

Cranberries contain an essential nutrient and antioxidant called proanthocyanidin. They are also rich in quinine, which converts to a substance called hippuric acid that helps to eliminate toxins in the body. You can buy fresh, unsweetened cranberry juice or place one cup of fresh cranberries in a blender with half a lemon and pure water to make your own. Grapes and unsweetened grape juice make an excellent choice for detoxifying the kidneys as the help to flush out excess uric acid from the system.

 Step 3

Add one serving of artichokes to your daily diet. Artichokes contain cynarin and chlorogenic acid that help protect and strengthen the liver while helping the kidneys filter out toxins from the blood and excrete them in urine.

Step 4

Exercise at least 30 minutes daily to strengthen your cardiovascular system. This will help improve blood flow and oxygen to your liver and kidneys while helping them process out toxins fast. Make sure to consult your doctor before beginning any new exercise program.

Things You’ll Need

  • Cranberry juice
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Artichokes
  • Watermelon
  • Citrus fruit
  • Kiwi
  • Beetroot
  • A blender
  • Fresh cranberries
  • Grapes
  • Lemons
  • Blueberries
  • Spinach
  • Dandelion
  • String Beans
  • Asparagus
  • Parsley
  • Ginger
  • Nettles
  • Turmeric powder
  • Tofu
  • Barley
  • Millet
  • Nuts
  • Seeds
  • Lemon Balm
  • Marshmallow root
  • Licorice
  • Pure water

SMOOTHIE EVERY MORNING.

CRANBERRIE

GINGER

BEETROOT

APPLE

CARROT

KIWI

According to ancient Chinese medicine, the kidneys are responsible for holding our genetic makeup, or “essence.” As this essence circulates throughout our entire body, healthy kidneys are essential for total well-being. Located on each side of our spine and protected by the rib cage, the kidneys are a powerful cleansing system that can filter more than 48 gallons of blood every day. The kidneys help to removing waste products and toxins, such as urea and ammonia. They also control our phosphate, sulfur and sodium levels, while regulating the production of blood cells and maintaining the proper pH level in our bodies. Our kidneys never rest and often become overloaded, especially when our diet is high in processed foods. Additionally, the liver can become overly toxic and unable to perform its functions, and thus will pass excess waste to the kidneys for processing. When both of these organs become overloaded, symptoms such as water retention, urinary tract infections, mineral deficiencies and kidney stones can ensue.
To keep kidneys healthy we need to adhere to a diet that avoids excess salt and sugar while making sure that we have ample vitamins and minerals by eating fresh, organic foods. When our urine stream is colorless and odorless, we have proof that our kidneys are functioning at their optimum level.

Detoxifying Foods

Step 1

The key to healthy kidneys comes from eating an abundance of fresh, organic fruits and vegetables, such as those mentioned in the list above. Fresh produce helps to cleanse, regenerate and build our bodies by providing our organs with natural foods that are unadulterated by cooking processes or additives. Placing fruits in a blender with pure water or unsweetened apple or grape juice and eating leafy green salads with fresh lemon dressing help keep our organs alkalies, energized and cleansed.

Step 2

When magnesium is deficient due to high blood pressure and toxic overload, kidney function can be seriously compromised. To ensure that your body is getting enough magnesium, which keeps the kidneys functioning well while nourishing the body, make sure you eat as many organic, dark green vegetables as possible. Additionally, seeds, nuts and whole grains will help keep your magnesium levels where they need to be.

Step 3

Herbs such as dandelion, water plantain, meadow-sweet, nettle, parsley and lemon balm help to detoxify the kidneys through their ability to sweep out waste and replenish the organ with nutrients. A tea made with nettle and dandelion makes an excellent flush and can be drunk two to three times a day. A tea made from uva extract, which comes from a type of grape, is ideal for toning and strengthening the kidneys, while also helping to reduce water retention. Gravel root has long been used in Chinese medicine for helping to dissolve kidney stones. A tea made by boiling pieces of peeled ginger root with a few pinches of turmeric added has astringent properties, helping to rid waste products from the kidneys. Once you boil the tea, strain it and drink it twice a day until your urine clears. Wu Zi Wan is a traditional Chinese formula made into a tea that revitalize the urinary tract by sweeping away excess toxins.

Step 4

Water is perhaps the most important element in a kidney detoxification program. Eight to 10 glasses of pure water a day prevents mineral salts from collecting and eventually becoming stones that block kidney function. Additionally, water will provide a constant flush to the system, assisting the kidneys in routing out unnecessary toxin buildup.

Tips and Warnings

It is best to stick with a diet of fresh fruits and vegetables, eating as many raw meals as you can. If raw salads prove too much, you can lightly steam your vegetables and combine them with some of  the grains listed above.

As your kidneys detoxify you will notice that your eyes become brighter and your skin clearer as your body gains more energy and vigor. Often with a serious kidney detox, you will see problems related to arthritis, high blood pressure, fatigue, liver and kidney     ailments and other illnesses begin to clear up.

While engaging in a serious kidney detox, stay away from protein-rich foods such as red meat. Eating meat and poultry can      place an extra burden on your metabolic system as the body endeavors to detoxify.  Avoid canned juices as well as products that contain processed  sugar and additives.

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