Your kidneys work hard for you 24/7, so naturally if you’re feeling fatigued or experiencing any sort of imbalance in the body, you may be considering a kidney cleanse. Your kidneys not only produce hormones for you, filter out excess water and sodium, and clean your blood, they pretty much handle all of the toxins that come in to your body from food, air, and water. Along with the liver, you’ve got a team hard at work inside your body doing their best to keep you healthy and safe with clear skin and an ideal body weight. However, with the ridiculously high toxin load we’re faced with in our modern society, sometimes we need to take extra steps to detox our kidneys and give them a rest from processing so much so we can begin to heal and come into balance.
To avoid kidney stones from forming, drinking a lot of fluids such as filtered water is highly recommended.
1. Avoid foods high in oxalate: Peanuts, almonds, cashews, hazelnuts, soybeans, soy milk, wheat germ and wheat bran, spinach, black tea, instant tea, rhubarb, beets, most dried beans, sweet potatoes and chocolate.
2. Reduce animal protein foods.
3. If you have kidney stones your doctor will recommend for you to cut down on salt and sodium you take. Limit the amount of salt (sodium), calcium, oxalate, protein, potassium and fluid in your diet. Your health practitioner will probably advise you to limit sodium to 2,000 milligrams each day.
4. You also need to learn how to read the labels and avoid foods high in calcium. It is important that you learn from your health practitioner the right balance of calcium to eat.
Tip: Drink a glass of water before bed and if you wake during the night, drink another glass before going back to bed.
7 reasons why you may want to do a kidney detox:
- You’re feeling fatigued or more tired than usual.
- You feel pain in your kidneys after eating certain foods (or processed “phoods”).
- You’re experiencing skin problems like eczema, acne or rashes.
- You have a hormonal imbalance or feel extra moody.
- You’ve had kidney stones in the past.
- You’re experiencing weight gain and bloating.
- You have frequent or infrequent bladder problems or UTI’s.
Cleanse Tip: Almost anyone can benefit from doing a kidney cleanse. Throughout history, humans have always used fasting or cleansing as a way to detoxify not only the physical body, but the emotional body as well. If you’re already in good health, then doing a yearly kidney cleanse can be a gentle form of prevention for you.
Juice Recipes for Kidney Detox
Watermelon is 92% water by weight, which means that it will help your body to flush the kidneys,which can help to remove very small stones. It is also an amazing source of potassium, which is a mineral salt that can help to dissolve kidney stones allowing the residue to be passed.
Clear Kidney Watermelon Flush:
- 2 cups Watermelon
- 1 Lime, peeled
Instructions: Blend together and enjoy.
Carrots and cucumber are a super-powered up duo. Combined, they support the kidneys in flushing out excess uric acid (known to cause kidney stones), support the kidneys in flushing out excess toxins as well as load your body up with a mega dose of nutrients.
The kidneys filter your blood, so if they’re taxed or unable to function at full capacity, this can show up in the form of skin issues like eczema or acne breakouts. Drink this combination of veggies for a cleansing effect on the kidneys, and the skin, resulting in a glowing, beautiful complexion.
- 2 Carrots
- 1 large Cucumber
Instructions: Wash your produce and run all ingredients through a juicer.
Radishes are super detoxifiers for the liver and gallbladder, and help the kidneys flush out excess toxins. They protect the body against infection, and they’re anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory. Juicing radishes allows your body to absorb more of the nutrients than you would from eating them whole, due to the volume it would take to eat radishes vs. juicing them. If you suffer from kidney stones, drinking radish juice can help dissolve stones so you can pass them more quickly.
Super Radish Kidney Detox:
- 1 cup Radish
- 1 cup Purple Cabbage
- 1 rib Celery
1. Lemon Juice, Olive Oil, and Raw Apple Cider Vinegar
This is one of my favorites and easily one of the most effective remedies for kidney stones and the pain they cause. At the first symptom of stone pain, mix 2 oz of organic olive oil with 2 oz of organic lemon juice.
Drink it straight and follow with a 12 ounce glass of purified water. Wait 30 minutes. Then, squeeze the juice of 1/2 lemon into 12 ounces of purified water, add 1 tablespoon of organic raw apple cider vinegar and drink. Repeat the lemon juice, water and apple cider vinegar recipe every hour until symptoms improve.
2. Uva Ursi
Uva Ursi is a common folk remedy for kidney stones. Not only will it help fight off infection in the kidneys, but it may also help reduce pain and cleanse the urinary tract. 500mg three times a day is recommended for kidney stones.
3. Dandelion Root
Organic dandelion root is a great kidney tonic and cleanser. Taking up to 500 mg twice a day may be beneficial.
4. Kidney Beans
The shape of this bean may be indicative of its healing potential. An effective urinary home remedy for kidney stones, traditionally the pods were used as a medicinal tonic.
Try removing the beans from inside the pods, and then boil the pods in purified hot water for six hours. This liquid can be strained through cheese cloth, cooled and taken throughout the day for one day to ease kidney stone pain.
Horsetail tea is an effective natural remedy for kidney stones. Drink up to 3-4 cups of horsetail tea daily or 2 grams of the herb in capsule form daily
6. Pomegranate Juice
We’ve all heard that pomegranates have many health benefits. But, more specifically, the seeds and juice of pomegranates can be considered another natural remedy for kidney stones. This may be related to their sourness and astringent properties. I prefer eating organic pomegranates and drinking freshly-squeezed pomegranate juice.
Studies show that people with recurrent kidney stones who took magnesium supplements had a 92.3 percent improvement rate in reduction of kidney stones. 300 mg of magnesium orotate is recommended daily for prevention and reduction of stones.
8. Organic Celery
Celery in vegetable form and celery seed are great urine-promoters and kidney tonics. Regular use of celery seed, as a spice or as a tea, may prevent kidney stone formation.
A kidney tonifier, basil tea can be taken throughout the day for overall kidney health. If you have kidney stones, try taking one teaspoon each of basil juice with raw honey daily for up to six months. It’s believed that folk remedies with pure basil juice can help induce stone expulsion from the urinary tract.
10. Change in Diet
Unhealthy food intake is a primary cause of kidney stones. Cut down on the amount of soda and energy drinks you consume. Avoid processed foods and alcoholic beverages. Add more fruits and veggies to your diet, especially those listed above.
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source: Global Healing Center
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