Kidney Detox

We will show you how to add a kidney detox to your detox protocol.

How important are your kidneys?

Your kidneys are 2 small bean shaped organs are located in the abdominal cavity, one on each side of the spine. They have a specific and important function preserving - the inner environment. The primary functions are as follows:

  • excrete a variety of waste products of metabolism (urea, and uric acid) via urine
  • regulate acid-base balance (i.e. – oxygen, carbon dioxide, bicarbonate balance)
  • regulate electrolyte concentration (i.e. – sodium, potassium balance)
  • regulate extracellular fluid volume
  • regulate blood pressure
  • supervise the condition of the blood, separating damaging substances from valuable ones

The kidneys are the master chemists of your body and kidney health is essential for overall health and survival. The kidneys don’t normally show significant symptoms and they work to consistently adjust your body chemistry, but slowly they work less and less efficiently until the damage is done. The signs of kidney disease can loom silent for a long time.

The outside environment is getting more and more toxic and so are the foods you eat and drink. They contain so many toxic chemicals and other substances that are harmful to you that your kidneys get overloaded. This is why your kidneys need more help than the natural detox process. This extra help is defined as a kidney detox.

Kidney detox is a regime that will assist your kidneys to significantly clear out of all the accumulated toxic waste, while toning, supporting, and nourishing your kidneys at the same time. All of this ultimately improves your kidney health.

To maintain kidney health it is recommended that you do a kidney detox 3 -4 times per year. To help implement the kidney detox, many of the same principles are used when doing a general body detox. The principles and activities are listed below:

  1. Drink plenty of water daily.

  • To function optimally your body requires over two quarts (64 ounces) of water every day, in addition to water found in foods you eat.
  • Sip your water evenly throughout the day. This allows the water to get into your tissues and prevents dehydration. Guzzling will keep you running to the bathroom all day.
  • Drink room temperature water, not ice cold.
  • You can easily tell if you are drinking enough by looking at the color of your urine. It should be a clear straw color. A pale yellow.
  1. Cranberry - helps prevent urinary tract infections by making urine more acidic so bacteria can’t grow/thrive. Cranberry is also good for kidney and urinary health because it prevents bacteria from attaching to the wall of the bladder, reducing infection in the urinary tract.
  2. Minimize or eliminate salt. - Use naturally processed sea salt or natural tamari, and use them minimally.
  3. Limit potassium-rich foods such as avocados, bananas, seeds, dried fruit, chocolate, coffee, and milk.
  4. Eating a healthy, whole foods diet:
  • Avoid foods with colors, dyes, preservatives, flavor enhancers and smoked foods.
  • Minimize or eliminate all animal products, which include meat, eggs, animal fat, poultry, and dairy. However, if you get dizzy or weak, you may add a small quantity, 1 serving (6 grams), of protein (fish) per day.
  • Avoid fruit juices of all kinds.
  • Avoid soda and artificial drinks and beverages, aromatic teas and stimulant. beverages such as coffee, mint tea, black tea and peppermint tea.
  • Avoid foods high in sugar, especially refined sugars, high fructose corn syrup and artificial sweeteners.
  • All produce should be fresh and organic when possible.
  • At least half of all vegetables should be eaten raw. The other half should be lightly steamed or baked.

6. Herbs: Here are a few herbs that assist your body when doing a kidney detox.

  • Stinging Nettle, Urtica dioca – soothes the urinary tract and removes excess fluid but contains healthful vitamins and minerals.
  • Bearberry, Arctostaphylos uva-ursi - also cleanses the kidneys and acts as a diuretic.
  • Dandelion, Taraxacum officinale - Dandelion leaves have a positive effect on cleansing the liver and the kidneys.

7. Colon Cleanse - It is recommended that you detox all 5 organs of elimination to maintain kidney health. These organs must work optimally to ensure that the toxins being released from your kidney do not get trapped in your body and just re-circulate and reabsorb back into your tissues. This is one of the main reasons why people get ill during detox programs. At minimum you want to ensure your bowels/colon are eliminating several times per day to release toxins.

For more information related to specific organ detox programs or detox diets

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