Healthy kidneys are a foundational component of optimal well-being. They work around the clock to purify the bloodstream and remove toxins from the body. Waste byproducts of protein metabolism, such as urea and ammonia, are eliminated by these vital organs. If there are toxic chemicals present in the blood the kidneys act to remove them. A detox for these organs is beneficial because it will help to eliminate toxins from the body, doing some of the work that the kidneys are constantly responsible for.
When the kidneys become overburdened they may have trouble eliminating all of the pollutants in the body. What happens then is chemical toxins and other waste accumulates in cells and body tissue. Chronic inflammation can set in, the bloodstream can become heavily polluted with toxins and the kidneys may have trouble maintaining water balance. Regularly cleansing will support urinary health, which in turn supports the well-being of the entire body.
Recognizing the Need to Detox
How do you know it may be time for a kidney cleanse? Common signs that these organs may need outside help include:
- Irritation during urination
- Unexplained fever and nausea
- Chronic lower back pain
- Random chills
- Fluid retention
Recognizing these symptoms can help prevent more serious problems such as a urinary tract infection, painful joints, and discord in other systems of the body due to a toxin build-up in the blood.
Guidelines for a Kidney Detoxification Program
To cleanse and support these organs set aside five days to focus on taking in plenty of fluids and avoiding foods which can irritate and burden. For three days, drink at least eight glasses of water each day, and one glass of cucumber, beet, or carrot juice. These vegetables can also be blended together in a juicer or blender. Use the beet greens and carrot tops as well. Eat lightly, being sure to eat whole grains and green leafy vegetables every day for fiber. Avoid excess protein, sugars, coffee, alcohol, and processed foods. For one to two days follow a liquid cleansing diet, which includes fresh juices:
- Water with freshly squeezed lemon
As well as vegetable broth for minerals and herbal teas such as:
- Celery Seed
Even after cleansing the kidneys, it is important to continue drinking plenty of purified water and fresh juices. Other techniques, such as detox baths, massage therapy, and even brisk walks will support healthy kidney functioning. Detox the kidneys whenever signs of toxin congestion persist, or routinely every three or four months as a preventative measure.
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