How to Detox Your Kidneys with Home Remedies
Since these organs are in charge of eliminating impurities from the body, keeping them in excellent condition is vital to your well-being.
Many people are unaware of how truly important it is to detox your kidneys and keep them healthy. This is especially crucial because a lot of diseases start in the urinary system.
Do You Need to Detox Your Kidneys?
Several of the signs that you might have some sort of urinary imbalance are high or low blood pressure, pain in the lower and frontal areas of your abdomen, very dark-colored urine, excessive thirst, back pain just above the waist, and getting up several times a night to urinate.
Other signs of needing to detox your kidneys include urinating less than half a liter of liquid per day, feeling like your bladder is always full and experiencing pain during urination.
Swollen ankles (especially at night), puffy eyes in the morning, and getting bruises or hemorrhages without injuring yourself, are also common symptoms.
The presence of kidney stones or bladder stones is also more than enough reason to detox your kidneys.
How to Prevent Kidney Imbalances
- Controlling your diet is extremely important because it helps to prevent an increase of toxins in your body. Once toxins reach your blood, they cannot be eliminated through urine.
- By avoiding processed foods (especially frozen and breaded foods) and large amounts of salt, you can significantly reduce the chances of having kidney failure or developing kidney stones.
- Do not consume a lot of dairy products, and especially not whole-fat milk.
- Try to reduce the number of animal proteins you consume, such as meat and eggs. These types of food can cause calcium buildup in your urine, which increases the possibilities of suffering from kidney stones. Animal proteins also contain a lot of uric acids.
- Avoid consuming alcoholic beverages or heavily sugared beverages because they cause your body to eliminate calcium more quickly.
- Try to follow a vegetarian diet or a diet rich in natural foods. Add lots of natural, organic fruit and vegetable juices to your diet.
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- Eat a lot of foods with diuretic properties. This includes oranges, grapes, lemons, grapefruit, celery, carrots, cucumber, apples, watermelon, cantaloupe, lettuce, Japanese plums, and peaches.
- Limit your use of medications like aspirin, ibuprofen or anything similar.
- Drink considerable amounts of water every day (two liters in the winter and three in the summer). The goal is for your urine to be either almost completely transparent or a very light yellow. However, it’s not a good idea to drink too much water, because it forces your kidneys to work harder than usual.
How to Do a Three-Day Kidney Detox
This is not a magical solution that will “detox your kidneys in 72 hours,” but it will help you throughout the healing process. First, you need to avoid any and all coffee, alcohol, sodas, salt, and high-protein foods for the first three days.
Not only do they irritate your kidneys, but they prevent your bladder from eliminating toxins. Substitute these drinks with mineral water, and eat linseed, sunflower seeds and almonds instead of meat.
Morning and Mid-Morning
To properly detox your kidneys, begin each day with a healthy breakfast and a glass of blueberry juice. This drink helps reduce the amount of calcium that accumulates in the bladder.
These sediments slow kidney function and don’t allow toxins to leave the body. It also aids in preventing urinary tract infections and kidney stones, both of which are very painful.
At mid-morning, drink a glass of potassium juice. This acts as a cleansing tonic while helping you stay energized throughout this three-day process.
You can make it at home by juicing carrots, celery, parsley, and spinach and mixing them together. Another option is to blend them together like a smoothie.
Midday and Snack Time
At midday, drink a glass of liquid chlorophyll, which is a green colored substance that gives plants their color. You can get it in most health food or diet stores.
If you want to make it at home, you can grow grass seeds in a planter, cut them up and blend them. Chlorophyll is very good for your body, helping to improve your immune system, cleanse your blood, and providing lots of other benefits.
Between lunch and dinner, during your snack time, drink one glass of watermelon seed tea. This drink has a very mild diuretic effect, which helps activate kidney and bladder functions.
It can also help you have better digestion and promote healthy bowel movements.
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Dinner and Bedtime
At dinnertime, drink a glass of carrot juice, which will help correct your urinary frequency. You could also drink another glass of blueberry juice.
As far as your meals are concerned, you should eat whatever you want. However, keep in mind that you should not eat any meat or flour during this cleanse. Take advantage of this opportunity to begin eating a healthier diet.
Before going to bed, drink a cup of tea made with mint leaves or dandelion. Besides helping you detox, these drinks also aid in digestion.
Don’t forget to exercise or do some kind of sport during this cleanse. You could take a 30-minute walk each day to improve kidney function, as well. We also recommend that you go to a sauna, which will help flush toxins out through your sweat.
A hot bath or shower at home could also work, but in either case, be sure and refresh yourself with a warm or cold water shower afterward.
Last but not least, be sure and stretch your body every day, morning and night. Stretching correctly helps “activate” your body and can give you more energy to help last through the day and start it off right.
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