Kidney Detox - Natural Preventive Care is Best
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Why should you do a kidney detox treatment? We all value our health, and yet we often take for granted the organs that help to maintain it.
The kidneys are a common example and yet if we were to do a kidney cleansing treatment once in a while, we would really be assisting the kidneys to do their job, which in turn benefits our health.
It’s a win win situation that we often continue to ignore and yet one that can have remarkable health benefits.
Why do we need a kidney detox?
The kidneys have various functions including maintaining blood pressure, as well as monitoring the fluid levels in our body and keeping things at an even keel, making us excrete more or less fluid in the form of urine as the situation demands.
And it monitors this constantly. Minute by minute, second by second. It never stops but we don’t really notice it. We just notice when it all goes horribly wrong and we get sick.
The main function of the kidneys however, is to cleanse our blood. By this I mean rid our system of all the harmful waste products of metabolism, as well as various other toxins and poisons that our body has absorbed one way or another and are now floating around in our system.
It does this in conjunction with the liver, which is the organ that breaks all these substances down so that our body can get rid of them.
It is vital that we do get rid of these waste products and poisons as they are very harmful and detrimental to our health and will cause a multitude of problems, illness and disease otherwise.
In fact, if our kidneys did not do this, we would very soon die. This is why people whose kidneys fail have to have dialysis until they can get a kidney transplant. The dialysis does the blood cleansing but even that is not as effective as our kidneys.
So every single day, every single minute of our lives, our kidneys just get on with the job silently and we don’t give it so much as a passing thought.
Unfortunately though, just as I discussed in detail in the natural liver detox page, nowadays we live in such toxic environments and eat and drink and consume so many things that contain chemicals and other substances that are harmful to us that our kidneys get overloaded.
They don’t complain however. They just battle on and we still don’t notice, until the situation has gone on for so long that our kidneys can no longer cope and we start to get sick. Then we notice but often by then, the damage is done.
This is why our kidneys need some help and this is what I mean by a kidney detox. A regime that will assist the kidneys to have a big clear out of all the accumulated toxic waste, while toning and supporting and nourishing the kidneys at the same time.
How often should we do a kidney detox?
We really should get into the habit of doing this three or four times a year to help keep us in tip top shape and the same with natural liver detox also.
These two simple things alone, done regularly alongside of adopting a healthy lifestyle including lots of water, fruit and vegetables and exercise would save so much misery and suffering later that I can’t even begin to quantify it. Truly I can’t.
How can we do a kidney detox?
Well once again, I cannot emphasize enough the most important thing is to drink lots of water.
We should be doing this every day of our lives and not just during a kidney detox or a natural liver detox.
A minimum would be 2 litres a day but during a detoxification program you would need to double that.
The kidneys can’t flush things out very readily if it doesn’t have the raw ingredient to do the flushing with.
You can easily tell if you are drinking enough by looking at the color of your urine. It should be a clear straw colour. A pale yellow.
If it is a darker yellow then this means that the kidneys are producing more concentrated urine as there is not enough water available so just go and drink a couple of glasses and then look at the next batch of urine that you produce. It will be more dilute.
If you have very dark urine, even brown, then you really do have a problem and for sure you need to start drinking more water immediately but you should also go to the physician and get some lab works done, in particular kidney function tests in case there is something going on that needs addressing.
Foods that help
Consuming the right foods is essential in the treatment of kidney problems. Small portions of whole grain foods, cabbage, cauliflower, carrots, broad beans, pears, grapes, apples, egg whites, broccoli, salmon steaks, and fish are said to help people with renal problems.
The kidneys also help maintain the essential salt and potassium balance in our bloodstream which is a very complex balancing act, without which we would soon die. You can assist the kidneys by not overloading it with excess salty foods although (some salt is essential to life) such as oysters, shrimp, cheese and many canned and processed foods.
Potassium-rich foods that you should limit your intake of include avocados, bananas, seeds, dried fruit, chocolate, coffee, and milk.
Kidney stones are often made from deposits of calcium oxalate or calcium phosphate. To combat these types of stones, you must flush out your kidneys and decrease your intake of foods that have high oxalate contents.
These foods include sweet potatoes, chocolate, black tea, peanuts, rhubarb, beets, okra, liver, wheat germ, grapes, soybean crackers, marmalade, grits, strawberries, green peppers, celery, red raspberries and raw spinach.
Herbs that can help
This is a wonderful plant which will benefit the liver and the kidneys and is so marvellous, that I have devoted a page especially to this one herb which you can read here.
Its full botanical name is Berberis Vulgaris and this is a wonderful herb that is excellent for doing a kidney detox treatment.
Additionally however, it also assists the liver and gall bladder too and due to its cleansing effects of these organs, has been found to have some effect in the treatment of arthritis and gout. Not so much for the pain of them in acute flare ups but more for assisting the underlying mechanisms that lead to these conditions developing in the first place.
Its full botanical name is Achillea Millefolium but is often known by more traditional names such as Old Man’s pepper and Soldiers Woundwort or Bloodwort to name but a few. This plant is so prolific, and so hardy that it will grow even in poor soils that we refer to it as a weed.
However this is actually doing it a disservice as yarrow is a herb with a long history of many medicinal properties, some of which pertain to cleansing the kidneys as well as its use in digestive complaints and even traumas and injuries (hence the name soldiers woundwort)
This herb can be prepared as a tea by steeping some of the dried herb in boiling water for ten minutes and then drinking. However as it is one of nature’s astringents, it does not taste good so I would recommend using this herb as part of a combination kidney detox product so that the nasty taste is not an issue.
There are many other herbs that can assist a kidney detox treatment and give it some support such as
- Buchu (Agothosma Betulina)
- Yellow Dock Root (Rumex Crispus)
My personal advice here, is rather than getting these ingredients individually, purchase them in prepared combinations for a kidney detox treatment.
The reason for this is that some of these herbs, while incredibly effective, are also extremely potent and care needs to be taken over the amounts taken as well as the combinations mixed together.
So why make it complicated for yourself? A reputable supplier has done all the homework for you. All you have to do is read the recommendations and follow them for your all natural kidney detox treatment.
While detoxing your kidneys, you may also want to consider a natural colon cleanse to help aid the digestive system even further in your goal of maintaining or achieving good health.
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