Today’s modern-day conveniences—cars, fast food, mass production plants—expose the human body to more toxins and pollution than ever before. These conditions force our bodies to work overtime at flushing out harmful materials and staying healthy. The kidneys play a major role in this detoxing process. In fact, the kidneys work nonstop at filtering the air you breathe, the food you eat, the water you drink, and even the medications you take. For these reasons, it’s a good idea to detox your kidneys and give them a rest every now and then. Read on to find out about natural ways to detox your kidneys and what a kidney detox actually does.
Why Detox Your Kidneys?Once toxins and pollutants enter the blood, whether through eating, breathing, or skin exposure, they end up in your bloodstream. When toxins build up in the bloodstream, each and every cell of the body becomes exposed. These conditions open the door for sickness and disease to take root. The kidneys filter as much as 50 gallons of blood and water each day. In effect, these organs act as one of the body’s natural self-cleaning systems. When kidney functions become weakened or compromised, the rest of the body pays the price. Detoxing your kidneys on a periodic basis not only gives them a rest but allows them to heal and rebuild. Whether you choose to go all out and do a seven-day kidney detox or a three-day or even a one-day cleanse, your kidneys and your body as a whole will benefit.
How to Detox Your Kidneys
Eliminate “High Toxin” FoodsEliminating foods that contain high levels of toxins is the first thing you want to do to detox your kidneys. Dairy, red meats, seafood, and any type of organ meats (like liver) fall in this category. The amount of toxins in these foods makes the kidneys work overtime, so avoid them at all costs. Here are some other “high toxin” foods and ingredients you’ll want to cut out of your diet:
- Trans fats
- Refined sugars
- Refined oils, such as corn oils, cottonseed oils or any refined vegetable or seed oils
- Processed food ingredients, such as shortening, artificial sweeteners, MSG, food dyes
- Fast food
Incorporate Natural Cleansing FoodsNatural foods that cleanse the body work especially well during a kidney detox. These foods include fruit juices, cranberries, and seaweed. Fruit juices containing citric acid, such as orange, lemon, and melon juices, protect the kidneys from calcium build-up, which is how kidney stones form. Cranberries are well-known for their bladder-cleansing benefits, and the bladder is an organ that works hand-in-hand with the kidneys. Seaweed offers a range of healing and cleansing benefits on not only the kidney but the pancreas and the liver too. Here are a few more natural cleansing foods to consider, including:
- High-fiber foods
- Dark, leafy vegetables