Your kidneys are two bean shaped organs located on either side of your spine in the abdominal cavity. Most people know that a major function of the kidneys is to remove waste products and excess fluid from the body. This is necessary to maintain a stable balance of body chemicals. The critical regulation of the body's salt, potassium and acid content is performed by the kidneys. The kidneys also produce hormones that affect the function of other organs. Other hormones produced by the kidneys help regulate blood pressure and control calcium metabolism.

Everyday our kidneys filter out about 200 quarts (30 gallons) of blood, while removing toxins and excess fluid through the urine. Excessive toxin build up, can slow down kidney function, resulting in water retention, vitamin deficiencies, kidney stones and in the long run, kidney damage,

But few people ever take the time to undergo a kidney detox. Today, I’m going to explain everything you need to know about undergoing a kidney detox – including the scientific evidence that supports a detox and the best foods and drinks for your detox.

Most people think of a cleansing program or detox as a way to purge their system of the poor food they have eaten and think of this as a way to lose weight. While it certainly helps with weight loss, cleansing or detoxing is also a valuable and healthy process for keeping your vital organs in the best shape and prevent chronic health issues.

A kidney detox involves cleansing your kidneys and removing all toxins from the body. Humans have been performing detoxes for centuries to treat everything from acne to general tiredness. There are lots of good reasons to do a kidney detox. Here are some of the most-recommended reasons why people think kidney detoxes are important:

  • • You Constantly Feel Tired Or More Fatigued Than Usual, Even When You Get Enough Sleep

  • • Your Kidneys Hurt After Eating Certain Foods, Especially Processed Foods

  • • You’re Experiencing Hormonal Imbalances Or You Feel Extra Moody

  • • You’ve Had Kidney Stones In The Past

  • • Your Skin Is Prone To Rashes, Eczema, And Other Blemish Problems

  • • You’re Experiencing Weight Gain And Bloating

  • • Have undergone heavy pharmaceutical intravenous drugs, or who have been hospitalized. When you have had long term use of heavy medication, many of which can be kidney toxic.

  • • You Have Frequent Bladder Problems Or Urinary Tract Infections

In fact, just like a liver cleanse, almost anyone can benefit from a kidney cleanse. Humans have traditionally used fasting or cleansing in order to detoxify the physical and emotional body.

While the body is always naturally detoxing, these days our bodies are exposed to many more contaminates than ever before due to commercially farmed food, processed foods, pharmaceutical medications, stuff we put on our bodies and all the pollutants in our environment; both in the home and outdoors. Over time, this overload slows down the body’s ability to process and remove toxins and they build up – especially in fat stores.

Lets learn of some natural ingredients that can help us detox the kidneys.

Dandelion leaves and roots - contain an antioxidant called flavonoids. Flavonoids cleanse the kidneys, purify the blood, and increase the flow of urine.

The diuretic effects od dandelion is as strong as some pharmaceutical drugs, yet they are more gentle and come without any known side effect. Dandelion relieves water retention and soothes irritation in the urinary system.

You can drink a detoxing dandelion tea, using half a teaspoon of dried dandelion root, daily for a week or two, to detox your kidneys.

Ginger - Ginger is another effective cleansing herb for the kidneys. It can help flush toxins and harmful materials out of the kidneys as well as improve digestion. This herb is also beneficial for cleansing your liver.

  • • One of the best ways to enjoy ginger’s cleansing benefit is sipping ginger tea. To make the tea, simmer 2 teaspoons of fresh-grated ginger in 2 cups of water for 10 minutes. Strain, add honey and lemon juice as per taste, and drink it 2 or 3 times daily.

  • • Also, include raw or dry ginger in your everyday cooking to keep your kidneys in good health.

  • Parsley – Parsley is known as a natural diuretic and powerful antioxidant, it increases the flow of fluids through the kidneys, increased urine production may have a cleansing effect on the kidneys by flushing out bacteria, germs and toxins.

    Parsley owes its diuretic effect to the presence of two ingredients, apiol and myristicin, which are found in parsley oil.

    Parsley helps to prevent the salt from being reabsorbed into our body tissues, so it literally forces debris out of the bladder, kidneys, and liver. This property f parsley also helps in regulating blood pressure, thus preserving your kidney health.

    Coriander – A close relative of parsley, and equally effective. Coriander leaves are full of phytonutrients and anti-oxidants. Coriander leaves and seeds contain various essential oils that make this herb useful for usage in traditional medicines. It is anti-septic, anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory and is a very good source of vitamins A, C, K. What’s more, coriander leave has some diuretic and detoxifying ingredients. Coriander leave is a natural cleaner of the kidney. Besides, The properties of anti-oxidants, rich phytonutrients, minerals and vitamins in coriander leaves all work significantly to boost the body’s overall immunity system and protect kidneys from infections.

    • •I have found coriander and parsley tea to be very effective as a kidney cleanser when taken on and empty stomach, every morning for a few weeks.

    • •You can also blenderize 3 -4 tbsp of parsley or coriander leaves, or both, with a glass of water, and consume its juice, unstrained for detoxing your kidneys.

    Watermelon seeds - Watermelon seeds are rich in citrulline, an organic compound with antioxidant properties. It dilates the blood vessels, and thus helps in the treatment of atherosclerosis, high blood pressure and angina pectoris.

    Tea made from watermelon seeds has been used for centuries to detox the kidneys and treat kidney stones, watermelon seed tea is an excellent diuretic and it is recommended for patients who need to eliminate any stones in the kidneys and urinary tract.

    These seeds have a powerful cleansing effect, helping to remove accumulated waste and toxins and improving kidney function to keep stones from forming in the first place. In addition to caring for your renal health, you can also drink watermelon seed tea to regulate your blood pressure.

    Please note – use fresh watermelon seeds with coat for best benefits.

    Turmeric - Turmeric is another well-known herb that has cleansing properties. It cleanses the kidneys, detoxifies your liver and purifies the blood. Moreover, it contains anti-inflammatory properties that can help prevent and treat kidney inflammation and infections.

    • • Mix 1 teaspoon of raw turmeric juice, the juice of ½ or 1 lemon, a pinch of cayenne pepper and a little honey in a cup of warm water. Drink it once daily for a few weeks.

    • • Another option is to add ½ teaspoon each of turmeric powder and dry ginger powder to 2 cups of boiling water. Simmer for 10 minutes, then strain it. Add the juice of ½ lemon and 1 tablespoon of maple syrup. Drink it once daily for a few weeks.

    Apple cider vinegar – If we haven’t already said enough about Apple cider vinegar, lets say some more. The citric, acetic, and phosphorus acid components in ACV helps to break down and prevent kidney stone formation.The antioxidants present in ACV also help in cleansing the kidneys of toxins.

    Dilute 10 ml of Apple cider vinegar in a glass of warm water, It is best to drink this mix in the morning, as soon as you wake up. Drink this drink 2 times a day, for 1-week. For maintenance purposes, continue drinking 1 times a day, every day.

    Supplement for kidney detoxification –

    There are various other natural herbs that can be helpful for kidney health, Purenutrition also has “Detox kidney” supplement available.which gives you and excellent blend of the most effective herbs all packed in one supplement. The highly concentrated, and extremely pure and organic form of these herbs is what si found to be effective in detoxing the kidneys, along with maintaining a kidney healthy diet.

    Nutrients such as pyridoxal-5-phosphate (P5P) fight AGE's and ALE's. CoQ10, silymarin, resveratrol and lipoic acid are also clinically supported for potent interventions. Omega-3 fatty acids help quell inflammation, contributing to enhanced kidney health. A host of additional nutrients and herbal actives including Boerhavia Diffusa, Tribulus Terrestris shilajit Ginger extract, Turmeric Extract, Thistle Extract, Pumpkinseed extract, flaxseedpowder, and Pepper Extract complement detox kidney support.