Our bodies are naturally detoxifying every day. It's one of the body’s most basic functions: to eliminate and neutralize toxins through the colon, liver, kidneys, lungs, lymph and skin. But in our modern lives, our systems are actually exposed to much more pollution and toxins than ever before—from the air, water, and food as well as the refined products we eat. They're all putting a lot of strain on our organs.
As you might know, kidneys are among our most vital organs, and they help process everything you put into your system (food, alcohol, medications, etc.). In other words: they keep your body healthy and it's a good idea to help them and give them a rest from time to time.
According to Hungry For Change, going on a mindful cleanse is among the best ways to assist your body’s natural self-cleaning system. It is especially important for immune-compromised diseases such as cancer, arthritis, diabetes and chronic fatigue. However, even if your diet is good, a spring cleanse can revitalize your system and rid your body of harmful bacteria, viruses, and parasites.
More specifically, cleansing the kidneys helps prevent kidney infection and kidney stone formation. It also boosts immunity and flushes away toxins.
If you want to start a kidney cleanse, it's recommended that you do it for about 7 days to be able to fully enjoy the benefits. But if that doesn't work for your schedule or lifestyle, starting with just a few days would be great. Even 1 day is a great starting place for a better health and lifestyle.
Here are the foods that will help you cleanse your kidneys:
- Lemon juice
- Dandelion tea
- Marshmallow root
- Nettle tea
- Red clover
- Pumpkin seeds
- Blackcurrent juice
- Cranberry juice
- Baking soda! (Yes, it seems that baking soda could actually be quite efficient to prevent decline of kidney function.)
It's a good idea to start your day with a cup of hot, clean and filtered water with a dash of fresh lemon juice. Having this about 10 to 15 minutes before breakfast will allow your system to flush away toxins.
I'd recommend choosing one or several herbal teas from the list above and making sure to sip it throughout the day (at least 1.5 to 2 liters total), as heaps of liquids are very important in supporting the kidneys.
Using the above foods in your everyday dishes and meals will support the kidney cleanse, but it's also important to avoid foods that drain these precious organs, such as caffeine, alcohol, chocolate, nuts, sweet potatoes and refined products such as sugar, table salt, white flour (pastries, white pastas, white bread, etc.). These foods are very hard to process and putting a lot of strain on the kidneys. It's also good to note that a diet rich in proteins (more than 70 grams/day) also requires a lot of work from the kidneys.
Here are some recipes to get you inspired:
If you want to make the most of your cleanse, I suggest adding some superfoods (such as spirulina, goji berries, maca, chia seeds, hemps seeds, coconut products etc.) to your juices and smoothies as well as taking a multi-vitamin supplement containing at least some magnesium, zinc, Vit-D, B-complex and C.
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