Your kidneys are about the size of your fist. They may be small but they are
powerful organs and have many functions. Every day your kidneys process about
200 quarts of blood to move to about 2 quarts of waste and extra water.
Kidney Detox – Besides helping get rid of wastes, your kidneys are also
responsible for releasing several hormones:
1. Your kidneys release the hormone erythopoietin. This hormone
stimulates the bone marrow and “tells” it to make red blood cells.
2. The second hormone that is released by your kidneys is renin. Renin
is important in regulating blood pressure. High blood pressure is one of
the underlying risks of heart disease. The higher your blood pressure, the more
your heart has to work to pump blood throughout your body. Over time if this
continues your heart may enlarge.
3. The third hormone that is release is called calcitriol. Calcitriol is
the active form of Vitamin D. Vitamin D helps keep calcium in bonds and is
important for proper chemical balance in your body.
The two most common causes of kidney disease are diabetes and high blood
pressure. (1) Both can be preventable and controllable. Many people have a
risk for diabetes and high blood pressure in their family history, but even if
you do you can do things to help prevent the risk for these conditions.
With all this functions that your kidneys are responsible for it’s important
to help your kidneys function at optimal levels. This means you have to give
your kidneys a break by first and foremost eliminating unhealthy habits such as
smoking, drinking alcohol, eating processed foods and so on.
Use this simple steps to “help” your kidneys and detox them
Eat fresh vegetables. Cut out the processed foods. Stop eating food out of a
box. The more junk you eat the more your body has to work to get rid of it. Cook
your own food. Knowing what you put in your body is important and when you cook
your own food you know exactly what ingredients you’re using. Aim for organic
products, especially if you eat meat.
Juice. Juice. Juice fresh dark green leafy vegetables. Chlorophyll does
wonders for your body.
Eat and juice alkalizing foods. Keeping your body’s pH at the
desirable level (neutral pH) is important because you’re helping your
body work at an optimal level without having to work overtime to get rid of
unwanted and harmful toxins. The better you eat, the healthier you eat and the
more you MOVE then the less your body has to spend time working to
eliminate toxins and has more time to make you feel good by giving you energy
and helping you feel your best.
There are simple things you can do to detox…like again eliminating
processed foods and at least juicing fresh organic vegetables 2-3 times a
Cranberries are excellent for your kidneys and bladder, especially for
preventing and treating urinary tract infections. Cranberries contain a
compound called hippuric acid. Hippuric acid helps acidify the urine
and inhibit bacteria. This is important for people with bladder infections.
Cranberries are great for your kidneys because they contain an antioxidant
called proanthocyanidin. (2) Not only are cranberries beneficial for your
kidneys and bladder but they are also great for reducing risks of heart disease,
have anti-cancer properties, are great for your gums and much more.
It’s best to either juice fresh cranberries or blend them. Store bought juice
(even organic) is packed with sugar. If you can’t find fresh organic
cranberries, try frozen organic cranberries and blend them up.
Check out how to make your own cranberry blend yourself.
Magnesium deficiency is not beneficial for helping your kidneys. Magnesium
plays a key role in regulating blood pressure naturally. Magnesium
supplements and a diet including plenty of fruits and vegetables, which are good
sources of potassium and magnesium, are consistently associated with lowering
blood pressure. Magnesium is also important for diabetes, preventing
osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease and much more.
Going on a simple 3-5 day juice fast is a great way to detox your body. When
you juice dark green vegetables you are instantly getting high amount of
nutrients and vitamins.
1. Many people ask me why they should juice when they could eat the
vegetables or fruits. When you extract the juice from the vegetable all you
are left with are beneficial micro-nutrients. Since your body doesn’t have
to break down any components like insoluble fiber, your body is quickly
absorbing micro-nutrients antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and much more
from the juice. That’s why often you get instant energy after having a
2. Juicing also allows you to consume the needed vegetables and fruits that
your body craves and needs for optimal health. If you find it difficult eating
raw vegetables and fruit, then juicing is perfect for you. With juicing you are
also getting a wide variety of different vegetables into your daily
3. Juicing is a way to change the way you eat and will change the way you
live. After you juice for a week, you will see and feel instant results. . Also,
a juice detox program like the, can help you change your taste buds and
quit bad habits like smoking.
Consult with your doctor before starting any new program, especially if you
are on medication.