This New Drink Promises to Detoxify Your Kidneys

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Cranberry juice isn’t the only drink that acts as a kidney detox. | iStock

How much do you know about your kidney health? Most people are aware of the basics: you have two, they filter waste, and you’re born with an overabundance of the organ (for some people, a single kidney with only 75% function can sustain life just fine). Despite the fact you’ve likely told a close friend “I’d give you a kidney,” to show your¬†loyalty, how much information about the organ do you have — and do you know how to do a kidney detox?

Traditional kidney detoxes involve cranberry juice

Your kidneys along with your liver act as vital organs in food, alcohol, and medication filtering and processing. If you don’t take care of them, you can end up polluting your body and experiencing lifelong complications like renal failure, hepatitis, and the ever-painful kidney stones.

The right amount of exercise and food are the key to an effective detox. Livestrong recommends a step-by-step detox that is similar to other traditional, successful detoxes. Start by drinking a mixture of one-half cup of water with 5 tbsp. of apple cider vinegar before each meal. Apple cider vinegar is a useful substance to prevent kidney stones. Along with the water-vinegar mixture, doctors recommend drinking between one and two cups of pure cranberry juice (not cranberry juice cocktail, not cranberry juice from concentrate, etc). Tannin, the active ingredient in cranberries, helps your kidneys flush out bacteria and toxins.

The detox also recommends adding a serving of artichokes a day to your diet. The vegetable contains acids that strengthen your liver and help your kidneys filter out blood toxins.

A new study found that tomato juice is an effective cleansing drink

You may think of “juicing” as just a weight-loss fad, but there are some health and kidney benefits to the practice as well. While most doctors warn against drinking just juice, liquefying one raw meal a day is a healthy way to cleanse your organs.

Most adults don’t get the recommended amount of fruits and veggies the USDA suggests (2 cups of fruits and 2 to 3 cups of vegetables a day), so drinking your raw fruits and veggies actually helps you to achieve those goals. The extra antioxidants in produce help reduce inflammation and oxidative damage, two things caused by kidney disease. Juicing also benefits your kidney health by providing your body with more hydrating fluids.

Multiple health organizations are citing a recent study that finds a medicinal tomato-based juice benefits your help and holistically helps you to prevent disease. A multitude of women spanning various ages and weights drank a glass of tomato juice each day for two months. They noticed significant weight loss, decreased cholesterol levels, and stronger immune systems.

Vegetable juices like tomato juice act as one way to cleanse your body of toxins as a result of their high vitamin, mineral, and fiber content. Tomatoes themselves contain antioxidants and lycopene that prevent cancer and assist with aging. Tomatoes also improve liver function and can prevent gallstones and kidney stones from forming.

You can also try kidney-cleansing teas

Kidney-cleansing teas and supplements are other good resources to improve kidney health and detox the organ. Stinging nettle leaf tea utilizes the traditional herbal perennial plant to reduce inflammation and provide the body with antioxidants. Hydrangea extract is also a good ingredient to look for in cleansing teas. The extract offers a protective effect against kidney damage due to the plant’s exceptional antioxidant capabilities.

Finally, Blumea balsamifera extract (better known by its nickname “sambong”) when added to calcium oxalate crystals decreased the size of the crystals, which indicates it could help prevent kidney stones from forming.

Regardless what detox method you try, remember to consult your doctor before experimenting with a new method. If you notice any of the symptoms of kidney failure, such as swollen legs, feet, and ankles, excessive fatigue, chest pain, and reduced urination, contact your doctor immediately.

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