As you might know, kidneys are vital organs that 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. Cleansing the kidneys helps preventing from kidneys infection and stone forming as well as boosting immunity and flushing toxins away.
If you want to start a kidney cleanse, it’s recommended to do it for about 7 days to be able to enjoy the benefits fully. But if 7 days is difficult for you regarding your schedule and activities, starting with just a few days or even 1 day per week is already great.
Here are the foods that will help you cleanse your kidneys: lemon juice, dandelion tea, marshmallow root, nettle tea, parsley, red clover, ginger, turmeric, watermelon, pumpkin seeds, blackcurrent juice, grapes, spirulina, blueberries, millet, barley and asparagus.
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 10-15min before breakfast will allow your system to flush the toxins away.
I would definitely recommend to choose one or several herbal teas from the list above and making sure to sip it throughout the day (at least 1.5 to 2L), as heaps of liquids is very important to support the kidneys.
Using the above foods in your every day dishes and meals will support the kidney cleanse but it’s also important to avoid the foods that are draining 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 o the kidneys.
It’s also good to note that a diet rich in proteins (more than 70 grams/day) is requiring a lot of work from the kidneys as well to be processed properly.
Here are some recipes to get you inspired:
If you want to make the most of your cleanse, I would definitely suggest to add some super foods (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.