Last week we wrote about 3 simple ways to detox your liver and why it's important to support all of the organs in your body that are responsible for detoxification.
The liver usually comes to mind when we think about detoxing. And it does play a huge, important role. However, the little kidneys are a powerhouse of detoxification and are also extremely important.
Why Detox the Kidneys?
The kidneys produce hormones as well as filter the blood of excess sodium, water and toxins. Kidney stones form when substances in the urine become too concentrated, such as too much calcium (usually this is caused when calcium is not being absorbed properly by the body), too much sodium, or too much uric acid (uric acid forms when urine is very acidic; a diet high in meat can contribute to this acidity). It's important to consistently be flushing water through the kidneys in order to prevent these blockages form occurring.
The adrenal glands are found on the kidneys, which are responsible for the production of many hormones in the body, that regulate proper metabolism, sex hormones, and help the body deal with stress properly. Since most of us are chronically stressed, this can exhaust the adrenal glands and kidneys over time.
3 Simple Ways to Detox Your Kidneys
1. Drink herbal tea.
There are many herbs that strengthen, support, and gently cleanse the kidneys. You can find packaged herbal teas at any health food store or you can also buy loose herbs at some health food stores. The best herbs for supporting the kidneys are dandelion, marshmallow root, nettle, and red clover.
2. Eat parsley.
Parsley is a diuretic, which means that it helps to flush water out of the body. This will help to flush toxins and bacteria out of the kidneys. You can also make a tea with fresh parsley or juice fresh parsley in a vegetable juice or smoothie.
You need to make sure that you are drinking lots of water throughout the day, in order to prevent dehydration. We recommend sipping on 2 cups of water between meals (so between breakfast and lunch as well as between lunch and dinner). We also recommend drinking 1-2 cups of water immediately when you first wake up. If you are active and exercise, you will need to drink more water than this.
3. Avoid Caffeine
If you are committed to doing a detox of your kidneys, you need to kick the caffeine (at least temporarily). Caffeine overstimulates the adrenal glands and can interfere with hormonal balance and the body's ability to deal with stress. Caffeine also dehydrates the body and puts extra stress on the kidneys.