When the kidneys are not working properly, harmful toxins and fluids build up in the body.
Some signs that your kidneys may not be working at an optimal level include:
- High blood pressure
- Extreme tiredness
- Persistent headaches
- Swelling in the face and ankles
- Fluid retention
- Lower back pain
Just like your vehicle needs a tune up every 3,000 miles, so do your kidneys. And the easiest ways to give your kidneys a good cleansing tune-up are with water and juicing.
Try to drink up to 1 gallon of water to clear the toxins out of your kidneys. When you urinate, it should be clear. If your urine is dark yellow, you are not drinking enough water.
Anytime your urine is red – please go to a doctor ASAP (with the exception of after eating beets.) Eating beets may turn your urine a slight shade of red. When this happens it means you are not fully absorbing the nutrients in the beets… nutrient absorption is a whole different article though.
Juices are the perfect way to cleanse your kidneys and also give you the necessary daily vitamins and minerals.
Here are my top 3 juices for cleansing your kidneys:
1. Beet Juice – Beets contain antioxidants and nutrients that increase urine acidity. When you increase acidity in the urine, this helps to break down struvite and calcium deposits, which may otherwise lead to kidney stones.
3. Parsley Juice – This powerful herb contains carotenoids that help prevent cancer and are high in iron, chlorophyll and vitamins. Parsley alone as a juice is very strong, so it is recommended to combine it with other juices such as beet and lemon. The chlorophyll helps to boost hemoglobin in the blood by purifying the blood and increasing nutrient absorption.
Here’s a recipe that combines all three of these awesome cleansing foods in one delicious juicy concoction:
- ½ beet
- 1 lemon
- Small handful parsley
- 1 cucumber
- Prep all ingredients and process through a juicer. Enjoy!
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