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Kidney Cleanse Diet: A Step-by-Step Guide

Written by Dr. Edward Group Founder
 
Turmeric is part of the kidney cleanse diet.

Your kidneys are among the most important organs in your body. They work hard every day detoxifying the blood and sending waste toxins out through the urinary system. Kidneys also balance electrolytes, regulate minerals, like calcium, and help maintain a healthy blood pressure.

With all this work to do and with so many chemicals in our environment, it’s not surprising that one in three Americans is at risk of developing kidney disease in their lifetime or that 10 percent of Americans will develop painful kidney stones. Supporting your kidneys with a cleanse or simply incorporating certain foods and herbs into your diet can improve kidney health and provide other health benefits.

Short Breakdown of the 4-Day Kidney Cleanse

  • Pre-Cleanse: Gather necessary supplies, including kidney-cleansing foods, as desired.
  • Morning & Afternoon: Take 5 droppers (5 ml) of Global Healing Turmeric and 5 droppers of Plant-Based Kidney Health Raw Herbal Extract™ in both morning and afternoon, in between meals.
  • Evening: Take 5 droppers (5 ml) of Turmeric and 5 droppers (5 ml) of Plant-Based Kidney Health before or after your evening meal. At least two hours later, take 4 capsules of Oxy-Powder®.

Read the full details below

What Do Kidneys Do?

Part of your body’s renal or urinary system, the kidneys are curved, fist-sized organs located halfway down your back that perform critical functions in your body. Perhaps most importantly, they are instrumental to your ability to detoxify chemicals you encounter. They filter more than 200 quarts of blood daily, removing nearly two quarts of water and metabolic waste that gets excreted as urine.

The kidneys also help regulate and balance your sodium, phosphorus, and potassium levels. The importance of these nutrients is often glossed over, but proper, balanced levels are critical for good health and life.

Finally, the kidneys are responsible for releasing three hormones — erythropoietin, renin, and activated vitamin D. Erythropoietin supports red blood cell production, renin controls blood pressure, and vitamin D is necessary for the body to effectively use calcium, as well as many other benefits.

Signs of Poorly Performing Kidneys

Kidney issues can arise silently or suddenly. High levels of calcium in the blood may lead to calcium deposits in the kidneys, which ultimately produce kidney stones. People with stressed kidneys may experience the following symptoms:

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What’s the Best Kidney Cleansing Diet?

A kidney cleansing diet involves eating foods and herbs that support normal kidney function while avoiding foods that discourage kidney function. It can be done for a brief period, as an actual cleanse, and below, we provide a protocol for a four-day Kidney Cleanse. You can also take a less regimented approach and simply incorporate these foods and herbs into your regular diet. Either way, taking these steps will provide specialized nutrients that support your kidneys and boost your overall health and wellness.

Herbs for Kidney Cleansing

Since ancient times, herbalists have embraced the therapeutic characteristics of plants and used them as remedies for a variety of health conditions, including helping kidney function. The following herbs can be taken in supplements or used to make tea. A few are listed below, but see more in our best herbs for kidney cleansing article.

Cranberry

Cranberry is one of the most popular herbal supplements in the U.S., and for good reason. The phytonutrients in cranberry keep harmful organisms from sticking to the lining of the urethra, promoting kidney and urinary tract health.[1] They also are thought to keep stone-forming harmful organisms from sticking together and to kidney cells, which means they get purged from the body instead.[2]

Hydrangea

This herbaceous, perennial shrub is not only coveted for its gorgeous flowers but also for its therapeutic properties. Not only is it popular in traditional Chinese medicine but Cherokee Indians also used it to support kidney function. Hydrangea is known as a lithotrophic, diuretic, and tonic herb. It contains hydrangin, a phytochemical that helps increase urine flow.[3]

Uva-Ursi

This low-growing evergreen herb, also called bearberry leaf (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi), has been safely used for centuries in traditional medicine to support urinary tract health.[4] Uva-ursi can deplete potassium levels by increasing urination, so make sure you get enough in your diet.

Horsetail

Scientists have found this marsh plant to be as safe and effective as the commonly used diuretic, hydrochlorothiazide, without causing excess loss of electrolytes.[5] Horsetail (Equisetum arvense) not only works to cleanse the kidneys but it also helps protect the liver.[6]

Kidney Cleanse Foods

There are many foods that help detox the kidneys. You can add these to your regular eating plan, or follow a temporary diet that focuses specifically on kidney-cleansing foods. If you have kidney disease, your healthcare provider may have specific diet recommendations, such as limiting sodium (salt) and potassium. However, if you are trying to be proactive about kidney health, these foods are just a few you can try.

Baking Soda

Sodium bicarbonate, commonly used as baking soda, has incredible benefits for the kidneys! In a two-year study, only 9 percent of patients with chronic kidney disease who took a small daily dose of bicarbonate developed end-stage renal disease, compared to 45 percent of the other group.[7]

Celery

Vegetables and fruits high in antioxidants are generally good for the kidneys. That’s because antioxidants counteract the harmful effects of certain toxic chemicals and harmful free radicals in the blood, which, of course, filters through the kidneys. Celery is known to help urinary tract issues and reduce blood sugar, blood pressure, and blood lipids (fats).[8]

Cucumbers

These watery vegetables have many kidney-boosting properties, including preventing the accumulation of uric acid crystals in joints, which leads to gout. Cucumbers are high in silicon and act as a diuretic, helping the kidneys remove toxins.

Beets

Beets have high levels of antioxidants and help remove calcium buildup in the kidneys, which otherwise can lead to kidney stone formation. You can drink beet juice or eat whole beets. Eating your beets raw in salads or in juice is a great boost to your kidney cleansing.

Onions and Garlic

Both of these bulbs from the Allium family contain high levels of quercetin, a powerhouse nutrient that helps reduce swelling and redness, and protects kidney cells from damage.[9]

Foods to Avoid for Healthy Kidneys

Just as certain foods help the kidneys function better, other foods stress the kidneys. High-protein diets with a lot of red meat and full-fat dairy stress the kidneys. If you are doing a cleanse or just want healthier kidneys, avoid these foods:

  • Liver and organ meats
  • Red meat
  • Seafood (especially sardines, anchovies, shellfish, tuna)
  • Beer and distilled liquor

Kidney Cleanse Recipes

One of the most effective strategies for promoting kidney health is to combine the various fruits, vegetables, and herbs that support kidney health so they can work together. Below are just a few ideas you can use to get started.

Ginger Root and Turmeric Tea

To make a tasty kidney-cleansing tea that also benefits your digestive system, squeeze the juice from a one- or two-inch piece of ginger root into hot water. Add half a teaspoon of turmeric. Turmeric not only has antioxidant properties, it also reduces harmful molecules circulating in your blood, which benefits the kidneys.[10] Ginger scavenges damaging free radicals and improves kidney function. Together they pack a punch!

Fruit and Vegetable Juices

Make juice from fresh organic watermelon, beets, ginger, celery, and lemon for super kidney benefits, or try one of these kidney-cleansing drinks.

Dr. Group’s Kidney Cleanse Drink

You can drink a glass of this anytime for a kidney-cleansing boost, whether you are doing an official kidney cleanse or not. You'll get the best results if you do not eat 30 minutes before or after drinking the Kidney Cleanse Drink. Add a dash of raw, organic, unpasteurized apple cider vinegar (ACV), a squeeze of lemon, and one dropper of Plant-Based Kidney Health to distilled water. Plant-Based Kidney Health is an all-natural, vegan blend of the kidney-cleansing herbs listed above. It's available in the Kidney Cleanse Kit, which is linked to below.

4-Day Kidney Cleanse

If you want to perform a four-day kidney cleanse, these instructions will tell you what you need to know before you start and while you are detoxing.

Items You Need for the Kidney Cleanse

The following are the supplies you will need for the four-day kidney cleanse.

  • The Kidney Cleanse Kit, which includes:
    • 1 bottle of Plant-Based Kidney Health
    • 1 bottle of Turmeric Raw Herbal Extract
    • 1 bottle of Oxy-Powder
  • Kidney-cleansing foods

Protocol

We recommend you follow the schedule below to maximize the benefits from your kidney cleanse. Follow these instructions for four days.

Morning

Take five droppers of Plant-Based Kidney Health and five droppers of Turmeric Raw Herbal Extract. Take both on an empty stomach, such as 20 minutes before breakfast. This maximizes absorption. You can take these extracts directly from the droppers, or you can add them — together or separate — to an eight-ounce glass of water.

Afternoon

Take five droppers of Plant-Based Kidney Health and five droppers of Turmeric Extract in the afternoon, on an empty stomach.

Evening

Take five droppers of Plant-Based Kidney Health and five droppers of Turmeric Extract in the afternoon, on an empty stomach. In the evening before bed, and at least two hours after you consume your evening servings of the two liquid extracts, consume four capsules of Oxy-Powder.

Helpful Notes About the Cleanse

  • Avoid milk and other dairy products, meat, alcohol, table salt, refined sugar, gluten, soy, canned foods, processed and microwaved foods, artificial sweeteners, preservatives, and dyes. All of these will decrease the effectiveness of the kidney cleanse, and add more toxins to your body.
  • Eat as healthy and clean as you can during the cleanse. As mentioned above, some great kidney-cleansing foods include beets, celery, onions, garlic, and cucumbers, but also cherries, cinnamon, ginger, olive oil, grapefruit, oranges, tomatoes, and watermelon.
  • You should be able to perform this kidney cleanse while carrying on your normal daily activities. Oxy-Powder can cause watery stools, so make sure a bathroom is nearby. If your stools are liquid, remember this is not diarrhea but the detoxing of compacted fecal matter from the intestinal tract.
  • If you want extra tips about kidney cleansing, please read our 10 Essential Tips to Maximize Kidney Cleansing article.
  • Points to Remember

    Being aware of your kidneys is important for everyone, not just people with impaired kidney function. A kidney cleanse can help you maintain the health of these two important organs throughout your life.

    There are many kidney-cleansing herbs, foods, and teas you can add to your lifestyle to boost your kidney health. To get the best bang for your buck, perform a four-day kidney cleanse involving turmeric and other kidney-cleansing herbs. This involves following a clean diet that’s based on simple, organic vegetables and avoiding unhealthy additions to your diet.

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    †Results may vary. Information and statements made are for education purposes and are not intended to replace the advice of your doctor. If you have a severe medical condition or health concern, see your physician.


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