Your kidneys have many important functions in your body, including supporting water and fluid balance, blood pressure regulation, waste elimination, and filtration.
Filtering out waste products that are often toxic is one of the main duties of the kidneys. Considering our increased modern day exposure to pollutants in our air, water, and food, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the health of our kidneys is more important than ever.
Healthy kidneys keep our bodies clean!
Kidney disease is rampant in western countries where high blood pressure, diabetes, poor diet, and medications can all damage these cleansing organs.
But fear not. Our lifestyle habits, and most importantly, our nutritional habits can help strengthen or weaken our kidneys.
Here, you’ll find the foods that strengthen and help cleanse and detox your kidneys. Let’s take a look.
Kidney Protecting and Cleansing Foods
You’ve probably eaten it in gingerbread, sweets, or with sushi.
Ginger’s ability to fight oxidative stress and inflammation are firmly established, and researchers have detailed how ginger specifically improves kidney health 1. Evidence shows that ginger improves kidney function and even the tissue “architecture” of kidneys, thus promoting healthy organs 1,2.
Squeeze some lemons in your water or on your food because the citric acid in these fruits is evidenced to prevent kidney stone formation 3. Citric acid can bind to calcium and prevent it from clumping together to form stones 3.
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3. Green Tea
Drink up! Or you can even sprinkle a little of the leaf on your food.
Green tea fights damaging oxidative stress and inflammation that can damage the kidneys 4. Researchers also think that green tea can help reduce the accumulation of toxic compounds called AGEs that cause damage in the kidneys 4.
Apples have a moderate amount of potassium, a mineral that helps keep blood pressure at a healthy low level. Antioxidants like vitamin C and quercetin in apples also help protect the body, including the kidneys, against damaging oxidative stress 5,6.
People think of bananas as the food with the highest potassium content, but one avocado contains about 13% more potassium than a large banana. Potassium helps keep blood pressure low so that it doesn’t damage the filters (called nephrons) in your kidneys 7.
Research in animals clearly shows that blueberries can improve kidney function and protect kidneys from oxidative stress and inflammation damage 8.
Pineapples are widely touted as powerful diuretics, and the enzyme bromelain in pineapple is a potent anti-inflammatory agent 9.
Eating small fish, like sardines and anchovies, that are relatively free of environmental pollutants could be of great help to your kidneys.
Researchers have correlated the ability of the kidneys to cleanse with how much omega 3 fatty acids people consume 10. The body needs the fats in fish to generate compounds called resolvins that resolve (put a stop to) inflammation that can impair kidney function.
Dandelion greens are not just weeds! They are medicinal plants full of vitamins and minerals. They also help cleanse the liver and move bile through your gallbladder. Now we also know that dandelions can act as a diuretic. They increase the amount of urination and cleansing of the kidneys 11.
10. Nettle Leaf
Nettle is a great herb to use against allergies, but there is also evidence it’s good for the kidneys. You can make tea out of it, add it to food, and supplement with it. It raises the levels in your kidneys of the powerful antioxidant glutathione 11.
A delicious spice traditionally added to Indian dishes, it has tremendous wide-ranging health benefits that extend to the kidneys.
Put a little parsley in salads or main dishes to add flavor and a diuretic effect. Parsley has long been known as a diuretic food, and modern research has shown its diuretic effects 14. So get those toxins out of your kidneys and out through your urine!
Cranberry extract, juice, or the berries themselves can be of great help to kidney health. Cranberries are therapeutic in keeping the kidneys clean of kidney stones. It’s well known that cranberries can prevent the buildup of calcium oxalate stones 15.
Researchers have also found that cranberries have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects in the kidneys 16.
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