13 Foods That Will Help Your Kidney Detox Like Never Before

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

1. Ginger

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.

2.  Lemons

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.

4. Apples

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.

5. Avocados

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.

6. Blueberries

Research in animals clearly shows that blueberries can improve kidney function and protect kidneys from oxidative stress and inflammation damage 8.

The extremely high antioxidant content of blueberries restores antioxidant protection in the kidneys, minimizing damage 8. Kidney “function” or their ability to cleanse is also clearly improved 8.

7. Pineapple

Pineapples are widely touted as powerful diuretics, and the enzyme bromelain in pineapple is a potent anti-inflammatory agent 9.

8. Fish

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.

9. Dandelion

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.

11. Turmeric

A delicious spice traditionally added to Indian dishes, it has tremendous wide-ranging health benefits that extend to the kidneys.

Turmeric is one more powerful anti-inflammatory herb that soothes the kidneys and upregulates the kidneys’ antioxidant defenses 12,13. It all comes back to inflammation and antioxidants, doesn’t it?

12. Parsley

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!

13. Cranberry

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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Evan Burns

MSC in Nutrition

Evan Burns

MSC in Nutrition

Evan has years of experience researching and writing about the health effects of food and nutritional supplements.

He is especially passionate about nutritional pharmacology and the bioavailability, efficacy, and actions of supplements. He wants to spread knowledge about how effective diet and supplements can be at treating ailments and promoting well-being.

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