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Maintaining kidney health is important to the body’s overall health and well-being. The kidneys are fist-sized organs located beneath the rib cage on both sides of the spine. A kidney detox maintains health allowing the body to filter and expel waste properly and produce hormones to help the body function at its full potential.Kidney Detox: Chiropractic Functional Medicine Clinic

Kidney Health

The kidneys perform several functions that include:

  • Filters and cleanses out impurities from the blood.
  • Produces hormones that regulate blood pressure and control the production of red blood cells.
  • Filter’s waste products stored in the bladder and expelled through urine.
  • Filters toxins.
  • Expels excess water.
  • Regulates pH, salt, and potassium levels.
  • Balances electrolytes.
  • Activates vitamin D to support body absorption of calcium for bone repair and regulating muscle function.

Kidney Detox

A key measure of keeping the kidneys clean and healthy is to engage in a healthy nutrition plan. Doctors recommend implementing lifestyle changes to help the kidneys filter at full capacity. Certain foods can help detox the kidneys and promote their health.

Pumpkin seeds

  • Pumpkin seeds can help prevent the accumulation of uric acid, one of the compounds that cause kidney stones.

Grapes

  • These fruits contain a compound called resveratrol to reduce kidney inflammation.

Lemons

  • Lemons help with digestion.
  • They have vitamin C, which enhances the immune system and supports white blood cells to fight infections.
  • Citrate binds with calcium in the urine to stop the growth of calcium crystals, preventing kidney stones.

Carrots

  • Carrots have beta-carotene, alpha-carotene, and vitamin A.
  • Antioxidants for inflammation.

Ginger

  • Ginger can help in the dissolving process of kidney stones and prevents them from reforming.

Beets

  • Improves blood circulation to the kidneys.

Celery

  • Celery has alkaline and diuretic properties to help expel excess fluids.
  • It has coumarins which can help to increase vascular flow.
  • It is rich in vitamins D, C, and K.

Apples

  • Apples contain fiber to unclog the arteries, specifically the kidney arteries will improve filtration.

Maintain Hydration

The human body is almost 60 percent water, with every organ requiring water.

  • The kidneys (body filtration system) require water to secrete urine.
  • Urine is the primary waste product that allows the body to eliminate unwanted and unnecessary substances.
  • Low water intake means low urine volume.
  • Low urine output can lead to kidney dysfunction, like kidney stones.
  • Maintaining the body’s hydration is crucial so the kidneys can thoroughly flush out excess waste materials.
  • The recommended daily intake of fluids is around 3.7 liters a day for men and 2.7 liters a day for women.

Functional Medicine

This is an example of a two-day kidney cleanse to help strengthen the kidneys and detoxify the body.

Day 1

Breakfast

  • Smoothie made with:
  • 8 ounces of fresh lemon, ginger, and beet juice
  • 1/4 cup of sweetened dried cranberries

Lunch

  • Smoothie made with:
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 cup tofu
  • 1/2 cup spinach
  • 1/4 cup berries
  • 1/2 apple
  • Two tablespoons of pumpkin seeds

Dinner

  • Large mixed-greens salad
  • 4 ounces of lean protein – chicken, fish, or tofu
  • Top with 1/2 cup of grapes
  • 1/4 cup peanuts

Day 2

Breakfast

  • Smoothie made with:
  • 1 cup soy milk
  • One frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup spinach
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • One teaspoon spirulina

Lunch

  • A bowl of:
  • 1 cup orzo rice
  • 1 cup fresh fruit
  • Two tablespoons of pumpkin seeds

Dinner

  • Large mixed-greens salad
  • 4 ounces of lean protein – chicken, fish, or tofu
  • Top with 1/2 cup of cooked barley
  • Add fresh lemon juice
  • 4 ounces each of unsweetened cherry juice and orange juice

Consult a healthcare provider, nutritionist, or dietitian to ensure it is safe.


Dietary Prescription


References

Chen, Teresa K et al. “Chronic Kidney Disease Diagnosis and Management: A Review.” JAMA vol. 322,13 (2019): 1294-1304. doi:10.1001/jama.2019.14745

Den Hartogh, Danja J, and Evangelia Tsiani. “Health Benefits of Resveratrol in Kidney Disease: Evidence from In Vitro and In Vivo Studies.” Nutrients vol. 11,7 1624. 17 Jul. 2019, doi:10.3390/nu11071624

nap.nationalacademies.org/read/10925/chapter/6

Pizzorno, Joseph. “The Kidney Dysfunction Epidemic, Part 1: Causes.” Integrative medicine (Encinitas, Calif.) vol. 14,6 (2015): 8-13.

Saldanha, Juliana F et al. “Resveratrol: why is it a promising therapy for chronic kidney disease patients?.” Oxidative medicine and cellular longevity vol. 2013 (2013): 963217. doi:10.1155/2013/963217

Tack, Ivan MD, Ph.D. Effects of Water Consumption on Kidney Function and Excretion. Nutrition Today: November 2010 – Volume 45 – Issue 6 – p S37-S40
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