The kidneys are a pair of organs located in the back of the abdomen. Lower back pain can be a sign that something is wrong with your kidneys. Each human kidney is about 4 or 5 inches long — about the size of a fist. Our kidneys filter our blood. All the blood in our bodies passes through the kidneys several times a day and they remove waste, control the body’s fluid balance, and regulate the balance of electrolytes. As the kidneys filter blood, they create urine, which drains down tubes called ureters to the bladder.
Each kidney contains around a million units called nephrons, each of which is a tiny filter for blood. It’s possible to lose as much as 90% of kidney function without experiencing any symptoms or problems at all! But that does not mean that you don’t have to look after your kidneys!
Here we will explain how to cleanse your kidneys easily and naturally by carrying out a cleanse routine that you can do once or twice a year.
General advice for healthy kidneys
Try not to eat the following food during the week that you are carrying out a kidney cleanse:
- Milk and dairy products
- Red meat
- White sugar
- Refined or table salt
- Alcoholic beverages
If you have a diagnosed kidney condition or if you have any other long term health conditions or are taking medication, you should see your doctor before you start a cleansing programme. It may not be suitable for you.
Horsetail and pineapple skin infusion
Wash and chop up the horsetail and pineapple skin before you cook it. Horsetail has to boil for 10 minutes and sit for another 5, whereas pineapple skin should boil for 20 minutes, then rest it for approximately another 10 minutes. You can make them separately or together.
Once this infusion is warm, you can sweeten with a little bit of stevia.
Drink it up until mid-afternoon – otherwise you will be on the loo all night! Do not drink it with meals.
This infusion is rich in minerals like silicon and will help you eliminate excess fluids and stop kidney inflammation.
Kidney cleansing diet
A fruit smoothie and a vegetable drink with oatmeal or rice or a few pieces of whole meal toast with tahini (sesame paste), avocado, egg, or garlic and oil.
Onion soup, which you can make by boiling an onion in one litre of water. You can season it with a little bit of parsley, lemon, and a pinch of sea salt and cayenne pepper.
Then choose one of the following:
- Brown rice and legumes
- White meat and salad
- Fish and grilled vegetables
- Grains (millet, quinoa, oatmeal) with pesto sauce (fresh basil, pine nuts or walnuts, garlic, oil, and a pinch of sea salt, it should all be minced well)
- Egg and guacamole with rice or corn cakes
- Whole pasta with mushrooms and peas
- Tomato, arugula, avocado, cucumber, dried fruits, corn, olives, and a hard-boiled egg with whole wheat toast.
Dinner will consist of a vegetable soup every day (cabbage, zucchini, squash, pumpkin, onion, etc.) that you will boil with a teaspoon of powdered turmeric and a tablespoon of oatmeal flakes. For dessert, you can eat a baked apple with nuts.
If you are hungry mid-morning or mid-afternoon, eat fruit or dried fruits such as dates, prunes, apricots.
You need to drink water throughout the day, in between meals, to keep your body well hydrated. It is especially important to drink warm water on an empty stomach to get your body functioning.
Keep your kidneys warm
Your kidneys are, along with your liver, the only organs that can greatly benefit from direct application of heat because they tend to get cold. Your kidneys dictate your energy levels and applying heat to them will improve your well-being and vitality. You don’t need to spend long doing this. Just apply an electric pad or a hot water bottle for half an hour a day. Alternatively you could have a warm essential oil massage or cover the entire area with natural wool. It is most important to do this during the winter when your kidneys are prone to getting cold.