5 Best Herbal Teas to Detox Your Kidneys
When your kidneys are not happy…your entire body is not happy.
Inside each of your bean-shaped kidneys are millions of filtering centers that filter out a little blood at a time. Over the course of the day, around 120 to 150 quarts of your blood pass through the kidneys for filtration.
Why is this important? Kidneys prevent waste and fluids from building up in the body, they balance your electrolytes, and they produce hormones to keep your blood and bones healthy. Pretty impressive for two tiny organs, right?
In the same way your kidneys take care of you, you should be doing everything you can to support them. This includes:
- Limiting your salt intake
- Limiting your alcohol intake
- Stopping the cigarettes
- Getting active
- Choosing produce and whole grains over junk food
- Managing your cholesterol levels
- Keeping your diabetes under control
… And supplementing with fabulous kidney detoxing herbs. One of the easiest (and arguably most enjoyable way) to take these herbs is through brewing tea. Here is a short list of some of the top kidney detoxifying teas you can take for kidney support today.
Of course, if you have kidney disease or any sort of serious illness, consult your doctor or naturopath before trying any herbal remedy. What may be a fabulous support to the kidneys of a healthy person could actually cause harm to someone with kidney disease.
Water: The Ultimate Kidney Detox
Before I get into herbs that make great tea for the kidneys, let me make it clear that the #1 drink for keeping your kidneys healthy is water.
Unless you have a kidney condition that requires monitored water intake, make H2O your go-to drink. Using these herbs to make a tea can have great benefits, but it is ultimately water that saves the day.
Luckily you can serve two purposes with these herbal teas – health-boosting plant properties plus extra water.
5 Best Herbal Teas to Detox Your Kidneys
1. Chanca Piedra Tea
Chanca Piedra is the “holy grail” natural product for kidney stone sufferers. Literally translated to stone breaker, this herb can help both prevent and treat kidney stones.
One study has shown the ways Chanca Piedra works prevent stones:
- Reduces the chances of stone-forming substances joining together
- Reduces the amount of stone-forming substances to begin with
That same study also showed ways it helps pass stones:
- Interferes with the kidney stone as it forms
- Alters the actual structure of the kidney stone
- Relaxes the ureter (this makes an easier, less painful passing of the stone)
If you are in the middle of passing a stone right now, you may want a more concentrated dose of Chanca Piedra than tea can offer. Taking a Chanca Piedra supplement may be the better option. But if you are only looking for general kidney health, the tea can be a lovely choice.
Keep Reading: Fighting Kidney Stones with Chanca Piedra Tea
2. Turmeric Tea
Many of us may have already heard about the wonderful anti-inflammatory properties of turmeric, but let me introduce you to one of its main ingredients: curcumin. This powerful substance can also be used to help with kidney-related issues, including chronic kidney disease.
While you can absolutely buy tea packets with turmeric, a nice alternative can be the trendy “Golden Milk” – essentially it is a (non-dairy) milky tea. The Minimalist Baker has a fabulous step-by-step recipe post; you will need these ingredients:
- Coconut milk
- Almond milk
- Ground turmeric
- Ground ginger
- Cinnamon stick
- Coconut oil
- Black pepper
- Sweetener of choice (like maple syrup or stevia)
3. Nettle Tea
Nettle tea – also called stinging nettle tea – is often considered a detoxifying option with anti-inflammatory activity. Two of the areas traditionally associated with nettle tea are the kidneys and the urinary tract.
One reason it can be particularly helpful to the kidneys is its diuretic properties. Urine is the body’s flushing system. It can help remove substances like calcium and uric acid from the body, which is essential for preventing kidney stones and keeping your kidneys happy.
While you can make nettle tea from leaves you collect/buy, it is also widely found pre-bagged at health food stores. Look for an organic option.
4. Dandelion Tea
Dandelions are often just considered weeds that need to be pulled, but they are actually a health food. Those little yellow wild flowers have high doses of vitamin K, vitamin A, and calcium as well as a powerful punch of antioxidants.
One of dandelion’s main uses is to cleanse the liver, but it also works wonders for the kidneys. Some of this benefit is due to its diuretic properties, but its ability to help fight infection is also helpful.
In fact, dandelion tea is often combined with our next herbal tea to combat UTIs (which can sometimes lead to kidney infections).
5. Uva-ursi Tea
Uva-ursi (sometimes called bearberry) is most commonly used for urinary tract infections. But the tea helps the kidneys in multiple ways:
- Uva-ursi can act like a diuretic to help flush the kidneys
- Uva-ursi can help lower urine’s acidity, which can help prevent stone-forming substances from forming into kidney stones
- Uva-ursi is known for combatting too much uric acid; this helps the kidneys by reducing the odds of kidney stones, but uric acid can wreak havoc on the body in other ways too
A few tea brands will sell uva-ursi by itself, but it is more common to see it in conjunction with other herbs in a blend. For example, Traditional Medicinals sells a blend with red clover, fennel, cranberry, parsley, and uva-ursi. Either way, you can enjoy the benefits of these leaves.
Boosting Your Tea: Lemon Over Sugar
If you decide to try some of these herbal teas, it may feel like second nature for you to add a drizzle of honey or a teaspoon of sugar to the mixture.
But filling up your diet with any extra sugar is not going to help your kidneys in any way.
If you are not terribly fond of the flavor of these teas, try adding in some lemon juice instead of water. Not only are you limiting your sugar intake, you are doing even more good for your kidneys. Lemon juice is known as an effective way to reduce kidney stones and support overall kidney function.
Then you can sit back, relax, take a sip, and enjoy the kidney-supporting benefits of these lovely teas.
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