Top Kidney Cleansing Drinks To Detoxify and Improve Your Kidney Health
Our kidneys get so little credit. These two powerhouse organs filter somewhere around 120 and 150 quarts of blood each day. That’s between 30 and 37. 5 gallons – every single day. They create your urine. Help balance your blood pressure. And even control your pH levels.
For such little organs, they do so very much work. We need to keep them healthy, so they can continue to keep us healthy.
To help keep your kidneys in tip-top shape (and to help prevent any kidney stones!), we have a list of the top detoxifying drinks to add into your routine. Start with #1 (it’s the most important) and then try some of the other options!
Though every body is different, our consumption of dehydrating liquids like coffee or alcohol varies, and our daily sweating depends on the day – as a general rule of thumb, 13 cups for men and 9 cups for women is recommended each day.
One of the most important things to mention is the connection between low water intake and more kidney stones. Our kidney/urinary systems need water to flush everything out properly. When you are dehydrated all those stone-forming substances can build up.
Water is helpful to the kidneys in other ways too. Water helps keep your blood vessels open. This way your kidneys can have the blood that it needs, along with the nutrients.
Plus, severe dehydration can damage your kidneys.
Side note: If you already have kidney failure, you may not be able to drink as much water as the average person. Your doctor will tell you the right amount of water to consume each day.
2. Lemon Juice, Olive Oil, and ACV
Our next detoxifying drink focuses on those oh-so-painful kidney stones.
Lemon juice is well-known as a way to help pass a stone. Some swear the combo of lemon juice and olive oil will help break up smaller stones so they can be easily flushed out. But many people agree that following it up with raw apple cider vinegar is your best bet.
The Global Healing Center’s recipe is for a Lemon/ACV drink is:
- Combine 2 ounces of olive oil and 2 ounces of lemon juice (both organic); drink them straight
- Then drink 12 ounces of purified water
- After 30 minutes, combine half of the juice of a lemon with another 12 ounces of purified water and one tablespoon of raw apple cider vinegar
3. Beet Juice
Our next detoxifying drink is not only tasty, it also has two primary functions for the kidneys:
- Promotes overall kidney function
- Decreases the chances of developing kidney stones
Thanks to betaine, a phytochemical in beets, this juice can help increase your urine’s acid levels. Then, you are more likely to be able to remove all those stone-forming substances like calcium oxalate or struvite.
Beets also have a compound called nitric oxide (or NO2). When the body is low in NO2, kidney damage is more likely to occur. Plus, it functions as an overall blood cleanser.
New to juicing? No problem. Here is a video with an easy beet juice recipe:
If you do not own a juicer, that’s perfectly okay. You can often find many premade bottles in your local health food store. But make sure you choose cold pressed and organic options! If you want something a bit more filling than beet juice, you can also try a beet smoothie (don’t knock it ‘til you try it!)
4. Berry Smoothies
Now let’s focus on those berries – fruits with high antioxidants and low sugar!
Getting in plenty of antioxidants is paramount for kidney health. While this benefits all aspects of kidney function, it can also specifically give support to people on dialysis or with chronic kidney disease.
Plus – blueberries have something called resveratrol. This compound actually helps you eliminate uric acid (one of the common kidney stone creators). It also slows down polycystic kidney disease and aids chronic kidney disease.
Food Network has a very simple berry smoothie recipe that also happens to be dairy-free. You will need:
- Half a banana
- ¼ cup frozen blueberries
- ¼ cup frozen strawberries
- ¼ cup fresh mango
- 2 cups unsweetened almond milk (can be vanilla)
5. Herbal Teas
Some herbal teas can provide great support for the kidneys. If you have kidney disease, make sure to double check with your doctor before you start any sort of herbal remedy.
- Chanca Piedra (AKA: “stone breaker”) can breakdown a kidney stone and aid overall kidney health. While the tea can be great, a higher-dose supplement can be extremely effective too.
- Dandelion is high in flavonoid antioxidants, which are great detoxifiers. Plus, this tea can work as a diuretic to help the flush process.
- Stinging nettle is an herb that has been used traditionally as a support for the kidneys, and it can also be used as a diuretic to help the flush process. Beyond these specific uses, stinging nettle is high in valuable nutrients like vitamin C and its anti-inflammatory in nature.
You can find many of these herbs already in tea packets at your local health food store. Or you can make your own with a coffee filter or reusable cotton tea bags.
6. Celery Juice
Let’s finish up our detoxifying drinks with a green veggie: celery.
Celery has been used as a kidney support throughout history. Thanks to a particular compound (called 3nb or 3-n-butyl phthalide) found in celery, this veggie can help you improve kidney function.
Celery also has some diuretic properties. If you have a small, passable kidney stone – celery can potentially help it pass more quickly, especially when it is combined with a powerful herb like Chanca Piedra.
If you own a juicer, simply add a few celery stalks into your morning juice blend. That way the flavor is not too off-putting. Or for some extra benefit, know that celery seed extract is also a fabulous choice for combatting kidney stones
Important note: If you have kidney disease, double check with your doctor before taking high doses of celery.
Your Kidney Detox Drinks
As you can clearly see… Sometimes healthy kidneys are only a sip away…
Now that you know the top detoxifying drinks for your kidneys, you can start the process of boosting your health.
And the added bonus? These all-natural options are great general health boosters too! You can go wrong with extra water, produce, and herbs.
If you or a loved one are suffering from kidney stones or wants to revitalize your kidney health then learn more about 10 Top Kidney Stone Remedies For Quick and Natural Relief and be sure to get social with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.