The kidneys may be small, but they have a big job to do in the human body: they act as filters for the blood to remove impurities and see that they are excreted from the body (in the form of urine) and they also can affect the functions of other organs like the liver and gallbladder. A good diet, with adequate hydration and regular intake of any of the kidney-friendly beverages listed below will keep them working at their optimal levels and keep the body healthy at the same time.
The healthful effects of cranberry juice on the urinary tract is so well-known now that many urologists will routinely prescribe it to their patients. The many usefulness of this is to help ward off the bacterial growth that leads to urinary tract infections by increasing acidity of the urine and making it more difficult for bacteria to adhere to the urinary tract. Make sure to purchase pure cranberry juice and not “cocktails” which are mostly water, corn syrup and unhealthy additives!
Beet juice has healthful benefits for the urinary tract because it is rich in betaine, a powerful antioxidant which, like cranberry juice, increases urine acidity and therefore inhibits bacterial growth. It also helps prevent build-up of calcium and struvite, which can in turn reduce the risk of kidney stone formation.
The risk of developing kidney stones is also greatly reducing with regular consumption of lemon juice: it too is highly acidic, which helps to dissolve stones and it increases urinary citrate levels, which also inhibits stone formation. For a fast and easy cleanse, take one quart of water, squeeze in the juice of 4-5 lemons and drink up.
Cleansing blends of fruit and vegetable juices are a popular and very effective way to cleanse the kidneys. These blends tend to be high in mineral, vitamins and antioxidants which help to detoxify the body and lessens the work load of the kidneys as well as the liver. Fruits such as citrus, apples, pears or peaches are fantastic when combined with vegetables like spinach, cucumbers or kale.
To make a kidney-cleansing beverage in the comfort of your own home, combine filtered drinking water with lemon juice, apple cider vinegar and a supplement called Renaltrex, whose ingredients help to strengthen and detoxify the kidneys and which goes a long way in supporting overall renal health.
The kidneys are incredibly important to the health of the entire body. While a good lifestyle can go a long way to keeping them happy and healthy, it is also good to consider supporting and nourishing them even further by including some of the beverages discussed above. They are simple to incorporate into the diet and their benefits are enormous.
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