If I was to ask you what your heart does, what would you say? Maybe that it is the organ that is responsible for pumping blood throughout the body. Or what if I was to ask you about the stomach? Well, you may tell me that it is where our food goes when we eat, one of the many stops on the road to digestion. And in both of those, you would be for the most part correct. But what if I was to ask you what the kidneys do? Would you be able to answer that question as accurately? Probably not; but don’t feel bad, most people can’t.
The organs known as our kidneys are responsible for filtering out waste and toxins from our blood stream. And know how blood circulates throughout our entire bodies, it doesn’t take much imagination to figure out that toxins in the blood are just about the last thing a person wants. Which is why it is so important to have your kidneys working in fine form. However, sometimes our organs can use a little hand; a boost, if you would, and the kidneys are no exception. So bearing that in mind, along with what we hope is a thirsty appetite, and allow us to present to you to most powerful kidney cleansing beverages.
Cranberry Juice – For years people have been singing the praises of cranberry juice, especially for its tireless support of the urinary tract. And while research showed that cranberries can help fight against UTIs, new research shows that cranberries may also be beneficial for cleansing the kidneys of too much calcium oxalate, which is one of the building blocks of the dread kidney stone.
Lemon Juice – First off, we should make clear that lemon juice is not lemonade. Now that’s out of the way, the natural acidity found in lemon juice has been proven to increase citrate level in the urine, which is a factor in the prevention of kidney stones forming in the first place.
Beet Juice – While we’ll admit, few people have ever said out loud, “Boy, I could sure go for a glass of beet juice,” one thing you can’t argue is the benefits. Beet juice is a powerful antioxidant that increases the acidity of urine, which helps to clear struvite and calcium phosphate buildups in the kidneys.
Blended Juices – It seems to be all the rage today to get all your vitamins and minerals from fruits and veggies in convenient juice form, and you know, there may actually be something to it; especially in regards to kidney health. When selecting vegetables, try lettuce, kale, carrots, spinach, celery, zucchini, and cucumber. For fruits, use apples, oranges, peaches, pineapple, and pears.