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Cleaning Up Your Kidneys: Helpful Foods and Drinks to Consider

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More than 26 million Americans suffer from CKD (chronic kidney disease) which means America has a serious bladder issue that boils down to more than just not drinking enough water. Kidney disease is strongly linked to other major health issues such as diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure) and heart disease. It can also be genetically developed and may come with health risks of its own. Many people who suffer obesity, autoimmune disease or urinary tract infections (UTI’s) may also develop kidney disease within their lifetime. Anytime an overall strain is put on the body, the kidneys also take a major hit. Common signs of kidney problems include frequent urination, problems urinating, pain, burning, or constant thirst.

The best way to take care of your kidneys is to approach your health as an “all in one” type deal. Whatever is good for most other parts of your body (keeping a healthy weight, staying active, eating a clean diet rich in fruits and vegetables, managing stress and drinking enough water) is also a good idea for your kidneys too. But beyond the basics, its helpful to be aware of certain foods and drinks that can also protect (or hurt) your kidneys as well. This way, when you read some crazy diet or see some sketchy health advise that proclaims you’ll lose five pounds overnight, you can be warned that it might not be the best option for your overall wellness. It’s also helpful to know what foods and drinks help your kidneys should you run into any problems beyond your control later in life that leads to poor kidney health or contribute to a current kidney problem.

Best Foods and Drinks For Your Kidneys

For those with CKD, these foods and drinks below are just a handful of some to focus on, but are some of the best and most recommended. They’re also great choices for those that are looking to take care of their kidneys without causing too much water loss within the body.

Water

Obviously, H20 is the best ingredient for overall water balance in the body. No need to go overboard, but aim for the classic 6-8 glasses a day depending on your body weight. If you’re more active, you will likely need additional water, while some may need a glass or two less. Water helps flush out toxins that can lead to bacterial infection or kidney stones, along with harmful particles in the blood. Remember that water is the absolute  best “cleanser” of all you can be consuming, no detox needed!

100 Percent Cranberry Juice

Normally, fruit juice isn’t the best option for beverage choices since it’s mainly sugar, water, and preservatives, however, 100 percent cranberry juice (preferably organic and only fruit and water-based) is a great option for clearing out the kidneys. Cranberries are a super star fruit for your arteries, kidneys, digestive tract and more. If you don’t believe in store bought options, then juice your own cranberries or blend with water and strain with a nut milk bag.

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You can, of course, eat cranberries, to protect your kidneys too. They’re excellent sources of Vitamin C, antioxidants, fiber, and again, very low in sugar. These berries have special urinary tract benefits since they prevent ulcers and bacteria from developing and even fight current ulcers bacteria in the kidneys and digestive tract. Remember, it’s best to choose fresh cranberries, but since they’re not in season all year (sadly), you can also choose freeze-dried cranberries or dried cranberries that contain no added sugar (read the labels). Add these to your oatmeal, smoothies, whole grain porridge, or even salads for a fresh, tart taste.

Red Bell PeppersTurkish Stuffed Peppers

Normally, potassium is promoted as a healthy ingredient for people to consume because it flushes out the kidneys and eliminates water from the body, however, for those with kidney disease, potassium can make thirst and frequent urination worse because the bladder empties too often. Red bell peppers are one of the best lower potassium fruits to choose and are a good source of protective Vitamin C. They also contain a good amount of lycopene, an antioxidant that helps ward off certain types of cancers in individuals with a healthy diet.

ApplesApples Stuffed With Red Cabbage and Cranberries

Apples are another lower potassium fruit that also aid as a natural cleanser for the body. They’ll still keep your kidneys cleansed without causing too frequent urination. Apples are another source of protective Vitamin C, as well as the antioxidant quercetin, tied to heart health and cancer prevention. They’re also a great source of pectin, a type of soluble fiber that’s wonderful for diabetics since it slows down the blood sugar and removes excess cholesterol.

MushroomsSage Polenta and Wild Mushrooms

Vitamin D is an important mineral for good kidney health and mushrooms are the best whole food, plant-based source. Vitamin D has been found to regulate kidney function and may help prevent kidney disease. Fortified soy milk and almond milk may be other good options, however make sure the potassium content isn’t over 200-300 milligrams if you have kidney disease.

GrapefruitsGrapefruit Sorbet With Mint (No Churn) [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

Grapefruits are another good source of Vitamin C, an important mineral for the immune system and preventing bacteria development in the body. They’re also one of the fruits that are lower in potassium and sugar, which makes them an excellent source of nutrients for your kidneys.

OatmealBlood Orange and Raspberry Steel-Cut Oatmeal

Though oatmeal is higher in potassium than some other grains, it’s also lower than many fruits and vegetables. Oats are particularly a good source of iron and Vitamin B6, which have both been found to be an important nutrient for preventing kidney stones and preventing nutrient depletion for those with CKD.

KaleKale Pesto Pasta Casserole [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

Kale is a fantastic source of Vitamins A and C to prevent inflammation and protect the immune system. It’s also lower in potassium than some other vegetables and greens and contains a large amount of iron. Iron is important for healthy kidney function since many people with kidney disease have an iron deficiency.

What to Avoid

High protein diets should be avoided, especially if they’re sourced from animal-based foods. It’s also advised to reduce your intake of foods rich in phosphorus if you have kidney disease. Animal foods contribute to inflammation while high phosphorus containing foods can cause kidney stones. If you don’t have CKD and have trouble urinating, add a few more potassium-rich foods to your meals  instead of reducing potassium in your diet. Potassium is rich in fruits, vegetables, and even some whole grains, nuts, and seeds.

The American Kidney Fund advises  a moderate amount of protein (40-50 grams) be consumed for those with kidney disease, and one or two vegetables and fruits at each meal for overall kidney function and balance. Meat, dairy, eggs, and alcohol are some of the biggest foods to avoid.

If You Don’t Have Kidney Disease

If you don’t have kidney disease and just want to eat a healthy diet for your kidneys, be sure to eat a variety of fruits, vegetables, beans, legumes, whole grains, nuts, and seeds to get a balance of both potassium-rich and moderate-potassium containing foods. A whole foods-based plant-based lifestyle is rich in anti-inflammatory proteins that are less likely to cause inflammation or acidity within the body and will ensure good heart health and healthy blood sugar levels.

Your kidneys are one of your body’s biggest natural detox components. Be sure you don’t neglect them so they can keep you healthy and feeling great. To learn more about kidney health and kidney disease, visit The National Kidney Foundation.

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44 comments on “Cleaning Up Your Kidneys: Helpful Foods and Drinks to Consider”

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sheila clarke
15 Days ago

I was in pain for more than 8 months suffering from this Kidney disease that i had despite my age. I had really tried all possible means to get rid of it but what kills me most was the fact that my doctor always say that it will be hard for me to be okay from the KD. Few weeks back, i was directed by my friend to get in touch with an African doctor called Dr Akpan who has helped a lot of people with his herbal medicine to cure different diseases. She advised i talk with him regarding my health but i felt uncomfortable with the idea but i had no choice as the pain in me increases daily so i contacted him on his whatsapp contact that i was given and we also talked on the email after. I told him bout my Kidney disease and he assured me that i will be okay after i use his herbal meds so i decided to use it, asked me for few info which i gladly gave and he prepared the medicine and sent to my home address using the COURIER SERVICE, i used as as prescribed. Just some days of usage, i began to feel strange and my stomach was getting reaction like i\'m getting okay again, so i knew from there that i\'d be okay. I have confirmed it now that i am very okay by my doctor and it is the work of Dr Akpan. I will never stop to tell people bout him everywhere i go as i have promised him i will do. So i want you to reach him and also get your life back with his herbal medicine. His email; [email protected] or call/whatsapp +2348143502763


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sheila clarke
15 Days ago

I am so Happy to be writing this article here, i want to inform the general public how i was cured from Kidney disease, I have suffered from Kidney disease that really troubled me. I\'m Sheila, i just want to use this opportunity to thank Dr Akpan for helping CURE me with his herbal medicine from this horrible disease. Dr. Akpan can cure kidney disease and i had confirmed that now.
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Emily Hoang
3 Months Ago

I agree that cranberry is a very powerful body cleanser,I personally take turns drinking natural cranberry juice and apple cider vinegar. Both have yielded very positive results for me not just for keeping my body cleansed but as well as weight control.
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3 Months Ago

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Jane
3 Months Ago


I was diagnosed with Parkinson\'s disease a year ago at the age of 68. For several months I had noticed tremors in my right hand and the shaking of my right foot when I was sitting. My normally beautiful cursive writing was now small cramped printing. And I tended to lose my balance. Neurologist had me walk down the hall and said I didn\'t swing my right arm. I had never noticed! I was in denial for a while as there is no history in my family of parents and five older siblings, but now accept I had classic symptoms. I was taking pramipexole (Sifrol), carbidopa/levodopa and Biperiden, 2 mg. and started physical therapy to strengthen muscles. nothing was really working to help my condition.I went off the Siferol (with the doctor’s knowledge) and started on parkinson’s herbal formula i ordered from Health Herbal Clinic, my symptoms totally declined over a 5 weeks use of the Parkinsons disease natural herbal formula. i am now almost 70 and doing very well, the disease is totally reversed!! Visit there website www. healthherbalclinic. net


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4 Months Ago

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Becky
8 Months Ago

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Jack Boom
8 Months Ago

Jack Boon is my name; I want to tell all how God saved me from my kidney problem by Doctor UWadia Amenifo, without me undergoing surgery. I am 30 years old; I lost my dad when I was 15. My mum had a very fatal accident when I was 20 and she was paralyzed. So the government placed her on disability. I was in my third year in Ohio State University when I had problem with my Urinary system. I was hospitalized and a surgery was carried out with the help of my friends and others, and I was fine.so I continued my schooling in my Fourth year I begin to have serious problem with my system I went to the hospital and the school doctor said I will be fine, that I read a lot. After some months I returned back from the last check up, I begin to have Nausea and constant vomiting, anytime I try to urinate I Pass out only small amounts of urine, I was having serious Swelling, particularly of the ankles, and puffiness around the eyes, had a very Unpleasant taste in the mouth at all time, and unpleasant tastes is urine-like odor to the breath, having problem with my breath, and all the time I have Loss of appetite. So I fainted at first and was rushed to my school health center I was given ACE inhibitors and ARBs. Then after sometime it became worst and I was on dialysis. It got to a stage that my dialysis was every week this is because the doctor suggested I go for Kidney Transplant but the bill was too much as my mother and friends was able to raise the money. So I was on dialysis and it got to a stage that to breathe was a very serious problem for me. So I went home on a faithful day and decided surf the web so that I see if there could be any palliative means I will use to remedy my situation until I can get the money for transplant. So as I was browsing on the web, I came across a link http://www.thejournal.ie/trinity-college-alzheimers-2340596-Sep2015/ testimony given by a lady Ann Mucho stated on August 4th 2016, 6:09am. She said to the world how she was cured of Alzheimer’s disease by Dr Uwadia Amenifo using herbs. In her testimony she imputed the contact details of the Herbalist, so I copied out his contact details and explained to him my kidney problem. He assured me of total cure and the nest day when all arrangement was done, he prepared the herbs and shipped it to me. So I took it as he prescribed and just as he have promised me, my system was responding positively to his herbs,so I continued to take it. During that time I was frequently urinating, and I continued. It got to a stage that I was eating a lot, I no longer have weakness in my system and behold his herbs cured me like a magic, and I didn’t undergo any surgery. Since that time I have be fine, and my school doctor have confirmed me okay and my kidney is okay and functioning well. So please all here help me say cuddles to herbal Doctor Uwadia Amenifo for his kind help in helping me cure my kidney disease without surgery. Please if you want his contact for interaction, here is it email Email ([email protected]) and his number is (+2349052015874). His website is http://druwadiaherbalhome.simplesite.com/ wishing you all quick recovery.


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anita
04 Feb 2017

(MUST READ: HOW I GOT CURED FROM PARKINSON’S DISEASE)
I am Rose Anita I was diagnosed of Parkinson’s disease in 2014. I was given medications like levodopa to slow down the progress of the disease. I suffered from this disease till my wife’s co worker told my wife about a herbal doctor from Africa, who sells herbal medicines to cure all kinds of diseases including Parkinson’s disease. We contacted this herbal doctor via his email and bought the Parkinson’s disease herbal medicine from him. He sent it to me through courier service and once i receive it, i applied it as instructed and was totally cured of the disease after usage, all thanks to Dr. Edidia Contact him via his email, [email protected] or whatsapp him with +2349074505296 you can also reach me with [email protected] to know more about him Goodluck.

Gina
10 Months Ago

(MUST READ: HOW I GOT CURED FROM DIABETES DISEASE)
I was diagnosed of diabetes in 2012 and I have tried all possible means to get cure but all to no avail, until i saw a post in a health forum about a herbal clinic from South Africa who prepare herbal medicine to cure all kind of diseases including Diabetes, at first i doubted if it was real but decided to give it a try, when i contact this herbal clinic via there email, they prepared a herbal medicine and sent it to me via courier service, when i received this herbal medicine, they gave me step by instructions on how to apply it, when i applied it as instructed, i was cured of this deadly virus within 18-20 days of usage, I am now free from the disease, i was tasted negative. Contact this great herbal clinic via there email healthherbalclinic(AT)gmail(dot)com or website on www(dot)healthherbalclinic(DOT)weebly(DOT)com Goodluck


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Rae Dixon
10 Months Ago

Parsley water if you have a problem. Know of two people who were cured with this remedy. Totally cured!


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Bongi
24 Jan 2017

I am dying of kidney failure, can I be cured by Parsley Water



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