With all the indulgences and temptations in this fast-paced world, it is easy to fall into an unhealthy lifestyle. Consuming caffeine, fast food, and alcohol are just some of the things we do that allow toxins into our bodies, and our kidneys are just a couple of casualties.
Kidneys are bean-shaped organs the size of a fist near the middle of your back just below the rib cage. They work 24/7 to process about 200 quarts of blood just to sift out about 2 quarts of waste products and extra water. The waste products can stay in the kidneys and cause a bunch of medical problems.
However, just like any machine or human, when one is overwhelmed, it slows down and eventually can stop working. When one allows toxins to overtake the body, they become susceptible to all types of diseases and illnesses such as infections, tumors, cysts, and kidney stones.
To prevent this from occurring, give the kidneys a rest by putting beneficial foods into the body. Drinking 8-10 glasses of water a day helps the kidneys filter toxins, but some juices provide vitamins and minerals that can help kidneys be in the best shape possible.
Celery contains two special compounds called luteolin and polyacetylene that help inflammatory diseases like arthritis, osteoporosis, and gout. Drinking celery juice helps neutralize the acid, alkalize the body and balance its pH. This cancer-fighting food is full of antioxidants that help cleanse and detox the body and is recommended for treating kidney stones.
Here is how to make it!
Lemons have a natural acid that can help increase the citrine levels in urine. Citrine prevents kidney stones, which can be very painful and annoying to deal with, some say the pain is comparable to giving birth, if not worse. Mix the juice of 4 lemons in a glass of water or use tea or warm water for a more relaxing effect.
Cranberry juice is known to keep the urinary tract clean and healthy and is the go-to solution for people who have experienced urinary tract infections. Cranberries help stop bacteria from accumulating and sticking in the urethra and bladder, which could turn into a UTI. The fruit also helps rid organs of calcium oxalate, which could cause kidney stones when they build up.
Here is a cranberry mixture!
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Parsley juice is excellent for people suffering from anemia, arthritis, UTIs and bloating. This herb contains carotenoids that help prevent cancer and is high in iron, chlorophyll and a variety of vitamins. Chlorophyll purifies the blood while iron helps the body absorb the nutrients more efficiently. Since the vegetable is too strong on its own, it can be mixed with other fruit juices. Many people use apple juice when making mixing green drinks.
Here a good mixture with parsley!