Kidney function is vital to health. The kidneys are largely responsible for the elimination of waste products from protein breakdown (such as urea and ammonia). If the movement of salts, proteins or other bio-chemicals goes awry, a whole range of health problems arises, from mild water retention, to major kidney failure, and mineral loss. Concentrated protein wastes can cause chronic inflammation of the kidney filtering tissues (nephritis), and can overload the bloodstream with toxins, causing uremia.
But your bladder and kidneys do more than just remove water wastes. They channel pollutants and chemicals out of our systems before they build up in the tissues and contaminate our cells. This is obviously crucial to the body's internal hygiene. The bladder and kidneys are primary removal sites for toxic and potentially toxic chemicals in the bloodstream.
The urinary system is also part of a complex process that maintains your body's fluid stability. Urinary controls are involved with the brain, hormones, and receptors all over the body. They serve as smart controls that register what your body needs for fluids. Sometimes, they remove very little salt or water; at other times, they remove a lot. By the way, dehydration is the most common stress on the kidneys. Natural medicine emphasizes the importance of ample, high-quality water for kidney health. Read more on The Importance of Water.
Bladder-Kidney Detox Plan
Start with this 3-day nutrition plan
Water is the key. Drink at least 8 to 10 glasses of water each day. Bladder and kidneys operate efficiently only if there is sufficient water volume flowing through them to carry away wastes. Avoid dietary irritants on the kidneys, such as coffee, alcohol, and excessive protein.
Note: Avoid commercial antacids during healing. Some NSAIDS drugs are implicated in kidney failure cases.
The night before your bladder cleanse...
One cup of bladder cleansing herb tea, like Bladder Comfort™ Tea
Add 1/4 tsp. non-acidic Vitamin C crystals.
The next day...
- On rising: take 1 lemon squeezed in a glass of water, with 1 tsp. acidophilus liquid; or 3 tsp. cranberry concentrate in a small glass of water, add 1/4 tsp. non-acidic Vitamin C crystals. (Cranberry juice reduces ionized calcium in the urine by over 50% to create an unfavorable environment for urinary tract infections.)
- Breakfast: have a glass of watermelon juice or cranberry juice, or Bladder Comfort™ Tea, with 1/4 tsp. non-acidic vitamin C crystals or a glass of organic apple juice with 1/4 tsp. acidophilus powder.
- Mid-morning: take 1 cup watermelon seed tea. (grind seeds, steep in hot water 30 minutes, add honey); or a potassium broth with 2 tsp. Bragg's Liquid Aminos; or an herbal bladder cleansing tea.
- Lunch: have a carrot-beet-cucumber juice, or a chlorophyll-rich drink, or a glass of carrot juice.
- Mid-afternoon: a cup of bladder herb tea, (parsley/oatstraw, plantain, watermelon seed tea or cornsilk).
- Dinner: have a carrot juice, add 1 tsp. spirulina powder; or another cranberry juice, add 1/4 teasp. ascorbate vitamin C crystals.
- Before Bed: take a glass of papaya or apple juice with 1/4 tsp. acidophilus powder.
Bladder-Kidney Self Test
Could your body benefit from a bladder-kidney cleanse?
- Do you have chronic lower back pain?
- Do you have painful or irritated urination?
- Do you have frequent unexplained chills, fever, or nausea?
- Do you have unusual fluid retention?
If so, a gentle, natural, three to five day cleansing course may keep you from getting a full-blown, painful bladder or urinary tract infection. To learn about the importance of bladder-kidney cleansing and how to begin a safe and effective program, click here.
Bladder-Kidney Bodywork Suggestions
Techniques to accelerate, round out your cleanse.
Take a daily brisk walk to keep kidney function flowing.
Take a spirulina or catnip enema at least one day of your kidney cleanse to help release toxins. (See Detoxification book.)
Hot saunas release toxins and excess fluids, and flush acids out through the skin.
Apply wet and hot to lower back to speed cleansing. Combine your choice -- ginger and oatstraw, or cayenne and ginger, or mullein and lobelia. Or, take alternating hot and cold sitz baths.
Have at least one massage during your cleanse to stimulate circulation.
Add 8-10 drops of essential oils to your bath -- a combination of two or three oils, like juniper, cedarwood, sandalwood, lemon, chamomile, eucalyptus or geranium. Stir the water to disperse. (Or use about 15 drops essential oil in 4-oz of jojoba oil and rub on kidney area).
Note: After your cleanse, add sea foods and sea vegetables, whole grains and vegetable proteins. Continue with a morning green drink or Green Tea Cleanser™.
Bladder-Kidney Detox Nutritional Therapy
Kidney Healing Foods
Take these frequently for the rest of the month:
- Garlic and onions
- Papayas, bananas, and watermelon
- Sprouts, leafy greens and cucumbers
- Avoid heavy starches, red or prepared meats, dairy foods (except yogurt or kefir), and salty, fatty and fast foods. They all inhibit kidney filtering.
Improvement signs that your body is responding to the cleanse:
- The flow of urine is increased.
- Bladder infections and/or irritated urination abate.
- You'll feel lighter and cleaner as your kidneys detoxifies free of congestion.
Bladder-Kidney Detox Supplement Suggestions
Liquid supplements are best with this cleanse. Herbal remedies provide excellent support for a kidney cleanse. Take them as liquids (drinks or teas) for best results.
Superfoods: Take a liquid green superfood each day of your cleanse: Energy Green Renewal™ Drink Mix; Sun Wellness Chlorella; Wakunaga Kyogreen; spirulina powder in juice.
Bladder/kidney cleansers: Bladder Comfort™ Tea.
Antibiotic-anti-infective-anti-inflammatory: Anti-Bio™ caps or extract; Gaia Echinacea-Goldenseal phyto-caps; marshmallow tea; vitamin C-1,000mg 3x a day; Nature's Plus Aquaactin.
Enzyme support: Dr. Enzyme™ (a protease supplement that breaks apart protein-based viscid matter that cements salts into stones).
Bladder/kidney healing tonics: Herbs Etc. Kidney Tonic; Gaia Herbs Plantain/Buchu Supreme; Nature's Apothecary Kidney Support; Green Tea Cleanser™; dandelion tea; parsley tea.
Electrolyte mineral support: Nature's Path Trace-Lyte Liquid Minerals; Arise & Shine Alkalizer.
Fiber supplements help to reduce risk of stones: All One Fiber Complex; Nature's Secret Ultimate Fiber.
Break down stones: Stone-ex™.