The kidneys and the liver are responsible for important functions of the body. According to EllerBruch.NMU.edu, the kidneys work to maintain water and electrolyte balance, regulate the concentration of the acid base balance and to filter waste from the blood for excretion into the urine. The liver secretes bile, helps with the production of certain blood proteins and assists in the metabolism of carbohydrates, fats and proteins. Home remedies to support the functions of these organs include green tea, dandelion, cranberry and water.
Green tea is a traditional herbal remedy revered in China, India, and Japan and in Thailand, for its medicinal benefits; including its effects on the liver and the kidneys. Green tea contains the potent antioxidants polyphenols that fight against free radicals. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, animal studies suggest; catechin one of the polyphenols in green tea may help to treat viral hepatitis and lower damages from alcohol and other liver disorders. Green tea was traditionally used as a diuretic to increase urinary output and flush the kidneys of toxins. Consult with your physician before drinking green tea in excess; this will prevent drug interactions with blood thinners, such as warfin as well as beta blockers.
Dandelion roots and leaves are traditionally used to treat various conditions including liver and kidney diseases. Dandelion roots support the immune system and have antiviral effects. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, or UMMC, health care providers use dandelion roots to stimulate liver detoxification and they use the leaves to promote proper kidney functions. Dandelion is a natural diuretic; it stimulates the kidneys, increases urine production and flushes, salts, fluid and toxins into the urine. According to the UMMC, there are reports that dandelion roots may help to improve liver and gall bladder functions.
Traditionally, cranberry fruits and leaves were used to treat various ailments including urinary tract conditions and liver problems. According to the National Center of Complementary and Alternative Medicine, cranberry products have been used to treat and prevent urinary tract infections. Cranberry has antioxidant effects which help to fight free radicals and prevent them from damaging cell tissues. Cranberry is available as a beverage, in other food products and in extract, capsule or tablet forms.
Next to air, water is the second most vital ingredient in our body. According to Army.MilNews.com, water makes up two thirds of the human body; it regulates the temperature of the body, carries oxygen and nutrients to the cells and promotes proper body functions. Water helps in the removal of waste products from the colon, the skin, kidneys and liver as well as the lungs. Daily adequate fluid intake including water promotes flushing and cleansing of the liver and kidneys and promotes their functions.