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Foods and Drinks for Liver and Kidney Cleansing

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author image Maura Shenker
Maura Shenker is a certified holistic nutritionist and health counselor who started her writing career in 2010. She leads group workshops, counsels individual clients and blogs about diet and lifestyle choices. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Rhode Island School of Design, a Master of Fine Arts from The Ohio State University and is a graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.
Foods and Drinks for Liver and Kidney Cleansing
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Overview

The kidneys and liver are organs of detoxification and elimination that help your body filter waste. The kidneys regulate sodium and mineral levels, excreting extra salts so that toxins do not build up in your body. The liver, your largest internal organ, aids in digestion, produces bile to break down fats and absorb nutrients and rids the body of toxic substances. For kidney and liver cleansing, eat a whole foods diet, low in animal protein and saturated fat. Avoid alcohol, caffeine, tobacco and unnecessary drugs. Choose organic produce to avoid pesticides and filtered water to avoid contaminants.

Vegetable Juices

Carrot, beet and celery juice help flush toxins from the liver. By drinking nutrient-dense juices, your body uses less energy for digestion, leaving more available for healing. Adding as much liquid as possible will increase circulation to your organs, according to Dr. Zoltan P. Rona, author of "Liver & Kidney Cleansing - A Simple Approach."

Fruit Juices

Fruit juices, especially cranberry, pomegranate and blueberry, enhance kidney function and supply essential nutrients. Staying hydrated with cranberry juice in particular will help prevent kidney stones. Cranberries are high in quinine, which converts into hippuric acid in the liver and aids in the elimination of toxins.

No matter which juices you choose to drink, staying hydrated is an important part of a kidney and liver cleanse. According to Holistic Wellness Basics, most people don't consume enough liquids to properly flush their kidneys, allowing minerals to concentrate and form crystals, which then stick together and form kidney stones.

Millet and Barley

Whole grains high in fiber bind with waste material in the colon and help move it through the body more quickly. Barley and millet, in particular, are low on the glycemic index, which means they convert to sugar slowly. Keeping your blood sugar stable eases the burden on your kidneys and will aid in detoxification.

Tofu

Low-fat plant protein sources are best for your liver and kidney cleanse. Tofu is a plant-based protein made from soybeans. Easy for your body to assimilate, high in nutrients and saturated-fat-free, tofu does not require the kidneys to filter and metabolize the protein, nor the liver to produce bile to break down fat.

Raw Spinach

Raw vegetables, especially dark green leafy vegetables, provide vitamins and antioxidants that help protect your organs from free radical damage. High in fiber and fat- and sugar-free, raw spinach is a natural cleanser and good for kidney detoxification.

Tea

Nettle, dandelion, burdock and ginger teas flush out toxins and help detoxify the liver and kidneys. According to Dr. Rona, dandelion tea increases bile flow in the liver and burdock tea removes accumulated waste products from the kidneys.

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