Beautiful Kidneys for Beautiful Skin

What foods keep them pumping

Woman washing parsley

Woman washing parsley

Each day, the kidneys process some 200 quarts of blood and remove around two quarts of excess water and waste products from food and the normal breakdown of active tissues. They are one of the most important and divinely engineered masterpieces in your body and a focal point not only of your health, but your beauty too- they largely contribute to your looks through the quality of all organs, including the largest- the skin.

Besides detoxing the organism, they are responsible for three hormones: erythropoietin stimulates the bone marrow to make red blood cells; renin regulates blood pressure; and calcitriol is the active form of vitamin D, which regulates calcium for bones and for normal chemical balance in the body.

Kidney Cleanse

The kidneys generally are self-cleansing as long as water and foods such as fruits and vegetables are consumed in adequate amounts. But kidneys can be damaged, like the liver, by chemical toxins. In addition, drugs like Acetaminophen, commonly sold as Tylenol, cause liver and kidney damage.

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Incorporate these herbs into your lifestyle to help with bladder and urinary tract health, prevent kidney stones, and detox the whole organism. Some of the diuretic herbs also help with blood pressure.

Stinging nettles (Urtica dioica) helps to prevent kidney stones, one of the oldest known and common diseases in the urinary tract system. Their antioxidant and dietary phyto-phenols were found to be effective for the prevention of urolithiasis (the process of stone formation in the urinary tract).

Parsley (Petroselinum crispum) is a medicinal plant used widely for urinary health. In an experimental study, aimed to evaluate the anti-calculi effect of parsley and its mechanism, there was “significant increase in urine volume…” The researchers concluded “parsley acts as anti-urolithiatic drug through decreasing urinary calcium excretion, increasing urinary pH, dieresis, decreasing urinary protein excretion, and its nephroprotective activity. We recommended to use it in pharmaceutical forms as it is safe and effective as antiurolithiasis remedy.”

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Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale (L.) Weber (Asteraceae) has been extensively employed as a diuretic in traditional folk medicine and in naturopathy in Europe, Asia, and the Americas. A pilot study concluded that, besides being safe, “Based on these first human data, T. officinale ethanolic extract shows promise as a diuretic in humans.”

Juniper (Juniperus squamata) and Olive (Olea europaea) leaves protect against thioacetamide (TAA)-induced kidney toxicity. Despite attempts at poisoning the tissues with TAA they “showed normal structures” and “it is conceivable therefore, that these extracts exhibit protective influences against TAA-induced nephrotoxicity, probably mediated through the antioxidative pathway roles.”

Ginger - Zingiber officinale Roscoe (Zingiberaceae) is the most widely used spice worldwide. It has been reported as an antioxidant and detoxifying agent against alcohol abuse and bromobenzene intoxication. The objective of this study was to evaluate the potential of ginger extracts against carbon tetrachloride (CCl4)-induced kidney toxicity. “Extracts of ginger, particularly the ethanol, resulted in an attractive candidate for the treatment of nephropathy induced by CCl4 through scavenging free radicals, improved kidney functions, inhibition of inflammatory mediators, and normalizing the kidney histopathological architecture.”

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Herbal remedies based on goldenrod (Solidago virgaurea L.) have been well-tried for centuries in the treatment of urinary tract diseases and are especially recommended for treatment of infections and inflammations, to prevent formation of kidney stones, and to help remove urinary gravel. “This therapy is safe at a reasonable price and does not show drug-related side-effects,” says a published report.

In many cases, a kidney cleanse will integrate herbs, vitamins, and minerals into a whole-foods-based diet designed to flush out the kidneys.

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These kidney-cleanse herbs are relatively safe and backed by experimental or clinical evidence, but, like other supplements, quality can vary, and the Food and Drug Administration doesn’t require products marketed for kidney cleansing to even be proven safe and effective. So check with your doctor before using any detox herbs. Pregnant or nursing women and children and people with kidney disease shouldn’t try a kidney cleanse.

References Bevin A. Clare, M.S., Richard S. Conroy, Ph.D., and Kevin Spelman, Ph.D. (Cand.) The Diuretic Effect in Human Subjects of an Extract of Taraxacum officinale Folium over a Single Day J Altern Complement Med. 2009 Aug; 15(8): 929–934. doi: 10.1089/acm.2008.0152 PMCID: PMC3155102 PMID: 19678785 Atef M. Al-Attar, Ali A. Alrobai, and Daklallah A. Almalki Protective effect of olive and juniper leaves extracts on nephrotoxicity induced by thioacetamide in male mice Saudi J Biol Sci. 2017 Jan; 24(1): 15–22. Published online 2015 Aug 29. doi: 10.1016/j.sjbs.2015.08.013 PMCID: PMC5198929 PMID: 28053566 Manal A. Hamed, Sanaa A. Ali, and Nagy Saba El-Rigal Therapeutic Potential of Ginger against Renal Injury Induced by Carbon Tetrachloride in Rats ScientificWorldJournal. 2012; 2012: 840421. Published online 2012 Apr 1. doi: 10.1100/2012/840421 PMCID: PMC3329925 PMID: 2256678 Melzig MF [Goldenrod--a classical exponent in the urological phytotherapy]. [Article in German] Wien Med Wochenschr. 2004 Nov;154(21-22):523-7.
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