Hyderabad:14 April 2019: Our kidneys are probably best recognized for filtering blood and producing liquid waste in the form of urine. Cleansing is their job, and they tackle pretty much everything we put in our bodies to pull out the bad stuff. That process is one of the most important contributors to health. But how do kidneys themselves stay healthy?Overtaxed kidneys are prone to diseases like renal failure or kidney cancer, and no one wants that! Since cleansing is their prime directive, kidneys don’t necessarily need a specific “detox” protocol. But they are grateful for a little help in doing their job. Eating lots of certain herbs and drinking enough water are the easiest and most effective ways to keep your kidneys happy.
9 Best Herbs To Clean Your KidneysFollowing are 9 herbs that healthy kidneys love, but note that they are not recommended for people who already have kidney disease. That’s because they may interfere with common kidney medications. But if you’re generally healthy and want to keep it that way, go ahead and add one or more of these tasty herbs to your diet on a daily basis.
Garlic contains an active ingredient called allicin, which is good for you in a lot of ways. It has antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and anti-fungal properties.
Turmeric contains a compound called curcumin, which is stellar at reducing the effects of inflammatory enzymes that can cause chronic kidney disease. More than that, curcumin can prevent the growth of many types of harmful microbe, which relieves strain on the kidneys.
Getting a lot of ginger in your diet is a great method of controlling blood sugar due to a compound called gingerol, which can actually reduce the risk that an otherwise healthy person will develop diabetes. Gingerol also helps support healthy digestion and can reduce inflammation (and therefore pain) all over your body.
Juniper berries are a powerful diuretic, so they stimulate your kidneys by increasing the body’s volume of urine. This helps flush out excess fluids as well as uric acid. That is important because uric acid can form a particular kind of very painful kidney stone.
Dried or powdered juniper berries are typically taken in the form of a tea, tincture, or supplement.
Dandelion root has been used extensively to treat kidney and liver disorders, but it can also benefit jaundice, anemia, and acne, as well as soothe irritation in the urinary tract.
To get your dandelion on, simmer the roots gently for 15 minutes and then strain and drink the tea.
parsley is also a great breath freshener), can cleanse toxins from your kidneys. The reason is two compounds called apiol and myristicin, natural diuretics that can reduce your risk of kidney stones.
Parsley also lowers blood sugar, which is great for healthy people but not recommended for those with diabetes or existing kidney disease. Parsley can interfere with medications prescribed by your doctor for those conditions.
Eating cinnamon frequently offers protection from metabolic disorders, including diabetes, and also protects the kidneys from damage due to chronic high blood sugar. Another risk factor for kidney disease is heart disease, and cinnamon is thought to protect against this, too.
However, cinnamon also contains a compound called coumarin, which can cause liver damage in high amounts.
Our kidneys rely on a balance of potassium and sodium to do their work, and celery contains both. Unsurprisingly, it also contains a lot of water, which increases urine output and clears away toxins. Some studies indicate that celery may also prevent bacterial infections in your kidneys and urinary tract.
We recommend talking with your doctor about celery if you have existing kidney disease, but it should be relatively safe as long as you aren’t getting a lot of potassium elsewhere.
Those silky fibers at the tops of ears of corn can be a total nuisance when you are trying to enjoy the corn itself. But corn silk is actually really good for you! It supports kidney and urinary tract health because it works to maintain optimal calcium and fluid levels. Too much calcium floating around in the bloodstream leads to another common form of kidney stones.
Corn silk has recently been found to improve renal function in rats. It is also frequently recommended for bladder infections, high blood pressure, and diabetes. Most people make tea with corn silk, or chop it very finely before adding it to dishes.
If you incorporate these 9 herbs into your diet when your kidneys are healthy, they can do wonders to keep those powerful little organs thriving. This is an easy and affordable preventative measure (especially when we’re talking about dandelion root). But remember that too much of anything is not healthy, and once you have been diagnosed with kidney disease, these herbs tend to do the opposite of what you need.