5 Kidney Cleansing Drinks

by Dr. Edward Group DC, NP, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM Published on , Last Updated on

Glass of beet juice on a wooden table. Beets and beet juice contain betaine which is great for supporting kidney cleansing.

The kidneys are our organs that filter out toxins and waste from the bloodstream. Because toxins can affect your entire body, there is no question that supporting your kidneys is crucial for keeping your overall health in check. Without a balanced diet, purified drinking water, and body cleansing, toxins can build up and affect the function of the kidneys, liver, and neighboring organs… and may even lead to kidney stones and other problems.

Cleansing the Kidneys With a Few Sips

Cleansing the kidneys is a simple process and most cleanses don’t require an exhaustive supply of tools or ingredients to work. In fact, just drinking plenty of purified water is the first step toward an effective flush. Water, however, only provides hydration. The following 5 kidney-cleansing drinks may provide that extra cleansing boost.

1. Cranberry Juice

Cranberry juice has been touted for years as supporter for the urinary tract. Research shows that cranberries can help fight against urinary tract infections, possibly by decreasing the adhesion of bacteria to the bladder and urethra. [1] Cranberries may also be helpful for cleansing the kidneys of excess calcium oxalate, one of the main contributors to kidney stones. [2] When purchasing cranberry juice, always choose varieties that are certified organic and free of added sugars, preservatives, or artificial flavors; or, get a juicer and make your own.

2. Beet Juice

Beets and beet juice contain betaine, a very beneficial phytochemical. It has antioxidant qualities and increases the acidity of urine. This can help clear calcium phosphate and struvite buildup from the kidneys. [3] The removal of calcium in the kidneys not only promotes kidney function, but decreases the likelihood of kidney stones.

3. Lemon Juice

Naturally acidic, lemon juice has been shown to increase citrate levels in urine, a factor that discourages kidney stones from forming. For a quick lemon kidney cleanse, squeeze 4-5 lemons into a quart of cold water and drink up. Or, for a warming beverage, squeeze one quarter to one half a lemon into 8 ounces of hot water daily.

4. Juice Cleanses

Juice cleanses are all the rage, and with good reason. A juice cleanse combines the nutritional power of fruits and vegetables into one, easy-to-drink beverage. The juice of vegetables and fruits is loaded with antioxidants and nutrients necessary for facilitating the removal of toxins. This helps take the strain off the liver, colon, and kidneys. Vegetables like celery, cucumber, zucchini, lettuce, carrots, kale, and spinach are great for juicing. For fruits, try apples, peeled oranges, pears, pineapple, and peaches.

5. Homemade Kidney Cleanse Beverage

Here’s one of my favorite beverages that will aid any kidney cleanse. All you will need are fresh lemons, apple cider vinegar (organic and raw), purified water, and Renaltrex®. I’d suggest checking out the full kidney cleanse instructions for a detailed breakdown. But, in short, it involves mixing lemon juice, purified water, ACV, and Renaltrex into a beverage that you drink over the span of a four day cleanse.

What About Supplements?

There’s no question that certain nutrients are beneficial for kidney health but many people don’t get enough in their diet. That’s where kidney cleansing supplements can be helpful. The best ones contain herbs have had their active compounds extracted and enhanced to maximize efficacy. There are a number of herbs out there and a supplement like Renaltrex is a great source for many.

Have you cleansed your kidneys? What process did you use? Leave a comment below and share your experience!

References:

  1. Avorn J, Monane M, Gurwitz JH, Glynn RJ, Choodnovskiy I, Lipsitz LA. Reduction of bacteriuria and pyuria after ingestion of cranberry juices. JAMA. 1994 March 9;271(10):751-4.
  2. McHarg T1, Rodgers A, Charlton K. Influence of cranberry juice on the urinary risk factors for calcium oxalate kidney stone formation. BJU Int. 2003 Nov;92(7):765-8.
  3. Frassetto L1, Kohlstadt I. Treatment and prevention of kidney stones: an update. Am Fam Physician. 2011 Dec 1;84(11):1234-42.

†Results may vary. Information and statements made are for education purposes and are not intended to replace the advice of your doctor. Global Healing Center does not dispense medical advice, prescribe, or diagnose illness. The views and nutritional advice expressed by Global Healing Center are not intended to be a substitute for conventional medical service. If you have a severe medical condition or health concern, see your physician.

  • Adam Evenson

    Good stuff. Kidney cleanse is vital (and smart.)

  • http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/ Global Healing Center

    Indeed it is.

  • Kandi

    i make tea with dandelion root and burdock root. sometimes together, sometimes separate. Add either rose hip or hibiscus and touch of peppermint. Ginger root is my favorite to mix the berry roots with and I always splash a bit of lemon juice in them when cooled.

  • RIckster

    PLEASE emphasize that whatever fruits or veggies chosen SHOULD be organic… I’ve always LOVED carrot celery beet & only recently learned that 80+% of beets are GMO… Grrrrrr.. we, as consumers, and advocates of our own health, MUST elminated gmo & insist that growers provide info as such.

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  • Jessie

    Started the liver cleanse today and then doing the kidney cleanse after Thanksgiving. Thank you for making great products and customer service that is very helpful

  • Holly

    Is the renaltex, apple cider vingar and lemons the best way to do a kidney cleanse with only having one kidney which would be best to do?

  • bethann

    I have ckd is a product like renaltrex safe for me? I am between stage 3 and 4 failure. I was just diagnosed in September and want to do my best to keep my health.

  • Sue

    My labs just showed my creatinine levels are too high. They said drink more water, what else should I be doing? I eat pretty healthy not a fast food or soda type person.
    Thank you!
    Sharon

  • http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/ Global Healing Center

    Drinking more water is the best place to start! See if that corrects it, sounds like your diet is good.

  • Nathan

    Is there an optima,l recommended, way to do these cleanses? I.E. which would be the first, second, third, ……. last… etc…

  • http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/ Global Healing Center

    Definitely, check out the nine step body cleanse.

  • John Mossbacher III

    Raw vegitables, jogging every other day, drinking water every hour, daily multivitamin, and cutting out unhealthy food will turn around symptoms of almost anything if you recognize the signs early on. We often forget about how hard our bodies are working when we get tied up in the busy schedules of modern life. It is important to get the right amount of sleep, practice stress relief techniques, and get back together with nature.

    It has turned my life around and it can for you if you try. There’s no need to overhaul yourself into a class 10 athelete in your first few months. Just make little positive changes slowly and let your body heal. Eventually, your body will adopt these new healthy habits and thank you for them by rewarding you with that youthful vibrance you once had. It gets easier once you understand that you can retrain yourself.

    Best of luck on your journey.

  • John Mossbacher III

    Raw vegitables, jogging every other day, drinking water every hour, daily multivitamin, and cutting out unhealthy food will turn around symptoms of almost anything if you recognize the signs early on. We often forget about how hard our bodies are working when we get tied up in the busy schedules of modern life. It is important to get the right amount of sleep, practice stress relief techniques, and get back together with nature.

    It has turned my life around and it can for you if you try. There’s no need to overhaul yourself into a class 10 athelete in your first few months. Just make little positive changes slowly and let your body heal. Eventually, your body will adopt these new healthy habits and thank you for them by rewarding you with that youthful vibrance you once had. It gets easier once you understand that you can retrain yourself.

    Best of luck on your journey.

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  • julie howard

    spinach, kale and celery are not good for kidney heatth if you are prone to Kidney stones.

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  • Timothy

    Question: Would Stinging Nettle and Dandelion tea help with kidney functions etc?

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