What the kidneys do.
The kidneys process more than 150 quarts of blood each day to separate out the body’s waste. Small units inside the kidneys, called nephrons, host a chemical exchange where waste and excess water exit the blood and are taken by the urinary system.
What harms the kidneys.
Foods rich in animal protein are not suggested if you have kidney problems, as a diet high in protein can aggravate these conditions. Avoid eating meat, eggs, dairy, and other animal protein sources. Metabolizing the proteins causes the kidneys to enlarge and adds stress to other organs.
Uric acid is a toxic substance that accumulates in the body. This harmful substance can cause damage to the kidneys as well as other organs. Blending and drinking a cup of cranberries with water and lemon juice cleanses the kidneys of uric acid.
Kidneys’ worst aggressors.
Genetically Modified Foods
What to keep in mind.
It is important to eat plant foods that are organic to avoid the intake of toxins, fertilizers, dirt, and pesticides. Any non-porous produce that is not available in organic form can be cleansed thoroughly with a fruit/veggie wash. Porous produce must be organic. Kiwi, for instance, has a very thin membrane; therefore, it absorbs pesticides deep into its flesh. Other whole foods heavily sprayed with pesticides include peppers, celery, apples, cherries, cucumbers, grapes, lettuce, peaches, spinach, tomatoes, and berries.
What protects the kidneys.
Lots of potassium and magnesium, plenty of water, fresh fruits, vegetables, and herbs.
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