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.

Animal Protein
Salt
Genetically Modified Foods
Artificial Sweeteners
Carbonated Drinks
Dairy Products
Caffeine

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.

Kidney Cleanser & Detoxing Smoothie

Ingredients

1/2 avocado
1/2 peeled lime or lemon
1 peeled kiwi
1/4 cup of walnuts (optional)
1 banana
1 sprig of fresh cilantro
1 cup of distilled water

Method

Blend the ingredients together, then serve.

Notes

You may also add a handful of spinach or kale, or two ounces of wheat grass to your smoothie.

http://nakedfoodmagazine.com/naked-smoothie-kidney-detox/

Recipe Type:

Naked! Low fat, Whole Food, Plant-based, Vegan, Organic, Sustainable.

Approved for:

Diabetes, Cancer, Heart Disease, High Cholesterol, Weigh Loss, Athletics, Optimum Health.

Free of:

Animals, Eggs, Dairy & Lactose, Sugar, Salt, Oil, Peanuts, Gluten, Wheat, GMOs, Alcohol, Chemicals, Colorants Additives.

This recipe holds the Naked Food Seal of Approval, as it has been prepared with all organic, non-gmo, gluten-free, and plant-based ingredients. The Naked Food Seal of Approval stands for 100% Real Food.

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