Best Food For A Kidney Detox

Our kidneys play a crucial role in regulating our blood pressure, water balance and removing waste and toxins.

Here are the 4 best foods for kidney health:

1. Water

The kidneys require an abundant supply of water to filter waste from the bloodstream. The institute of medicine suggests men take in 13 cups and women 9 cups. But studies show that the “8 cup a day rule” is arbitrary because our thirst mechanism is very effective at determining our water needs.

2. Cranberry juice

Cranberry juice can be used to prevent kidney stones caused by calcium oxalate. They also help to reduce infection in the kidney cells by preventing bacteria from thriving.

3. Spirulina

As an antioxidant, spirulina has shown to have an anti-toxicity effect on the kidneys. It can also help rid the body of heavy metal toxins, especially arsenic.

4. Garlic extract

Kidney health is majorly affected by blood pressure. The consumption of aged garlic extract has been shown to lower systolic blood pressure just as well as some medications.

Related: 5 Ways to Naturally Detox


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Julie Rothenberg MS, RD, LDN

Julie is a registered dietitian, nutrition expert with a passion for honoring the body with good nutrition and mindful eating. Julie obtained a Bachelor of Science in dietetics from the University of Florida and a Master of Science in dietetics at Loyola University Chicago.

The proud owner of a nutrition consulting company, JuliENERGYnutrition LLC, where she practices concierge nutrition. She takes an extremely individualized approach and creates personalized nutrition goals and plans for her clients based on specific needs. She works with various physicians and therapists and sees clients for a wide range of nutrition issues including wellness, weight loss, disease specific nutrition counseling and disordered eating.

She stays up to date with new food discoveries and evidence-based research, as well as keeps up with the latest nutrition trends. She has a passion for improving relationships with food and currently uses the "Intuitive Eating" approach. In fact, she is a certified intuitive eating counselor. She has developed a passion for not only improving relationships with food and the body but also for understanding the effects that good nutrition can have on one’s health. Her ultimate goal is to use nutrition to help the community live healthier, happier and more fulfilling lives.