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Signs That You Need A Kidney Cleanse
There are three early warning signs that you need to do a kidney cleanse. Left untreated, kidney stones can form and result in excruciating pain. Look out for these signs:
- Urinating frequently. When you always have the feeling that you need to pee even just after you come out from the washroom. Never hold your urine whenever you feel the urge to go as these are surefire ways for stone formation.
- Repetitive urinary tract infections. Kidney stones can cause urinary tract infections. If you have a urinary tract infections, even once a year, you may need to do a kidney cleanse.
- Brown-colored, cloudy and foul-smelling urine. Dark colored urine or one that is cloudy and foul-smelling are indications that you desperately need a kidney cleanse before the condition gets worse.
Find out more about how to read your urine color.
Parsley Juice For Kidney Detox And Liver Cleanse
Parsley juice is a potent and concentrated version of all the nutrition in the herb, including a rich array of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, enzymes, chlorophyll and volatile oils.
Some of the best known parsley juice health benefits include kidney cleansing and liver detoxification and this page has detailed instructions for both a recipe for juicing parsley and a detox parsley smoothie for this purpose.
Importantly, despite its many health benefits, parsley juice should not be used in large amounts by pregnant women or those taking blood thinning medication.
Parsley has a long history as a beneficial herb for the kidneys and both the fresh plant and dried parsley tea are often recommended for kidney infections or to help dissolve kidney stones. Here are some other natural remedies for kidney stones if you are suffering with this painful condition.
The page on parsley during pregnancy and other precautions has more information, but it would be best to consult a knowledgeable healthcare professional before using the larger amounts of the herb suggested in the parsley juice recipes below if you have been diagnosed with kidney disease.
Read the full health benefits of parsley.
Juicing Parsley With Other Detoxifying Vegetables And Fruits
Parsley juice, like most green superfood drinks, is generally considered too powerful to have on its own and is better mixed with other complementary fruits and vegetables. Some of the best of these for kidney cleansing include:
Watermelon juice is great for flushing the kidneys and watermelon seeds are said to be especially beneficial for kidney stones. If this is something you’re concerned with, then look for a watermelon with the brown seeds rather than the seedless varieties.
Celery juice strengthens the liver and kidneys and helps to eliminate toxins. Unfortunately conventionally grown celery often has a high pesticide load so organic is definitely preferable. Use only organic always.
Beet or beetroot juice is an excellent cleanser and detoxifier, particularly for the liver. It is also said to purify the blood and help eliminate calcium oxalate stones.
Carrot juice is another powerful body cleanser and particularly good for the kidneys. Carrots can absorb pesticides and heavy metals from the ground they’re grown in so they really should be organic to make this recipe as healthy as possible.
Cucumber is a diuretic that can help flush uric acid out of the body and dissolve kidney stones. The skin is full of antioxidants but conventionally grown cucumbers have a significant pesticide load and are also usually coated with wax. If you can’t find organic cucumbers to juice you’d be better off peeling them.
Lemon juice from a fresh lemon is an excellent cleanser and can help dissolve mineral deposits that lead to calcium oxalate stones. Lemon will also help delay oxidization of the other juices.
The two recipes below use different combinations of parsley and these ingredients for the juicer and the blender. Feel free to mix it up depending on what you have available. Or, for the ultimate parsley juice kidney cleanser and liver detox, first juice and then blend and combine all the ingredients together.
While you could use a standard centrifugal juicer, unless it’s a particularly good one you often won’t get much juice out of even a whole bunch of parsley. In the past I’ve tried squeezing the parsley heads into a ball between two loads of carrots, but in the end I realized a proper masticating juicer just makes more sense.
While they cost more initially, a masticating juicer is an essential item if you want to juice green superfoods like parsley, spinach or wheatgrass effectively. They also get far more out of regular fruit and veggies as well as keeping the heat and oxidation right down. This greatly improves both the quantity and quality of the juice they deliver.
If you are juicing greens like parsley regularly, both from a health and nutrition perspective and financially in the long run, it’s well worth looking for a good masticating juicer, like this highly reviewed Omega Nutrition Center I have in my home.
Parsley Juice Combo For Detoxification
Ingredients For 2 Portion
Use organic produce only to prevent further toxicity burden to the kidneys and liver.
- 2 large or 3 medium organic carrots
- 6 ribs of organic celery
- 1 medium-sized organic beetroot
- 1 organic cucumber with the peel
- 1 organic lemon (with peel)
- 1 bunch of parsley (as you purchased from the store) soaked in warm water
- 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar
Pour lemon juice into your collection container along with a couple of ice cubes. This will help lessen the degradation of the parsley juice.
Push all of the ingredients through the juicer, alternating between the harder carrots and beetroot with the softer cucumber and celery. Scrunch the parsley up into a ball and feed it through between the harder vegetables. Once again, you will get much more parsley juice out of a masticating juicer than a centrifugal one.
Stir to mix the juice and drink immediately. It’s best to sip this parsley detoxification juice down slowly over a couple of minutes, but unfortunately it won’t keep and should be enjoyed straight away.
Parsley Juice In A Blender
A well-designed blender can blend up parsley heads into a refreshing smoothie, where you’re getting all of the health benefits of parsley in an easily digestible form.
Cheap ones may struggle to chop it up, but a powerful blender, like this one I’ve been using for years, will turn parsley into an extremely healthy, dark green puree.
Cleansing Parsley Smoothie
While you could chop up watermelon and juice it, it’s so high in water content that it is especially suitable for blending. The same goes for cucumber.
There are also beneficial nutrients in the seeds of both watermelon and cucumber, so if you’re not afraid of a little texture, then keep the seeds in (the better the blender the smaller these will be chopped up).
Ingredients For 2 Portion
- Half an ounce of organic parsley (less is needed than in juicing as the whole herb is used)
- The juice of 1 large or 2 small lemons (minus the seeds)
- 1 large organic cucumber, diced with the peel on and seeds kept (peel first if you can’t find organic)
- As much watermelon with the seeds as you can fit into the blender
Blend all these ingredients up until you can see the parsley leaves finely blended and the watermelon seeds chopped up into tiny pieces.
This smoothie is extremely refreshing and very good for cleaning the kidneys in particular. Remember though that watermelon really doesn’t keep once blended, so you’d want to drink this smoothie immediately for the richest supply of antioxidants and enzymes.
Parsley Juice Treatment Time
As previously mentioned, parsley juice is quite potent. Given this, it’s not recommended to make it up for too many consecutive days. You could, however, make up the above recipes for up to a week-long juice cleanse and add parsley on every other day.
After the first week of treatment a week off is generally suggested. If you would like to continue with using parsley juice for liver detoxification and kidney cleansing you can either make it up for longer cleanses, or alternatively just make it up a couple of times a week whenever you feel your body could use the boost.
There’s several other nutritious juices and smoothie recipes for detoxification on Superfood Profiles, including this tropical fruits smoothie with papaya seeds to eliminate intestinal parasites.
For a really potent combination you could first juice carrots, celery and beetroot and then add it to the blended watermelon, cucumber, lemon juice and parsley. That’s a bit of work, but you’d be hard-pressed to find a more powerful and better tasting liver and kidney cleanser.
Do You Eat When Doing A Kidney And Liver Juice Cleanse?
You can eat during this time of cleansing, but what you eat or dont eat is very important. In order not to tax your kidneys and liver while they’re working hard eliminating toxins, it is better that you follow a certain protocol:
- Most importantly, avoid foods that keep adding on toxins to your detox organs. Foods that are most harmful are: processed foods, flour and sugar products, dairy products, red meat, all vegetable oils, soda, alcohol and coffee.
- It is recommended to eat plenty of fruits and vegetables (organic is best) so that you don’t stay hungry.
- Drink plenty of water to help flush out the toxins while doing the cleanse. See this page to understand how much your body needs to stay hydrated, then drink more than that.
- Besides drinking juices and water, you may also drink herbal teas. Drinking dandelion root tea is best during this time of cleansing.
- One of the most powerful kidney-cleansing broth is one that uses celeriac as an ingredient. You can make and drink this broth 2 or 3 times during your cleansing week.
Remember that the remedies listed above are not intended to replace medical care. If you’re experiencing a lot of pain from kidney problems, see your doctor immediately.