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Today you are in the aftermath of your liver cleanse and hopefully made a few visits to the restroom already. After that you are in need of some very light food, preferably vegetables and fruits only.

The idea of the kidney-cleansing-day is to give an extra boost to your kidneys, so they can evacuate all toxins that came in circulation with the detox so far, through the urinary system. The kidney energy gives us heat when healthy, or causes cold in the extremities when energy is low. According to Eastern medicine the kidneys supply us with life force. The emotions and qualities linked with the kidneys are fear and anxiety or wisdom and insight.

On a physiological level this refers to the hormones which are produces by the adrenal glands on top of the kidneys. They work closely together with the kidneys to balance the blood pressure and heart rate in the fight-flight-freeze reaction.

The kidneys are also responsible for the acid-base equilibrium and the conversion of Vit D into an active form, calcitriol. Calcitriol is necessary for strong bone structure, healthy tissues, but more importantly the overall energy level, brain function, immunity and a sense of well being.

The key to succes

The best tea for the kidneys is dandelion and nettle tea, which are very good diuretics. They are abundant in spring, when you can maybe get them fresh from your garden or pick them during one of your nature walks. Make 2 liter in a thermos and drink throughout the day. Make sure to stay warm, especially your feet! If you have difficulty with that, add fresh ginger to your tea.

When you feel that your effect of the liver detox has settled down, you can make yourself a beetroot-cranberry juice according to the recipe.

Health benefits of beetroots

Beet fiber helps reduce cholesterol and triglycerides by increasing the level of good HDL cholesterol. Red beetroots contain Vitamine A, B6, carotenoids, lutein/zeaxanthin, glycine, betaine, dietary fiber, vitamin C, magnesium, iron, copper, and phosphorus, and a source of anticarcinogenic flavonoids, called anthocyanins. They have been known as an aphrodisiac since ancient times and prevent birth deficits. Only caution for people with a history of kidney stones, because of presence of oxalates in beetroots. This can form crystalline structures, when taken in overdose with people sensible to it. They are low in calories, but have the highest amount of natural sugars of all vegetables. For people with hyperglycemia, caution is in place.

Health benefits of cranberries

Cranberries have proven to prevent the risk of urinary tract infection or even heal the infection. Research has shown cranberry supplementation helped reduce body mass index and improve levels of high density lipoprotein (HDL), or “good,” cholesterol.

A 2016 review of 34 preclinical studies revealed that cranberries or compounds in cranberries had several beneficial effects on cancer cells in test tubes. These included:

  • triggering the death of cancer cells
  • slowing the growth of cancer cells
  • reducing inflammation

Enough reasons to implement cranberries into your diet, I would say!

Health benefits of cucumbers

Cucumbers are diuretic food and still, because of their high water amount, assist in a healthy hydration and of the body and prevent constipation. Cucumbers have shown to reduce blood sugar level and its peel reverses several changes in the system that cause diabetes. They contain anti-oxidants like flavonoids, tannins, Vitamine C, K, Magnesium, Potassium, Manganese, thus prevent many diseases, such as cancer. The are low in calories and high in water, so aid in weightloss too.

Health benefits of garlic

Garlic is a diuretic, has the property to clean the blood. It’s good for a healthy blood pressure and aids in case of heart conditions. Best to leave it in the open air for half a minute after cutting or crushing, so it can oxidate. That’s when the healing properties come to its full potential.

Check out all the recipes here.


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