1. Chanca Piedra
This is a plant traditionally found in the Amazon, commonly used for treating gallstones, kidney stones and supporting the liver in purging toxins. A 2002 study in India found that Chanca Piedra helps to increase bile secretion of the liver. Source.
2. Nettle tea
Nettles are an incredible plant that grow wild in many of our own forests and backyards. They sting to the touch unless boiled and can be rubbed on the skin to help reduce inflammation and pain from arthritis. In addition, boiling nettles and consuming them in a tea or taking them medicinally in a tincture or capsule can support kidney health, including breaking down kidney stones.
3. Himalayan salt water
Adding a pinch of Himalayan salt to your water can help your body hydrate better, while providing your kidneys with the sodium they need to function optimally. Your kidneys need the right potassium and sodium balance to filter your blood properly and remain hydrated. Often, if we’re imbalanced in this area, our body won’t actually utilize the water we drink and we’ll remain feeling thirsty, have dry skin etc. Don’t like salt water? Eat more fermented foods like sauerkraut and lightly salt your food.
Parsley is a natural diuretic that can help to flush the kidneys and improve your detox or weight loss efforts. You can boil it in a tea, juice it or add it to your meals. Taken medicinally, a tea or capsule form is best.
This herb is almost always found in kidney supplements or liquid formulas that you’ll come across at the health food store. It’s a natural diuretic and astringent and can help to reduce the build up of uric acid in the body as well as relieve the kidneys of stones or blockages.
6. Cucumber juice
As with any water rich vegetable, the cucumber will help hydrate you as well as promote healthy elimination by flushing the system. Cucumbers also have a healthy amount of potassium which combined with sodium make for optimal kidney function. Try juicing cucumbers once per day and add a product like Organifi to increase the nutrient profile.
Seaweed is one of nature’s most beautiful superfoods. Kelp in particular can be integrated into many recipes and teas for a healthy source of iodine. It can help to reduce swelling in the body, prevent tumor growth and provide nourishment as part of a well balanced diet to support kidney health.
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