Our bodies are finely tuned machines with each organ and system contributing in some way. For the kidneys, they look after us by producing liquid waste and filtering blood. No matter what we put into our bodies, the kidneys cleanse and this keeps us healthy.
When kidneys are overtaxed, this sadly leads to kidney cancer, renal failure, and other health complications. Since they help us, it’s time we helped them, right? To do this, the best thing you can do is drink lots of water and add herbs to your diet.
As a quick warning, those with kidney disease should avoid these herbs since it can interfere with kidney medications. Otherwise, these nine herbs will keep your kidneys going through it all!
Did you know that the color of curry actually comes from turmeric? Full of curcumin, an important compound, kidney disease can be prevented by reducing the effect of inflammatory enzymes. Also, the growth of harmful microbes is prevented thanks to curcumin.
Parsley isn’t just added to meals in an attempt to be posh for an evening, it cleanses the kidneys of toxins (and freshens the breath when chewed after a meal!). As natural diuretics, the two important compounds here are myristicin and apiol; parsley also reduces blood sugar levels.
Adding a kick to meals, cinnamon is a herb that protects from metabolic disorders, regulates glucose levels, reduces the risk of heart disease, and prevents chronic high blood sugar damage.
Warning: Don’t exceed more than a teaspoon a day since cinnamon also has the potential to cause liver damage (as a result of the coumarin compound).
Whether raw or cooked, the root of this weed is known to help not only kidneys but anemia, jaundice, urinary tract irritation, and acne.
Garlic fans, rejoice. Allicin, the active ingredient in garlic, has anti-fungal, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties. As well as filtering nasty invaders from your blood, garlic is considered a mild diuretic; as more urine is expelled from the body, excess sodium is eliminated. Thanks to many studies, we also know that lead and cadmium levels can reduce in the heart, liver, bloodstream, spleen, and kidneys thanks to garlic.
When eating corn, these tops of the ears can get a little frustrating. However, don’t throw them away just yet because they will help your urinary tract and kidneys. How? By maintaining fluid and calcium levels. In rats, corn silk has also been shown to improve renal function; some doctors also recommend it for high blood pressure, diabetes, and bladder infections.
If you want to control blood sugar levels, the gingerol compound in ginger is perfect. Additionally, the compound reduces inflammation and supports healthy digestion.
In order to operate efficiently, kidneys need a balance of sodium and potassium. With celeries containing both (as well as water!), it’s the ideal herb. According to some studies, bacterial infections in the urinary tract and kidneys may also be prevented with celery.
As our final herb, we have the wonderful juniper berries and these are another diuretic; therefore, they flush out uric acid and excess fluids from the kidneys. Fortunately, you have plenty of options with juniper berries since they can be consumed as a tincture, tea, or supplement.
Let’s look after our kidneys this year with these nine herbs. As long as you’re sensible and don’t just sit with a pot of cinnamon and a spoon, a healthy dose of each in your diet will keep your kidneys operating normally!
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