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 coloured urine or one that is cloudy and foul-smelling are indications that you desperately need a kidney cleanse before the condition gets worse.
KIDNEY AND LIVER CLEANSE WITH PARSLEY JUICE
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.
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.
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.