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How to Cleanse & Detox Your Liver Naturally – 7 Best Foods & Diet

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Have you been experiencing nausea or vomiting, or constantly feeling tired and sluggish?

Is your urine a dark yellowish color?

Do you have a decreased appetite with an increased mid-section?

Do you drink alcohol every week?

You may want to start a liver cleanse. Most people don’t think twice about their liver, but it is such an important organ.

The liver performs hundreds of functions and acts as a filtration system for everything that enters into your body. Every second, the liver prevents toxins from passing over into your blood stream.

Everything that you eat has to be filtered through the liver. Your liver basically tells your body to either use what’s coming in, or to get rid of it.

Your liver is one of your hardest working organs. When your liver cannot filter toxins as quick as they enter, chemicals start to build up, and eventually causes disease and illness.

Before You Start a Detox Cleanse

If you’ve made up your mind in doing a liver cleanse, give your body that extra fighting chance by doing everything you possibly can in giving your body the upper hand.

This includes eliminating all toxins, chemicals, GMOs, MSG, sugar, refined/processed food, dairy, caffeine, fried foods, and saturated fats from your diet. Also, stop smoking and drinking at least a week before and after your cleanse.

Try to eliminate chemicals found in common household detergents and fabric sheets, cleaning products, shampoos, soaps, and air fresheners. Replace as many as you can with natural or DIY products.

If you’re going to invest in a gym membership, make sure that they offers classes such as yoga or Pilates. These types of meditative exercises stimulate your circulation, lymphatic system, and digestive system.

Liver Cleansing Foods & Recipes

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If your liver is not working properly, you may experience nausea, vomiting, dark urine, yellowing of the skin and eyes (jaundice), decreased appetite and an increased mid-section. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, make an appointment with your doctor right away.

Even if your liver is healthy, it is still good to help your organs naturally detox by watching what you eat and what you put onto your skin. Get into good habits while you are still healthy.

The liver is designed to naturally detox on its own, but we can help it along by proper nutrition, diet, and exercise. Unhealthy livers lose the ability to efficiently filter out waste, and toxins start to build up in our bodies.

Prevention is the cheapest and easiest way at maintaining a healthy body.

Foods that are great for liver health are lemons, avocado, turmeric, dandelion leaves, garlic, and carrots.

Ingredients for Liver Cleanses

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  • Milk Thistle
  • Lemons
  • Avocados
  • Turmeric
  • Dandelion Leaves
  • Garlic
  • Carrots

Check out the full benefits and explanations of these ingredients in Liver Cleanses & Detoxes.

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1. Milk Thistle

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Milk thistle has been widely studied because of its ability to repair injured cells.

Milk thistle also slows down the progression of liver damage. It is able to neutralize any toxins that have entered the cells, as well as block the entrance of any other toxins.

According to Dr. Josh Axe, milk thistle has been proven effective in supporting the liver in detoxification from:

  • Heavy Metals
  • Prescription Medications
  • Chemotherapy
  • Radiation
  • Alcohol Abuse
  • Environmental Pollution

Method: The standard dosage of milk thistle is 140 milligrams, three times a day. For people with liver injuries, the dosage is usually increased, for a longer period of time.

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2. Lemon Juice

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Lemons have a high content of antiseptic properties that are strong enough to kill the influenza virus and Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori).

Lemons contain high levels of vitamin C. Vitamin C helps the body to produce glutathione, which activates the detoxing enzymes of the liver.

Lemons also decrease inflammation and help flush out uric acid and other buildups.

Method: Let your lemon juice mixture sit in a glass jar for at least 30 minutes (or longer if you have time). Drink every morning as soon as you wake up, on an empty stomach.

  • 1 whole lemon – sliced, with peel kept on
  • 1 liter of warm filtered water

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3. Turmeric Tea

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Turmeric is one of the oldest herbs studied around the world. Curcumin is an active component of turmeric.

A study from the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry found that curcumin could halt liver tissue damage.

Method: For a healthy liver — drink everyday, once a day.

  • 1 teaspoon of grounded turmeric
  • 1 cup of warm, pure, filtered water
  • 1 teaspoon of raw organic honey
  • a dash of ceylon cinnamon

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4. Dandelion Leaves & Tea

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Dandelion leaves contain an antioxidant called flavonoids. They cleanse the liver, purify the blood, and increase the flow of urine.

Dandelion leaves’ diuretic effects are as strong as some pharmaceutical drugs, yet they are more gentle and come without any known side effect.

Method: Drink a detoxing dandelion tea daily. You can also get fresh dandelion leaves from an asian supermarket or a local farmer’s market. Add fresh dandelion leaves to your favorite salad daily.

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5. Garlic Drink

fresh garlic cloves for liver cleanses

Garlic protects your liver, kidney, heart, lungs, and blood from harmful toxins and heavy metals.

Garlic also has blood thinning properties, which makes it great for improving cardiac health.

This herb is also a natural diuretic. It forces out excess sodium and water from the body, and into your urine. This effect decreases your blood pressure naturally.

Garlic is great for overall health, immunity, and cleansing of the liver and kidneys.

Method: A great way of ensuring daily garlic is to add it to your cooking. Cooked garlic has a pleasant aroma and is delicious. You can also add a few cloves to your smoothies. If the taste of garlic is too strong for you, odorless garlic supplements are also a great option.

  • If you cannot handle eating the entire clove raw, hold a slice of garlic in your mouth and try sucking on the juices for 15 minutes.
  • You can also finely mince 1-2 cloves of garlic, mix it into a glass of water, and drink it.
  • Another method is to take the finely minced pieces, put it on a piece of fruit, and cover it with honey.

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6. Carrot Juice carrot juice fresh carrots green leaves detox liver diy cleanse remove toxins naturally

Carrots are packed with carotenes, which fights cancer and removes toxins and heavy metals from the liver. The fibers in carrots bind to the toxins and eliminate them.

Carrots are best eaten when they are raw, organic, and unpeeled. Drink carrot juice everyday in the morning, on an empty stomach. Leave the peel on for added vitamins and minerals.

Method: Juice 5-7 organic raw carrots

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7. Carrot Salad

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Eat a fresh daily carrot salad. Personally, I slice my carrots with a mandoline slicer. An extra chopped salad makes it more fun and easier to eat.

Home-made Organic Dressing: I was always hesitant in making a dressing with apple cider vinegar because of the strong smell and taste. But now that I’ve tried it, I can never go back!

The olive oil, freshly grounded peppercorn, and Himalayan salt perfectly balances out the taste, while the ACV provides a unique kick.

Method:

  • Shred or chop 1 whole carrot
  • Add any of your other favorite veggies (beets & dandelion leaves are great options)

Recipe for Organic Salad Dressing:

  • 2 teaspoons of organic olive oil
  • 3 teaspoon of raw organic apple cider vinegar
  • Add a dash of freshly grounded peppercorns
  • Add a dash of sea salt or pink Himalayan salt to taste

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Final Word

There are many natural and safe ways to help detox your liver. Start off slow and let cleansing become part of your everyday routine. See how a cleaner body can change the way you feel and the way you think.

How to Cleanse Your Colon Naturally – 6 Best Foods & Diet

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Do you have frequent constipation or bloating?

Are you regularly constipated?

Are you feeling sluggish and always tired? 

You may want to detox your colon. The longer you let your waste sit in your colon, the more time the toxins have in harming your body.

Why is colon health so important?

Poor diet, inactive lifestyle, and frequent bowel problems can lead to colorectal cancer, which is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States.

Before You Start a Detox Cleanse

If you’ve made up your mind in doing a colon cleanse, give your body that extra fighting chance by doing everything you possibly can in giving your body the upper hand.

This includes eliminating all toxins, chemicals, GMOs, MSG, sugar, refined/processed food, dairy, caffeine, fried foods, and saturated fats from your diet. Also, stop smoking and drinking at least a week before and after your cleanse.

Try to eliminate chemicals found in common household detergents and fabric sheets, cleaning products, shampoos, soaps, and air fresheners. Replace as many as you can with natural or DIY products.

If you’re going to invest in a gym membership, make sure that they offers classes such as yoga or Pilates. These types of meditative exercises stimulate your circulation, lymphatic system, and digestive system.

Best Foods for a Natural Colon Cleanse

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The colon is also known as our large intestine. It is about 5-feet long and 3-inches in diameter.

The colon does more than just accumulate waste. It contains billions of “healthy bacteria” that are constantly fighting off invasive harmful bacteria.

You want to keep your colon healthy and moving because this is where a lot of the toxins gather before they are flushed out of your system.

If you are constantly bloated, lethargic, and have infrequent bowel movements, you may want to start thinking about eliminating your constipation, in addition to the detox.

Your body is designed to naturally detox and excrete toxins out of the body. But when the colon is not functioning properly, excess toxins can start to build up.

Taking a lot of vitamin C (especially lemons), cayenne pepper, sea salt, ginger, apples, filtered pure water, probiotics, and apple cider vinegar can give your colon the extra help it needs to rid of harmful toxins.

Ingredients for Colon Cleanses

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  • Lemons
  • Cayenne Pepper
  • Sea Salt
  • Apples
  • Ginger
  • Pure Filtered Water
  • Probiotics
  • Apple Cider Vinegar

Check out the full benefits and explanations of these ingredients in Colon Cleanses & Detoxes.

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1. Sea Salt Laxative

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There are so many health benefits of sea salt. Just to name a few — sea salts have the ability to regulate water throughout your body, promote a healthy pH balance in your cells, absorb food particles through your intestinal tract, prevent muscle cramps, benefit vascular health, and manage blood pressure with regulated water and potassium intake.

Method: Drink a sea salt laxative as soon as you wake up, on an empty stomach. Drink everything within 5-minutes.

You should be going to the bathroom in about 30-minutes. Expect to go a few more times throughout the morning, so make sure you have a bathroom nearby. Drink this mix every morning, for 1-week, once a month.

  • 2 teaspoons of freshly grounded sea salt or pink Himalayan salt
  • 1 liter of warm filtered pure water (tap water contains toxins and heavy metals, which defeats the whole purpose of this detox)
  • Add fresh lemon juice for added benefits, and to cut the taste

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2. Lemon Juice

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Lemons have antiseptic properties that have the power to fight off harmful bacteria. Lemon water is great at decreasing the amount of bad bacteria that lingers around in our colons.

Method: Drink everyday, twice a day. The best times to drink lemon water are: the first thing in the morning and 2-hours before dinner.

  • Squeeze the juice from 1/2 of a lemon
  • 8-10 ounces of pure filtered water

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3. Lemon Juice, Cayenne Pepper & Honey

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Cayenne peppers are a spicy and pungent red pepper that has many proven health benefits.

Cayenne pepper contains capsaicin, which has been shown to reduce appetite, increase energy, boost fat burninglower cholesterol, and reduce the number of cancer cells. All of these actions are necessary for a health colon.

Method: Drink this cayenne, lemon & honey concoction for 1-2 days, at least 6-12 times a day. Do not eat solid foods or sugar during the duration of this cleanse.

  • 2 tablespoons of lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons of raw organic honey
  • 1/5 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
  • 10 ounces of water

This cleanse is a twist off of the Master Cleanse, but I don’t advocate doing this longer than 2 straight days. A few days of flushing your body is great, but it is not healthy to withhold essential vitamins, mineral, and calories from your body for longer than 2 days.

After an extended period of time, the harmful Master Cleanse can slow down your metabolism, cause excess post-diet weight-gain, cause muscle deterioration, and deprives your body of vital nutrients.

Your immune system also weakens from not eating over long periods of time. Also, the constant drinking of fluids flushes out your system of all your essential vitamins and minerals. All the good bacteria that protects our bodies from foreign invaders also get flushed out and does not getting replenished.

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4. Ginger & Apple Smoothie

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Ginger is one of the most commonly consumed condiments in the world. It has been used for over 5,000 years by the Indians and the Chinese for treating different ailments, due to its antiseptic properties.

Apples have numerous proven health benefits. This fruit contains high levels of antioxidants, fiber, and phytochemicals (cancer fighting).

Phytochemicals are effective in reducing cholesterol, improving cardiac health, and preventing the growth of cancer cells–especially colon cancer.

Method: Make sure to eat apples that are organic. Apples are part of the dirty dozen that must be eaten organic.

Drink a ginger & apple smoothie once a day.

  • 1 tablespoon of freshly peeled ginger
  • 1 medium sliced & seeded apple
  • 1 cup of fresh spinach
  • 1 medium carrot
  • 8-10 ounces of pure filtered water

5. Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) Drink

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Apple cider vinegar is great for improving overall health, boosting the immune system, and detoxing the body.

Method: Drink an ACV mix, 3 times a day, for 1-week. It is best to drink this mix as soon as you wake up, on an empty stomach. For maintenance purposes, continue drinking 1-2 times a day, everyday.

  • 1 tablespoon of raw apple cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons of raw organic honey (add honey if the ACV taste is too strong for you)
  • 8 ounces of pure filtered water
  • a dash of ceylon cinnamon

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6. Probiotics

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Probiotics (good bacteria) is responsible for keeping harmful bacteria at bay, keeping stools soft and loose, and retaining moisture in the intestines for a healthy flow.

Just remember that when your poop lacks healthy bacteria, it turns into rock hard pebbles.

Method: Make sure to take probiotic-containing foods all-year round. Naturally occurring foods can be found in: water or milk Kefir, kombucha, non-commercial unflavored yogurt, fermented foods, & sauerkraut.

Quality probiotic capsules can also be found at your local health food store or online.

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Final Word

There are many natural and safe ways to help detox your colon. Start off slow and let cleansing become part of your everyday routine. See how a cleaner body can change the way you feel and the way you think.

How to Cleanse & Detox Your Kidneys Naturally – 7 Best Foods

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Do you have frequent bloating and chronic fatigue?

Do you have kidney stones, skin problems, or recurring urinary tract infections?

You may want to start thinking about detoxing your kidneys.

The longer toxins are left to build up in your kidneys, the more at risk you are for renal disease or renal failure.

Most people are born with two kidneys — each about the size of a tennis ball. Healthy kidneys have millions of nephrons that filter out waste. This waste is then removed through the urine.

Unhealthy kidneys lose the ability to efficiently filter out waste, and toxins start to build up in the blood. Excess  waste in the body can cause nausea and vomiting, loss of appetite, generalized weakness, change in taste, and itchy skin.

Our kidneys are one of the hardest working organs of the body. Everyday our kidneys filter out about 200 quarts (30 gallons) of blood, while removing toxins and excess fluid.

Kidneys also monitor blood pressure, make red blood cells, regulate calcium to build strong bones, and balance out our electrolyte levels.

Before You Start a Detox Cleanse

If you’ve made up your mind in doing a kidney cleanse, give your body that extra fighting chance by doing everything you possibly can in giving your body the upper hand.

This includes eliminating all toxins, chemicals, GMOs, MSG, sugar, refined/processed food, dairy, caffeine, fried foods, and saturated fats from your diet. Also, stop smoking and drinking at least a week before and after your cleanse.

Try to eliminate chemicals found in common household detergents and fabric sheets, cleaning products, shampoos, soaps, and air fresheners. Replace as many as you can with natural or DIY products.

If you’re going to invest in a gym membership, make sure that they offers classes such as yoga or Pilates. These types of meditative exercises stimulate your circulation, lymphatic system, and digestive system.

Kidney Cleansing Foods & Recipes

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Most kidney problems do not show symptoms early on. It is important to maintain healthy kidneys before they start showing signs of disease or failure.

Symptoms of kidney disease include nausea, decreased appetite, swelling of the ankles and lower legs, generalized fatigue, itching and dry skin, foamy and bloody urine, bad taste in the mouth, and mental status changes.

Your body is designed to naturally detox and remove excess uric acid from the body through the urine. But when the kidneys aren’t functioning properly, the excess toxins can build up in the blood.

Eat lots of fruits and vegetables during your cleanse and stay away from animal meat and fats. Animal fats and protein contain a lot of uric acid.

When the body breaks down a chemical called purine, which is naturally made in the body and found in certain foods, uric acid is produced. Uric acid can crystalize in the blood and accumulate around the joints, creating arthritic pain. This is what happens during a gout attack.

A study published in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology shows that a lower protein diet is more beneficial to patients with chronic renal failure.

Patients who are in end stage renal disease (ESRD) and on dialysis, are recommended to eat a normal protein diet because dialysis removes protein waste and essential amino acids from their blood.

Foods that are high in uric acid are meat proteins (chick, red meat, fish), fats, yeast, and beer. Other foods to stay away from during a kidney detox are sugar, table salt, and caffeine.

Foods that are beneficial to the kidneys are apple cider vinegar, berries, dandelion leaves, beets, garlic, dark green leafy vegetables, nuts & seeds, turmeric, and carrots.

Ingredients for Kidney Cleanses

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  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Berries
  • Dandelion Leaves
  • Beets
  • Garlic
  • Dark Green Leafy Vegetables
  • Nuts & Seeds
  • Turmeric
  • Carrots

Check out the full benefits and explanations of these ingredients in Kidney Cleanses & Detoxes.

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1. Apple Cider Vinegar  (ACV) Drink

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Apple cider vinegar is great for improving overall health, boosting the immune system, and detoxing the body.

The citric, acetic, and phosphorus acid components in ACV helps to break down and prevent kidney stone formation.

Method: It is best to drink this mix in the morning, as soon as you wake up. Drink this drink 3 times a day, for 1-week. For maintenance purposes, continue drinking 1-2 times a day, everyday.

  • 2 teaspoons of organic apple cider vinegar
  • 8-1o ounces of pure filtered water
  • 2 teaspoons of raw organic honey (add honey if the ACV taste is too strong for you)

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2. Berry Smoothie

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Blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, and cranberries are rich in vitamins, minerals, flavonoid antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

Antioxidants rid the body of free radicals and slows the progression of kidney disease.

Method: Drink a berry smoothie once a day.

  • 1 cup of mixed berries
  • 1 organic, peeled, raw beet
  • 1/2 cup of organic cranberry juice
  • 1/2 cup of organic milk, greek yogurt, or kefir
  • 2 teaspoons of organic apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup of dark green leafy vegetables (your choice)

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3. Dandelion Leaves & Tea

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Dandelion leaves contain an antioxidant called flavonoids. Flavonoids cleanse the kidneys, purify the blood, and increase the flow of urine.

Dandelion leaves’ diuretic effects is as strong as some pharmaceutical drugs, yet they are more gentle and come without any known side effect.

Method: Drink a detoxing dandelion tea daily.

You can also get fresh dandelion leaves from an asian supermarket or a local farmer’s market. Add fresh dandelion leaves to your daily salad.

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4. Garlic Drink

fresh garlic cloves for liver cleanses

Garlic is great for immunity, cleansing of the kidneys and liver, and your overall health.

Garlic is a natural diuretic. It forces out excess sodium and water from the body, and into your urine. This in turn, decreases blood pressure throughout your entire body.

Garlic also protects your kidneys, heart, lungs, liver, and blood from harmful toxins and heavy metals.

Method: A great way of adding garlic into your diet is to add it to your cooking. Cooked garlic has a pleasant aroma and is delicious.

Also, add a few cloves to your smoothies. If the taste of garlic is too strong for you, odorless garlic supplements are also a great option.

  • If you cannot handle eating the entire clove raw, try holding a slice of garlic in your mouth, while sucking on the juices for 15-minutes.
  • You can also finely mince 1-2 cloves of garlic, mix it into a glass of water, and drink it.
  • Another method is to take the finely minced pieces and put it on a piece of fruit, and cover it with honey.

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5. Turmeric

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Curcumin is an active component in turmeric and contains antioxidants and significant anti-inflammatory properties. Kidney diseases and other frequently accompanied diseases such as diabetes and cardiovascular disorders, are caused by inflammation in the body.

A study published in the journal Molecules in 2014 shows that curcumin is beneficial for people with kidney disease while another study shows the benefits of curcumin on kidney stones.

Method: Turmeric comes in powder, liquid, tincture or supplement forms. Add turmeric powder to your favorite recipes, baked goods, teas and more!

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6. Carrot Juice

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Carrots are packed with carotene, which fights cancer and removes toxins and heavy metals from the kidneys. The fibers in carrots bind to the toxins and eliminate them.

Method: Carrots are best eaten raw, organic, and unpeeled. Drink carrot juice everyday in the morning, on an empty stomach. Leave the peel on for added vitamins and minerals.

  •  Juice 5-7 organic raw carrots

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7. Carrot, Beets, & Dandelion Salad

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Beets contain betaine, an antioxidant that helps fight tumor growth and removes calcium buildup in the kidneys.

Method: Make a fresh carrots, beets, and dandelion salad. Personally, I like to slice all my salad ingredients with a mandoline slicer. A finely chopped salad makes it more fun and easier to eat.

Home-made Organic Dressing: I was always hesitant in making a dressing with apple cider vinegar because of the strong taste and smell. But now that I’ve tried it, I can never go back!

The olive oil, freshly grounded peppercorn, and Himalayan salt perfectly balances out the taste, while the ACV provides a special kick.

  • Shred or chop 1 whole carrot
  • Shred 1 organic, raw, peeled beet
  • Add any of your other favorite veggies

Recipe for Organic Salad Dressing:

  • 1 teaspoons of organic olive oil
  • 3 teaspoon of raw organic apple cider vinegar
  • Add a dash of freshly grounded peppercorns
  • Add a dash of sea salt or pink Himalayan salt to taste

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Final Word

There are many natural and safe ways to help detox your kidneys. Start off slow and let cleansing become part of your everyday routine. See how a cleaner body can change the way you feel and the way you think.

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