Kidney detox

I believe that detoxifying the body is an ideal way to eliminate toxic substances that build up in the organs and prevent your system from functioning at its best.

Throughout history, humans have always used fasting or cleansing as a way to detoxify not only the physical body, but the emotional body as well. Anyone that knows me will know that I am passionate about the need to see a physical detox as a part of a holistic detox – the physical aspect alone can never be taken in isolation.

If you’re already in good health, then doing a yearly kidney cleanse can be a gentle form of prevention for you. If your health is challenged then it may be time to take steps to improve your quality of life and overall wellbeing. Think of your body as an engine that needs a service!

Your kidneys not only produce hormones for you, filter out excess water and sodium, and clean your blood, they all handle toxins that come in to your body from food, air, and water.

Some of the best ways I know to detoxify are through using herbs or enemas, fasting, or eating fresh fruits and vegetables that will help flush out waste products.

Tinctures/Homeopathic remedies

There are herbal tinctures like Chanca Piedra (the ‘Stonebreaker’) or homeopathic remedies like those from Dr. Reckeweg which is often recommended by fantastic authorities like Xandria Williams. Refer to experts or to established texts for information to be sure that any tincture or remedy is right for you.

Drinking fresh water and juices

Flush flush flush! – plenty of water is a must for a Kidney cleanse. You could also look at fresh juicing (a simple recipe is made from 2 carrots and a large cucumber). Not all vegetables and fruits are good for detoxing the kidneys though and every juice may not be suitable for those with diabetes or blood sugar issues.


The enema that is traditionally used for a kidney detox is a Burdock Root enema.

The best person to advise you on the suitability and safety of enemas or appropriate enema recipes is your GP, qualified therapist or Health practitioner. Please consult them before taking an enema..

Colonic therapists and naturopaths would recommend that you always start any cleanse with a course of coffee enemas though in order to clear and prepare the colon and liver for the cleansing work they will need to do!

Detoxifying the kidneys helps them absorb nutrients and filter toxins more efficiently.

A kidney detox  can be key to helping you feel your optimum best. As you detox it may be that you find may experience physical or emotional detox symptoms. Write them down as you can ‘work’ on these later. EFT tapping is a wonderful way to help with emotional detox and is a simple technique that can be used quickly and effectively at any time. Check out the blog on this site to see if there is a short description of EFT techniques.

Physical Symptoms you may experience when your kidneys detox.

We are all different, and so our reactions to detoxifying the kidneys may take a variety of forms. The goal is the same for all of us though – to improve the health of kidneys.

The most common physical symptoms that occur from a kidney detox are headache, bad breath, body odour, nausea, dizziness, depression, moodiness, fatigue, diarrhoea, gas, insomnia and thirst. More acute symptoms can include rashes, aches and pains. Some people get no reactions, others get some reactions but the reactions are all relative to the person and how they best cope with any form of healing reaction.

As the kidneys detoxify, cravings for various foods may arise too and you’ll need willpower to resist t crahem. If you know they are likely you will have been forewarned and that should help you to recognise a craving that might occur. If a craving starts, avoid the foods you crave but always write down the day and tim and what you’re craving so that you can look back later to see if any patterns emerge. Drinking copious quantities of water and a glass or two of appropriate juices can help fight your cravings. Exercise and breathing techniques are also excellent, helpful and essential ways to keep yourself on track.

Kidney Stones

Kidney stones may be passed during a kidney detox. These stones can indicate an imbalance between calcium and magnesium in your body. If you do pass stones as a result of a detox these crystals can place pressure on the urinary tract, especially if the stones are quite large. As you eliminate stones, you may feel nauseous and experience pain in the groin as they pass through your system and out of the body. As stones move down the urethra, you may feel the need to urinate more often, along with a burning sensation when you do. If you experience fever and chills, you may have an infection, in which case, contacting your health care provider .

Author, Amanda Nelson – Based on information from various sources including ARCH, Michele Kadison, Xandria Williams, Sheleana Aiyana

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