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Tips to detox your kidneys

Updated March 23, 2017

The kidneys have a hard job. The National Health Service (NHS) describes the kidneys' role as "vital" to the body's overall health as they regulate fluid volume, mineral composition and acidity by excreting and reabsorbing water and inorganic electrolytes. With such a large responsibility, just like any machine, the kidneys need to be refreshed and recharged. Detoxing your kidneys is an effective way to reduce symptoms associated with arthritis, cancer, skin problems, kidney disease, high blood pressure and liver problems, as well as eliminating infection or toxins from the body.

Increase your water intake. It is recommended that you consume eight 8 oz glasses (64 oz or approximately 2 litres) of water per day. Try to increase your intake to 12 glasses of water (96 oz or approximately 3 litres).

Decrease your sugar and salt intake. The kidneys have to work hard to excrete sugar and salt to prevent them from being absorbed into the blood and circulated throughout the body. Reducing your intake allows them to work more efficiently throughout the detox.

Increase your intake of fruit, specifically juicier fruits such as watermelon, cantaloupe melon, honeydew or grapes. You can also drink fruit juice but be careful; many pre-packaged juices contain a lot of sugar. Cranberry juice has proven to be highly effective in flushing out toxins.

Increase your intake of vegetables to replenish your body with vitamins and minerals. You can also consider juicing fresh fruits and vegetables and drinking all natural smoothies as meal replacements.

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Shemiah Williams has been writing for various websites since 2009 and also writes for "Parle Magazine." She holds a bachelor's degree in business and technology and a master's degree in clinical psychology. Williams serves as a subject matter expert in many areas of health, relationships and professional development.