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We’ve posted about the function and importance of detoxifying the liver and gallbladder, the stomach and bowels, the lymphatic system, and the endocrine glands. So, now it’s time to focus on the kidneys and bladder! Most people know a little about the kidneys and bladder, but a more in depth understanding of even their most basic functions can empower you to better understand this aspect of your body and it’s detoxification needs.
What do the Kidneys and Bladder do?
The kidneys are two fist-sized, bean shaped organs on either side of your spine that filter your lymphatic fluid and eliminate cellular wastes via the urine. While the kidneys do serve other functions, we are going to focus on their role as eliminative organs. Key to understanding the kidneys is learning how they work alongside the lymphatic system. Each kidney takes care of each side of your body’s lymphatic system. So, when the left kidney is weak, you will begin to have problems lymphatically on the left side of the body and vice versa!
Just because you are urinating does not mean that you are actually filtering out lymphatic waste. In fact, when you are using the Lymphatic formulas, make sure you use the the Kidney formulas too in order to avoid developing a UTI (urinary tract infection).
The bladder is a muscular sac located in the pelvis, which is about the size of a pear when empty. Once the urine is produced by the kidneys, it then travels down the ureters, which are two tubes that empty into the bladder. The bladder then stores this fluid, and expands to accommodate it until you are ready or able to urinate.
What Symptoms are Telling You To Detox Your Kidneys?
- Bags or dark circles under your eyes.
- Swelling in your feet, ankles or face.
- Changes in your urine – appearance or frequency
- Bad breath
How Can I Get My Kidneys Filtering?
If you experience a number of these symptoms then it is more than likely that your kidneys are not filtering, and doing a cleanse could be a great option for you. One of the first steps you can take to decrease the toxic load on your kidneys is to clean up your diet. Watermelon, beet and lemon juices are excellent kidney detoxifiers. Try to avoid cranberry juices as these are too acidic. The key is consuming alkalising foods, as alkalization is essential to the regeneration of the kidneys.
Secondly, increasing your fluid intake is great. You should consider sticking to filtered water and preferably organic produce, as this will do a world of good for not just your kidneys but your whole body!
If you find it difficult to drink a lot of water, we recommend sipping Heal All Tea throughout the day instead. We like to brew a big pot of it before bed, let it cool overnight and then drink it over the following day.
A lot of our Our Botanicals friends and family are having fantastic success getting their kidneys filtering by embarking on the 14 Week Deep Tissue Cleansing Kits. These kits are a great place to start your detoxification journey.
What Herbal Formulas Can I Use?
There are specific herbal formulas and fruits and vegetables that are especially good at supporting and cleansing the kidneys and bladder. We carry four herbal formulas from Dr Morse, which are specifically designed to aid in detoxifying and strengthening the kidney and bladder tissues.
Kidney & Bladder I: This herbal formula was created to alkalize (remove inflammation), clean, strengthen, and regenerate the kidneys and bladder tissues. It’s a function enhancer. It was especially designed to increase lymph cleaning throughout the kidney channels.
Kidney & Bladder II: This herbal formula is used more as a strong diuretic.
Kidney & Bladder III: This is a stronger version of Formula I, they are both function enhancers. Both are designed specially to increase lymph cleaning throughout the kidney channels.
Kidney & Bladder IV: This is a stronger version of Formula II, they are both strong diuretics.
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