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How to Detox Your Kidneys

Today’s modern-day conveniences—cars, fast food, mass production plants—expose the human body to more toxins and pollution than ever before. These conditions force our bodies to work overtime at flushing out harmful materials and staying healthy. The kidneys play a major role in this detoxing process.

In fact, the kidneys work nonstop at filtering the air you breathe, the food you eat, the water you drink, and even the medications you take. For these reasons, it’s a good idea to detox your kidneys and give them a rest every now and then. Read on to find out about natural ways to detox your kidneys and what a kidney detox actually does.

Why Detox Your Kidneys?

Once toxins and pollutants enter the blood, whether through eating, breathing, or skin exposure, they end up in your bloodstream. When toxins build up in the bloodstream, each and every cell of the body becomes exposed. These conditions open the door for sickness and disease to take root.

The kidneys filter as much as 50 gallons of blood and water each day. In effect, these organs act as one of the body’s natural self-cleaning systems. When kidney functions become weakened or compromised, the rest of the body pays the price. Detoxing your kidneys on a periodic basis not only gives them a rest but allows them to heal and rebuild. Whether you choose to go all out and do a seven-day kidney detox or a three-day or even a one-day cleanse, your kidneys and your body as a whole will benefit.

How to Detox Your Kidneys

Eliminate “High Toxin” Foods

Eliminating foods that contain high levels of toxins is the first thing you want to do to detox your kidneys. Dairy, red meats, seafood, and any type of organ meats (like liver) fall in this category. The amount of toxins in these foods makes the kidneys work overtime, so avoid them at all costs. Here are some other “high toxin” foods and ingredients you’ll want to cut out of your diet:

  • Trans fats
  • Refined sugars
  • Refined oils, such as corn oils, cottonseed oils or any refined vegetable or seed oils
  • Processed food ingredients, such as shortening, artificial sweeteners, MSG, food dyes
  • Fast food

Incorporate Natural Cleansing Foods

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Natural foods that cleanse the body work especially well during a kidney detox. These foods include fruit juices, cranberries, and seaweed. Fruit juices containing citric acid, such as orange, lemon, and melon juices, protect the kidneys from calcium build-up, which is how kidney stones form. Cranberries are well-known for their bladder-cleansing benefits, and the bladder is an organ that works hand-in-hand with the kidneys. Seaweed offers a range of healing and cleansing benefits on not only the kidney but the pancreas and the liver too. Here are a few more natural cleansing foods to consider, including:

  • High-fiber foods
  • Dark, leafy vegetables

Increase Your Daily Barley Grass Intake with BarleyMax

When it comes to the world of grains, barley grass offers a powerhouse of nutrients that work to eliminate toxins from the body’s cells. Barley grass juice also works well at protecting the kidneys from damage, especially in cases where uncontrolled diabetes is present. Including barley grass juice in your kidney detox diet will go a long way toward reinforcing the health benefits derived from the detox.

Hallelujah Diet offers its own propriety barley and alfalfa grass juice powder, BarleyMax, a functional food that preserves all the nutrient-packed benefits barley and alfalfa grass have to offer. Made up of 100 percent pure organic ingredients, we grow these grasses at an elevation of 5,000 feet in volcanic lakebed soil that’s rich in nutrients. These conditions promote a slow growth process where the plants derive maximum nutrition from the soil. The finished product retains the living nutrients of the plant, which is exactly what the body needs during a kidney detox.

Stay Hydrated!

Since the body’s need for water directly affects its ability to flush out toxins, staying hydrated throughout the duration of a kidney detox can only help the detox process along. Be sure to take in at least a half ounce of liquid for every pound of body weight. Keep in mind that raw, plant-based foods will provide a good amount of water, so factor that in along the way.

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Whether you’re considering a kidney cleanse to improve your health or are taking steps to address a kidney-related health problem, your kidneys will benefit from the break all the same. While detoxes are seldom fun, the older the body gets the more it can benefit from the occasional cleanse. The good news is after you detox your kidneys, you’ll feel great!


  1. Fifty gallons of blood and water is a lot of daily work for the kidneys. I appreciate learning about these noninvasive ways to detoxify the kidneys: consume non-toxic food, eat natural cleansing foods like vegetables high in fiber and leafy green vegetables. Increase your daily intake of Barley Max and stay hydrated. Raw foods provide a lot of clean water.

  2. Gloria Sue Smith March 12, 2021

    My husband is in Stage 3 CKD. Wish he would change his lifestyle but he thinks at his age (85) it is too late and sometimes gives me a hard time because I have changed my “lifestyle”. Some family members smile and call me senile but…… I believe we should take care of the Temple of the Holy Ghost and when I learn things need to change then I try to change them. However, I do it by “example” I have learned a lot in the past 50 years. BTW I am 80-ish myself. Just had no clue about a healthy lifestyle until after the death of our youngest son 50 years ago. BTW he had ALL.

    • Melody Hord March 12, 2021

      Hi Gloria, First of all, I am so sorry about your son. Every day on earth is a gift. We never know when our time will come to go to heaven.
      I am a firm believer in taking care of these physical bodies with whatever knowledge we have.
      We simply never know what our bodies can do until we try. As you have probably figured out, it takes a lot of hard work in the kitchen to eat the best foods! Every night I prepare wholesome meals for my husband and me. It is labor intensive! I spend a ton of time washing dishes and wiping off the counters! We have a couple friends who eat out practically every night because it is easier and can be cheaper. Most restaurants do not serve organic whole foods. Frankly, the food I prepare at home is so much better than the restaurant food around me. There is one place a little over an hour from me that has some good food, so we go there on my day off occasionally,
      Everyone must decide how much time, energy and money they are willing to invest in their diet. It takes a ton of motivation and conviction. But, nothing of great value happens without hard work.

  3. So many people suffer from kidney disorders. I did not realize that the kidneys play a major role in getting the toxins out of the body. I can see how they are overworked with the toxins in our modern society.
    Keeping the body well hydrated throughout the day helps the kidneys filter out the toxins.

  4. Annette Whitworth March 16, 2021

    This was some great information to learn about detoxing the kidneys. I take the barley and Im glad I do because of barley grass offers a powerhouse of nutrients that work to eliminate toxins from the body’s cells. Barley grass juice also works well at protecting the kidneys from damage, especially in cases where uncontrolled diabetes is present. This part was great to learn about the barley and the affects of the kidneys. Thanks again.

  5. The Kidneys function is so important for our overall health. We tend to overlook this, BarleyMax can help with keeping our bodies healthy and strong.

  6. Jennifer March 26, 2021

    This is a great reminder of how important it is to take care of our kidneys. Thanks for the information.

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