A kidney cleanse is a procedure which is used to dissolve deposits inside the kidneys that can lead to kidney stones.
The function of the kidneys is to excrete urine, which contains the end products of metabolism, and to help regulate the wastes, electrolyte, and acid content of the blood. To accomplish this, the kidneys conserve water and balance electrolytes by reabsorbing the exact amounts required minute by minute and sending the excess out through the urinary tract. This is done through a complex network of electrochemical responses, including the brain, nervous system, and endocrine (hormone producing glands).
If you have been eating a diet high in refined carbohydrates or sugar, and low or deficient in good fats, your body simply may not have the raw materials available to produce the hormones it needs to properly guide kidney function.
A kidney cleanse also is done in order to cleanse the delicate kidney tubules and supporting tissues from foreign substances which have collected there due to the body’s inability to eliminate them via the usual way, namely the ureters, urinary bladder, and urethra.
It is now known that hard minerals (mainly from our drinking water) can not be assimilated by our bodies, and begins to build up in our kidneys and other organs, contributing to many diseases.
“Water Hardness” is the underlying cause of many, if not all, of the diseases resulting from poisons in the intestinal tract. These (hard minerals) pass from the intestinal walls and get into the lymphatic system, which delivers all of it’s products to the blood, which in turn, distributes to all parts of the body. This is the cause of much human disease. – Dr. Charles Mayo (Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota)
What we as scientists and the public have never realized is that minerals collected in the body from water are all inorganic minerals, which cannot be assimilated (digested) by the body. The only minerals that the body can utilize are the organic minerals (from fruits and vegetables). All other types of minerals are foreign substances to the body and must be disposed of or eliminated. – Allen E.Banik, M.D. his book: “The Choice is Clear”
What do the kidneys do?
Kidneys are truly impressive organs. The more you learn, the more you’ll understand why you want to help keep them healthy.
Another word for kidney is renal. You may hear your doctor talk about renal function or read materials that mention renal failure. Whenever you see or hear the word renal, you will know the subject is about kidneys.
They kidneys have a couple of different functions. Their main purpose of the kidney is to separate urea, mineral salts, toxins, and other waste products from the blood, especially a nitrogen-containing compound called urea.
The kidneys control the quantity and quality of fluids within the body, conserving water, salts, and electrolytes. They also produce hormones and vitamins that direct cell activities in many organs. The hormone renin, for example, helps control blood pressure. When the kidneys are not working properly, waste products and fluid can build up to dangerous levels, creating a life-threatening situation. They also produce a hormone called erythropoietin, which tells the bone marrow to make red blood cells, and one called calcitriol helps to keep bones strong.
Among the important substances the kidneys help to control are sodium, potassium, chloride, bicarbonate HCO3- (measured indirectly as CO2), pH, calcium, phosphate, and magnesium.
About 180 litres of water filters through your kidneys every day, but only about 1.5 liters finally leaves your body as urine. At least one kidney must function properly for life to be maintained.
How kidneys do their jobs
Inside each kidney is approximately one million tiny filtering units called nephrons. Each nephron has a glomerulus and tubules. The glomerulus is a series of specialized capillary loops where water and small particles are filtered from the blood. The waste and extra fluids then travel through the tube-like structure of the tubules where several processes take place to turn those fluids into urine. The tubules lead to the collecting duct where the urine is drained into a funnel-shaped sac called the renal pelvis. Each kidney has a ureter that connects the renal pelvis to the bladder. The urine from the kidneys flows down the ureters into the bladder and is then passed out of the body through the urethra.
The basic function of kidneys begins when you eat and drink. After the body takes the nutrients it needs, the extras become wastes. Some of the waste winds up in the blood and needs to be filtered out. The blood gets circulated through the body with every beat of the heart. It’s the job of the kidneys—with their millions of nephrons—to filter and clean out the blood and remove the extra fluids. The extra fluid and waste becomes urine and travels from the kidneys down the ureters to the bladder until eliminated through the urethra.
What is a kidney stone?
A kidney stone is a hard mass developed from crystals that separate from the urine and build up on the inner surfaces of the kidney. Kidney stones occur in roughly one in 10 people in the United States. Once a person gets more than one stone, others are likely to develop. Kidney stones are a common cause of blood in the urine and pain in the abdomen, flank, or groin. Kidney stones occur in 1 in 20 people at some time in their life.
What causes kidney stones?
The development of the stones is related to decreased urine volume or increased excretion of stone-forming components such as calcium, oxalate, urate, cystine, xanthine, and phosphate. The stones form in the urine collecting area (the pelvis) of the kidney and may range in size from tiny to staghorn stones the size of the renal pelvis itself.
The cystine stones (below) compared in size to a quarter were obtained from the kidney of a young woman by percutaneous nephrolithotripsy (PNL), a procedure for crushing and removing the dense stubborn stones characteristic of cystinuria.
What are symptoms of kidney stones?
Kidney stones cause pain. The pain with kidney stones is usually of sudden onset, very severe and colicky (intermittent), not improved by changes in position, radiating from the back, down the flank, and into the groin. Nausea and vomiting are common.
- Lower back pain
- edema (“water holding”)
- like lungs edema
- arms edema
- legs edema
- abdomen edema
What factors predispose to the development of kidney stones?
Factors predisposing to kidney stones include recent reduction in fluid intake, increased exercise with dehydration, medications that cause hyperuricemia (high uric acid) and a history of gout.
A Word About The Cleansing Process
The body’s systems work together and rely on each other to properly process all the nutrition and poison we take in daily. As with any complex system, there is a BEST way to go about maintaining it. For anyone serious about cleansing, we HIGHLY recommend a comprehensive, and systematic approach.
This sequence is highly recommended by many natural health practitioners and medical doctors alike.
- Bowel/Colon cleanse
- Parasite Cleanse
- Kidney Cleanse
- Liver/Gall Bladder Cleanse and Flush
The idea is to clean the sludge out of the digestive the system, so when we reach the liver flush, we get get as much toxins, dead parasites, and gallstones out as possible. Toxic accumulations are eliminated from the alimentary canal and then toxic overloads start releasing from the liver, kidneys, and lymphatic system. This allows the entire body to detoxify and function more efficiently.
About the Kidney-Cleanse
The Kidney-Cleanse includes herbs traditionally used to help nutritionally support the normal cleansing of the kidneys of waste materials, including those resulting from the activity of kidney stones, edema (water holding) in lungs, arms, or abdomen.
Note: You may get better results if you first complete the Dr. Clark Para-Cleanse.
“Washing” the inside
It takes a great deal of liquid to “wash” the inside of your body. Consuming it in the form of herbal teas gives you extra benefits and enjoyment if you learn to make them with variations – especially if you want to produce a gallon of urine a day. Any edema or “water holding”, whether in lungs, arms, or abdomen, may also benefit from strengthening of the kidneys.
If your kidneys or bladder are not operating normally, gradually increase the dose to double the regular amounts. Make sure you start just as slowly to avoid feeling pressure in the bladder.