Top 10 Foods To Detox And Cleanse Your Kidneys
3 Mar 2018
Top 10 Foods To Detox And Cleanse Your Kidneys
Apples have been known to reduce cholesterol, prevent constipation, protect against heart disease and reduce the risk of cancer. High in fibre and anti-inflammatory compounds, an apple is a perfect kidney superfood. Apples are a good source of pectin, a soluble fibre that can lower cholesterol and glucose levels. And don’t forget the peel! It is a significant source of antioxidants, including one called quercetin, which is thought to protect brain cells. Fresh apples are also a good source of Vitamin C. For a tasty treat, sprinkle apples with cinnamon.
2. Red Bell Peppers
Red bell peppers are low in potassium and high in flavour and are an excellent source of vitamin C, vitamin A as well as vitamin B6, folic acid and fibre. All these properties are great for healthy kidneys. Red bell peppers contain a lycopene which is an antioxidant that protects against certain cancers. You can eat red bell peppers raw with a dip as a snack or appetizer, or you can mix them into a salad, tuna salad, chicken salad etc. You can also roast them, use them as a topping on sandwiches, salads, chop them onto an omelette, or stuffed red bell peppers. This is a great source for healthier kidneys.
3. Cabbage and Cauliflower
Cabbage a cruciferous vegetable is packed full of phytochemicals, chemical compounds in fruit or vegetables that break up free radicals before they can do damage. High in vitamin K, vitamin C and fibre, cabbage is also a good source of vitamin B6 and folic acid. It is low in potassium. Raw cabbage makes a great addition to the dialysis diet as coleslaw or a topping on a meal, in salad, in vegetables and many others. You can steam, microwave, or boil it.
Cauliflower is also a cruciferous vegetable and is high in vitamin C acting as a good source of folate and fibre. It’s packed full of indoles , glucosinolates and thiocyanates which are compounds that help the liver to neutralise toxic substances that could damage cell membranes and DNA. It can be served as a salad, raw, steamed or boiled with a meal and other vegetables, it can also be added to spices such as turmeric, curry powder, pepper, herb seasonings. You can pair cauliflower with pasta or even mash cauliflower as a dialysis diet replacement for mashed potatoes.
These tangy, tasty berries are known to protect against bladder infections by preventing bacteria from sticking to the bladder wall. In a similar way, cranberries also protect the stomach from ulcer-causing bacteria and protect the lining of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, promoting GI health. Cranberries have also been shown to protect against cancer and heart disease. Cranberry juice and cranberry sauce are the most frequently consumed cranberry products. You can also add dried cranberries to salads or have them as a snack.
5. Fish Omega-3
Omega-3 fatty acids are essential nutrients our body cannot make, so we must get them through the foods we eat. They have many important functions in the body including controlling blood clotting and building cell membranes in the brain. Omega-3 fatty acids have been shown to decrease risk of abnormal heartbeats, decrease triglyceride levels and slightly lower blood pressure. They are being looked at for their potential benefits for conditions such as cancer, autoimmune diseases and inflammatory bowel diseases. Salmon is a favourite “go-to” source of omega–3 fatty acids, but you can also consider mackerel, albacore tuna, herring and sardines.
Blueberries are high in antioxidant phytonutrients called anthocyanidins, which give them their blue colour, and they are bursting with natural compounds that reduce inflammation. Blueberries are a good source of vitamin C; manganese, a compound that keeps your bones healthy; and fibre. They may also help protect the brain from some of the effects of aging. Buy blueberries fresh, frozen or dried, and try them in cereal or, topped with whipped topping, in a fruit smoothie. You can also drink blueberry juice.
Strawberries are rich in two types of phenols: anthocyanins and ellagitannins. Anthocyananins are what give strawberries their red colour and are powerful antioxidants that help protect body cell structures and prevent oxidative damage. Strawberries are an excellent source of vitamin C and manganese and a very good source of fibre. They are known to provide heart protection, as well as anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory components. Eat strawberries with cereal, smoothies and salad, or slice and serve them fresh or top them with whipped topping. If you’d like a more elaborate dessert, you can make strawberry pudding or sorbet, or puree and sweeten them to serve as a dessert.
Garlic helps prevent plaque from forming on your teeth lowers cholesterol and reduces inflammation. Buy it fresh, bottled, minced or powdered, and add it to meat, vegetable or pasta dishes. You can also roast a head of garlic and spread on bread. Garlic provides a delicious flavour and garlic powder is a great substitute for garlic salt in the dialysis diet.
Raspberries contain a phytonutrient called ellagic acid which helps neutralize free radicals in the body to prevent cell damage. They also contain flavonoids called anthocyanins, antioxidants which give them their red colour. An excellent source of manganese, vitamin C, fibre and folate, a B vitamin, raspberries may have properties that inhibit cancer cell growth and tumour formation. Add raspberries to cereal, or puree and sweeten them to make a dessert sauce or add them to vinaigrette dressing.
Onion, a member of the Allium family and a basic flavouring in many cooked dishes, contains sulfur compounds which give it its pungent smell. Onions are also rich in flavonoids, especially quercetin, a powerful antioxidant that works to reduce heart disease and protects against many cancers. Onions are low in potassium and a good source of chromium, a mineral that helps with carbohydrate, fat and protein metabolism. Try using a variety of onions including white, brown, red and others. Eat onions raw with sandwiches and in salads, with meals, with vegetables, cook them and use as a caramelized topping.