At the beginning of the new year, you may have made certain resolutions. This time of year spurs most people on to think of healthy changes they can make to live their best life. One of the health-boosting steps that many people take is to do some sort of cleanse. Here, we take a look at the average kidney cleanse, what it’s supposed to do, and why you may not want to start yours without in-depth planning.
The kidneys are small organs that are about the size of a computer mouse. There is one on each side of the back just lower than the ribcage. The function of the kidneys is to filter approximately 200 quarts of blood each day to remove water and waste. Essentially, the kidneys are the body’s filtration system. It is precisely for this reason why a kidney cleanse may sound like a good idea.
It isn’t just filtering that the kidneys do all day. These organs also release hormones that are involved in several critical physical functions, including the making of red blood cells in bone marrow and the balance of calcium in the bones.
What is a Kidney Cleanse, anyway?
A kidney cleanse may be a diet or supplement program that goes on for several days. During a cleanse, foods, herbs, vitamins, and other supplements may be ingested to increase the flushing capacity of the kidneys. This is supposed to clean stagnant debris from the organs. As a result, kidneys supposedly function more efficiently and should be less likely to develop kidney stones. Also, proponents of kidney cleansing claim that a cleanse can improve urinary tract health and boost immunity.
What we need to remember about the kidneys is that, as the body’s filtrating organs, they are self-cleansing. The best thing we can do for kidney health is to drink plenty of water (but not too much). The average person needs between 90 and 120 ounces of water a day for optimal health and hydration. Beyond that, the use of supplements and even certain foods could lead to unwanted side effects. For example, consuming too much beetroot, a common kidney cleanse item, could lead to a drop in blood pressure or a spike in blood sugar. For certain people, these side effects are highly detrimental.
If you want to keep your kidneys healthy, scientific research suggests that you drink water throughout the day, eat a healthy diet, and maintain a healthy weight. With habits like these, your kidneys should take care of themselves.
Do you need care for kidney or urinary symptoms? Call our Plano urology office at (972) 403-5425.