Kidneys are amazing organs that purify our blood daily and eliminate toxins from our body.When their function is weakened or inhibited for a number of reasons, toxic substances and protein accumulate in the blood, which leads to serious problems.
Formation of kidney stones is one of these issues that affect a lot of people and cause almost unbearable pain. They are created when calcium salts, together with other acidic salts, accumulate in the body.
Some of the factors that contribute to the formation of kidney stones and other kidney disorders can be: a diet poor in vital nutrients, disturbed pH balance, eating foods with a high content of oxalates, artificial calcium supplements, insufficient water intake, being overweight, and lack of physical activity.
What are some indications of a possible kidney problem?
You should visit your physician as soon as you notice some of these symptoms as they can indicate a kidney problem: pain in the lower part of the back that spreads to the abdomen; a brownish color of the urine; strong feeling of thirst; swelling in the ankles or puffed eyes, fatigue and tiredness without an evident reason; an urge to urinate often without a sense of relief.
Apart from making the necessary changes towards a healthier lifestyle, it is necessary for us to cleanse our kidneys on a regular basis to enable these precious organs to do to their life-sustaining job in our body.
Nature has provided us with two wonderful detoxifying and cleansing products: parsley and lemon. Let’s have a quick insight into the amazing properties of parsley.
How can parsley aid us in cleansing our kidneys and boosting the overall health?
This herb of a Latin name Petroselinum Crispum originates from the Mediterranean area and it is a close relative of celery, carrots and anise. Its abilities to treat ailments of the urinary tract, kidney problems, gallstones and bloating has been known and used in the traditional medicine for centuries.
The fact that this humble looking plant is so easily cultivated and available for purchase does not diminish its remarkable culinary versatility and medicinal properties. On the contrary, it should be highly appreciated having in mind the amazing array of precious health-boosting substances it contains.
Here are some of the scientifically proven healing properties of parsley:
It is full of anti-oxidants that are known to destroy the free radicals that contribute to the development of many common diseases. These compounds in parsley include flavonoids like luteolin, lycopene, alpha carotene, and beta carotene.
Parsley provides anti-cancer benefits. The essential oils apiol, myristicin, limonene and eugenol make parsley a “chemoprotective” herb since their combined action aids the process of apoptosis, in which the carcinogenic cells are self-destroyed. They also help keep our DNA intact and prevent the mutation of cells.
Parsley alleviates bloating and has diuretic properties. This means that it increases the amount of daily urine production, which is especially important for the elimination of toxins and kidney stones (source)
Furthermore, it is helpful for treating gallbladder and urinary tract infections. Dr. John Cristopher, a renowned herbal doctor of the Herbal Legacy Group has said:” “Parsley is used for inflammation of the kidneys and bladder, gravel, stones, and urine retention.”(source)
Parsley facilitates digestion and eases gastrointestinal problems due to its high content of essential oils that promote the healthy enzyme function and nutrients intake.
The same essential oils are known to effectively eliminate bacteria and fungi from the skin and the mouth. Parsley is therefore used topically to diminish blemishes, to eliminate bad breath and protect the gums.
Parsley is a rich source of bone-strengthening vitamin K that works in unison with the bone-building minerals calcium, phosphorus, and vitamin D.
Parsley is a wonderful immune system booster due to its high content of vitamins C and A that reduce inflammation, protect the cells from damage, preserve eye health and keep the youthful appearance of the skin.
Parsley is a good source of folate, a B-vitamin that promotes cardiovascular health.
What about lemons?
Vitamins C and B that abound in this fruit nourish the kidney vessels and arteries and help eliminate toxins from them.
We know that too much sodium is bad for the kidneys and that potassium boosts kidney health. Lemons have a high content of potassium and contain very little sodium, so it is recommended that we substitute salt with lemon juice.
How to Prepare a Potent Kidney-Cleansing Parsley Tea
Although parsley tea made from fresh leaves has more powerful properties, you can also use dried leaves.
- 8 cups of filtered water
- 1 bunch of fresh organic parsley leaves
- The juice of freshly squeezed half lemon
- 2 tablespoons of raw honey, preferably organic
First, you need to wash the parsley leaves, and chop them into large pieces.
Then boil water over medium heat, add the parsley leaves and reduce heat. Allow it to cook for around 10 minutes. After this time, strain the mixture in a big pan, and let it cool covered with a lid. Add honey and lemon afterwards and drink 1-2 cups daily. You can keep this tea refrigerated in a jar for 7 days.
A word of caution
You should consult your physician if you are taking medications for kidney disorders before you begin consuming parsley tea.
Also, parsley can stimulate labor contractions and menstruation, so pregnant persons should not drink parsley tea.
Sources: Livingtraditionally.com; Drkelley.info; Steptohealth.com; Draxe.com