Kidney Cleansing or Detoxification

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Click on to learn more about kidney health in general. Click on to get detailed information about a kidney healthy diet.


Kidney Cleansing or Detoxification

If you type the words kidney cleanse or kidney detoxification into a search engine, you might notice something interesting.

While most most health-related keywords return links from places like the Mayo Clinic or the National Institutes of Health…

Not so with the keywords kidney cleanse or kidney detoxification. You mostly find people trying to sell you something.

Does this mean the medical community doesn’t think there’s much value to kidney cleansing?

Before trying to answer that question, let’s look at what kidney cleansing is.

Like liver cleansing and colon cleansing, a kidney cleanse is supposed to remove toxins from your body–in this case, of course, toxins in the kidneys. It’s also supposed to promote and maintain healthy kidney function, and possibly prevent the formation of kidney stones.

Most kidney cleanse products are described as herbal or “natural.” You take them as supplements. Some naturopathic doctors believe you can cleanse your kidneys through eating certain foods, including parsley, lemon juice, watermelon, and various herbs and roots.

Okay, back to the medical community’s opinion on kidney cleansing.

We went through page after page of links after putting the words “kidney cleanse” into a Google search box. Not much came up from the “usual suspects” like the Mayo Clinic or WebMD. The Mayo Clinic and WebMD publish thousands of pages on health and medical topics on the Internet.

We finally went directly to the Mayo Clinic website and typed some keywords into their site-specific searchbox, and we found some general articles on detox diets and cleansing programs. This one was authored by Dr. Michael Picco, M.D., a gastroenterologist. Dr. Picco wrote that detox diets and products stem…

“from the belief that the food you consume contains a range of harmful substances, which accumulate in your body, causing fatigue, headaches, nausea and even disease. But there’s no evidence that this is true or that detox diets have any health benefits. Also, in some cases, detox diets can have harmful side effects.”

He wrote further that

“Some people report they feel better, “lighter,” and more focused and energetic during and after detox diets. This may be due to their belief that they are doing something good for their bodies.

There is no evidence, however, that detox diets actually remove toxins from the body. Most ingested toxins are efficiently and effectively removed by the kidneys and liver and excreted in urine and stool.”

So there you have it.

We’re not here to tell you whether a kidney cleanse product will–or won’t–work. But it’s obvious some very smart people have their doubts, and therefore any purchase of a kidney cleanse product should be done only after thorough research–with a very skeptical eye.


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