If you followed the formula in my earlier post (H2WOW! How much and how?) and managed to up your water intake accordingly, you’ve already done wonders for your body. “The Mighty Six” (your organs of elimination), especially the kidneys, could not be more thrilled and grateful for this, since you’ve made their life and work so much easier.
Every day your kidneys filter cca. 200 liters (quarts) of blood, of which about 2 liters (2 quarts) will become waste products and extra water (urine). This gets even more challenging during a fast, since a “Tsunami” of toxins hits the bloodstream.
This is a serious challenge and your kidneys need a boost to their super powers to be able to clear them out. You can boost them up by giving them a mini cleanse during this last day (or two, depending on which schedule you are following) before Ramadan.
For this type of cleanse, you can use lemon or lime juice. The citric acid in this juice may be effective in reducing calcium levels in the urine, which reduces the risk of developing calcium kidney stones (incidents of kidney stone attacks go up during a fast).
Mini Kidney Cleanse
– 2 tablespoons of freshly squeezed lemon or lime juice
– 1-2 teaspoons of organic maple syrup as a sweetener (optional)
– a pinch of cayenne pepper
– 300-400 ml of spring or purified water, lukewarm in temperature.
Start the day by drinking about 1-2 glasses of lukewarm filtered or spring water 1/2-1h before drinking the mixture. Drink this mixture three times a day. In-between you are allowed to drink water or other diluted fruit (watermelon, apple, cranberry etc.) or vegetable juices (cucumber, radish, celery, kale etc.) – do not mix fruit and veg juices. You can drink herbal teas (Juniper, Parsley, Celery Seed, Watermelon Seed, Marshmallow Root, Oatstraw, Horsetail, Dandelion Root, Corn Silk, Ginger or Uva Ursi) and eat fresh vegetables and fruits. The goal is to drink at least 3-3,5 liters of diluted juice per day.
Harmful foods and toxins such as smoking, refined sugar, sodium, caffeine, wheat, dairy, fish, meat and eggs should not be consumed during this mini cleanse.
The idea is that you will be able to lean in, and not crash into the challenging mode of fasting, by giving your kidneys and the rest of your Mighty Six crew the time of day.
They will make sure that it is worth your while.
Let the cleansing begin!