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4/24/15

Kidney and urinary tract health- natural alternatives

A high fiber, high fluid, low protein diet is the best preventive medicine for kidney stones. - I recommend trying dandelion tea or a tincture as well, Dandelion is great for the kidneys. You can use the leaves and root to brew a tea and it will help as well. The book states- maximize water intake, and alkaline forming foods such as oranges, lemons and veggies. Minimize animal protein in meat and dairy foods. Eliminate salt and high sodium and sugar. Also eliminate coffee (OMG!) tea, chocolate (WHAT!) grapefruit, peanuts, strawberries and tomatoes. Also, Marshmallow leaf tea will help break up stones and will sooth the urinary tract as a whole so will help the bladder as well.

The following are recipes for juices, smoothies and herbal teas to help with kidney stones/issues and urinary tract health.

ABC Juice
10 spears of asparagus (sidenote- you can plant asparagus once and it comes up every year!)
1 apple
1 spear of broccoli
2 carrots
Apricot peach
2 pitted peaches
2 fresh apricots pitted
1/2 cup green grapes
1/4 fresh fennel
Allium Antioxidant (also immune boosting and antibacterial!)
3 celery stalks
1/2 onion
1 garlic clove
1 broccoli spear
1 apple
It says be brave, this drink is very strong and you will most likely shed tears whilst making it.
Now for smoothies
Mango madness
1 cup of red or green seedless grapes (it says if you are using a blender to omit the grapes)
1/2 cup fresh OJ
1 pitted mango
1 banana
a 1/4 an inch of ginger root (VERY good for you! Have you seen Rachel's ginger root video?)
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional, but cinnamon is good for you too, just sayin)
Teas-
This tea is a diuretic, an anti inflammatory, antiseptic and soothing to the urinary tract
2 parts marshmallow leaf
1 part yarrow
1 part plantain (You might find that in your yard!)
1 part stinging nettle tops
1 part goldenrod (Aerial parts)
1/2 part ground cinnamon
In an airtight container (dark preferably) combine the marshmallow,yarrow, plantain, nettle, goldenrod and cinnamon. store in a cool place.
To make the tea- crush a small amount of the blend into powder (or you can use a food processor to chop and powder before you store it) and measure 1 tsp. per one cup water. place it in a mug or teapot.. (I would use my teapot to fist boil the water, take it off the heat then add the herbs), pour boiling water over it and steep it for 15 minutes. then strain into cups.

It says to not drink coffee, I personally could not IMAGINE what life would be like without a morning dose of coffee, but when it comes to our health, we make hard choices sometimes. If you decide to give up your coffee intake, just remember to warn your family and friends!

 Dandelion root tea makes an excellent alternative to coffee.