So what do your kidneys do anyways? Truth be told, I had never given this question much thought. I mean, of course, I was aware that we have a pair of kidneys. But the rather grave matter of its precise role did not strain the grey cells of my brain until recently. It turns out they are a miracle sponge. Their role is to soak up excess liquid and more importantly toxins. The toxins that make their way into your blood stream because of the abusive lifestyle you live. No, I jest with you. Regardless of your way of life, some toxins are going to make their way into your body, even from that fresh apple that you ate.

Kidneys are made of an intricate web of tiny filters called nephrons. It is these nephrons that filter the liquid and toxins. If you do not take care of them, they can cause widespread diseases through the rest of you. These can include Diabetes Type I & II, high blood pressure and inflammation. You can also experience stress, paranoia and even panic attacks if you do not take adequate care. It is to look after your kidneys that you are asked to drink lots of water, every day. Similarly, ensuring that you get adequate folic acid and Vitamin A helps the health of your kidneys.

In addition to drinking water, you should also consider drinking tea made from a dandelion root or tea made from ginger and turmeric. Both assist in flushing out toxins. Several fruits and vegetables can play the same role. Organic cranberries, for example, have quinine. Hippuric acid made from the quinine helps remove urea and uric acid from the kidneys. Consuming cranberries is extremely useful for those who have elevated uric acid levels. Onions, garlic, organic apples and beet juice can play a similar role.

The next time you feel stressed or nervous, remember it might be the water, not the pill that made you feel better.


Ritesh is a born again health enthusiast and holds a Certificate in Physiology from Harvard Medical School and a Certificate in Nutrition from Tufts University.