Parsley is also known to be especially good for kidney cleansing and liver detoxification and this page will suggest two recipes for this purpose, the first using a juicer and the second a blender.
Importantly, parsley should not be used in large amounts by pregnant women or those taking blood thinning medication.
There is also conflicting advice regarding using it for people suffering from kidney disease. Some medical resources caution against using too much parsley as it contains substances known as oxalates, sometimes suggested to be avoided by people with kidney problems.
On the other hand, parsley has a long history as a beneficial herb for the kidneys and both the fresh plant and dried tea are often recommended for kidney infections or to help dissolve kidney stones.
The page on parsley, pregnancy and other precautions has more information, but it would be best to consult a knowledgeable health care professional before using the larger amounts of the herb suggested in the recipes below if you have been diagnosed with kidney disease.
Additionally, parsley, like most green superfoods, is generally considered too powerful to drink on its own and is better mixed with other complementary fruits and vegetables. Some of the best of these for kidney cleansing and liver detoxification include:
Watermelon is great for flushing the kidneys and watermelon seeds are said to be especially beneficial for kidney stones. If this is something you’re concerned with, then look for a watermelon with the brown seeds rather than the seedless varieties.
Celery strengthens the liver and kidneys and helps to eliminate toxins. Unfortunately conventionally grown celery often has a high pesticide load so organic is definitely preferable.
Beetroot is an excellent cleanser and detoxifier, particularly for the liver. It is also said to purify the blood and help eliminate calcium oxalate stones.
Carrot juice is another powerful body cleanser and particularly good for the kidneys. Unfortunately carrots can absorb pesticides and heavy metals from the ground they’re grown in so must be organic.
Cucumber is a diuretic that can help flush uric acid out of the body and dissolve kidney stones. The skin is full of antioxidants but conventionally grown cucumbers have a significant pesticide load and are also usually coated with wax. If you can’t find organic cucumbers you’d be better off peeling them.
Lemon juice from a fresh lemon is an excellent cleanser and can help dissolve mineral deposits that lead to calcium oxalate stones. Lemon will also help delay oxidization of the other juices.
The two recipes below use different combinations of these ingredients for the juicer and the blender. Feel free to mix it up depending on what you have available. Or, for the ultimate superfood kidney cleanser and liver detox, first juice and then blend and combine all the ingredients together.
Parsley Juice with a Juicer
While you could use as standard centrifugal juicer, unless it’s a particularly good one you often won’t get much out of even a whole bunch of parsley. In the past I’ve tried squeezing the parsley heads into a ball between two loads of carrots, but in the end I realized a proper masticating juicer just makes more sense.
While they cost more initially, a masticating juicer is an essential item if you want to juice green superfoods like parsley, spinach or wheatgrass effectively. They also get far more out of regular fruit and veggies as well as keeping the heat and oxidization right down. This greatly improves both the quantity and quality of the juice they deliver.
If you are juicing regularly, both from a health and nutrition perspective and financially in the long run, it’s well worth looking for a good masticating juicer, like this highly rated Omega Nutrition Center.
Carrot, Celery, Beetroot, Cucumber, Lemon and Parsley Juice
- Two large or three medium organic carrots.
- Two sticks of organic celery.
- One medium beetroot.
- One small or half a large organic cucumber with the peel (peel non-organic cucumbers).
- The juice of one large or two small lemons (always discard citrus seeds).
- One ounce of organic parsley soaked in warm water (roughly half an average sized bunch).
Pour lemon juice into your collection container along with a couple of ice cubes. This will help lessen the degradation of the juice.
Push all of the ingredients through the juicer, alternating between the harder carrots and beetroot with the softer cucumber and celery. Scrunch the parsley up into a ball and feed it through between the harder vegetables. Once again, you will get much more parsley juice out of a masticating juicer than a centrifugal one.
Stir to mix the juice and drink immediately.
A well-designed blender can blend up parsley heads into a refreshing smoothie, where you’re getting all of the health benefits of parsley in an easily digestible form.
Cheap ones may struggle to chop it up, but a powerful blender like this Breville model I use will turn parsley into an extremely healthy, dark green puree.
Watermelon, Cucumber, Lemon and Parsley Smoothie
While you could chop up watermelon and juice it, it’s so high in water content that it is especially suitable for blending. The same goes for cucumber.
There are also beneficial nutrients in the seeds of both watermelon and cucumber, so if you’re not afraid of a little texture, then keep the seeds in (the better the blender the smaller these will be chopped up).
- Half an ounce of organic parsley (less is needed than in juicing as the whole herb is used).
- The juice of one large or two small lemons (minus the seeds).
- One large organic cucumber, diced with the peel on and seeds kept (peel first if you can’t find organic).
- As much watermelon with the seeds as you can fit into the blender.
Blend all these ingredients up until you can see the parsley leaves finely blended and the watermelon seeds chopped up into small pieces. Drink immediately.
This smoothie is extremely refreshing and very good for cleaning the kidneys. Remember though that watermelon really doesn’t keep once blended so you’d want to drink this smoothie right away.
I’d appreciate hearing any feedback on how you feel after making up either the parsley juice or smoothie. For a really potent combination you could first juice carrots, celery and beetroot and then added it to the watermelon, cucumber, lemon juice and parsley smoothie above. That’s a bit of work, but you’d be hard-pressed to find a more powerful and better tasting liver and kidney cleanser.
Next is another way to get more of this amazing herb into your diet with a great tasting Parsley Pesto Recipe.
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