It’s happening all the time, yet we don’t even notice it. Our kidneys and liver are hard at work every minute of the day, removing toxic waste from the body. As you know from the Osteoporosis Reversal Program, one of the kidneys’ primary functions is to keep the body’s pH in balance.
Additionally, the kidneys play an important role in bone health by producing hormones that stimulate bone marrow and maintain calcium levels. They also remove waste from the body, regulate blood pressure and composition, and stimulate the production of red blood cells.
One of the main functions of the liver is to detoxify the body, and believe me…
It’s No Easy Task Nowadays
As if the already heavy load of chemicals in food and water were not enough, over-the-counter and prescription drugs can easily overwhelm the liver.
Here’s why: roughly 80% of drugs are metabolized by a group of liver enzymes known as the cytochrome P450, abbreviated as CYP.
Besides metabolizing chemicals that would otherwise be toxic, the CYPs are also involved in Vitamin D metabolism and hormone synthesis and breakdown. The CYPs are very specific and cannot be secreted in unlimited quantities.
So the trick is to avoid toxins as much as possible and to help these often overworked organs do their job. Fortunately, it’s a lot easier than it may sound… if you know what to do.
Two Foods that Cleanse
As I write in the Osteoporosis Fresh Start Cleanse, even if you never took osteoporosis drugs, a cleanse keeps your body in balance and working efficiently. And one of the simplest cleansing steps is to use certain fruits and vegetables.
Today, I’ll share with you just that.
- Watermelon: Made up of 92 percent alkaline water, this delicious fruit helps you stay hydrated while it cleanses the kidneys and bladder and helps maintain an alkaline pH. As if this were not enough, watermelon is a good source of vitamins A and C, potassium, beta-carotene, and has high levels of lycopene, a powerful antioxidant that, as I write in the Osteoporosis Reversal Program, has been shown to build bone.
- Cabbage: Thanks to its rich glucosinolate content, eating all types of cabbage helps activate crucial detoxifying liver enzymes. However, green cabbage contains more chlorophyll than the other varieties. Since chlorophyll strengthens the liver, I recommend eating green cabbage, preferably raw so as to maintain the highest nutrient levels. This sulfur-rich Cruciferous vegetable is also an excellent source of Vitamins K, C, folate, and Omega 3 fatty acids, all of which are Foundation Supplements.