The Kidney Cleanse

Nov 9, 2011 by

Marjoram by Belkantus

Guess what!? I just wrote a book on kidney cleansing! It’s a in-depth book all about cleansing the kidneys, everything from a diet, therapeutic supplements and superfoods, cleansing therapies and information about kidney conditions. It covers everything you could ever want to know about a therapeutic approach to the kidney and revitalizing your health. So for those of you who are serious about cleansing the kidneys and taking back your health, purchase my book The Miracle Kidney Cleanse: The All-Natural, At-Home Flush to Purify Your Body.

If you’re ready to start cleansing and detoxifying,  you have come to the right place. This is your first stop on your journey through cleaning up that body of yours and getting it back into tip-top shape!

The kidneys are probably one of the most underappreciated organs in the body, silently controlling and regulating so many of our body’s functions without us even noticing. The irony is that most people could not even name one thing that they do for you, but boy do you feel it when they are not functioning properly. It’s like they are quietly dying for attention, sending us message after message and we just don’t get the point. They are the little darlings… oh so delicate, yet secretly oh so powerful!

The kidneys are the last stop for filtration and detoxification, which make them the first organ to cleanse. If the kidneys are not functioning properly, then any type of detox or cleanse that you do will be rendered less effective, if not even damaging to the body.

Do I Need to Cleanse my Kidneys?


Everyone needs to do a kidney cleanse. It is the most basic, necessary cleanse needed and fortunately its really easy to do. To give you a little idea of what the kidneys control in the body, take a look at the following list. See anything on that list that is important to you?

  • Ears- Hearing
  • Gums
  • Teeth
  • Lymph (aids in the immune system, delivers nutrients, oxygen and hormones, removes fluid, toxins, cancer cells and pathogens)
  • Bones
  • Fertility
  • Energy
  • Physical Strength
  • Power
  • Fear
  • Balance
  • Nails
  • Lung

What are the Signs of Congested Kidneys?

  • Loss of Hearing or Ringing in the Ears
  • Low sex drive
  • Infertility
  • Thin Skin
  • Weak Nails
  • Foggy Head
  • Low Back Pain
  • Low Energy
  • Edema
  • Terrible Balance
  • Feelings of Fear
  • Poor Physical Development
  • Bladder Issues
  • Kidney Stones

So What does the Cleanse Involve?


The Kidney Cleanse consists of a kidney tea, that when taken every day will help to dissolve congested residuals of salts, minerals, uric acid and proteins from the kidneys. Along with two other formulas, this cleanse will help strengthen and tonify the kidneys and cleanse the blood.

The cleanse is designed to last 30 days. For those who have a history of kidney stones, kidney- related illness, experience chronic swelling and water retention or are dealing with chronic illness, I suggest following the Kidney Cleanse for at least 6 weeks. After the first initial cleanse, I personally recommend repeating the cleanse up to 2 times a year as maintenance.

 What is Needed for the Cleanse?


1.  Kidney Tea – The combination of the following herbs when taken as a tea can effectively help to dissolve kidney stones and residual congestion within a period of four to six weeks: Marjoram, Cat’s Claw, Comfrey Root, Fennel Seed, Chicory Herb, Uva Ursi, Hydrangea Root, Gravel Root, Marshmallow Root, and Golden Rod Herb.

2. RenaVen by Premier Research Labs The herbs and extracts in this formula contain powerful phytonutrients which strengthen, regulate, and enhance kidney function, which is needed to support the kidneys during the cleansing process. This formula will also boost the cleansing action of the tea. Kidney complex is also necessary to mitigate any symptoms of detoxification or kidney stress. Definitely one of my favorite formulas on the market.

3. Protease by Premier Research Labs (Proteolytic Enzyme Therapy)– protease is a enzyme that is used to break down peptide bonds of proteins. When taken on an empty stomach, it acts as a trash collector, traveling around the body, processing unwanted proteins. This is a key factor to the cleanse because it will help to cleanse the blood and body of toxic debris such as dead cells, pathogens, partially digested dietary proteins, infectious materials, and oxidized (damaged) proteins. This therapy will allow the kidneys to process the debris with greater ease and efficiency. Furthermore, proteolytic therapy has shown to reduce inflammation and thin the blood, therefore relieving stress on the kidneys.


Recommendations for the Kidney Cleanse and Kidney Health


Stay Hydrated


Dehydration is the most common cause of kidney stress and kidney stones. And the reason is because people are not drinking enough water. Imagine that. You are supposed to consume half your weight in ounces of water a day. So if you weigh 160 lbs, you have to drink 80 ounces of water a day. That is about 5 water bottles daily. And here you thought that two glasses of water were going to cut it. Oh ya, when I say water, I am not talking about juice, tea, sport drinks, beer, or any other beverage. In fact, drinks such as tea and coffee actually dehydrate you. Therefore, if you drink 1 cup of coffee you will have to drink 16 oz of water just to replace the liquids lost. Yikes… add that up and you will be drinking all day long.

Staying hydrated is non-negotiable for kidney health. Did I mention that it will also make your skin look excellent?

Image by Maheash Nelanka




Unfortunately doing a kidney cleanse is not going to be the end all be all for kidney health. You actually have to do a little tweaking of the diet as well. Hopefully permanently, but at least during the cleanse for best results. The best diet for kidney health is the following:

The Most Important: Avoid red meat, alcohol, table salt, diet foods and drinks, fake sugars and *supplements with synthetic minerals and synthetic vitamin C, ascorbic acid, (you should only get your minerals from supplements made live-source foods and herbs). If you have a kidney stones you will want to avoid foods high in oxalic acid: spinach, beets, collard greens, Swiss chard, rhubarb, parsley, okra, peanut butter, peanuts and chocolate.

Other: Avoid processed foods including any packaged food that contains preservatives, sodium, artificial colors, fake and white sugars.

What to Eat: Beans, vegetables (especially cabbage), whole-grains, fruit, healthy oils and seeds. You can see a shopping list here. It is also excellent to add juicing into your diet specifically of watermelon, lemons, celery and black cherry.

Salt: Processed table salt is very damaging to the kidneys so it is vital to avoid all table salt or salt in processed foods. Conversely, including unprocessed, natural sea salt is vital to kidney health. Unheated Sea Salt actually contains tons of minerals that are needed to properly assist in kidney function. I suggest using 1/2 tsp daily in your water or on your food. This can make a huge difference.

Image by Dileyla


Castor Oil Packs


Castor packs are a wonderful tool to use in many detox regimes- especially the Kidney Cleanse. When the kidneys cannot adequately filter the blood toxins, they travel into the lymphatic system and “congest” the entire body. Using a castor pack over the kidneys promotes lymphatic drainage and helps the body to purge toxins. This will enhance rapid clearance of toxins that will be released from the Kidney Cleanse. See Castor Pack Instructions for more information.


  1. RoseAnn Larson

    I’m concerned about the Protease and kidney complex. I’m not a pill person.

    • lauren

      Hi RoseAnn, I assure you that the supplements I utilize in all my cleanses and programs are 100% live-source, whole food nutrients that are in a vegetable capsule. They are 100% excipient-free, no binders, glues, preservatives or other toxic substances. In order to cleanse the body more efficiently I like utilizing supplements. But on the other hand, you could certainly benefit from just a diet change and the tea.

  2. justin simpelo

    I am interested to buy your tea cleansin the kidney , I did not see any on your online space to buy.

    Thanks, justin

    • lauren

      Hi Justin, please go HERE to purchase.

      • Russ

        Your links to purchase the kidney cleanse kit & tea seem to be broken. I can’t add them to my cart! (“page Not Found” error)

        Please let me know when your site is back up!

        Thanks :)

        • Lauren The Holy Kale
          Lauren The Holy Kale

          Hi Russ, I just double checked the links and they all work. HERE is the tea link. HERE is the RenaVen link. HERE is the Protease link.

          • Lauren The Holy Kale
            Lauren The Holy Kale

            Let me know if you are still having issues.

  3. Sandra

    Hi Lauren,
    I’m interested in doing the cleanse but I’m currently breastfeeding. What is your suggestion? Wait until I’m done or are the ingredients listed here safe for breastfeeding?

    • lauren

      Hi Sandra, I would definitely wait to do any type of cleanse until you have finished breastfeeding. If you want though, you could start doing castor oil packs over your kidneys in the meantime. This would be a great way to start strengthening the kidneys without any detoxification.

      • cassie

        Hi! I’ve been having kidney stones off and one for a couple of months now. I’m breastfeeding though. Would the tea be okay while nursing? Thanks!

        • Lauren The Holy Kale
          Lauren The Holy Kale

          Hi Cassie, unfortunately I would not use any herbal cleanser while breastfeeding. Your best bet would be to follow the diet and lifestyle tools that I recommend in my book, The Miracle Kidney Cleanse. There are a lot of safe ways you can support kidney health while breastfeeding in there.

  4. Sandi

    Hi Lauren, I’m looking for a friend: she’s a young mother of three and her kidney’s are failing. She has been on dialysis for over a year. She is on the list for a transplant, but I’m thinking that the natural way of healing is better. Is she too far gone for this to help? Would this help and not hurt her?

    • lauren

      Hi Sandi, I am so sorry to hear this but yes, I have heard of people regaining kidney function although I would suggest that she work with a practitioner. In cases like these they are too serious to tackle on their own, so please feel free to email me at and I would be more than happy to see if I could recommend someone in her area.

  5. Barb Kyllo

    Hi I am looking every where for a bit of advice. I was unable to purchase chicory herb, but the Health food store gave me Roasted Chicory Root. Is this a possible alternative. I do not want to go two steps back, but would like to make sure. Thanks Barb

    • lauren

      Hi Barb, I am not sure that roasted is going to be as effective since when you roast a herb, food etc. you are damaging the nutrients. You can buy the blend of herbs HERE.

  6. Jackie

    Hello Lauren. I was curious on your thoughts of making the tea in bulk batches? Could I soak, boil, and strain several portions of the tea at one time? That is, would it loose its potency if made ahead of time and served cold? I appreciate any thoughts you may have. Thanks!

    • lauren

      Hi Jackie. This is exactly what you can do. I would only do it for one to two days dose. You can serve cold or heat up on the stove. I think this makes the protocol SO much easier!

  7. nikki

    Hi Lauren, I am going off of birth control pills, is this the first step I should to do to detoxify? And is there a less expensive way than the kit you suggested? Such as a tea or maybe just one of the supplements?

    • lauren

      Hi Nicki, always getting off all xenoestrogens is going to be important. That would include conventional meat, dairy and soy. In addition, pesticided produce and anything packaged in plastic (plastic water bottles, premade foods). Out of the supplements, I would suggest the DIM detox by Pure Encapsulations. Good Luck!

  8. Jennifer

    Hello Lauren,
    I really appreciate finding this cleanse. I understand that you are a registered dietician. I am an RN. Recently I have found that my serum creatine is elevated and has been for the last 4 months.. not much.. 1.17. This concerns me as I have primary HBP and became quite ill from an unknown source and went into kidney failure. It was reversed, obviously, but I am not sure if it is the medications I am on that is causing the elevated uric acid and creatine or just the damage that was done before.
    At any rate, I am interested in this post blog about the kidney cleanse. I am wondering if you know of any interactions between some fo the herbs and high blood pressure. I know it is my responsibility to find out which herbs interact with toprol and triampterine, but I was wondering if you knew of herbs that are detrimental. I would think you would know some of this as many people with decreased kidney function also have high blood pressure.
    I hope to hear back from you and I thank you for reading this.


    • lauren

      Good Morning Jennifer, I actually have not read much research on the herbs interactions with high blood pressure. It always important to be cautious, and when cleansing the kidneys, blood pressure often does change. Therefore, I always suggest that it is monitored daily to make sure that you are in control. One supplement I really like is RenaVen from Premier Research Labs. You can find it on and they have a great customer service line that will talk to you about your condition as well as the cleanse. I think that would be the best route for you.

  9. Chris

    Hi Lauren, When making the tea, why do you suggest not using distilled water? My thinking is that its water in its purest form so would be ideal for cleansing, no? Thanks… Chris

    • lauren

      You will actually use purified water. We still want the naturally occurring minerals to be present.

  10. CeCe

    I’m SO happy to have found your blog/website!!!!! I was searching internet about cleasing the body specifically for gallstones, but read one herbalist’s site stating a parasite cleanse then a kidney cleanse are recommended lst. Another google search turned up your site.

    I just had the most horrendous gallstone attack last weekend– my first ever. I was told last year I had gallstones and dr wanted to remove gallbladder but I refused since I didn’t have any particular problems indicating gallstones– or so I thought. I was diagnosed with IBS at the same time she told me about the gallstones. I had since 2007 been taking Nexium for acid reflux. I’d had problems with constipation since I was child and in my late 20’s had a hemmoroidectomy.

    I’m thinking I had gallstones for years– or maybe decades– and all these problems came about due to them unbeknownst to me. What do you think?

    Also, regarding the kidney cleanse: I’m a little wary of mixing teas and such. Feeling a little overwhelmed by info I’m learning. Is there ANY other way? How do you feel about the kidney cleanse kits from the health food stores?

    I’m really wanting to get to the gallbladder cleanse since I’m still having some daily pain under my right ribcage—WAAAAAY less than last weekend, but still bothersome—but from what I’ve read, the other cleanses are necessary for the gallbladder cleanse to be most effective. Thanks!

    • lauren

      Hi Cece, it sounds like you most certainly have to get on gallbladder nutrients ASAP. I would suggest Gallbladder ND and BiliVen by Premier Research Labs. This is going to essentially help you to save your gallbladder. Go to the site, and you can call their representative to talk to them about the products. Those are what I use in my practice and are 100% live-source, organic, excipient-free. As for the package cleanses at the market… I would stay away from those. They can contain ingredients that can be harmful to the body. I would start on the gallbladder products for at least 6 weeks before thinking about doing the liver/gallbladder cleanse. I would also look to see if you have any parasitic infection. It seems as though that could be very possible in your case based on your symptoms. Good Luck!

  11. Tara

    When I click the link to buy the kit, it says”Sorry, product not found.” How do I purchase this kit?

    • lauren

      Hi Tara, I just fixed the link, but you can also go HERE to purchase. Let me know if you have any additional questions.

  12. Vasquez

    Hi Lauren. I’m a 37 year old male that was diagnosed with End Stage Renal Disease in October 2012. I have been on dialysis since then. I really hoping, despite what the medical community is telling me, that I can reverse this terminal condition by radically changing my diet and cleansing and rebuilding my kidneys. Even though I’m told the issue is irreversible. I’m still creating urine and I don’t hold much fluid in between dialysis treatments. Would this cleanse benefit me or waste my time?

    • lauren

      Because your condition is so delicate, I would have to recommend that you work with a holistic practitioner, even if you are doing a kidney cleanse. If you would email me directly at we can see what the best next step for you might be.

      • Vasquez

        Thank you so much for the quick response. I have emailed you.

      • Rachel Weaver

        I, too, went into renal failure 3 weeks ago and am now on dialysis. I have High B/P but no other health symptoms. My output is very good and I retain almost no fluid between dialysis sessions. I have always used natural things and I have your book. Can you refer me to a naturpath or similar dr in my area.
        240 Mohns Hill Rd Reinholds PA. I am seriously interested in rebuilding my kidneys and have used the RenaVan and Protease for about a year before my crash. I felt that they did help me some.

        • Lauren The Holy Kale
          Lauren The Holy Kale

          Hi Rachel, I am so glad to hear that you are improving. I dont know anyone in your direct area, but are you able to travel outside of PA? If so, let me know and I can see who I can find.

    • Joel

      I am also in your situation; have been on dialysis for almost one year. I was wondering if this did help you, are you still on dialysis?

  13. Linda

    hi My partner has prostate cancer which is spreading slowly to the bladder. The Kidneys are suffering due to the urine flow being disturbed and a back flow is causing distress within the kidney. We would like to strengthen the kidney and wondered if your cleanse would be helpful. If you have any information regarding the bladder also – this would be appreciated. Thanks :)

    • lauren

      HI Linda, In cancer cases it is much more difficult to recommend any sort of cleansing program without having worked with him directly. I would highly recommend that you work with a holistic practitioner locally. If you are in New Zealand, I would contact the following practitioner:
      Robin Day
      Auckland 64 09 570 5923

  14. patricia lewis

    Hi Lauren, I am very interested in purchasing your cleanse kit plus castor oil kit, having just finished a one-week electro-therapy parasite elimination, so in a bit of a hurry to now flush all the detritus out and restore healthy balance. (Also I am terribly thin!) My question for you ~ will a cleanse necessarily cause unwanted weight loss? And also are you in Canada and how long would the turnaround be from ordering to receiving product?

    • lauren

      Hi Patricia, I personally am not the distributor of the product, it is just a website where I get my own. The kidney cleanse does not interfere with your diet so you should not have any issues with weight loss. In addition to the kidney cleanse, I would suggest that you make sure that you are moving your bowels properly which can be helped with a colonic or enema. Depending if the parasite was in the liver/gallbladder area, you may consider doing a detox for the liver/gallbladder after the kidney cleanse.

  15. Hello Lauren,

    First I want to thank you for providing this helpful information. I’m truly grateful.

    I have a question concerning the use of these kidney cleanse supplements.

    I’m 52 years young and just had my first bout of gout 2 months ago and am now going through my second bout and it has been going on for right at 3 weeks.

    I’ve been researching continuously to find alternatives to prescriptions meds and have found nothing but conflicting reports concerning diet.

    I’ve noticed that the RenaVen contains asparagus and mushrooms, both of which are suppose to be avoided if one is suffering from gout.

    I want to cleanse my kidneys if this may be what has caused me to get gout, but don’t know what to do about the ingredients of the RenaVen, and if this will worsen my condition.

    I would appreciate your thoughts on this, and of course appreciate any other helpful advice you may give.

    Thank you and many blessings to you, Lauren.


    • lauren

      HI Randy, I would consider contacting the company directly to discuss this. Gout is complicated because there are many factors that lead to the condition and without working with you personally it would be difficult for me to suggest something. I would also consider finding an alternative practitioner in your area to work with. Diet is going to be imperative to lower the uric acid levels as is increase your intake of water to increase urine volume. I have seen some research that billberry, folic acid and potassium citrate can help clear uric acid. Also you will have to raise your urine pH, which can be done by alkalizing your diet. Look up alkaline food charts.

  16. Barb

    Hi I have gone on the kidney cleanse and got a metallic taste in my mouth which I understand can happen, but have found no information on how long it lasts or if there is anything you can do to get rid of it besides wait it out. How long do your kidney’s continue to detox after you have done the tea? When do the Herbs leave your system. I did stop the cleanse a few days prior to suggested time period due to some side effects, kidney pain, metallic taste for five days. I would like to do another one in the future. I still have the metallic taste and it has been a month. I also cannot taste…. sweet bitter sour unless strong, so most food tastes like nothing…. thanks for any knowledge you can give…

    • lauren

      Hi Barb, Metallic taste can also be from heavy metals… I would find an alternative practitioner in your area to see if you are dealing with heavy metal toxicity. This is often a common reason that the kidneys do not function properly. There are a few other factors that can lead to metallic taste so it would be best to work with someone who knows your history. Sorry I cannot be more of a help.

  17. Mary-Lynne stadler

    Do you supply the herb teas and other stuff for the kidney cleanse? If not, can you suggest a supplier please. Thanks.

  18. Keith

    Hello, a few years ago my creatnin levels started rising. My doctor thinks it is from my use of NSAIDS, Advil in particular to help with my arthritis symptoms. I’m now 44 and my creatnin has been stable for a long time now, around 2.5.
    Over the last few months my levels have jumped to 3.1. And are staying around there so far. Do you recomend doing the pills and the tea, or will one work better than the other. Just wondering what your plan would be for my situation. . Thanks

    • lauren

      Hello Keith, in your situation I would recommend consulting with a practitioner directly. I typically recommend using both in all cases, but it is always best to be monitored, especially if you have had issues previously.

  19. rosama

    Hello my sister needs a kidney transplant , I was tested to be the donor but the glomerular filtration rate is 71% , all the other test are OK , I was rejected to be a donor because of this . My question the kidney cleanse can help to improve my kidney function and get a better read with this and changes in my diet ?

    thank you

    • lauren

      Hello Rosama, cleansing the kidneys can improve GFR, but I cannot say that it definitely will in your case. If I were you I would try. I would also focus on eliminating the foods that cause kidney stress which include animal protein, caffeine, chocolate, sodium from processed foods/boxed foods and table salt (sea salt only), soda, and sugar. I would also start increasing your water intake to half your weight in ounces of water daily. I would also start drinking fresh celery and cucumber juice daily.

  20. Beth

    I am 13 weeks pregnant and had a 7mm kidney stone 3 years ago after my last baby was born. I am having flank pain again. Can I do this cleanse while pregnant?

    • lauren

      HI Beth, I would not suggest doing ANY cleansing while pregnant, you do not want to release any toxins during this time. You can however ask your doctor about castor oil packs, and drinking diuretic teas such as Dandelion or Cornsilk.

  21. laurel wood

    I believe that I have gall stones/liver stones?? Experiencing pain in the significant areas. I want to do the gall bladder/ liver flush.
    Am I correct that you need to do the kidney cleanse and intestinal cleanse first? If so I could not figure out how to find an intestinal cleanse on your site. Also is the enema in the flush possible to purchase a store bought one.
    Also, I have a great local health food store I feel loyal to would I be able to take in the list of products you suggest in the cleanses and get them to suggest others?

    thank you once again for the information.

    • lauren

      Hi Laurel, I would suggest doing the kidney cleanse before, yes. I would also just make sure you are eliminating daily, and you could use the enemas instead of the intestinal cleanse. The KEY point is that you should be using the supplements recommended in advance of the liver/gallbladder cleanse. If you suspect that you have stones, I would take the supplements 3 months in advance of the flush. The flush can be very taxing and should NOT be jumped into. Good Luck!

      – And yes, you can buy an enema bucket from your local store.

  22. David

    Im having a huge issue in my body. Long pleasantly exhausting story short…i have candida…parasites…and tremendous amounts of other stomach issues because of the long epxposure to this and mal nutrition because of doubt on what to eat…If you suggest i stay away from oxalic acid veggies…and i cant eat starchy veggies…no SUGAR…no carbs…no red meat…and no grains/legumes because of candida/parasites…basically…there is no FOOD LEFT…and this is whats super frustrating. What on earth can a human do? On top of all of this..when you are going through this…the simplest of tasks are super challenging…critical thinking…judgement calls…reading/learning/absorbing= superbly impaired…you become in a state of emergency…but your stuck in a bind.. sufficiently being able to ask for help…convincing someone for help…while managing to pay bills and truck up within the system…uhhhh…Excited for your POV.

    • lauren

      Hi David, first off, you are not going to get rid of your parasites just by changing your diet, and getting rid of your parasites should be your number one priority. They will destroy your body and prevent you from being able to get healthy. You have to be careful with the protocol you choose though since the majority are not effective. Please email me directly at, and I can try to recommend a practitioner to work with you.

  23. Pamela

    Hi there,

    I’m confused . Should I do the kidney clense before liver/gallbladder clense?
    And for the L/G clense are the 5 days leading up to it the Colon clense?


    • lauren

      The kidney cleanse is always recommended to do before the liver/gallbladder cleanse. As for the intestine, you just want to make sure you are having a bowel movement daily. If so, you can do the kidney cleanse and then work up to the liver/gallbladder cleanse.

  24. Brandi

    It seems you are using a tea very much similar to the one recommended by Andreas Moritz. I have tried this tea and did it for nearly 4 weeks before starting the liver cleansing regimen and suffered with headaches (migraines) and stiff neck the entire time. I thought that this was perhaps just detox effects from cleansing out the kidneys, however after my 2nd liver flush I tried to do the tea again and it almost immediately gave me a migraine. I just cannot function in life while taking this tea, and as such I was wondering if you have any thoughts on this, and also recommendations for other alternatives to cleansing out the kidneys? I am thinking I might have some sort of allergy to an ingredient in the tea (I have terrible food sensitivity, sensitive to pretty much everything) but could be wrong.

    Thanks in advance!

    • lauren

      Hi Brandi, yes, the tea is the one recommended by Andreas Moritz. It maybe that you are allergic to an herb in the blend, or it is too strong for you. I would suggest using cornsilk or dandelion tea instead as a replacement. Both of those options are much more gentle and have no reported side effects.

  25. Maya

    Hi Lauren,

    I’m so happy to find your website.

    My family (from my mom’s side) has had kidney stones from three generations before me and now I also have it. On my last KUB, the size of my kidney stone was almost like a golf ball. I was wondering if your kidney cleanse diet could help dissolve my stone so that I don’t have to undergo surgery or shock-wave treatment. I’m still not having any difficulty or pain because of it, but I noticed that my stomach has enlarged a little because of the stone and I feel uncomfortable. My mom has already had four operations to remove kidney stones because they tend to recur, although she has been doing well since her last operation (4 years ago).

    Thanks in advance for any information that you can offer.

    • lauren

      Hi Maya, I could never say that is definitely would, but there have been successes in cases such as yours, especially if you are using supplements to break the stones. I would finding a holistic practitioner to walk you through the cleanse, and then the use of Chanca Piedra for breaking the stone. This is something you absolutely should NOT do on your own. It can be very stressful to the body, and if not done right, could be harmful. If you email me directly at, there maybe a practitioner in your area I could recommend.

  26. jan

    Hi Lauren,

    My husband’s kidney is functioning at 20% and still not on dialysis. He is diabetic and on insulin, blood pressure is a little bit high – 158/65 average. For now, he is still ok, is it best form him to try the tea cleansing only? Are those tea leaves contained potassium or phosphorous? – he was adv by the doctor to lessen consumption of these minerals. He will be back to the doctor 6 weeks from today and hoping this will improve his condition. Pls I really need your advise.


    • lauren

      Hi Jan, in his case it would be best for him to avoid the herbs, because at his state his body is very sensitive to anything, including diuretic herbs. My recommendation would be to work with a practitioner directly because he is in such a compromised state. He needs to utilize herbs and supplements, but I would not go forward without someones direct care. In the meantime he can work on diet, eliminating all foods/beverages that stress the kidney – coffee, alcohol, chocolate (anything with caffeine), artificial sugars, sugar, and greatly reducing meat and dairy. I would highly recommend ordering my book, because that is going to contain a lot of information that should help him in his state. Good Luck!

  27. Janette

    How can I order a book??? Amazon is saying the book has not been released yet. I would like to order one asap, my Mom was just diagnosed with stage 4 kidney failure.

    thanks you

    • lauren

      Hi Janette, you can only pre-order as it is being released in january. If you pre-order, I think you can get it a bit head of time.

  28. Stacy

    Which should I do first, liver/gallbladder or kidney? The gallbladder cleanse seems intense and could possibly require some body prep before diving in?

  29. sarah

    I read about this cleanse on healthbeyondhype and have done it a couple of times. I found your site when searching for comments on possible reactions to the cleanse. I’ve been doing the kidney cleanse for a month now and the last couple of weeks my knees have been burning so bad I can’t sleep. Matt helped me out with mud packs and the detox nd products and soaking my feet in the medi-bath and salt. I thought I would share because it really helped in case anyone else is experiencing the same reaction.

  30. nicole feanklin

    Hi Lauren is the tea still okay to use when you have just one kidney??

    • lauren

      Hi Nicole, the tea is quite cleansing and so I would be far more wary about using it. I would only use it under a doctor’s guidance. If you are looking to improve kidney function in your case, I would highly suggest getting my book because it has options that would fit your needs, ones that are food-based and more gentle for severe cases such as yours. Unfortunately you have to be very careful with how you cleanse the kidneys, since many options out there can do more harm than good. I hope that helps!

  31. Veronica

    Hi – i have kidney disease stage 4. Would this cleanse help remove toxins and increase kidney function? Thanks

    • lauren

      Hi Veronica, I would not start on the kidney cleanse listed, but to refer to my book instead. The book’s cleanse is geared to those with more serious kidney conditions like yours. It also has specific modifications and information that you can use to work with your doctor to help you heal naturally. Good luck Veronica.

  32. Monique Savoie Hebert

    Currently i have a 4 month old baby who i am still breatfeeding. i feel alott of symptoms that i should consider cleasing. Do you suggest waiting for me to avoid the kidney cleanse? I was thinking of just starting off with a bowel cleanse..Thoughts?

    • lauren

      The bowel cleanse would be a great place to start, and then I would follow with the kidney cleanse. I would recommend doing the kidney cleanse from my book rather than the one on the site, because it is less harsh which will be important since you are still breastfeeding. As always, consult with your doctor prior to starting to avoid any complications.

  33. Terrie Mann

    We have the castor oil, please tell me how to do the pack on my husband’s kidneys.

    • Lauren aka The Holy Kale
      Lauren aka The Holy Kale

      Take the cotton flannel and fold in half. Cut into a rectangle, the width of his low back and about 4 inches tall. Lie flannel on top of saran wrap (I like the press n seal). Then pour a few tablespoons of oil on the flannel. You will want to to be thick enough not to seep all the way through, but not too much it is running off the flannel. Then have a heating pad ready and hot, and apply the flannel to the low back and press the saran around the sides (saran acts as a barrier btn heating pad and back, but also to prevent oil from spilling out). Then put the heating pad on top. Sit for 20 min – 1 hr. * Look up a picture of the kidneys and where they are on the back, this is where you want to put the castor oil. I hope that helps!

  34. Hayley attfield

    Hi, I love the sound of all of you detoxes but can’t find any UK stockists for the supplements you suggest, especially all the things from Premier research labs and the kidney tea. Do you know where I could get them or if any one ships to the UK?

    • Lauren aka The Holy Kale
      Lauren aka The Holy Kale

      Hi Hayley, unfortunately the UK is one of the hardest places to find supplements because of your regulations. I know that premier has outlets of distribution in the Netherlands, but I am not sure about the movement of goods btn there and the UK. The good news is that in my book there are recommendations for products and supplements that you will easily find in the UK. Therefore I suggest that you purchase the book and use that as a guideline instead.

  35. cecilia traynham

    Hi, I dont know why I didnt think of doing this sooner. I think this might just help…. I was treated for cervical cancer about 2 years ago and the tumor badly injured my left ureter. Ever since Ive had hydronephrosis, tons upon tons of infections, not to mention many stent placements. Now that everything is semi back to normal im super prone to having UTIs. Would doing the kidney cleanse with teas help someone like me. Thanks.

    • Lauren aka The Holy Kale
      Lauren aka The Holy Kale

      Hi Cecilia, absolutely. Follow the cleanse in my book, as it is more therapeutic, and covers all issues related to more complicated conditions such as yours. As you strengthen the kidneys, and improve their ability to flush toxins, the better they can resist infection. Good Luck! Let me know how it goes.

  36. Eleanor

    I went to an osteopath last week to get him to treat my liver which has been hurting from time to time. I also wanted some help for a cure for long term digestive problems (perhaps this started after I had my gallbladder remove some 27 years ago. I was misdiagnosed with gallbladder stones __ I had none in my removed gallbladder. Having the misfortune to have as surgeon for a husband, I got it removed very quickly at the age of 37) I am now intolerant to wheat, lactose, sulphates, and sugar and fruit within 8 hours of each other. On top of that I am vegetarian and so my diet is a bit limited BUT I am not fat and otherwise would be as I love food. The osteopath said my adrenal glands are barely functioning (I did have extreme stress for a very prolonged time in my life and this is supposed to put great stress on the adrenals. I am pretty stress free now except for the habit of worrying). The osteopath also said that my spleen, pancreas, lungs and heart were not in good shape (that was news to me!) But My liver was okay. I thought I may as well go home and die but then realised that I never get colds or flu so my immune system must be functioning. I walk for 1/2 an hour every day and seem reasonably healthy for 64 year old.

    I decided instead to do the liver cleanse I had been promising myself I would do for ages. My problem is if my liver is okay would it help the pancreas, spleen and adrenal glands? (I will give up on the heart and lungs for now). Are there special cleanses for these organs — pancreas, spleen and adrenal glands?

    Most important of all: What about not having a gallbladder? What will a cleanse for a gallbladder do to a gallbladder that has vacated the body? I believe that one can still get stones in the liver and that you can also get gallstones there how do you know if you have them? Maybe everyone does.


    • Lauren aka The Holy Kale
      Lauren aka The Holy Kale

      Hi Eleanor, I would start with the Kidney Cleanse from my book. That will help with the adrenal glands as well as the cardiovascular system. As a result, the health of your overall body improves including the spleen and pancreas. I would then consider building up to a liver cleanse, but I would not do that right now. You need to strengthen the body before doing a liver cleanse.
      I hope this helps!

  37. Bob Heck

    Does the kidney cleanse help or elimate BPH? Do you have any specific example of improvement of BPH?

    • Lauren aka The Holy Kale
      Lauren aka The Holy Kale

      Hi Bob, the kidney cleanse helps improve the overall functioning of the kidney. This in turn may help to improve BPH. It is the safest way to give the body what it needs to heal itself.

      • Lauren aka The Holy Kale
        Lauren aka The Holy Kale

        In your case though, I would NOT do the kidney cleanse listed in the post, but do the one from my book. The one from my book has tons of details about kidney specific conditions and how to modify the cleanse to accommodate those.

  38. Brad

    Hi Lauren,

    I have begun the kidney cleanse, first day being Sunday and I am getting stomach pains for the past few days, usually after taking the protease. The stomach pain last about a half hour and is usually followed by a bowel movement. Is this normal? Sometimes the pain is pretty bad but not excruciating. I just wanted to make sure this was normal as you mention that this is a gentle cleanse in the description above. I did some slight research and some say this is normal as the body is cleansing itself of yeast, and such.

    Thanks in advance!

  39. David


    I have a really weak bladder, after doing a kidney cleanse for the full duration, do you have any idea if or how much this cleanse will help that problem?


    • Lauren aka The Holy Kale
      Lauren aka The Holy Kale

      I would suggest getting on a supplement to help strengthen the bladder as well. The kidney cleanse will help at the root of the issue, but direct nutrition towards the bladder is going to be key as well in your case. The products I have found to be the most useful are Uriven and UltraPollen. The Uriven targets the tissue directly, while the UltraPollen provides Bioflavonoids which are used by the body to strengthen tissue. A typical dose is 6 caps of each. If you have a medical issue, talk to your doctor beforehand. Good Luck David!

      • David

        Thankyou very much for your reply =)…

        Could I ask, why shouldn’t Distilled water be used to soak and then simmer the herbs in?

        Much appreciated

  40. Tara

    Parsley is a no-go for the kidneys? I thought they actually detoxed them…

    • Lauren aka The Holy Kale
      Lauren aka The Holy Kale

      Hi Tara – they can be cleansing, but they also are high in oxalic acid. Oxalic acid plays a role in kidney stone formation so if you are prone to kidney stones, you will want to avoid foods that are high in oxalic acid like parsley. If you don’t have kidney stones or never have had them, then eating parsley can be a part of your plan.

  41. mr bailey

    Hi Lauren
    Can you please suggest herbal medicines for IGA NEPROPATHY
    rather than conventional or anything that would help
    Kind Regards

    • Lauren aka The Holy Kale
      Lauren aka The Holy Kale

      Hi Paul, unfortunately I cannot give you any direct medical advice because of the severity of your condition, but I would recommend purchasing my book and reading it through. Many of the lifestyle tools and diet recommendations in the book can help keep your blood pressure under control and reduce your cholesterol levels which can slow the disease progression. Therefore I would suggest working with your doctor in conjunction with the recommendations from the book. Good Luck!

  42. NsoAtabe Nso

    I want to buy your kidney cleanser , how do I go about this.

  43. Sharon

    I’m confused about the tea. you mention loose tea in the recipe…is this regular black tea or is the tea made of the marjoram, cats claw, etc…? if so how much of each? or is there a tea with these ingredients I can buy (my kitchen is limited). I also got lost when you mentioned 2 cups vs 3 cups. Thx!

    • Lauren aka The Holy Kale
      Lauren aka The Holy Kale

      Hi Sharon, the kidney tea is a loose leaf tea blend of herbs (Marjoram 1 oz, Cats Claw 1 oz, Comfrey Root 1 oz, Chicory Root 2 oz, Fennel Seed 2 oz, Goldenrod 2 oz, Gravel Root 2 oz, Hydrangea Root 2 oz, Marshmallow Root 2 oz, Uva Ursi 2 oz), you can find the tea here. If you soak the loose leaf tea overnight, use 2 cups. If you boil it the day of, then use 3 cups (boiling water causes a lose of water).

  44. Jessica

    Hey Lauren,
    I am currently doing the Kidney cleanse from your book but I can’t find dandelion greens anywhere. Any idea where i could purchase them?

    • Lauren aka The Holy Kale
      Lauren aka The Holy Kale

      Hi Jessica – ask at your local market. They shouldn’t be that difficult to find. They are usually in the veggie section next to the broccoli, kale and cabbage.

  45. Jessica

    Also are these instructions additional to the book?

    • Lauren aka The Holy Kale
      Lauren aka The Holy Kale

      This cleanse is completely different than the book.

  46. Jessica

    Sorry I keep asking questions lol but this is the last one I SWEAR!!! :) On the kidney cleanse juice feast you give a detailed list of what juice to have on day one and when. Do I repeat that for the other days or can we switch up the recipes? Can we use the other recipes you provided?

    • Lauren aka The Holy Kale
      Lauren aka The Holy Kale

      That is the outline of an example day. Feel free to continue with those same juices, or vary it to your tastes using the other recipes.

      • Jessica

        Thank you! I ordered the dandelion greens! :) So should I be taking Renaven with the book cleanse?

  47. monika

    I love your blog and everything you post.
    Thank you.
    I have a question. For other health reasons, I have to be on an almost ketogenic diet. How can I make this work with this kidney cleanse?
    Do I still have to forego red meat (even if it’s minimal and grass-fed)?
    Can I keep other proteins, like eggs, chicken, whey, turkey, grass-fed gelatin powder, goat yogurt?

    • Lauren aka The Holy Kale
      Lauren aka The Holy Kale

      Hi Monika, the nature of the ketogenic diet is contrary to supporting kidney health if you are reaching ketoacidosis. Normally your body burns carbohydrates for fuel. When you drastically cut carbs, the body goes into a metabolic state called ketosis, and it begins to burn its own fat for fuel. When the body is producing too many ketones it can make the blood acidic, a state known as ketoacidosis. This is harmful to the kidneys. Therefore, it all depends on your ketone levels, which I would suggest monitoring with ketone strips (you test the urine). For what reason are you strictly following the ketogenic diet? Would it be possible to modify for the short period of time you would be cleansing, and then go back on? Also, if you are strict ketogenic and are moving high levels of ketones through the urine daily, I would suggest using a kidney supportive agent (like the RenaVen supplement) ongoing to prevent any harm.

  48. julie

    Dear Lauren,

    Thank you so much for your wonderful website! It is such a resource and inspiration. I am doing the kidney cleanse and it’s going great. I am on day 9 of drinking the tea, but I have been getting headaches and fogginess and fatigue, especially in the morning. I’m wondering if I’m getting enough minerals to balance all the water and tea? Do you have any ideas?


    • Lauren aka The Holy Kale
      Lauren aka The Holy Kale

      Hi Julie, this is good news! It means that you are flushing toxins which is great. Yes, your intuition is correct. Start adding more minerals in. Drinking coconut water is a great way to get natural minerals, or if you have a mineral supplement that can be used as well. Another thing to add is a few supportive detox therapies such as a salt bath, infrared sauna, grounding, and lymphatic massage (they can add in specialized massage to the kidneys as well). You can find a guide here to the therapies: Also make sure you are getting plenty of uninterrupted sleep. Going to bed by 9/9:30. Light walking and yoga are good exercise options as well. Let me know how that helps!

  49. Rachel

    Hi Lauren,

    Thank you for all this great information. I have never done a cleanse before, but have been diagnosed with fatty liver for the past few years, and now I think I am starting to feel the effects of decreased liver function.

    I realise i need to start with the kidney cleanse first, then the intestinal cleanse, but what I am wondering is whether I should also start to take the supplements to support the liver at the same time as doing the kidney cleanse so that I can do the liver cleanse in a couple of months time?

    Thank you in advance for your help.

    • Lauren aka The Holy Kale
      Lauren aka The Holy Kale

      Hi Rachel, That is definitely an option. Just make sure not to overwhelm yourself. It’s most important to adhere to the overall plan of the cleanse. So if you think you can do it all – go for it! Also chat with your doctor before you start to make sure there is no contraindication. Good luck!!!

  50. angie

    I was just about to start buying the supplements and tea suggested, and I noticed that on pg 222 of your book The Miracle Kidney Cleanse on Amazon, has “Cat’s Claw” as a Nephrotoxin, yet it’s an ingredient in the tea you recommend. Can you help me understand why it’s in the tea if it’s bad for the kidneys, and why it’s recommended?

    • Lauren aka The Holy Kale
      Lauren aka The Holy Kale

      Hi Angie – Great question!!! Glad you are paying attention 😉 Cats claw as well as other herbs that are “cleansers” have the ability to cause stress on the detox organs if taken in excess. Just like aloe or magnesium can cause diarrhea if taken in large quantities, cats claw can burden the detox organs (kidney included) if taken in excess. It is all about balance – same with anything in life. The cats claw in the tea is in an amount that will not burden the kidney, but if you are concerned or are dealing with a severe kidney condition, feel free to use the more gentler herbs like the corn silk. You can reference my book for other more gentler alternatives. Hope that answers your question!

  51. Linnaia

    Hi, I’m super interested in doing the cleanses (kidney, intestinal and gallbladder/liver), but in what order do I do them? I know the gallbladder/liver flush is last, but can I do the kidney and intestinal cleanses at the same time? Or perhaps do the salt water flush for a week, then start start the intestinal cleanse, and two weeks in start the kidney cleanse? After doing all that, must I take 3 months preparing for the gallbladder/intestinal cleanse?

    A bit about my health: age 20 (female), recovering from chronic Lyme, started on proticol 6 months ago, been noticing improvement last 1.5. Found 13 food allergies 10 months ago, have not been eating them, but have endured acne ever since cutting them out (which seems backwards. Clear skin comes with cleaning the diet, right??) Eat a healthy diet of fruit, veggies, and better quality meat. Occasionally some rice or quinoa, but grains aggrivate my gut. Rarely eat nuts, am allergic to a few and the rest seem to be aggrivating. Even root veggies cause me to feel a little more constipated. My gut basically needs a restart, and my skin seems to be a clear sign of toxins not being expelled!

    • Lauren The Holy Kale
      Lauren The Holy Kale

      Hi Linnaia, I would suggest doing the intestinal cleanse, then the kidney cleanse, and then the liver gallbladder flush. This is the best way in terms of cleaning out the system without putting stress on the body. As for starting the liver gallbladder flush after that, that would depend on your current state of health. In terms of your skin, it is common for the skin to breakout when you are clearing toxins so stick with the clean diet. It will turn around once the system balances. Start with the intestinal cleanses and email me directly at and we can see how you are doing.

  52. Patricia holt

    hello! I am doing the kidney cleanse. On the fifth day I had a blood test and the gar went from 60 to 48. Last test in april. Could the cleanse affect the blood test do do the concept of getting rid of the toxins?

    • Lauren The Holy Kale
      Lauren The Holy Kale

      Absolutely Patricia. Any type of change to the diet or lifestyle can influence your blood. That is why I always strongly urge people to work directly with their MD when doing cleansing. Thanks!

  53. Jakk

    The link on your Castor Oil Packs is broken!

  54. Yojuana Jenkins

    Hi Lauren I was just placed on dialysis Feb.2015 and I was told that I would be on it temporary however I void alot but I’m always looking for a more healthier option, your program sounds very interesting and I would like to give it a try do you think it would be safe? I look to hear from you soon.

    • Lauren The Holy Kale
      Lauren The Holy Kale

      Good Morning Yojuana, I would suggest purchasing my kidney cleanse book and working with your doctor. There are many tools, herbs, and food modifications that can be safely utilized to increase the functioning of your kidneys in the book. As with anything, always run it by your doctor before beginning. Specifically, cutting out specific foods that increase stress on the kidneys will be helpful, as well as adding in certain foods that boost kidney functioning like black cherries, corn silk tea, celery etc. I also go through many yoga stretches that can help as well. Good luck!

  55. Annette

    Do you have an alternative to RenaVen products?

    It’s not available in DK and it’s very expensive to get i from the States.

    Kind regards Annette

    • Lauren The Holy Kale
      Lauren The Holy Kale

      Hi Annette, I am not too familiar with the exact product lines over there, but I would look for a Cordyceps (mushroom) supplement, in addition to a corn silk and dandelion tea. These would be good substitutes.


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