Fred Liers PhD kidney cleansing rejuvenation program hpdiKidney cleansing is an important part of maintaining health. It is not difficult to cleanse your kidneys periodically. This supports good kidney health and overall health. It also can prevent bigger problems related to the kidneys from developing into health-threatening issues. Healthy kidneys are essential for vibrant living. Kidneys serve many functions,  including filtering blood. They are organs of elimination and detoxification. As such, taking care of them via kidney cleansing is not unlike changing the oil in your vehicle. Regular maintenance is far easier than the dealing with the consequences of doing nothing to support kidney health.

Kidney cleansing is part of the HPDI Rejuvenation Program. It falls under the category of detoxification, like liver cleansing. I’ve written about liver cleansing in previous articles, e.g., see Liver Cleanse with Juice & Herbs. In fact, kidney cleansing shares much in common with liver cleansing. Yet, the differences are significant.


There are various types of kidney cleanses available. At its simplest, kidney cleansing revolves around consuming lemon or lime juice in water. I’ve written at length on that topic in articles like Rejuvenate! Lemonade  – Delicious & Satisfying and The Summer Lemonade Diet. Drinking lots of freshly made organic lemonade or limeade (with or without superfoods like Rejuvenate! or chlorella) goes far in supporting and maintaining healthy kidneys. But kidney cleansing goes well beyond consuming lemonade.

A complete kidney cleanse usually involves specific herbal kidney teas and tinctures in addition to a citrus drink (i.e., lemonade). Also, there exist more potent protocols for naturally cleansing kidneys when dealing with issues such as kidney stones or other problems specific to kidneys. I’ll address a few of those, too.

How often? I typically perform three to five days of kidney cleansing every four months. That is, about once per season. And that’s almost always in addition to my “normal” consumption of fresh, organic lemonade for health.

Here is a basic lemonade recipe for a kidney-bladder flush:



Mix these ingredients in a one-quart mason jar or pitcher. Consume the entire drink within a few minutes. Then about fifteen to twenty minutes later, drink two cups of kidney-bladder tea along with one-dropperful of kidney tincture per cup of tea.

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Lemonade is a cornerstone of kidney cleansing programs

You can obtain commercial kidney teas at natural foods stores. One good commercial kidney tea is Yogi Tea’s Peach-Detox Tea. Perhaps my favorite prepared loose tea for kidney cleansing is Dr. Richard Schulze’s K-B Tea (available from American Botanical Pharmacy: www.herbdoc.com). You can also make your own kidney tea with loose herbs you obtain yourself from natural foods stores or herb suppliers like Pacific Botanicals (see resources section below). If you decide to make your own kidney tea, here is a basic recipe:




Use one rounded tablespoon (or more) of kidney cleansing tea per sixteen ounces of boiling water for this tea. Pour water over tea and let steep. You can also add fresh carrot tops or watermelon seed and rind at the time you make the tea. Drink two cups of this tea about fifteen minutes after you drink the lemonade drink. Ideally, you will also drink one or two cups of this tea in the early afternoon and early evening. If you require greater stone-dissolving power, you can increase the hydrangea and/or gravel root to as much as 25% of the second part of the tea mixture. Or you can try the four-day stone dissolving program (outlined below).

It’s fine to make one or two servings of kidney cleansing tea at a time. But I typically prefer to make larger amounts and simply re-heat it during the day. For example, I usually place six tablespoons of kidney tea into 60 ounces of water in a steel or glass pot (yielding six cups for the day). I usually do this the night before I plan to make the tea allowing the tea sit in the water overnight.

Then in the morning while I make my lemonade drink, I bring the water to a boil, reduce heat and let simmer for a minute before turning off the heat. 15–20 minutes after consuming the lemonade drink, the kidney cleansing tea has cooled a bit (but remains warm). I drink two cups (16 ounces) of tea at a time. I strain the herbs when making the tea and then add them back into the pot.

At the end of the each day, I add more fresh dried kidney tea and fresh water into the pot (usually six more tablespoons of tea and 60 ounces of water (i.e., one tablespoon of kidney tea per 20 ounces of water) and repeat this process the next day. After three days, I discard all the “used” kidney tea herbs, rinse the pot, and re-start the process with fresh dried kidney tea.

While the combination of lemonade drink and kidney tea is powerful by itself, greater effects are obtained when a kidney tincture is used with the tea either placed directly into it, or consumed separately. I consume approximately one dropperful of tincture per cup of kidney cleansing tea. Kidney tinctures can be found commercially, including the one I like best, Dr. Schulze’s organic K-B tincture.

Here is a basic recipe for a kidney tincture if you decide to make one yourself using organic or wildcrafted herbs from a supplier like Pacific Botanicals:




Place all herbs in a blender with vodka. Blend thoroughly. Place blended mixture into a mason jar. Label it clearly and include the date made. Let sit for at least two weeks, but preferably one month or longer. Then pour into a large bowl using a T-shirt (or cheesecloth) as a filter. Pour the filtered liquid back into the mason jar. Discard the solids. Ideally you would create the tonic on the new moon and strain on a full moon. As noted, use one dropper (35 drops) of kidney tincture per cup of kidney tea. Because ideally you will drink 4–6 cups of kidney tea daily, you will use 4–6 droppers total (one per cup) of kidney tincture.


A basic kidney cleansing program (i.e., kidney cleanse) can be as little as five days long. As I mentioned, it can be as simple as drinking a few glasses of freshly made lemonade and a two or three cups of kidney tea daily. However, I find that reserving at least five days for a dedicated kidney cleanse works best. That doesn’t mean you can’t do a Master Cleanse type lemonade diet for a few days or weeks. It just means dedicated kidney cleansing provides complete support for optimal kidney function.


Periodic kidney cleansing with vegetable juice and kidney herbs not only cleanses and detoxifies the kidneys, but also the entire body. For example, a kidney cleanses benefits the entire urinary (renal) system, including the bladder and ureters. It will dissolve mineral buildup and is known to dissolve kidney stones of various sizes. The kidneys main job is to filter and cleanse blood. What this means is that kidney cleansing will help your kidneys do their job of filtering blood. This ultimately improves the health of your blood cells, and thereby the health of your entire body.

Kidney cleansing provides many of benefits, including providing a significant amount of hydration to the entire body. This high level of hydration will help support proper fluid and electrolyte balance in your body. One of the most important aspects of proper kidney cleansing with lemonade, herbs, and vegetable juices is that it gives the digestive system a break, and allows for simultaneous rejuvenation of the gastrointestinal and urinary tracts. A program for kidney cleansing can include a subprogram for bowel detoxification, which is considered by many to be a foundational aspect of detoxification. I will provide a complete kidney cleansing program (below) that includes bowel cleansing herbal formulas and routines.

There are additional benefits. Kidney cleansing is a great place to start your efforts toward overall body detoxification (i.e., detoxifications programs) because the skills learned and developed in implementing it are also applicable to liver cleansing (the subject of previous blog articles) and other modes of detoxification.


Another fact to consider. Kidney cleansing is fun!! Okay, it’s serious business when it comes to kidney health. It can transform you health and your life. But fundamentally, you will eventually find yourself in a state of bliss during your cleanse. I always do!! This kidney-cleansing–induced state of bliss not only relates to doing something supremely good for yourself, but more practically, it so amazingly improves your nutritional status, your alkalinity (pH), the health and vibrancy of your kidneys, your brain function, and so much more…that you simply bliss out. That’s a fact for the vast majority of people.


There isn’t much equipment you will need, but these items are useful:

• Citrus Juicer (manual) (steel, glass, or ceramic) for juicing lemons and/or limes.

• Citrus Press (e.g., Orange-X) (optional) for faster juicing of lemons and limes, especially for larger amounts.

• Juicer (e.g., centrifugal, twin gear, masticator, single augur, etc.) for vegetable juices.

• Blender or Vitamix (optional) for blender drinks.

• Pot (steel or glass) for boiling hot water for herbal kidney tea.


A kidney cleanse involves consuming the kidney cleansing lemonade drink (see recipe above) in the morning. The lemonade is followed 15–20 minutes later by a hot (or warm) herbal tea containing kidney herbs plus an herbal kidney tincture formula (see recipe above). In addition to the kidney tincture, other useful tinctures include echincea tincture or detoxification herb tincture (see resource section below). You will again consume the tea and kidney tincture several times during the day. That is, drink two cups (16 ounces) of kidney tea 15–20 minutes after the kidney drink, and then drink an additional 1–2 cups twice during the day. Make sure to take a dropperful of kidney tincture per cup either in the tea itself or separately, if you prefer.

Fresh vegetable juices and superfoods are consumed after the lemonade kidney drink, kidney tea, and kidney tinctures. Drink at least 64 ounces (two quarts) of fresh vegetable juice daily in divided doses mixed with superfoods. Consume up to 128 ounces (one gallon) of fresh juice daily.

You can do a kidney cleansing program for as little as three days or for as long as three months (or longer) depending on individual needs. At longer durations, one week of kidney cleansing can be alternated with one week of liver cleansing or bowel cleansing.

After a long period of kidney cleansing (e.g., two or three weeks) it may be desirable to take at least a short break from herbs and tinctures. Continue with fresh vegetable juices and superfoods, and any additional protocols you may decide to follow.

You can initially aim for five to seven days of kidney cleansing. This can include one day of raw foods at the start and another day of raw foods at the end. Thus, a five day kidney cleanse might start with a day of raw foods (plus juices, teas, and tinctures) followed by three days of only juices, teas, and tinctures, and then finish with another day of raw foods (plus juices, teas, and tinctures). This schedule can work for individuals on the job, because it can start on a Thursday and end the following Monday.


After consuming the morning lemonade drink, herbal tea, and tinctures, wait at least 15 minutes before consuming juice and superfoods. As noted, you can drink up to four quarts (one gallon) of juice daily (and two quarts minimum), so don’t hesitate to get started consuming fresh juice. Drink juice as often you like and whenever you feel hungry. Spacing your juice intake during the day may work best to keep up your energy. You may experience lulls in your energy levels. This is normal during kidney cleansing. Fortunately, more caloric energy is available in the form of fresh juice, so drink up!

Many people enjoy their superfoods added directly into their juice. Others prefer to drink superfoods separately in water. Because you will be consuming plenty of fresh juice and pure water, experiment to see what you like best. Superfoods can be very energizing, which also means they work well with vegetable juice to provide energy. You may wish to take most of your superfoods earlier in the day (e.g., between 9 am and 1 pm) in order to avoid over-energizing yourself as the day winds down.


We recommend taking Rejuvenate! superfoods during kidney cleansing. I primarily use original Rejuvenate! because it provides the most chlorella, which is highly cleansing and detoxifying for the entire body. All Rejuvenate! superfoods taste good (yet everyone has their favorite). I prefer Rejuvenate! (original greens) for purposes of cleansing and detoxification, but all of them provide therapeutic levels of dietary nucleic acids. Few people get adequate levels of nucleic acids in their diet.

Dr. Benjamin S. Frank asserted that nucleic acids are essential nutrients like vitamins and minerals. I personally feel the difference when I consumer sufficient dietary nucleic acids (about 300 mg daily minimum for me). That’s about the amount of nucleic acids provided by one scoop of Rejuvenate! (any version since they all provide about the same amount per serving). 300 mg (the amount of nucleic acids provided in one scoop of Rejuvenate! original) makes a noticeable difference in my energy level, feelings of well being, and improved appearance.

I recommend taking three to six scoops (or more) daily because the benefit continue to accrue at higher levels. 1,500 mg (the amount of nucleic acids in five scoops of original Rejuvenate!) seems to be an optimal amount to take per day. More than that amount doesn’t appear to give me any additional benefits, but I definitely notice a corresponding decrease in benefits when I consume smaller daily servings.

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Rejuvenate!™ original greens provides 42 servings per container


I always recommend taking four foundational supplements daily. The four supplements are a high-potency multivitamin (like Mighty Multi-Vite!™), essential fats, antioxidant / vitamin C formula (like Ultimate Protector™ or PRO-C™), and a Rejuvenate! superfood. I have discussed the importance of foundational supplements in other articles, including Rejuvenation Program: Part Four.

During kidney cleansing, simply continue taking your supplements with juice. HPDI also recommends seven enhancement supplements important for building and maintaining optimal health. Enhancement supplements include: CoQ10 (ubiquinone) or ubiquinolMyo-Mag (magnesium & malic acid), Hepa Plus (liver support formula), Nascent Iodine, echinacea, and Immune-Assist. HPDI offers all of these formulas. Your use of enhancement supplements will depend upon your individual needs, but most individuals will gain significant benefits from taking them. To learn more, see Rejuvenation Program: Part Five.


Other important practices you may wish to include during the remainder of the day after a morning kidney lemonade drink and kidney herbal tea include: 1) bowel cleansing herbs (no need to take a break from these herbs); 2) liquids (other than kidney tea), including herbal teas and pure water (try to drink at least a few quarts in addition to vegetable juices during the day), 3) exercise (preferably one hour) (at the intensity of your choice, but walking and yoga are good, especially for moving lymph fluid), 4) meditation, affirmations, prayer/mantras, deep breathing exercises, journaling, etc. to relax and center the mind.

If there is a particularly affected area of the body that you wish to heal, you may include hydrotherapy (e.g., hot and cold showers), sauna therapy, castor oil packs, or poultices (e.g., a drawing poultice). I have detailed some of these important practices in my articles on the Rejuvenation Program, including supporting protocols for rejuvenation. I won’t go into much detail here, but you can refer back to my series of ten blog articles on the Rejuvenation Program, and to the Rejuvenation Program page itself, which is on our main website.

If there are any practices or protocols that are important to you, then definitely consider adding them into your kidney cleansing routine. I make many suggestions, but you may know (or learn) what works best for you in terms of practices that will make your kidney cleansing experience better. Please include them!!

I won’t go into much detail at this point regarding many important practices that can support successful kidney cleansing. But I will address the beneficial role of parsley, garlic, and watermelon, as well as the topic of bowel cleansing. I have discussed bowel cleansing in previous posts (see Rejuvenation Program: Part Two), but I feel it is particularly valuable during kidney cleansing.


Beyond the basic kidney cleansing regimen I discuss above, there are several other routines that can boost kidney health. You can find ways to incorporate these routines or practices into the lemonade-based kidney cleanse, but they also work very well on their own. And for individuals who require kidney cleansing beyond the basic lemonade- and kidney herb-based routine, these special routines may be the very ones that make the difference in terms of kidney health.


Consuming fresh parsley and drinking parsley tea are great for kidney cleansing. The most therapeutic form of parsley for kidney health is fresh parsley juice. Run it through your juicer. The best juicers for leafy green vegetables are twin gear (like Green Star), masticator (Champion), and single augur (Hurom). Common centrifugal juicers won’t juice parsley quite as well, but if that’s all you have then by all means use it.

Tip: If you’re using a centrifugal juicer for greens, then consider running the fresh pulp through the juicer a second time. This will help maximize the amount of green juice you obtain.

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Parsley is an excellent kidney tonic.

Garlic is another great herb not just for kidneys, but for the entire urinary tract and indeed the whole body. One neat thing I discovered is that if you juice fresh garlic with fresh parsley, then the parsley removes nearly all the garlic smell and taste. I have juiced a huge, spreading parsley plant from the garden along with an entire bulb of garlic. And you’d never know there was any garlic in the juice. Just use good judgement. If you’re just juicing a handful of parsley, then maybe just juice a a clove or two of garlic. Another tip. Put the garlic through the juicer first, and then add the parsley. That way the parsley deodorizes the garlic.


Consuming watermelon is healthy for kidneys and urinary tract. If you eat one or two medium- to large-sized watermelons in a day, then you will definitely benefit from it. But like all the other foods I’ve talked about, juicing watermelon is really the most therapeutic. This is largely because it is the watermelon rind that provides significant benefits. It is much easier to juice the rind (since most people won’t eat it) right along with the red, meaty parts and the juice still tastes good. The rind also contains bioavailable minerals (like natural sodium) that are beneficial to kidneys.

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Watermelon is a tasty kidney cleansing food.

Also note that watermelon seeds are beneficial for kidneys, so try to eat and juice varieties that are not seedless. Seedless varieties undoubtedly offer benefits, but watermelon seeds–like the rinds–provide uniquely therapeutic substances.



Okay, I’m including a special program for individuals who are already dealing with kidney stones. There are times when the basic lemonade-based regimen is not the most effective place to start kidney cleansing. As I mentioned, kidney cleansing should be simple and easily done routinely (i.e., once every three or four months). But kidney cleansing can’t be routine if you have large numbers of stones. That is, a lemonade-based kidney cleanse has adequate power to dissolve small stones while cleansing kidneys and the entire urinary tract. When there are a significant number of stones already present in the kidneys, it is best to first use an herbal formula specifically for removing stones. Here is a formula for dissolving kidney stones and a four-day program for eliminating them.


2 Ounces Hydrangea Root

2 Ounces Gravel Root

1 Ounce Marshmallow Root


Preferably use all organic ingredients. Take a total of five ounces of these combined roots, either cut or powdered. Take two quarts of freshly squeezed apple juice. Place half the herbs (2.5 ounces) into each quart of fresh apple juice. Allow to sit overnight. In the morning bring the mixture to a boil and let simmer for 15 minutes. Let the mixture cool, strain the herbs from one quart of it. Drink the entire quart during the first day consuming about 2.5 ounces each hour. Also make sure to drink an additional two quarts (32 ounces) of water the first day. Let the other quart sit in a cool, dark place and shake it a few times daily. The next morning, strain it. Then drink this (second) quart at one ounce per hour (during the hours that you’re awake) for two days. On the days you should also consume two quarts of water and two quarts of fresh vegetable juice. On the fourth day, you should aim for a juice fast totaling 64 ounces of purified water and 64 ounces of fresh vegetable juices.

During the entire four-day period, you should consume only pure water and freshly made juices (including the strained apple juice with herbs). The idea is to gradually increase fluid intake daily. Thus, note that the first day you drink up to one additional quart of fluids, then two additional quarts on days two and three, and finally up to four quarts on the fourth day. Fasting the entire four days consuming only the fresh juices and purified water produces best results.

If you opt not to fast, then the diet should be totally raw and vegan (100% plant based) consuming only fruits, fruit juices, vegetables, and vegetable juices. Good juices include orange, cranberry, watermelon, and vegetable juice combinations such as carrot, parsley, garlic, and ginger. Also good are purified water with lemon and/or lime juice and and kidney and bladder tea (see above) at the rate of two to six cups daily.

Most people won’t need this four-day program for dissolving stones. That is, the basic kidney-cleansing lemonade program is quite effective on its own. But I feel obligated to include it for individuals who will benefit from it. For these persons (and maybe you’re one of them) dissolving stones is an important first step in the process of kidney cleansing. Once the stones are dissolved, then you can use the lemonade-based kidney cleansing regimen at any time.

I promised (above) to include a complete discussion about bowel cleansing, which is important for detoxification under any circumstances. Bowel cleansing can be performed during kidney cleansing, liver cleansing, or separately all by itself.



Many natural care practitioners say that all cleansing begins with bowel cleansing. I believe they say this partly because their experience shows that just doing a complete bowel cleanse can significantly improve their patients’ health and “cure” many maladies. Certainly, cleansing the bowel before kidney cleansing is a good idea, and will help prepare the body for it. Bowel cleansing itself no doubt is powerful. But when combined with kidney cleansing, bowel cleansing can facilitate the cleansing process, and support processes of detoxification, rejuvenation, and creation of optimal health. So, it is always a good idea to spend at least some time during kidney cleansing to perform a bowel cleanse. It can easily be done simultaneously or separately.

A basic juice flush usually acts to cleanse the bowel. However, the ultimate goal is to facilitate the body’s creation of health by engaging in practices that act synergistically to support the most complete cleanse possible. With respect to bowel cleansing, we recommend several excellent formulas that can be used while kidney cleansing. These formulas include HPDI’s own Intestinal Rejuvenation Formula, which acts to sweep the entire gastrointestinal tract.


We recommend you take Intestinal Rejuvenation Formula up to three times daily (away from food or juice) mixed with at least 12–16 ounces of water). Initially, you might just take it once daily at the level of one teaspoon. Eventually, you can work your way up to one teaspoon three times daily. It is important to make sure your bowel works well at the initial levels (1/2 teaspoon to 2 teaspoons) before increasing the dose. The reason for starting at lower levels is that some people can experience constipation (or reduced bowel transit time) initially due to increased fiber. The body eventually adjusts to it, and then the formula will help facilitate bowel action.


Intestinal Rejuvenation Formula attaches onto materials in the digestive tract, helping to move them through the digestive system for elimination. The formula sweeps away blockages, debris, hard to remove materials, and even helps clear bowel pockets. The formula includes ingredients (like slippery elm and marshmallow root) known to coat and soothe gastrointestinal membranes. It not only sweeps away hardened debris, but also softens such deposits before removal, as well as protects the lining of the entire GI tract. As a consequence of its capacity to latch onto materials in the digestive tract, Intestinal Rejuvenation Formula is highly effective for detoxification.

As noted, the gastrointestinal tract is often the most toxic region of the body. When blockages occur and elimination functions are compromised, the intestines can become a source of toxicity. Any blockage or reduction in proper bowel activity can create buildup of materials requiring elimination. Intestinal Rejuvenation Formula helps remove blockages, so that the bowel can function normally.

Intestinal Rejuvenation Formula absorbs and sequesters toxins, including toxic metals (lead and mercury), industrial chemicals (PCBs), and other poisons. It thereby performs multiple detoxification functions (both physically sweeping away encrusted deposits, cleansing bowel pockets, and removing poisons that can damage the body.

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Intestinal Rejuvenation Formula is one of the most effective formulas for cleansing the bowel


Notably, Intestinal Rejuvenation Formula is useful both for sluggish bowel action and for too frequent bowel activity. For sluggish bowels, it adds bulk and clears the digestive tract with a sweep-like action. For overly frequent bowel action (or diarrhea), it regulates flow by controlling the rate of elimination. In this latter capacity, it has been known to prevent dehydration and fluid loss from chronic diarrhea.

As you might guess, a formula like Intestinal Rejuvenation Formula can be taken regularly or periodically, and it will always act to help regulate bowels, remove toxins, and cleanse the bowel. I take it year-round with just a few breaks.

According the the Merck Manual, the majority of Americans (and increasingly everyone around the world) will suffer from bowel pockets, if they live long enough. Most of want to live a long life with a high quality of life. Taking Intestinal Rejuvenation Formula can help prevent bowel pockets and/or help cleanse bowel pockets if they already exist. I can think of no other single reason for taking Intestinal Rejuvenation Formula than to keep the bowel free of pockets. But the other reasons for taking it, like detoxification, sequestering of poisons, and effective bowel regulation are equally compelling.

We need to continue to cleanse our GI-tract throughout our lives, and especially as we age (and our metabolism slows). Taking a formula like Intestinal Rejuvenation Formula can help extend our quality of life as we age, and perhaps extend our lives by keeping us  healthy, regular, detoxified, and free of blockages and bowel pockets.


The easiest way to take Intestinal Rejuvenation Formula is to mix it into water. I usually put it into a 16-ounce mason jar with about 12 ounces of water. Shake it vigorously until well mixed, then drink. Then you can add another four ounces of water to the jar and re-shake, then drink again. This clears the jar of any loose formula, and ensures you get the entire dose.


Individuals with extremely sluggish bowels may require a stronger herbal formula to support movement in the bowel. In cases of extreme bowel sluggishness, we recommend Intestinal Formula #1 (available from Dr. Richard Schulze’s American Botanical Pharmacy). If this your case, then take Intestinal Formula #1 as directed (usually one capsule daily with dinner) until the bowel function is normalized. After function normalizes, then shift onto Intestinal Rejuvenation Formula to obtain all the benefits of a fiber and herb formula designed for sweeping the gastrointestinal tract.

Okay, I realize I’ve spoken at length about bowel cleansing in an article on kidney cleansing. It’s just that important!! So please consider starting a bowel cleanse before (or during) kidney cleansing because it can make a huge difference in the effectiveness of your kidney program (and detoxification programs in general).


Kidney cleansing is among the best ways to improve overall health, boost energy, detoxify the body, and increase quality of life. In fact, I believe it is now essential. Given the state of the average person’s diet, the lack of proper overall nutrition, and especially the amount of toxicity in our environment (including toxicity in food, water, air, soil, and our homes and offices), there is no reason not to perform kidney cleansing regularly. That is, at least once or twice per year, and preferably once every season (spring, winter, fall, and summer).

Kidney cleansing can be an ongoing part of your lifestyle even after a you’ve completed a periodic cleanse. For example, routinely consuming fresh organic lemonade, watermelon, parsley, garlic, vegetable juices, raw foods, and kidney support herbs (e.g., kidney teas containing herbs like juniper berry, uva ursi leaf, and corn silk).

As I’ve suggested, maintaining healthy kidneys can be aided by avoiding toxins. Read Part Two of the Rejuvenation Program series (see resources below). Avoid or reduce your exposure to kidney toxic foods, liquids, and substances. This includes conventional produce (containing pesticides and GMOs) and artificial ingredients (food colorings, flavorings, preservatives, and sweeteners). Avoidance of these substances reduces your toxic load and supports kidney health.

The lemonade-based kidney cleansing program is as tasty and enjoyable as it is effective. I hope you get started on your kidney cleansing program today. And I hope you enjoy the kind of bliss that comes not only from giving your kidneys a break, but also from the improved state of health that cleaner kidneys will immediately begin providing to your entire body. Bottoms up!!



The Summer Lemonade Diet: Refreshes, Hydrates, and Cleanses Kidneys


Fred’s Favorite Vegetable Juice Recipe: ‘The Doctor’

Liver Cleanse with Juices & Herbs








PACIFIC BOTANICALS (organic herbs)


AMERICAN BOTANICAL PHARMACY (teas, tinctures, kits)





Rejuvenation Program: Part One 

Rejuvenation Program: Part Two

Rejuvenation Program: Part Three

Rejuvenation Program: Part Four

Rejuvenation Program: Part Five

Rejuvenation Program: Part Six

Magnesium Oil and Magnesium Chloride as a Supporting Protocol for Rejuvenation

Rejuvenation Program: Part Eight

Rejuvenation Program: Part Nine

  (Note: The practices discussed in this article are for educational purposes only. They are not intended as medical advice. Please consult your doctor before engaging in a program of kidney cleansing.)


The Health Benefits of Garlic

Dr. Hank Liers, PhDGarlic is one of the most effective and versatile therapeutic plants in the world with a broad range of health benefits. Indeed, it not only is a food, but also a proven medicinal herb, and supports powerful health via many modes of action. It has a long history of health-enhancing and culinary uses, making it an ideal example of a food that can be used for therapeutic purposes.

We include the use of garlic (in addition to medicinal mushrooms, echinacea, astragalus, and olive leaf extract) as a part of building powerful immunity in the HPDI Rejuvenation Program because of its effectiveness in providing the body with a highly diverse range of health benefits. For example, it acts as a powerful broad-spectrum antibiotic. It also exhibits antiviral, antifungal, and antiparasitic properties. In this regard, it has been proven to rid the body internally and externally of nearly any antigen or pathogen.

Garlic has also been found to be an Nrf2 activator and as such is able to stimulate the body’s endogenous production of key protective antioxidant enzymes (such as superoxide dismutase and glutathione peroxidase). Natural compounds normally provided by fresh garlic cloves include: alliin, allicin, thiosulfinates, gamma-glutamylcysteines, and sulfur. In addition, garlic is a rich source of organic selenium. Selenium is an important antioxidant and key component of the enzyme glutathione peroxidase.


Garlic has been used as both food and medicine in many cultures for thousands of years, dating at least as far back as when the Giza pyramids were built about 5,000 year ago. Its use in China dates back to 2000 BCE where it formed part of the daily diet, particularly when consumed together with raw meat. In Chinese medicine garlic was prescribed to aid respiration and digestion, most importantly diarrhea and worm infestation.

During Greek and Roman times, Hippocrates, Galen, Pliny the Elder, and Dioscorides all mention the health benefits of garlic for many conditions, including parasites, respiratory problems, poor digestion, and low energy. A leading physician during the latter part of the 12th century, the Abbess of Rupertsberg, St. Hildegard von Bingen, gave garlic a prominent role in her medical writing. Garlic’s antiseptic properties were verified by Louis Pasteur in 1858. The British used garlic in World War I when they ran out of sulfa drugs and during both World Wars I and II, soldiers were given garlic to prevent gangrene.

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In the last 50 years garlic has been the subject of over 1,000 research studies. These studies have investigated garlic’s: 1) antibiotic effect, 2) cardiovascular effects (including cholesterol lowering), 3) anticancer effect, 4) effect on blood sugar, 5) effectiveness as a heavy metal antidote, 6) potential alleviation of intestinal problems, and 7) other biological and chemical effects.

These research studies have shown that:

1) garlic lowers serum cholesterol and triglycerides while raising HDL-cholesterol,

2) garlic reduces the “stickiness” of platelets, making blood circulation more efficient,

3) garlic causes a mild reduction in blood pressure,

4) garlic is antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, antiparasitic, and exerts action against organisms causing yeast infection,

5) regular consumption of garlic is associated with lowered risk of stomach, lung, brain, and colon cancer as well as many other types of cancer.

6) garlic is a powerful immune booster that stimulates the multiplication of infection-fighting white cells, boosts natural killer cell activity, and increases the efficiency of antibody production.


Some additional not-so-well known benefits of garlic include, 1) effectively treats hair loss, 2) clears acne, 3) prevents and treats colds, 4) soothes psoriasis, 5) helps control weight, 6) functions effectively as an aphrodisiac, 7) helps remove splinters, 8) treats athlete’s foot, 9) treats ear infections, 10) helps keep mosquitoes away, 11) treats cold sores, 12) helps fix hairline cracks in glass, 13) de-ices sidewalks, 14) can be used as a natural pesticide in the garden, and 15) can be used as fish bait.


We recommend that you consume three (or more) large cloves of fresh, organic, raw garlic every day. Garlic can be eaten raw, swallowed whole, chopped up and mixed with food, or juiced with other vegetables. The best garlic is the hottest, and, of course, organic. Raw garlic is the most therapeutic, but cooked garlic will still provide certain benefits. Garlic supplements can be used whenever fresh garlic is not available or desirable, or as adjuncts to fresh garlic. Enterically coated garlic supplements provide the highest potency and the greatest total allicin potential.

Allicin is the component of garlic responsible for most of its health benefits. Allicin is formed when the garlic enzyme alliinase comes into contact with alliin (the principal active phytochemical/component in garlic). This occurs when garlic is chopped or crushed, as occurs when chewing. The more garlic is crushed, chopped, or chewed before it’s eaten, the greater the amount of allicin is formed. In addition to chewing it well, this means it may be beneficial to use a garlic press, food processor, or other kitchen gadget to crush, mince, or finely chop the garlic before you eat it.

If (or when) you cannot consume fresh, raw garlic, then supplements can ensure you get your daily dose. In this regard, it is important to note that stomach acids destroy alliinase. This means that garlic powders (in capsules) subjected to stomach acid are ineffective. Enteric coatings that break down in the small intestine at higher pH (but not under the acidic conditions of the stomach) are required to gain maximum benefit from a garlic supplement.

If you decide to take supplements, then look for a high-quality, enteric coated garlic supplement. There are several very potent products that are convenient, easy to use, and odorless. For example, try to find a 500 mg tablet providing 6,000 mcg (minimum total allicin potential) equivalent to 1,500 mg of fresh garlic.

There are many ways to use garlic as a food. We often use garlic cloves along with other therapeutic herbs such as ginger and parsley when making  liver cleanse juices  and other vegetable juices in our juicers.

Here is one of my favorite recipes for a therapeutic pesto sauce using garlic, ginger, and parsley:


Dr. Hanks Pesto Ingredients garlic

Ginger, garlic, and parsley give Rejuvenation Pesto high nutritional value & therapeutic properties.

Our pesto recipe meets the challenge of achieving zest and flavor for salads and whole grains, and provides outstanding nutrition. Ginger and garlic are excellent foods with high sulfur and vitamin/mineral content, but they can be difficult to consume in therapeutic quantity because of their strong flavors. Parsley is often used as a garnish, but also has high nutritive value and tastes good. Marinating minced ginger, garlic, and parsley in a high-quality oil softens the bite of garlic and ginger. This pesto offers high nutrition, good color and texture, and it tastes great!


  • 1/2 lb. organic ginger root
  • 2-3 oz. organic garlic
  • 1 bunch organic parsley
  • 2 cups organic sesame oil
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt (optional)

Dr. Hank's Pesto Sauce

Directions: Prepare the ginger root by peeling the outside skin and cutting out brown spots. Peel the garlic and wash the parsley. Put the ginger, garlic, and parsley in a food processor and finely mince. Place the minced ingredients into a bowl and add the sesame oil and sea salt. Stir until well mixed and allow to marinate for 15 minutes. Serve over salad, rice, noodles, pasta or any of your other favorite grains. Do not consume too much at once because it may upset your stomach.

Other oils such as flax, safflower, sunflower, pumpkin, walnut, and olive may be used as substitutes.  Additional spices (such as curry and cayenne) may be added to change the flavor. Be creative!


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Rejuvenation Program: Part Six

Foundational Elements in HPDI’s Master Rejuvenation Program

Fred Liers PhD rejuvenation programThe HPDI Rejuvenation Program provides practices, protocols, and recommendations proven over 26 years. It is a complete program to rejuvenate, regenerate, and boost vitality to body, mind, and spirit. It is especially helpful for those who want to restore health.

The program emphasizes establishing basic nutrition, foundational supplement formulas, and high-RNA Rejuvenate!™ superfoods and other sources of dietary nucleic acids. The program rests on six elements: 1) Attitude/Commitment, 2) Detoxification, 3) Preventing Toxicity, 4) Health Building Nutrition, 5) Building Powerful Immunity, and 6) Supporting Protocols.

The six foundational elements remain powerful individually, but act synergistically when combined to support optimal health. The results are greatly improved capabilities for your body to heal, regenerate, rejuvenate, and restore its vitality.

In Part Four of the Rejuvenation Program series, I presented key roles played by four foundational nutritional supplements, which I also refer to as “foundational” (or sometimes “core”) supplements. These nutritional supplements are critical to success in creating powerful health by establishing optimal nutrient status in the body. We regard foundational supplements to include 1) Multivitamins, 2) Antioxidants / Vitamin C formulas, 3) Essential Fats, and 4) Rejuvenate!™ High-RNA superfoods (and/or other sources of dietary nucleic acids).

The four types foundational supplements are the most important supplements regardless of what other supplements you take. We particularly recommend our HPDI supplement formulas, primarily because they incorporate the latest science, and provide the highest-purity and highest-quality nutrition, cutting-edge design, and uniquely effective ingredients (e.g., coenzyme form B vitamins). Perhaps most importantly, they are designed to work together synergistically as part of our system of foundational nutrition.

Our multivitamin formulas include Multi Two (tabs and capsules) Hank & Brians’ Mighty Multi-Vite!™, and the Mini Multi (contains no fillers, excipients, or additives). Our essential fats formulas include Omega Plus and Hank & Brian’s Essential Fats Plus E. Our Antioxidant / Vitamin C formulas include Ultimate Protector™PRO-C™, OPC-C™,  Buffered Vitamin C 1,000 (tabs) and Buffered C (powder).

Among the topics treated in Part Three of the Rejuvenation Program series, I discussed foods recommended in the HPDI Rejuvenation Program. Recommendations include consuming foods high in nucleic acids (RNA and DNA). High-RNA foods include many beans and legumes, vegetable soups (and broths), many fish (e.g., sardines) and seafoods, and high-purine vegetables like onions and spinach. These are wonderful foods for health. However, richer sources of nucleic acids include chlorella (ten times more RNA than sardines) and Rejuvenate!™ superfoods.

Rejuvenate!™ superfoods provide high levels of RNA not only because all of them (except Rejuvenate!™ Berries & Herbs and Rejuvenate! Strawberry-Peach Protein Plus) contain chlorella, but also because they include other high-RNA foods such as nutritional yeast, RNA extracts (from yeast), and chlorella growth factor (CGF) (an RNA-rich extract of chlorella). This allows for a broader spectrum of nucleic acids and for higher overall levels of nucleic acids per serving.

While Rejuvenate!™ superfoods provide high levels of nucleic acids (for rejuvenation, revitalization, and superior health), they also include supporting nutrients (e.g., d-ribose, coenzyme B vitamins) that facilitate efficient uptake and utilization of nucleic acids in the body, and thereby help to optimize their healing effects.

In fact, HPDI designs Rejuvenate!™ superfoods to include specific ingredients that leverage therapeutic benefits of nucleic acids and provide superior overall nutrition. For example, d-ribose (as mentioned above) is a rate-limiting nutrient for the uptake of nucleic acids. D-ribose is the molecular backbone of nucleic acids, and it is therefore needed in the body to utilize them. In short, the body uses nucleic acids most effectively when optimal amounts of d-ribose are readily available.

B-vitamins are known to significantly enhance the effects of nucleic acids. Rejuvenate!™ superfoods provide coenzyme forms of B vitamins, which are the natural forms most easily recognized (and used) in the body. The pioneering nucleic acid researcher Dr. Benjamin Frank showed that B vitamins increase certain beneficial effects of RNA during nucleic acid therapy with dietary nucleic acids. Because the body utilizes coenzyme form B vitamins most efficiently, the benefits of nucleic acids relating to B vitamin intake can be realized more rapidly.

While therapeutic levels of nucleic acids are desirable in themselves, the fact that Rejuvenate!™ superfoods provide valuable supporting nutrients means that the body will be better equipped to assimilate and use nucleic acids to support processes of rejuvenation. This can significantly improve health, naturally.

HPDI offers five versions of Rejuvenate!™, including Rejuvenate!™ (original greens), Rejuvenate!™ PRO, Rejuvenate!™ PLUS, and Rejuvenate!™ Berries & Herbs and Rejuvenate! Strawberry-Peach Protein Plus. Rejuvenate!™ PLUS and Rejuvenate!™ Berries & Herbs are the most comprehensive formulas our line. Both provide delicious taste, therapeutic levels of dietary RNA, nutrients that support the body’s use of nucleic acids (e.g., d-Ribose), a complete multivitamin, essential fats, fiber, and high levels of protein.

In Part Five in the Rejuvenation Program series, I presented what we consider the seven most important supplements for rejuvenation beyond foundational supplements. These include Coenzyme Q10 and Ubiquinol, Magnesium (including magnesium chloride and Myo-Mag), Hepa Plus, Nascent Iodine, the immune-supporting herb Echinacea, and Immune-Assist™ mushroom-polysaccharide complex. Each of these supplements plays a major role in our Rejuvenation Program.


In this month’s article, I discuss three supporting protocols, including the Garlic Program, Hydrotherapy Program, and Sauna Program. These are major supporting protocols in the Rejuvenation Program, which is our complete program for creating vitality and health. There are additional supporting protocols, which I will consider in forthcoming articles.



Garlic is one of the most effective and versatile therapeutic plants in the world. Indeed, it not only is a food, but also a proven medicinal herb, and supports powerful health via many modes of action. It has a long history of health-enhancing and culinary uses, making it an ideal example of a food that can be used for therapeutic purposes.

We include the use of garlic as its own supporting protocol because of its effectiveness in providing the body with a highly diverse range of benefits. For example, it acts as a powerful broad-spectrum antibiotic. It also exhibits antiviral, antifungal, and antiparasitic properties. In this regard, it has been proven to rid the body internally and externally of nearly any antigen or pathogen.

Garlic also is a superb source of the mineral sulfur. In addition, garlic is a rich source of organic selenium. Selenium is an important antioxidant and key component of the enzyme glutathione peroxidase.

There have been over one thousand research studies on garlic during the last 40 years [1]. These studies have investigated the following effects of garlic: 1) antibiotic effects, 2) cardiovascular effects (including cholesterol lowering), 3) anticancer effects, 4) effects on blood sugar, 5) effectiveness as a heavy metal antidote/chelator, 6) potential alleviation of intestinal problems, and 7) other biological and chemical effects.

Research studies show that garlic lowers serum cholesterol and triglycerides while raising HDL cholesterol (i.e., the “good” cholesterol). It reduces the “stickiness” of platelets, making blood circulation more efficient. In addition, it causes a mild reduction in blood pressure. This makes garlic an ideal component or adjunct in programs/regimens for heart health, cholesterol reduction, circulation (throughout the body), and blood pressure reduction.

As noted, garlic exhibits potent antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, antiparasitic effects, and exerts action against organisms causing yeast infection. In this regard, it provides excellent support in programs/regiments that involve infections and for building immunity.

In addition, when regularly consumed, garlic is associated with lowered risk of stomach and colon cancer. In fact, garlic has been proven in hospitals and laboratories worldwide to destroy cancer and break up tumors. Garlic can be used externally an “herbal surgeon” (so use care when using it externally).

Considering all the beneficial effects of garlic from thinning blood to normalizing blood pressure and cholesterol levels, it becomes apparent that garlic benefits the entire body. Rather than targeting a single organ or health condition, it works systemically to improve the overall health. Garlic is therefore ideal both for improving specific conditions (i.e., the health of the heart and circulatory system) and helping to create and maintain excellent health. This partly relates to the fact that it acts a powerful preventive to counteract health concerns (e.g., elevated cholesterol) before they lead to major conditions (like heart disease).


Consume three (or more) large cloves of fresh, organic, raw garlic every day. Garlic can be eaten raw, swallowed whole, chopped up and mixed with food, or juiced with other vegetables. The best garlic is the hottest, and, of course, organic. Raw garlic is the most therapeutic, but cooked garlic will still provide certain benefits. Garlic supplements can be used whenever fresh garlic is not available or desirable, or as adjuncts to fresh garlic. Enterically coated garlic supplements provide the highest potency and the greatest total allicin potential.

Allicin is the component of garlic responsible for most of its health benefits. Allicin is formed when the garlic enzyme alliinase comes into contact with alliin (the principal active phytochemical/component in garlic). This occurs when garlic is chopped or crushed, as occurs when chewing. The more garlic is crushed, chopped, or chewed before it’s eaten, the greater the amount of allicin is formed. In addition to chewing it well, this means it may be beneficial to use a garlic press, food processor, or other kitchen gadget to crush, mince, or finely chop the garlic before you eat it.

If (or when) you cannot consume fresh, raw garlic, then supplements can ensure you get your daily dose. In this regard, it is important to note that stomach acids destroy alliinase. This means that garlic powders (in capsules) subjected to stomach acid are ineffective. Enteric coatings that break down in the small intestine at higher pH (but not under the acidic conditions of the stomach) are required to gain maximum benefit from a garlic supplement.

If you decide to take supplements, then look for a high-quality, enteric coated garlic supplement. There are several very potent products that are convenient, easy to use, and odorless. For example, try to find a 500 mg tablet providing 6,000 mcg (minimum total allicin potential) equivalent to 1,500 mg of fresh garlic.


Garlic, of course, has a long history of therapeutic use and has been studied extensively for decades. Yet modern research continues to discover additional benefits of garlic and reveals the mechanisms behind its therapeutic effects. For example, it was widely known that garlic provides powerful antioxidant protection. But the mechanism of its antioxidant activity was only recently shown to relate to sulfenic acids that form when allicin breaks down within the body [2].

Sulfenic acid acts far more powerfully and rapidly to quench free radicals than any known antioxidant. As allicin breaks down into its components, the sulfenic acids that form can immediately react with free radicals to neutralize them. The speed of this reaction is limited only by the rate at which the molecules come into contact. No other antioxidant substance reacts as rapidly as sulfenic acid from garlic.

What also surprised researchers is that garlic exhibits high antioxidant activity, but does not contain substances associated with high antioxidant activity, including proanthocyanidins (from grapes), catechins (from green tea), or other bioflavonoids. It is clear is that sulfenic acids in garlic largely account for its powerful antioxidant properties. In fact, sulfenic acids may be the most potent biological agents in terms of their capacity to prevent oxidation.

Another recent study indicates that sulfenic acids are not the only substances in garlic that acts as antioxidants. It was demonstrated that garlic significantly increases the activity of various important antioxidant enzymes, including superoxide dismutase [3]. Garlic also lowers blood levels of malondialdehyde (MDA), a key biomarker for lipid peroxidation. MDA levels provide a measurement of the levels of oxidation of fats in the body. The capacity for antioxidants in garlic to reduce lipid peroxidation indicates that garlic offers surprisingly powerful antioxidant protections that make it one of the healthiest foods available.

One of the greatest advantages of garlic is that its therapeutic benefits can be enjoyed alongside its delicious flavor than adds character to many different foods (especially if you like garlic). Individuals who do not enjoy the taste of garlic (or who wish to avoid any hint of “garlic breath”) can try a potent, enteric coated garlic supplement, such as One-A-Day Garlic Tabs.



Hot and cold showers are a very effective way to move the blood and create circulation. Once daily, take a complete hot and cold shower. You will start with hot water for 1 minute, then cold for one minute. Repeat this seven (7) times so the shower should last about fifteen minutes. If starting out with hot water is too intense for you, then start with warm water. Likewise, if your cold water is extremely cold, then start with slightly cool water. As your body adapts, you can adjust the water temperature both to make it hotter and/or colder. Ultimately, using water temperatures as extreme as you can tolerate will produce stronger therapeutic effects.

On a different occasion daily, you can re-take a complete hot and cold shower again, or do a partial one just applying the water directly an affected area where there is pain or dis-ease. While alternating hot and cold water during the shower, pay special attention to any affected area and massage it vigorously. If no shower is available to you, then alternate hot packs (e.g., a hot water bottle) and ice packs.


Alternating hot and cold showers effectively stimulates circulation and improves heath and healing. This is because alternating hot and cold temperatures to the body acts like a pump to drive circulation. It works like this. Hot water visibly brings blood flow to the surface of the skin. Cold water drives blood deep into the body (resulting in a pale complexion). Applying hot water again brings the blood to the surface, and then cold water drives it deep into tissues. After alternating hot and cold water seven times (for a total of seven complete “cycles”), your circulation will really be moving. This supercharges your circulation.

The key reason that improved circulation helps heal and regenerate the body is because an injured, weakened, or even sedentary body often lacks circulation in some or many areas. Increased circulation restores normal function. In addition, reduced circulation brings less oxygen and fewer nutrients to cells, and reduces the ability of the body to remove cellular wastes and detoxify.

An equally important reason improved circulation is critical for rejuvenation because improved circulation overcomes blockages. For example, an injured or dis-eased area may experience reduced circulation due to blockages of blood flow relating to many causes. For example, these causes may include damaged tissues, impaired vessels or capillary trauma, scarring, abnormal cell growth, clots, conditions that reduce and/or weaken blood cells, liver disease, anemia, and others.

Stimulating circulation with external means (i.e., alternating hot and cold water) helps the body overcome blockages and significantly increases blood flow. Because blockages reduce blood flow and contribute to dis-ease, the action of increasing circulation simultaneously acts to reduce or eliminate blockage, improve flow, and helps the body to heal, regenerate, and create powerful health.

The hydrotherapy program works well with other supporting protocols, especially the magnesium chloride baths that are part of the Magnesium Chloride program.



Sauna therapy is a safe, effective, and enjoyable modality that detoxifies and heals the body. Saunas have been widely by many civilizations and cultures, including the US in the 19th century. Sauna use reemerged in the US in the late 20th century as a means for removal of toxins from the body.

The popularity of saunas increased after the introduction of infrared saunas, which are more enjoyable for many individuals, and are more effective for detoxification. We highly recommend using saunas, especially far infrared saunas, for their powerful health benefits [4]. There are many brands of far infrared saunas available. We prefer the upright type that is usually constructed of wood.

Saunas are powerful for detoxification because they help eliminate organic chemicals, excess metals and minerals, biological toxins, and other sources of toxicity. A full exploration of how saunas detoxify and build health is beyond the scope of this article. However, I will address the unique capacities for detoxification facilitated by far infrared sauna therapy.


The far infrared (FIR) sauna is a very useful detoxification tool. Far infrared saunas provide all the benefits of conventional saunas, but add additional benefits, including deep tissue healing and enhancing the activity of water molecules in the body.

In a far infrared sauna, the radiation heats our bodies from the inside out (much as the sun does to our skin on a sunny day). The thermal effects within the deeper layers of tissue cause the blood vessels and capillaries to dilate, promoting increased circulation and removing metabolic wastes and toxins through sweating.

Infrared light also activates water molecules in the body by vibrating them at infrared frequencies. Vibrating water molecules become more active as they are ionized into hydrogen and hydroxide ions that release gases and other toxic materials. This is one means by which infrared light decouples toxins from water molecules in the body, and liberates them for elimination through skin.

The act of decoupling toxins from water molecules also reduces the surface tension of the body’s water to support hydration and tissue oxygenation. An additional response to infrared light is that cell mitochondria also increase energy (ATP) production, thereby raising the metabolic rate.

Infrared activation of water molecules in the body provides major benefits through multiple modes of action: facilitating cellular processes, increasing metabolism and energy, and liberation of toxins so they can be removed via the skin. These benefits exert reciprocal effects to allow the body’s detoxification processes to become increasingly effective.

For example, decoupling of toxins makes them available for removal; greater energy allows cells to process toxins more effectively; improved metabolism allows for faster excretion of toxins through skin. These synergistic effects mean that a far infrared sauna can induce far greater rates of detoxification than conventional saunas.

Far infrared saunas also demonstrate significantly increased detoxifying effects because the heat they generate can penetrate deeper tissues. A key benefit: when using a conventional sauna, it is estimated that sweat contains about 2% toxins and 98% water. In a far infrared sauna, the ratio increases significantly to 20% toxins and 80% water.

We recommend setting the sauna air temperature to about 125–135 degrees Fahrenheit and remain in the sauna between 20–35 minutes. Do this several times per week (or every day for three weeks for more intensive detoxification). As your body adapts to sauna therapy, you can gradually increase time spent in the sauna. However, always be aware of your limits, and do not push yourself beyond the point you can tolerate safely. Adjusting to higher temperatures and longer durations takes time.


Saunas improve the health of the body via multiple modes of action. These modes include: increased circulation, greater tissue oxygenation, improved delivery of nutrients to cells, deep muscle relaxation, and other benefits. However, one of the primary benefits of sauna therapy relates to detoxification of organic chemicals, excess metals and minerals, and biological toxins.

I discussed detoxification as a foundational element of rejuvenation in Part Two of the Rejuvenation Program series. Effective methods for removing toxins can be found in our Rejuvenation Program. These methods include protocols for detoxification, for example, a juicing program combined with certain herbs and supplements, including Rejuvenate!™ superfoods, Intestinal Rejuvenation Formula, Edible Earth, Nascent Iodine, and Hepa Plus (a liver-specfic herbal supplement).

My treatment of sauna therapy is no less relevant than other methods or modalities for detoxifying. Indeed, we include far infrared sauna therapy as one of the supporting protocols in our Rejuvenation Program precisely because of its effectiveness and ease of use. Skin is an amazing organ both for taking in nutrients (e.g., sunshine, air, transdermally applied magnesium chloride) and for eliminating toxins. As noted, sauna therapy leverages our capacity for eliminating toxins through skin to increase rates of removal. It is the modality of choice for removing certain toxins. When combined with other modalities (e.g., juicing and consuming therapeutic clays like Edible Earth), the rate of detoxification substantially increases.

Sauna therapy detoxifies from the body at least three major categories of toxins: 1) organic chemicals, 2) toxic or excess metals and minerals, and 3) biological toxins.


Tens of thousands of toxic chemicals exist in our environment. They make their way into our bodies, burden detoxification organs, impair cellular function, and damage health. Most of these chemicals are not tested for safety. They range from industrial and household chemicals (including petrochemicals) to various solvents, additives, preservatives, pesticides, herbicides, fluoride, chlorine, chemicals in fire retardants, and in metabolized wastes of pharmaceutical drugs found in the water supply, just to name a few. Some of the more common toxic chemicals include PCBs, trichloroethylene and volatile organic compounds (VOCs), formaldehyde, pthalates, and phenols (including bisphenol A). In addition, many of these toxic chemicals are endocrine (hormone) disruptors (xenoestrogens).

While most of toxic chemicals have not been tested for safety, it is often possible to test an individual for specific chemicals. However, testing is expensive, and testing for thousands of chemicals is impractical, even when tests exist. However, it is known that when tests are conducted, subjects typically show positive for about half of the chemicals in a given test. Yet, when testing indicates the presence of toxic chemicals in the body, the current medical system offers few options for detoxification. In this regard, sauna therapy is probably one the most effective modalities for helping to remove existing toxins.


Toxic metals and minerals/elements present another set of toxins that require detoxification. Like toxic chemicals, toxic metals are ubiquitous in the environment, persistent and highly damaging to biological systems, and often difficult to remove from the body. Toxic metals include lead, mercury, cadmium, aluminum, and arsenic. Other metals can become toxic depending on their form or deficiencies in other metals. These metals include iron, copper, manganese, and selenium. Common toxic minerals/elements include chlorine and fluoride, but can include excessive amounts of minerals required for good health.

Symptoms and conditions associated with metal and/or mineral toxicity are many and varied. These include weakened immunity, mental impairment, cognitive dysfunction/learning disabilities, hypothyroidism, diabetes, joint pain, cancer, and various behavioral and emotional problems. Far infrared saunas are particularly well suited for removing toxic metals and excess amounts of vital minerals.


Other toxins that can be cleared by sauna therapy include biological toxins. Biological toxins are often related to chronic infections, including powerful toxins released by bacteria and fungi. It is interesting that bodies weakened by exposure to toxic chemicals or metals are predisposed to chronic infection. Removal of toxic chemicals and metals through far infrared saunas will improve individuals’ capacity to fight infection. In addition, saunas address infection-related biological toxins directly by increasing circulation, heating the body, and employing other means that can reduce or eliminate chronic infections.


In general, saunas exhibit two phases in which distinct physiological effects occur. Distinguishing the two phases is important because it is necessary to experience both phases for maximum health benefits.

Whereas the first phase typically lasts for 10–30 minutes, inception of the second phase depends on various factors. These factors include how frequently an individual uses a sauna because as the body adapts, phase one time may decrease to ten minutes.

In the first phase, body temperature remains at about basal level and sweating is not profuse. The temperature of the body does not increase greatly because heat is dissipated by increased circulation, shunting of blood to surface tissues, and sweating. However, important effects of this phase include inhibition of the sympathetic nervous system, improved tissue oxygenation, dilation of peripheral blood vessels, muscle relaxation, and pain relief.

After 10 to 30 minutes, the body’s capacity to dissipate the sauna’s heat diminishes. The body shunts blood to surface tissues with greater force. There are increases in body temperature, heart rate, circulation, and sweating. In fact, body temperature may rise 1–4 degrees Farenheit (F). This sauna-induced hyperthermia provides many beneficial effects.

An important phase-two effect is hastening the death of weak cells, i.e., the destruction or disabling of relatively weaker cells and/or heat-sensitive cells. Examples of weakened cells that can be destroyed include cells 1) infected with viruses, 2) with damaged DNA, 3) holding radioactive minerals, 4) burdened with chemical toxins, 5) with high levels of toxic metals (e.g., mercury, lead, cadmium). In addition, other weak cells that can be destroyed during this phase include cancer cells, bacteria and spirochetes, as well as fungi and other parasites.

As I mentioned previously, a unique benefit of far infrared saunas is deep tissue healing. Far infrared radiant energy penetrates skin and heats tissues to a depth of approximately 1.5 inches. This greatly facilitates sweating when compared to conventional hot air saunas that heat only the surface of the body. This deep penetration of heat allows sweating to occur at lower ambient temperatures. For many individuals, this is an advantage that makes far infrared saunas relatively more comfortable while offering equal or greater therapeutic effects.


Supporting protocols are a major part of HPDI’s Rejuvenation Program. These protocols work together powerfully with the other foundational elements of the Rejuvenation Program to create health. Indeed, they often work directly to detoxify, prevent toxicity, boost immune function, leverage the benefits of a solid nutrition program, and build vitality.

You may not always be able to follow all supporting protocols in our Rejuvenation Program, yet the more you can do, the better. Because each supporting protocol supports the body in a different way, the cumulative effect is to create favorable conditions in the body that support, build, and maintain great health, naturally.

When you combine the supporting protocols with the other primary elements in the Rejuvenation Program, the results speaks for themselves: rejuvenation, regeneration, healing, and health. We hope you benefit from our recommendations.

[1] An in-depth reference edition that presents many findings from decades of garlic research: Garlic: The Science and Therapeutic Application of Allium sativum L. and Related Species. 2nd ed. Heinrich Koch, PhD, M. Pharm. ed. and Larry D. Lawson, PhD. Williams and Wilkins, 1996. Trans. of Knoblauch, 1988.
[2] Vaidya, Vipraja, Keith Ingold, and Derek Pratt. 2009. “Garlic: Source of the Ultimate Antioxidants – Sulfenic Acids.” Angewandte Chemie 2009, 121 (1): 163-166.
[3] “Health Benefits Of Garlic Traced to Acid Produced In Decomposing Organic Compound,” Medical News Today, Feb. 2nd, 2009.
[4] For additional information, see Sauna Therapy for Detoxification and Healing by Lawrence Wilson, MD. Wilson Consultants, 2006.