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Alert: Vitamin D Deficiency Is Linked To Kidney Disease

Alert: Vitamin D Deficiency Is Linked To Kidney Disease

The kidneys are organs situated in our midsection on both sides of our spine, just above the waist. They clean our blood, keep the balance of sodium and minerals in our veins, and help control blood pressure.

When our kidneys are injured, waste materials and fluid can accumulate in our body, causing swelling in our ankles, vomiting, helplessness, inadequate sleep, and abruptness of breath. If we don’t treat them, diseased kidneys may eventually stop working altogether. Loss of kidney function is a severe and potentially fatal condition.

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The link between Vitamin D and Kidney Disease

It is common knowledge that drinking too much soda, eating salty foods and holding our bladder could cause kidney troubles. What not many of us know is that the lack of vitamin D may also lead to kidney troubles. Here’s why.

Medical scientists found that those who were deficient in vitamin D were more than twice as likely to have protein in the urine, also called albuminuria. Albuminuria is an early sign of kidney damage. Its presence in the urine suggests that kidneys are damaged because the kidneys should retain protein for use in the body.

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It is unknown if vitamin D levels are a cause or condition of kidney damage. Nevertheless, the research could support and strengthen the issue for a more deliberate vitamin D monitoring and utilize vitamin D levels to identify individuals who may at be at danger of developing kidney disease.

Vitamin D is also responsible for:

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  • Establishing and conserving strong bones
  • Controlling the right level of calcium and phosphorus in our blood
  • Keeping bones from becoming weak or deformed
  • Preventing rickets among children and osteomalacia in adults.

Too much vitamin D can be toxic though, and it is recommended to take a maximum limit of 25 mcg (1,000 IU) for infants and 50 mcg (2,000 IU) for children and adults with normal kidney function.

What are the common signs and symptoms that we might be vitamin D deficient?

  1. You have darker skin, avoid the sunshine and wear sunscreen
  2. You feel depressed and have difficulty thinking clearly.
  3. You must be 50 years old or over
  4. You are overweight
  5. Your bones are either painful or deformed and fracture frequently
  6. You have a sweaty head
  7. Your muscles are weak, and you experience unexplained fatigue

It doesn’t necessarily mean that because we suffer from any of the symptoms suggests that we are vitamin D deficient and have kidney problems. However, if any or many of them apply to us, we should know if our vitamin D level is in the right range and have our vitamin D levels tested.

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It is paramount to remember that an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure. Aside from making sure that our vitamin D levels are correct, we should promote healthier kidneys by staying hydrated and eating a balanced, low-potassium and high-iron diet.

Where do we get vitamin D?

Vitamin D is primarily obtained from the ultraviolet (UV) rays of the sun, but the amount of UV rays absorbed and produced into vitamin D depends on our skin color, weight, where we live, the time of the day, the season, clothing and if we are using sunscreen. People who live in sunny countries at lower latitudes obtain sufficient vitamin D compared to people living at higher latitudes, especially during late autumn and winter.

Some foods are naturally good sources of vitamin D. The best food sources of vitamin D are fatty fishes including salmon, sardines, cod, tuna, and halibut. Many foods, such as some breakfast cereals, cheese, soya milk, yogurt, orange juice, margarine, and milk are fortified with vitamin D. Beef, beef liver, mushrooms and egg yolks have proper amounts of vitamin D too.

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Last Updated on September 18, 2020

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

1. Exercise Daily

It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

3. Acknowledge Your Limits

Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

The basic nutritional advice includes:

  • Eat unprocessed foods
  • Eat more veggies
  • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
  • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

    5. Watch Out for Travel

    Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

    This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

    If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

    6. Start Slow

    Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

    If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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    7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

    Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

    My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

    If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

    I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

    Final Thoughts

    Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

    Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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