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Why You Need To Reduce Potassium Intake When You Have Kidney Problems

Why You Need To Reduce Potassium Intake When You Have Kidney Problems

Lower back pain is one of the most common ailments known to human kind today. It can be linked to a plethora of things ranging from our glute muscles to core strength to internal organs. Kidney problems are a reason for lower back pain – and one we need to understand and be educated about, for problems with our kidneys can be very serious indeed.

It can also be difficult to best know how to treat our kidneys. They are the filter for our entire bodies and play such an important role in our overall health, but too much water can be as bad as too little. Not understanding fully what our kidneys need to function properly can be disastrous. So did you know, that if your kidney is in poor health, that too much potassium can be an enormous threat? Here’s why you should cut down on potassium when having kidney problems.

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Why is potassium dangerous?

When kidneys are diseased or infected, they become less efficient. This means that they are less efficient at doing their job of filtering. The kidneys therefore cannot properly remove excess potassium from the blood. This means your body ends up with excess potassium, and too much can be dangerous for the body. Excess potassium in the body can create nausea, muscle weakness, cramps, confusion, lack of coordination, and even heart failure. We must be extremely careful in understanding the risks if we are dealing with any kind of kidney problems, and be careful to avoid excessive amounts of potassium in our diets.

High potassium foods

These foods are high in potassium and should be avoided if you have kidney problems:

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  • Avocado
  • Pumpkin
  • Sweet potatoes
  • White beans
  • Bananas
  • Spinach
  • Apricots
  • Brussel sprouts
  • Clams
  • Lentils
  • Regular potatoes

Low potassium foods

Feel free to indulge in these low potassium foods:

  • Apples
  • Blueberries
  • Whole grain bread
  • Butter
  • Cereals
  • Olives
  • Pasta
  • Hummus
  • Cheese

Get to know your potassium level

If you have kidney problems, or think you have kidney problems, see your doctor. You can check your potassium levels with your doctor and can continue to do so regularly. Be careful too not to overindulge in low potassium foods. Although they are listed as being low in potassium, we can easily prepare large portions and therefore end up consuming too much of small amounts, which of course equals larger amounts. This too can lead to problems so be careful to limit the amounts even of low potassium foods whilst undergoing any form of kidney treatment.

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Potassium is still an important nutrient for the body but it is best to moderate this particular nutrient, especially whilst dealing with kidney problems. Take care of your body and see your doctor on a regular basis. When your kidney problems become better, you can talk to your doctor about reintroducing potassium to your diet. Until then, your focus should largely be on making sure your body is healthy and full of other important vitamins and nutrients your body will need for recovery.

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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