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5 Signs You Have Too Many Toxins In Your Kidneys

5 Signs You Have Too Many Toxins In Your Kidneys

Your kidneys are important vital organs. They are responsible for removing wastes and toxins from your blood. Your kidneys act as filters, cleaning 200 quarts of blood every day in order to remove 2 quarts of toxins and urine. This filtration process [1]helps balance your levels of sodium, potassium, phosphorous, and acid.

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    Sometimes, however, your kidneys don’t function properly. It’s difficult for your kidneys to work correctly when you consume too many medications, processed foods, and preservatives. Additionally, being exposed to high levels of environmental pollution, household cleaning products, and chemical-laden beauty products can be detrimental. When this happens, your body builds up an unhealthy amount of waste and toxins. This is dangerous for you and can cause organ damage.

    Signs You Have Too Many Toxins in Your Kidneys

    How can you tell when your kidneys have too many toxins? Here are several symptoms you should watch out for:

    Change in Urine

    Producing urine is one of your kidneys’ primary functions, so pay attention to it! Some of the most obvious signs are in its color and frequency. If you are going to the bathroom less frequently and producing dark yellow urine, it could be a sign of too many toxins.

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    Other symptoms include: difficulty urinating, blood in the urine, foamy urine, or urgency in the middle of the night.

    Swollen Feet, Ankles, or Face

    Decreased kidney function results in sodium retention. This is when you’re not getting rid of enough sodium, one of the most common toxins. You know you’re retaining sodium if your ankles, feet, or face look swollen.

    Feeling Tired or Having Trouble Concentrating

    Are you feeling tired lately, but know you’re getting enough sleep? Do you find it hard to concentrate at work or school? This is another sign of too many toxins in your kidneys. Feeling tired or weak is how your body reacts to an overload of waste in your blood.

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    Skin Rashes

    If you’ve noticed an increase in skin irritations or itchy rashes lately, this may be another sign of too many toxins in your kidneys. Skin rashes caused by toxic kidneys cannot usually be treated by creams and lotions because they begin far below the surface of the skin. People who have suffered from these kinds of skin irritations say that they feel “deeper” than regular rashes.

    Itchy rashes that look like tiny red bumps occur because of too much uric acid in your blood, a sign of toxic kidneys.

    Muscle Cramps and Leg Pain

    Muscle cramps often happen when your electrolytes are out of balance. When your kidneys are overwhelmed by toxins, you may have low calcium levels or uncontrolled phosphorous in your blood. Both of these conditions cause muscle cramps.

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    Leg pain is another sign of toxic kidneys, particularly if it’s in the back of your legs. Sometimes, this is because of kidney stones or a kidney infection, which may cause lower back pain as well.

    How to Reduce the Toxins in Your Kidneys

    Eat Organic, Unprocessed Foods

    Avoid eating processed foods that are high in chemicals and preservatives. Consuming these products makes your kidneys work overtime. Instead, eat whole foods that are free of pesticides, antibiotics, hormones, and additives.

    Reduce Meat and Dairy Consumption

    Digesting meat and dairy produces uric acid. Uric acid is one of the toxins that your kidneys must filter and get rid of. Replace these foods with fresh fruits and vegetables. This will increase the alkaline levels in your blood. A blood pH with higher alkaline works to lower your blood pressure, which makes it easier for your kidneys to detox.

    Reduce Salt Intake

    Salt is another culprit that increases the toxins in your kidneys. Salt can be found in unsuspecting places like pre-packaged, canned, and processed foods. When you consume too much salt, your body needs more water to keep its intercellular fluids in check. Instead of getting rid of water, your body retains it, which increases your blood volume. When this happens, your kidneys have to work harder.

    If you suspect that you have too many toxins in your kidneys, you can use these tips to jumpstart the detox process [2]. However, you should always contact your doctor to determine a more personalized approach.

    Reference

    [1]National Kidney Foundation: HOW YOUR KIDNEYS WORK
    [2]Healthfree.com: Natural Kidney Cleanse

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    The Ultimate Guide to Help You Sleep Through the Night Tonight

    The Ultimate Guide to Help You Sleep Through the Night Tonight

    It’s well past midnight and you’ve got to get up in less than six hours. You toss and turn all night. Before you know it, another hour passes by and you start panicking.

    If I don’t get to sleep in the next 30 minutes, I’m going to be exhausted tomorrow!”

    One thing is for sure, you’re not alone. Over 70M+ Americans have stated that they don’t get the proper sleep they need at night.[1] So what could possibly be causing this insomnia epidemic?

    Throughout my entrepreneurial journey of building my language learning company, I have experimented and researched dozens of best sleep practices. Some have flopped but a few have dramatically improved the quality of my life and work.

    In this article, I’ll look into the reason why you’re sleep deprived and how to sleep through the night tonight.

    Why you can’t sleep through the night

    The first step to improving anything is getting to the bottom of the root problem. Different studies have shown the reasons why most people cannot sleep well at night.[2] Here are the main ones that the average person faces:

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    Stress

    If you’ve ever stayed up at night worrying about something, know that it’s a major sleep inhibitor. When you’re feeling stress, your mind and body becomes more activated, making it incredibly difficult to fall asleep. Even when you do manage to sleep, it won’t be deep enough to help you feel rested the next day.

    Exposure to blue light before sleep time

    We’re exposed to harmful blue light on a daily basis through the use of our digital screens. If you’ve never heard of blue light, it’s part of the visible light spectrum that suppresses melatonin, our sleep hormones. Other harmful effects include digital eye strains and macular cellular damage.

    While daytime exposure to blue light is not very harmful, night time exposure tricks our brain into thinking it’s daytime. By keeping your brain alert and suppressing melatonin, your mind is unable to shut down and relax before bedtime.

    Eating close to bedtime

    Eating too late can actually be an issue for many people, especially those who are older than 40. The reason is, eating before laying down increases the chances of Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), in which stomach acid backflows into the esophagus.

    Another reason not to eat too late is sleep quality. Even if you manage to sleep right after eating, it’s likely that you’ll wake up tired. Instead of letting your body rest during sleep, it has to digest the food that was entered before bedtime.

    Rule of thumb: eat 3-4 hours before bedtime.

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    Medical conditions

    In some cases, it could be medical conditions that cause your sleep problems. If you can’t relate yourself to the above reasons or any of these common sleep problem causes, you should visit the doctor.

    The vicious sleep cycle

    The biggest danger to repeating the bad habits mentioned above is the negative cycle that it can take you through. A bad night’s sleep can affect not only your energy but your willpower and decision making skills.

    Here’s an example of a bad sleep pattern:

    You get a bad night’s sleep
    –> You feel tired and stressful throughout the day.
    –> You compensate it with unhealthy habits (for example junk food, skipping exercises, watching Netflix etc.)
    –> You can’t sleep well (again) the next night.

      You can imagine what could happen if this cycle repeats over a longer period of time.

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      How to sleep better (throughout the night)

      To help you break the vicious cycle and stop waking up in the middle of the night, I’ll explain to you a list of actionable steps to solve your trouble staying asleep.

      1. Take control over the last 90 minutes of your night

      What you do (or don’t do) before bedtime have significant impact on the quality of your sleep. Many times, it can be the difference between staying up until 4am and sleeping like a baby.

      Here are a few suggestions:

      • Go from light to dark – Darkness stimulates production of the sleep hormone melatonin. Turn off unused light around the house, and think about investing into warm light that you can use in the bedroom before bedtime.
      • Avoid screens (or wear blue light blocking glasses) – Keep the bedroom a technology-free zone as the light from electronic devices can disturb your sleep. If you need to work, wear blue light blocking glasses (also known as computer glasses) throughout or before you sleep to prevent sleep disruption.
      • Find an activity that helps you to wind down  This could be anything that calms you down, and reduces thinking (especially unnecessary stress). Fir example, listening to soothing/good feel music, taking a hot bath, reading or meditating.
      • Keep any electronics you have on the other side of the room or outside the room – One of the most harmful things that can disrupt your sleep is the notifications you get from your smartphones. The simplest way to avoid this is to keep it away from you.
      • Create a bedtime routine – A night routine is a couple of things you do prior to going to bed. By doing these things every night, you’ll have a more restful and high-quality sleep. Learn how to pick up a night routine here: The Ultimate Night Routine Guide to Sleep Better and Wake Up Productive

      2. Eat the right nutrients (and avoid the wrong ones)

      What you eat (not just when we eat) plays a critical role in your sleep quality. If you’re ever in doubt of what to eat to improve your sleep, take the following into consideration:

      • Kiwi – This green fruit may be the ultimate pre-bed snack. When volunteers ate two kiwis an hour before hitting the hay, they slept almost a full extra hour. Kiwis are full of vitamins C and E, serotonin and folate—all of which may help you snooze.
      • Soy foods – Foods made with soy such as tofu, miso and edamame, are rich in isoflavones. These compounds increase the production of serotonin, a brain chemical that influences the body’s sleep-wake cycle.
      • Fiber-rich foods – Eating more fiber could be key for better sleep. Eating fiber was associated with more restorative slow-wave sleep—the more you eat, the better you sleep—per a study published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine. Fiber prevents blood sugar surges that may lower melatonin. Get a fiber boost from beans, artichokes, bran cereal and quinoa.
      • Salmon – Most fish, especially salmon, halibut and tuna boost vitamin B6, which is needed to make melatonin— a sleep-inducing hormone triggered by darkness.

      3. Adjust your sleep temperature

      Once you’ve gone through the first 2 recommendations, the last step to experiment with is temperature. According to Sleep.org, the ideal temperature for sleep is 60-67 Farenheit. This may be cooler than what most people are used to, but keep in mind that our body temperature changes once we fall asleep.

      Rule of thumb: sleeping in cooler temperature is better for sleep quality than warmer temperature.

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      Find out how to maintain the optimal temperature to sleep better here: How to Sleep Faster with the Best Temperature

      Sleep better form now on

      Congrats on making it to the end of this guide on sleep. If you’re serious about taking the necessary steps in improving your sleep, remember to take it one step at a time.

      I recommend trying just one of the steps mentioned such as taking a hot bath, blocking out blue light at night, or sleeping in cooler temperature. From there, see how it impacts your sleep quality and you can keep doing what works, and throw away what doesn’t.

      As long as you follow these steps cautiously and diligently, I know you’ll see improved results in your sleep!

      Featured photo credit: pixabay via pixabay.com

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