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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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    Last Updated on December 9, 2019

    5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

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    Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

    Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

    Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

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    Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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    This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

    In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

    The result: no more mental stress.

    2. Unplug

    Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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    It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

    Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

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    Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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    Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

    4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

    That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

    How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

    • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
    • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
    • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

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    5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

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