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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 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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