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8 Home Remedies for a Kidney Infection

8 Home Remedies for a Kidney Infection

A kidney infection, known as pyelonephritis, is normally affected by a bacterial infection. This type of bacterial infection originates from the urinary tract, and it spreads to the bladder through the urethra and kidneys. Therefore, it can cause negative consequences to one or both kidneys.

Women, especially pregnant women, possess a higher risk of this disease than men. Other factors that can develop to kidney infection are a weak immune system, obstructed urinary system, HIV, or side effects of some medication or long-term use of a urine catheter. In addition, it can be caused by kidney stones or a situation when the flow of urine is blocked in the kidneys.

Symptoms of a kidney infection are pain from the location of the kidneys, vomiting, nausea, fever, and a burning feeling during urination. When you are suffering from a kidney infection, you might observe other symptoms such as frequent urination, changes in urine color, or soreness located above the pubic bone.

Once you are diagnosed with a kidney infection, it should be treated as soon as possible. Otherwise, it can lead to severe problems and permanent devastation to your kidneys. Usually, kidney infections should be treated using antibiotics, which are offered by doctors. Alternatively, you can try some home remedies to combat symptoms, as well as support the healing process.

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Only adopt these treatments when you are unable to see your doctor and need to reduce the pain and speed up the progress of recovering. Otherwise, it is highly recommended that you see your doctor as quickly as possible.

Below are several home remedies that you may want to try.

1. Parsley Juice

Parsley juice can be used to treat kidney infections, as it works as a cleanser for the kidneys, and it wipes out toxins in the kidneys and urinary tracts as well. There is a considerable amount of positive vitamins, like vitamins A, B, and C, and several minerals such as potassium, copper, riboflavin, sodium, and thiamin.

You can take some parsley leaves and boil them in a pot of water. Wait until the tea cools down before drinking. For this to be effective, consume it at least twice a day.

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2. Apple Cider Vinegar and Honey

Not only does apple cider vinegar work well for a kidney infection, but honey offers the same results as well. Therefore, when combined, both incredible methods will benefit you more than you think.

Mix some honey and apple cider vinegar to consume on a daily basis so that your kidney infection will gradually fade away. Potentially, this solution will remove all harmful bacterial from your kidneys and balance pH level in the body.

3. Fruit Juice

Fruit juice or a smoothie can be very effective in cleansing toxins in the kidneys, as well as the urinary tract. Moreover, when consumed daily, it can also prevent other infectious diseases. Apart from cleansing, smoothies can be used to relax kidneys, and soothes the pain caused by the infection. Some recommended fruits are lemon, cranberries, apples, grapes, or oranges.

4. Herbal Tea

Drinking some herbal teas like chamomile, marshmallow root or leaf, or parsley tea can help you to prevent a kidney infection. Therefore, ensure that you consume any of these mentioned teas at least twice a day to get the best outcome. They are loaded with some high antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, and might eliminate annoying symptoms of a kidney infection.

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5. Aloe Vera

Aloe vera, which is a helpful plant in terms of every ailment of your body, can be adopted to cure your kidney infection. It is super effective and it can provide a great impact against the toxins present in the kidneys and urinary tract.

Extract the gel from the aloe vera and use it to make dessert, and consume it every day for a better results.

6. Cranberry Juice

As mentioned above, you can consume fruit juice to get rid of a kidney infection, and cranberry juice is one of the tastiest, as well as one of the most effective juices to cure kidney-related issues. In addition, it is recommended that you only consume cranberry juice in its natural form.

7. Vitamin C

Vitamin C offers a great defense against a kidney infection since it is able to increase the acid levels present in the kidneys; it can prevent the growth of bacteria tremendously. It is highly recommended that you consume fresh citrus fruits such as pomelo, orange, or lemon for favorable outcomes. Alternatively, you can opt for vitamin C tablets on a daily basis to obtain similar results.

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8. Water

The benefits of water are undeniable, thereby, water can be used to treat a kidney infection as well. Since water plays an important role in flushing toxins from your body, your kidneys will be kept clean and healthy at the same time. It is suggested that you consume 8-10 glasses of water on a daily basis to reduce symptoms and improve your condition.

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How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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  • (1) Research
  • (2) Deciding the topic
  • (3) Creating the outline
  • (4) Drafting the content
  • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
  • (6) Revision
  • (7) etc.

Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

2. Change Your Environment

Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

6. Get a Buddy

Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

7. Tell Others About Your Goals

This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

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11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

Reality check:

I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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