7 Signs of Toxic Kidneys

 

7 Signs of Toxic Kidneys

toxic kidneys

Disease in the kidneys is the 9th leading cause of death in the United States. An estimated 31 million people in the United States (10% of the adult population) have chronic kidney disease (CKD). – American Kidney Fund

Our kidneys are always at work. Day and night, they are helping eliminate toxins and waste products from the body. In addition to the key roles that kidneys plan in toxin and waste removal, they are also responsible for:

– Regulating the amount of fluid within the body

– Maintaining internal homeostasis (balance) that is crucial to health

– Creating urine from by-products

Numerous kidney conditions affect different areas of the organ. Most conditions do not impact the whole kidney and its structure. Instead, most disorders stem from problems with the renal artery and renal vein (the blood vessels to and from the kidney), tissues within the kidney, or the ureter, which is responsible for transferring urine from the kidney to the bladder.

Kidney disorders are unique in that their symptoms are very similar, if not the same. Here, we discuss the seven most common symptoms of kidney disorder.

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7 SIGNS OF UNHEALTHY KIDNEYS

1. IRREGULAR URINE ODOR

Urine odor can vary from person-to-person. Much of this has to do with someone’s diet, level of hydration, physical activity level, or the temperature in their environment.

Most people have a sort-of “musty ammonia odor” due to the trace amounts of urea in their urine. (Urea is an organic element that is essential to the process or urination.)

If a malfunction of the kidney is present, it’s common for urine to give off either a fishy or sweet smell. A change in urine odor can also occur from diabetes, liver disease, and even certain supplements.

2. CHANGES IN URINE COLOR

In a healthy person, urine will have a pale yellow hue. Those who drink a lot of water may have lighter-colored or clear urine, both of which are also normal. Dehydration may produce a dark yellow color, which in itself is not necessarily dangerous, but should serve as a reminder to drink more fluids.

Urine that is brown, black, orange, pink or red is abnormal and could signal an underlying disorder or disease. Blood in the urine (hematuria) produces red to pink-colored urine – and should prompt us to visit a doctor to rule out a serious condition.

3. VISIBLE CHANGES IN URINE

Urine is composed of approximately 95 percent water. The other 5 percent are a mix of minerals, metabolized drugs, and other substances. The high concentration of water usually produces clear to dark yellow urine depending on hydration levels.

When there are visible changes, such are the presence of pus or froth in urine; it is necessary to have a check up. Excess protein in the urine may also signify a problem, but it isn’t always visible. Pus or froth in the urine may be the result of an underlying infection.

4. PAIN IN ABDOMINAL AREA

As the kidneys are situated in the abdominal cavity, wherein many other organs lie, it can be difficult to pinpoint the source of pain without a doctor’s help. Howeverkidney pain tends to be located around the edges of the abdomen and the back.

A burning sensation while urinating, despite popular belief, is usually not a kidney problem. Instead, it’s more likely to be a urinary tract infection, or UTI. Of course, a UTI necessitates medical intervention and treatment.

5. URINE FREQUENCY

Typically, a healthy person will pass from approximately 16 to 100 ounces of water, depending on the amount of water consumed. (It’s considered healthy to be to 60-100 ounce range.)

Kidney problems can produce an excess or shortage of urine expelled. A condition called oliguria will cause a person to produce less than normal amount of urine. Polyuria is when a person expels more than 100 ounces of water in a day. Again, water intake has a lot to do this. But sudden changes in urine frequency without altering fluid intake may be a cause for concern.

6. SWELLING, NAUSEA, AND SHORTNESS OF BREATH

Swelling, especially of the legs, may surface as the kidneys cannot expel the normal amounts of urine. This condition is more broadly described as “water retention.” Shortness of breath may occur as the blood’s pH levels are erratic – this places more burden on the respiratory system. Nausea (an incredibly broad symptom) may surface as byproducts accumulate in the blood stream.

7. OTHER SYMPTOMS

The kidney, as with many other vital organs, can produce seemingly unrelated symptoms. Some symptoms reported by medical professionals upon the diagnosis of a kidney condition include confusion, headaches, fatigue, muscle cramps, seizure, and skin discoloration.

PREVENTION AND TREATMENT

It is also important to mention that certain racial and ethnic groups are at a higher risk for kidney failure than others. Compared to Caucasians, the rate for African-Americans is nearly 4 times higher; Native Americans and Hispanics, 1.5 times higher, and Asians at 1.4 times higher.

The two most common causes of kidney disease are diabetes (approx. 44%), and high blood pressure (28%). Per kidney.org, the top five ways to protect your kidneys are:

– Eating healthier foods, and having a well-balanced diet

– Limiting salt and caffeine intake

– Prioritizing rest (not overworking)

– Regular exercise

– Reduction of sugar and fat intake

Reducing stress whenever possible is the best preventative measure you can take; not just for preventing kidney disease, but nearly every other adverse health condition.

Urinary strip tests may be purchased at certain pharmacies. Self-screening is a good idea to rule out the more severe kidney conditions, but it is still advisable to seek a professional opinion.

Treatment depends on whether the condition is acute (short-term) or chronic. An acute kidney condition may be due to many things, and a doctor must order tests to determine the appropriate treatment. Provided treatment is properly administered, the recovery rate is high.

Chronic kidney conditions generally require a dialysis or kidney transplant. Again, the earlier that the condition is discovered, the better.

It is important to have a comprehensive physical done every year. If you should identify with any of the above-mentioned symptoms, please seek the advice of a medical professional.

 

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At Times You Have To Let Go & Let God

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I need to start fresh and everything is pointing to  leaving the house and focusing solely on recovery. The woman has been in AA and sober for many years. She has been through my situation and much worse. She is now a success and living a life of God’s will and true happiness.

Things don’t happen by chance. We are now friends on Facebook and I’ve volunteered on a hotline to help people in crisis.

Prayer is great if you let it work in your life.

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AA -Preamble

To Thine Own Self Be True

Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their
experience, strength, and hope with each other that they may solve their
common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism.

The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no
dues for A.A. membership; we are self-supporting through our own contributions.

A.A. is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics,
organizations or institutions; does not wish to engage in controversy;
neither endorses or opposes any causes.

Our primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety.

Reprinted with permission of the AA Grapevine, Inc.

AA -The Promises

 

1. If we are painstaking about this phase of our development, we will be amazed
before we are half way through.

2. We are going to know a new freedom and a new happiness.

3. We will not regret the past nor wish to shut the door on it.

4. We will comprehend the word serenity and we will know peace.

5. No matter how far down the scale we have gone, we will see how our experience
can benefit others.

6. That feeling of uselessness and self-pity will disappear.

7. We will lose interest in selfish things and gain interest in our fellows.

8. Self-seeking will slip away.

9. Our whole attitude and outlook upon life will change.

10. Fear of people and of economic insecurity will leave us.

11. We will intuitively know how to handle situations which used to baffle us.

12. We will suddenly realize that God is doing for us what we could not do for
ourselves.

Are these extravagant promises? We think not. They are being fulfilled among us – sometimes quickly, sometimes slowly. They will always materialize if we work for them.

Alcoholics Anonymous p.83-84
Reprinted from the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous with permission of A.A. World
Services, Inc.

Serenity Prayer

True meaning of Serenity

In this day and age the serenity prayer is common knowledge to many. Beyond religion it is an inspiration  for those who have been through or focus on 12 step programs such as Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous or Al – Anon to recover from an alcohol or drug addiction. The prayer is used as a concluding attempt to allow peace and serenity to come into their lives by the “Grace of God” or what they may comprehend as a “Higher Power”. A true act of Faith!

Many folks do not understand the true meaning of the Serenity Prayer, and with consequence are left in limbo with constant confusion as they continue to struggle with life on life’s terms.

God:

God…. A name and concept of this Higher Power, which most folks erroneously conceive to be outside themselves, separate from and alien to themselves, a “Santa Claus” god which is supposed to fulfill their dreams, their wishes and wants, to “make” the conditions of Life comply with their desire and their idea of “religious correctness”… Sorry about that, it just doesn’t happen that way…. The Big Book of AA, on Page 55, establishes the conditions and locale of our relationship and understanding which we are to acquire of “Our” Higher Power…..

“We finally saw that faith in some kind of God was a part of our make-up, just as much as the feeling we have for a friend. Sometimes we had to search fearlessly, but He was there. He was as much a fact as we were. We found the Great Reality deep down within us. In the last analysis it is only there that He may be found. It was so with us.” ….. We are never separate from God. Separation from God is only an illusion that we have created.

Grant…to assure (in its original meaning) a knowingness of the orderliness of God’s eternity, a prized condition that we earn through our efforts of learning to apply the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous to our lives, not an “undeserved gift” as we hear so many times around tables of AA.

Me… the I Am, of self, the True Self, that portion of self which knows that it is, in all instances.

Serenity… Again a word that is misunderstood, that most folks take to mean a quiet, unruffled, calm, undisturbed, tranquil condition in the circumstances of life about us. In truth what it really means is Presence of Mind in the Here and Now, viewing the Reality of whatever conditions and circumstances that may be occurring … Not fighting Reality with illusions of how things should or should not be.

Accept:

To Accept… to acknowledge the Truth of Reality, to take what is offered or given, to receive willingly… As we are given Life, one moment, one condition, one circumstance, one happening at a time…God’s Life for God’s Kids has to be a happening. It can’t be any other way.

the things I cannot change….Reality, period…Reality cannot be changed. It simply is. And no amount of mind bending illusion creating will change it. The Truth is the Truth and it needs no defense. The only thing we humans can do with Reality is change our point of view, our perspective. Reality itself will remain unchanged.

Courage:

Courage… The ability to make the Responsible Decisions Necessary and take Action to DO the things we already know need to be done in the face of unknown outcomes and consequences.. Our Life is determined by the decisions and actions that we take and the thoughts that we hold, by no other forces. We must in all cases live with the consequences of our decisions or our lack of decision. Life cannot be lived any other way.

to change the things I can…The only thing that we change is our perspective and view of Reality, learning to make Responsible Decisions, living our way to better thinking.

Wisdom:

And Wisdom to Know the Difference… Wisdom, an acquired trait through the experience of life, a recognition and remembrance of the things which do or do not coincide with Reality, which do or do not work, of the things which are true, which are honest, for that is the meaning of Truth, Rigorously Honest.

It has been said that a Wise Man’s education toward understanding his own universe and reality (and to some extent yours) will embrace as much folly as he can afford. It is only to the degree that he can afford it, that he will be able to laugh at himself. If he embraces more folly than he can afford, he will cry.

The wise man knows that success in life is achieved by simply putting a whole lot of mistakes together in a way that works.

Thy Will Not Mine Be Done