Electrolyte Imbalance Symptoms:
The following are some of the most common signs of electrolyte imbalance in chronic renal failure. You may have experienced these symptoms yourself or someone close to you might have.
Weight loss (especially if not eating)
Nausea/vomiting (if not drinking)
Chills and shivers (not just cold hands and feet)
Dizziness (not just from standing up)
Weakness (not just weakness in your legs)
Sensitivity to light and sound (in particular hearing sounds with no ears)
Headaches (not just tension headaches)
Irregular heartbeat or chest pain (not just heartburn)
Difficulty concentrating (your brain is swelling)
Difficulty falling asleep (you are convulsing)
Overwhelming feelings of sadness (you are dying)
Appetite loss (of course if not drinking)
“paddling” for air (your lungs are filling with fluid)
What can you do about electrolyte imbalance symptoms?
You can get a doctor, but there’s not much they can do for you. At most they can try to treat the symptoms with drugs (drugs don’t cure, they just take away the pain for a while), but there’s nothing they can do to stop the inevitable.
You can go to the ER, but they will just send you home with a bunch of drugs and get you to make an appointment to see a nephrologist (kidney doctor). The nephrologist will tell you to drink more (even though you aren’t making any more urine).
That’s about it.
You can go on dialysis and get a transplant. As you might have guessed, this is a very complicated and expensive procedure.
What you can do is avoid or treat the underlying CAUSE of your electrolyte imbalance.
The cause of most electrolyte imbalances is not drinking enough water.
Perhaps you are not thirsty (dehydration). You may have diabetes and not know it. Another possibility is that you are drinking more than you think and you really are just not drinking enough. This is a common problem for people with certain mental illnesses, such as Schizophrenia.
The reality is most people with serious kidney problems are suffering from some sort of mental illness or personality disorder. Unfortunately in todays society we have created a system that rewards neurotics.
The more you worry, the more you pay doctors and the more medication they will give you.
Does this make sense to you? Does this seem right?
It doesn’t have to be this way. You can fix your mental illness yourself and save thousands of dollars in doctors bills.
How do you fix a mental illness?
1. You need to realize you actually have a problem (this is the most difficult part)
2. You need to stop worrying so much
3. You need to make some changes in your life
No matter what the problem, worry never solved anything. In fact worry has probably made your problem a million times worse.
Does this sound familiar?
When you worry, you are creating a mental picture in your mind of something you don’t want. Now if you continue to do this (as most people who worry do), you are literally attracting the thing you don’t want into your life.
This is why most people who worry eventually get what they worry about. They are literally inviting it into their life.
Why does this happen?
All thoughts, emotions and actions have a “frequency”. The mind can send and receive these frequencies. When you are worrying, you are sending out a signal of some sort. Now if you worry about something that is not a good or positive thing, your signal will be of a similar frequency. If this signal overlaps or matches the signal of something not good, your worried thoughts will manifest into your life.
How do you stop worrying then?
The key is you must ONLY think positive thoughts. This can be a little difficult at first, but with a little practice it gets much easier. It is really not as hard as it sounds.
If you have a hard time thinking positive, then just make your thoughts more neutral. If you think you are having problems controlling your worrying, please seek help immediately.
You need to talk to a doctor or visit a counselor.
You can fix your mental condition yourself and save thousands of dollars in doctor bills.
In the meantime, if you catch yourself worrying STOP! Take a few deep breaths and tell yourself everything will be OK.
Focus on something else.
Now, here are some tips to help you stop worrying:
* When you start worrying about something, realize it. Tell yourself, “I am starting to worry about _________.
This will lead to poor health and I do not want this in my life. I now cancel all thoughts about ____________.” Then think of something else.
* Remember worrying never solved anything. In fact, most of the things you worried about in the past never happened.
So why bother with it in the future?
* If you have a thought of worry, immediately replace it with a positive thought.
* Whenever you have a thought of worry, immediately say to yourself “I don’t need to worry about ________. My Higher Power will take care of everything and it will all work out for my good”.
* Take action. If you are worrying about a bill, take action immediately.
Call the bank, contact your creditor, do something to solve the problem. Outward action will stop the worry cycle.
* Talk to someone. Tell someone your worries and concerns.
This will definitely help stop unnecessary worrying.
You can definitely stop worrying and start living a much healthier life. It all starts with your mind, but this is just the beginning.
“Meditation is the beginning of a new consciousness. It will not only make you mentally strong, it will make you strong in every way.
You will grow in spiritual power.”
– Paramahansa Yogananda
Yoga and Meditation will increase your health, happiness and eventually your overall consciousness. You will be able to think better, feel better, and have more energy.
Your entire life will change for the better.
Yoga is a combination of physical postures, controlled breathing and chanting. Yoga means “union” or “yoke”.
The goal of yoga is to join your individual self, the Atman, with the universal Self, or Brahman. The word yoga is derived from the Sanskrit root “yuj”, which means to bind or yoke. There are many types of yoga.
Hatha yoga is the most popular in the West. It involves physical postures (known as asanas), usually paired with deep breathing.
Raja yoga is the most well known branch of yoga in the West, and focuses on meditation.
Kundalini yoga is a form of yoga that focuses on our energy centers, known as chakras, and how to make them work better. This form of yoga also includes the sacred sound “ohm”.
Ananda yoga is a very spiritual type of yoga that focuses on the heart, rather than the mind.
Karma yoga is the yoga of selfless service.
Jnana yoga is the yoga of knowledge. It involves gaining spiritual insights.
Bhakti yoga is the yoga of devotion.
Integral Yoga is a combination of all the different types of yoga.
The majority of these yogas involve chanting, which you can do on your own or with a class. There are many types of chants.
OM is the sacred sound of the Hindus.
Being able to chant OM opens up your throat chakra, which allows for a greater intake of prana. Chanting will also help you to focus during meditation.
Chanting OM is the most well known of all the chants.
These are some of the other chants that you can try:
* Gayatri Mantra: This is a very powerful healing mantra. It belongs to the Vedic religion.
* Names of God: Certain names of God, such as Ram and Krishna, have amazing properties when chanted properly.
Chanting should be loud enough for others to hear, but no so loud that it becomes yelling. Chanting should be done properly, as this is how it has been done for thousands of years.
Yoga exercise gear is not necessary, but it will make certain postures more comfortable. You can usually find sporting goods stores that sell yoga mats, straps and belts, and other items.
The best yoga mat to get would be one that is thick, but still has some give.
You can also use a thick bath towel, or even two or three towels.
Yoga studio or gym: Most gyms and many studios offer yoga classes. It is best to go to one of these, so you can make sure that the instructor knows what they are doing.
Yoga classes are usually around an hour and consist of a warm up, chanting, postures, deep breathing and a cool down period.
The yoga teacher should always watch to see if any of the students are having trouble with a certain posture. The teacher may come over and help you into the posture, or show you how to get out of it.
The yoga teacher should always make sure that you are breathing correctly. They will usually give you feedback on your postures after each one.
For instance, they may tell you that you are bending your knees too much, or that you are not bending your legs enough. They will also tell you to straighten your spine, or anything else that may be related to the posture. If the teacher does not tell you these things, then the teacher is bad and you should go to another yoga class.
A large part of doing yoga is mental. The yoga teacher will often talk to you about your breathing, and how to direct your thoughts.
This is all part of yoga. Listen to everything the teacher has to say.
A yoga class is generally divided into three sections. The first is the warm up, which consists of simple stretching to loosen up your muscles.
The next is the main part of class, which is the series of postures. These are held for a period of time, and then deep breathing is done.
This is continued until all the postures have been performed.
The final section is the cool down, which is just a simpler version of the warm up. This helps your muscles to relax after the strenuous activity.
Most yoga classes end with the relaxation pose, which is a good chance to let your mind reflect on the class.
Most of the time, it is best to let the teacher know if you are injured in any way. This is so that they can work around your limitations.
Injuries can happen, so don’t worry too much about it. Just try your best.
Body cleansing is very important to having a good yoga experience. It makes your body feel light, and free.
Many people take baths or showers the night before they do yoga for this exact reason. Many people also swear by no sexual activity before yoga for the same reason.
There is no right or wrong way to prepare for yoga. Do whatever you are most comfortable with.
If you are interested in learning more about the origins of yoga or just different types of it, you should buy a book on the subject. Many local libraries have free websites that you can access for research.
There are many types of yoga, so if you find one that you like, you may want to stick with it to see how it progresses you.
If you are particularly flexible, or have a lot of time on your hands, you may want to try different types and see which is right for you.
The important thing is to be safe and to have fun. Do whatever makes you happy.
Like all things in life, yoga is a personal experience that should not be rushed. You will get out of it what you put into it, so take it step by step.
You can always improve your next session.
I wish you the best in all of your fitness endeavors.
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