Dehydrate Kidneys With Too Much Water

Drinking the recommended eight to ten glasses of fluids daily can be hazardous to your health. This is particularly true if liquids are consumed within an hour before bedtime. You very well might be dehydrating yourself!

You ask, “How can that be”?

Hyponatremia – a low blood sodium concentration in the kidneys. The bladder is getting full too often and causing frequent urinations. Early and frequent emptying of the bladder prohibits the kidneys to concentrate the fluids and hydrate the blood system. The kidneys also need ample enough time to process out the toxins before the fluid is expelled from the system. These processes require fluids to remain in the kidneys long enough to filter out toxins and maintain fluid in the blood system to avoid dehydration.

A lot of fluid intake on a regular basis can habitually wash out the medulla, the area in the kidney that concentrates fluids to cleanse and hydrate. This can eventually result in a coma if it continues for a long period of time. The kidneys are designed to do the most work of this nature while we are asleep, which is one very important reason to avoid drinking anything an hour before bedtime and throughout the night. Another reason is to be able to stay asleep without getting disturbed by an irritable blader having to be emptied.

How many times a day is it considered normal to empty the bladder? 

This will vary from one person to the next depending on many factors, however in general, six to eight times throughout the day and none during the sleep period. In general, the need to empty the bladder averages four times after consuming 33 ounces which is equivalent to either 1 liter or 4 cups of liquid.

Some of the conditions that factor in to bladder frequency are:

  • age may have an effect on the elasticity of the bladder
  • muscle strength of the pelvis floor
  • some bladders are smaller
  • bladder capacity averages two cups
  • medicine that has a diuretic affect
  • activity level
  • thyroid and pancreas health
  • caffeine and alcohol consumption
  • overactive bladder and urgency

In the event your bladder frequency is over nine times a day plus once or more during sleep, and your regular intake is considered a lot, you may choose to decrease the amount. Waking up three or more times in the middle of sleeping to empty the bladder is considered excessive and referred to as “nocturia”.

Any one or all of the sensations of burning, straining, pain, or urgency can be a symptom of an infection. The council of a qualified physician is recommended particularly if it persists over a few days and includes a discharge, sudden urges, back pain, or fever and chills.

Infections do not occur nearly as often in men as they do women due to having longer urethras. Women’s are much shorter and positioned as such that an occasional infection is not unusual. Therefore, it’s suggested that men take these symptoms seriously also, if not even moreso to avoid serious complications caused by not having it checked out sooner. It’s advisable to rule out possible conditions such as an std, chlamydia, and prostatitis. 

When reducing the amount of water consumption, or fluid intake in general, a weaning off process is recommended. Reduce by one glass each day the first week, then two glasses the second week, and so on. All liquid drank within an hour and a half before bedtime is suggested to omit or exclude the first week as this will allow the kidneys the time necessary to concentrate and process the fluids from the day. This is a suggestion only and the actual fluids to exclude are best decided on by the individual.

“Urinary incontinence” is an entirely other matter and has to do with bladder control, incidence and how often. Urinary control relies on the finely coordinated activities of the smooth muscle tissue of the urethra and bladder, skeletal muscle, and autonomic nervous system. It’s recommended to avoid making a habit of holding it for lengthy periods of time.

Examples of sudden onset (acute) conditions that can result in incontinence are childbirth, medicinal side effects, limited physical mobility, and urinary tract infection. Long term (chronic) conditions may be caused by brain or spinal injury, blocked urethra, a weak bladder muscle, weak pelvic floor muscles, nerve disorders, or a birth defect.

The kidneys and bladder are a major part of the system involved in filtering out toxins from the body and hydration maintenance. It is important for good health to assure that they are functioning as well as possible. If you have questions or problems in this matter, please seek the assistance of a physician or urologist about your concerns.

Astrolivia

Source: urologychannel

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avoid soy

Soymilk sales soared from $2 million in ‘80 to $300 million in ‘99. Soybean oil is found in hundreds of processed foods; baked goods, tortilla chips, margarine, mayonnaise, and imitation dairy products all contain soy. It has taken the place in the standard American diet of the real fats in butter, milk, meat, and fish. We are eating more and more largely due to the unchallenged health claims of the soy lobby. Soy beans are made into highly refined oil with factory methods that are unhealthy. The oil is produced with immense heat and pressure in a process called extraction. Heat-treated oils go rancid, they spoil and rancid oils are carcinogenic.

The soy foods Americans eat flunk the real food test. Soy is processed through the system when eaten in very small quantity, fermented and with animal foods. This is how Asians have consumed soy for the past thousand years. Soy must be fermented in order to be digestible to humans. The consumption of soy should be limited to fermented soy products like miso, tempeh, natto, or a naturally fermented soy sauce (tamari)Soy is higher in phytoestrogens than just about any other food source. Phytoestrogens are plant-based estrogens that mimic estrogen in our bodies. In recent years, you may have read about studies indicating phytoestrogens are good for you. The soy industry themselves funded the studies. Independent research has clearly shown that consuming phytoestrogens is dangerous for the human body.
A leading cause of breast cancer, endometriosis, uterine fibroids, infertility, and low libido is associated with unopposed estrogen, or estrogen dominance. Why, then, would anyone argue that we should consume more of a food high in estrogen? Many foods are goitrogenic (thyroid suppressing), but soy is king of them all. Goitrogens work by preventing the thyroid from getting the necessary amount of iodine.
It is also a very allergic food and hard to digest. Contrary to the popular myth, Asians do not eat soy as a staple food, but rather only as a condiment. Soy poses real health risks, including sterility, cancer, and stunted development.As a convenience food for humans, with slick marketing and the halo of a health food, soy is worth billions. In America, soy farming is big business, worth more than $12 billion in 1999.To review the dangers of hydrogenated oils, visit
http://www.sssbiotic.com/content/oil_article.asp
 

Soy is no joy!
 Soy is rich in trypsin inhibitors. Trypsin is a digestive enzyme we need to properly digest protein. Without enough trypsin, digestive problems including stomach cramps, diarrhea, bleeding and eventual pancreatic problems can result. Soy blocks the uptake of the essential minerals – calcium, magnesium, copper, iron and especially zinc – in the intestinal tract. 

Stay well,  Astrolivia

herb power

Are herbs really effective enough to actually strengthen immunity and increase endurance?

How herbs promote health:  Sun’s photosynthesis, Minerals, Enzymes, Fiber, and Phytonutrients

In order for a drug to be approved by the FDA, the manufacturer must do years of studies costing anywhere between 17 to 100 million dollars. When companies spend amounts of that nature on their products they don’t want another company stealing their formula after they’ve gone to all that trouble developing it. Their guarantee is called a patent and legally it’s their drug and no one can copy it for 17 years. After all that trouble, a drug company isn’t going to want somebody to come along with a totally cheap, available and natural product offering the same effect yet with none of the side effects. Do you think they’ll do everything they can both legally and politically to prevent and suppress the products from reaching the market?

Two books which best document some of the effective natural cures for cancer which have come along in the past 75 years and have faced a tidal wave of opposition from the FDA/AMA/Drug Trust are:

The Cancer Industry, by Ralph Moss, and Options, by Richard Walters

Although they’re under attack, some of these natural cures are still around in the U.S. Others can only be obtained in Mexico or Europe, and still others have been crushed out of existence for good. You can do the historical research yourself on some of the following products and innovators:

Following is a partial list, and many names have been lost completely.

William Kelley, Hoxsey, Gaston Naessens, Max Gerson, Kurt Donsbach, William Koch, Dr. Burzynski, Dr Blass, Dr. Loffler, Stan Bynum, Patrick Flanagan, Microhydrin, 714x, Haelan, antineoplastins, raw foods, live cell therapy, ozone, EDTA chelation, Laetrile, Coley vaccines, Hydrazine sulfate, Hans Nieper, JH Tilden, whole foods vitamins, antioxidants, colon detoxification, the Rife machine, the black box, and green foods. Separately or in combination, these methods and these healers have resolved cancer in thousands of cases during the past 75 years. Some of the technology has been repressed out of existence and others are quite easy. What they have in common is that they are non-patentable generally natural methods which have no significant side effects, and work with one common goal: to strengthen the immune system.

excerpt from thedoctorwithin.com/cancer/To-the-Cancer-Patient/

Why We Need Sleep

Sleep-deprived people who are tested by using a driving simulator or by performing a hand-eye coordination task perform as badly as, or worse than, those who are intoxicated. Sleep deprivation also magnifies alcohol’s effects, so a fatigued person who drinks will become much more impaired than someone who is well rested. Drowsiness is the brain’s last step before falling asleep; driving while drowsy can, and often does, lead to disaster. Caffeine and other stimulants cannot overcome the effects of severe sleep deprivation.
  
 Some studies suggest that sleep deprivation affects the immune system in detrimental ways. Some experts believe sleep gives neurons used while we are awake a chance to shut down and repair themselves. Without sleep, neurons may become so energy depleted and polluted with byproducts of normal cellular activities, they begin to malfunction. Sleep also may give the brain a chance to exercise important neuronal connections that might otherwise deteriorate from lack of activity. While rats normally live for two to three years, those deprived of REM sleep survive only about 5 weeks on average, and rats deprived of all sleep stages live only about 3 weeks.
Getting too little sleep creates a “sleep debt,” which is much like being overdrawn at a bank. Eventually, the body demands that the debt be repaid. We don’t seem to adapt to getting less sleep than we need; while we may get used to a sleep-depriving schedule, our judgment, reaction time, and other functions are still impaired. Infants generally require 16 hours daily, and teenagers require nine. Most adults generally need 7 to 8 hours every night

Many of the body’s cells show increased production and reduced breakdown of proteins during deep sleep. Proteins are the building blocks needed for cell growth and for repair of damage from factors like stress and ultraviolet rays. The deep sleep stage may help people maintain optimal emotional and social functioning when awake. Like deep sleep, rem sleep is associated with increased production of proteins. People taught a skill and then deprived of non-rem sleep had recall of it after sleeping, while people deprived of rem sleep didn’t have recall.   

 

      

   

We spend nearly all of our sleep time in stages 1, 2, and REM. The first rem sleep period usually occurs 1 to 1½ hours after falling asleep. A complete sleep cycle takes on the average of 100 mins. The first sleep cycles each night contain relatively short rem periods and long periods of deep sleep. As the night progresses, rem sleep periods are longer while deep sleep is shorter. When awakened after sleeping more than a few minutes, we are usually unable to recall the last few minutes before having fallen asleep. This is why we often don’t remember the alarm going off in the morning if we go right back to sleep after turning it off.
  
Caffeinated drinks and drugs such as diet pills and decongestants stimulate some parts of the brain and can cause an inability to sleep referred to as “insomnia”. Many antidepressants suppress the ability to experience rem

Circadian_rhythm
circadian rhythm

sleep in the natural manner. Different neurotransmitter signals in the brain have an influence on sleep and wakefulness and foods and medicines that change the balance of these signals affect the quality of sleep. Neurons in the brainstem, which connects the brain with the spinal cord, produce neurotransmitters such as serotonin and norepinephrine that keep some parts of the brain active while we are awake. Other neurons at the base of the brain begin signaling when we fall asleep and appear to “switch off” the awake signals. Stages 1 through 4 and REM (rapid eye movement) progress in a cycle then the cycle starts over again with stage 1.

Suprachiasmatic nucleus or SCN (biological clock), is a pair of pinhead-sized brain structures that together contain about 20,000 neurons and rests in a part of the brain, the hypothalamus directly above the optic nerve. Light that reaches photoreceptors in the retina (a tissue at the back of the eye) creates signals that travel along the optic nerve to the SCN structures. Signals from the SCN travel to several brain regions, including the pineal gland, which responds to light-induced signals by switching off production of the hormone melatonin. The body’s level of melatonin normally increases after darkness falls causing drowsiness. The SCN also governs functions that are synchronized with the sleep/wake cycle such as body temperature, hormone secretion, urine production, and blood pressure.

 

   

 

    

 

Workers on 3rd shift have an increased risk of heart problems, digestive disturbances, and emotional and mental problems, all of which may be related to their sleeping schedules. The number and severity of workplace accidents also tend to increase during the night shift. Major industrial accidents attributed partly to errors made by fatigued night-shift workers; three mile isle, and medical interns on the 3rd shift are twice as likely as others to misinterpret hospital test records.

 

Long-term use of melatonin may create new problems, the potential side effects of melatonin supplements are still largely unknown, therefore most experts discourage its use. Extreme sleep deprivation can lead to a psychotic state of paranoia and hallucinations in otherwise healthy people, and disrupted sleep can trigger episodes of mania (agitation and hyperactivity) in people with manic depression. The chemicals our immune systems produce while fighting an infection are powerful sleep-inducing chemicals and sleep may help the body conserve energy and other resources that the immune system needs to fight infection.

 

Once sleeping problems develop, they can add to a person’s impairment and cause confusion, frustration or depression. Patients who are unable to sleep also notice pain more and may increase their requests for pain medication. Better management of sleeping problems in people who have other disorders could improve their health and quality of life.
The use of alcohol, such as a nightcap, can only help for falling into a light sleep as it prevents the restorative stages and rem sleep. It causes a lighter stage of sleep, being easily awakened throughout the night. Abnormally hot or cold temperatures can disrupt the rem stage of sleep also because the decreased ability to regulate body temperature.

May you sleep well,

astrolivia

 

 

  

Protein Glyconutrients

Glyconutrients – 8 essential biological sugars that support the recognition and communication of cells.

We burn sugars to produce energy, however, these 8 are not burned in this way. Instead they become building blocks known as glycoproteins and glycolypids meaning they become part of the body.
Causes: Food processing, mineral depleted soils, green harvesting and food preservatives.
We consume sugarcane’s glucose, and dairy’s galactose, but since we typically don’t consume the other six, our bodies must create them through a sequence of enzymatic, chemical reactions depleting vitality. The addition into our diets supports the natural healing ability for defense, repair and recovery. Most people notice an immediate boost in energy level.
Dr. Emil Mondoa, book “Sugars That Heal” explains, “these 8 are the basis of multicellular intelligence working to keep us healthy and balanced. Even tiny amounts of these, or lack of them, have profound effects.”
excerpt – livingsugars.com/

To add into your diet:

A daily supplement containing all 8 and is stabilized and standardized.
Dried or fresh shitake mushrooms lightly chopped into a stir fry.
2 ozs Aloe drink in the mornings; for indigestion, constipation and ulcers.
Xylitol for sweetening; anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and healthier for teeth.
2 or 3 cps herbal tea with liquorice and Echinacea; immune system booster.
Psyllium husk adds fiber to the diet; a teaspoon with water in the mornings on an empty stomach helps to avoid constipation.
spinach, beans, cabbage, carrots, and celery.

Fenugreek either fresh ch’d or ground in stir-fries and curries in winter.
Additional sources – turmeric and licithin
Apples have pectin and soluble fiber that soak up excess cholesterol in the intestines before it enters the blood. ‘Whole’ oranges help prevent clogged arteries by relaxing them which can lower blood pressure.
infosource: glyconutria

Water Flouride Hazards

What most of us are not aware of is that this practice of adding fluoride to the municipal water systems has been proven to be propaganda.

Fluoride has been listed as a contaminant by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) who disputed against the practice of adding it to tapwater in their own documents. There exist countless other professional publications disputing this use of fluoride as well, yet the mass water fluoridation program continues.

 An interesting fact to note is that drinking water is not fluoridated in any part of Germany. Is it mere coincidence that one of the founders of the codex alimentarius commission just happened to be in charge of the fluoridation program at auschwitz, and that Germany is somehow exempt from fluoridation? Do they know something we don’t?
 
As of the year 2000, 42 of the 50 largest cities in the U.S. had water fluoridation and a study in ’02 shows 67% of United States residents living in communities with fluoridated water. This commission began in 1963 to develop food standard and guidelines of which all members of the UN are obligated to comply with. 
 
Under Frits Meers direction, I.G. Farben used a fluoridation program to control the population at the auschwitz concentration camp in any given area through mass medication of the drinking water supplies. “By this method they could control the population in whole areas, as well as reduce it by producing sterility in women, and so on.”
  
He was ultimately convicted of plundering and slavery, but his sentence was commuted due to friends in high places. A commuted sentence is not the same as a pardon as the codex commutation may be ‘conditional’. He then went on to become one of the constructors of the commission in ’62 and ‘63. If food is produced using fluoridated water, then it contains fluoride, which then follows that soil, crops and food are affected.
 

  
Good for Cargill and Monsanto, bad for us. Unless we can get ‘scientific integrity’ established (or re-established?) as the cornerstone of policy making, we are doomed to have otherwise honest and decent employees become the pawns of rotten political agendas. It is a lack of scientific integrity at the highest levels of the U.S. regulatory apparatus which makes it so difficult to get this issue re-examined in the light of new evidence on both its lack of effectiveness and its serious threats to human health and the environment.”
 
source: flouridealert
 
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Hydrofluorosilic acid in drinking water
Hydrofluorosilic Acid

Two thirds of the hazardous waste referred to as “hydrofluosilicic acid” used in 90% of the water fluoridation programs in the U.S. is supplied by cargill. This has raised concern among risk assessment scientists at the agency of environmental protection. They’re helping to draw attention to the fact that the only other place this fluosilicic acid can legally be disposed of is in a hazardous waste facility. As Dr. Hirzy of the agency’s Professionals Headquarters Union, put it, “If this stuff gets out into the air, it’s a pollutant; if it gets into the river, it’s a pollutant; if it gets into the lake, it’s a pollutant; but if it goes straight into your drinking water system, it’s not a pollutant. That’s amazing!”

Aspartame is a Neurotoxin

When the temperature of aspartame exceeds 86 degrees F, the wood alcohol in aspartame converts to formaldehyde and then to formic acid, which in turn causes metabolic acidosis. Formic acid is the same poison used by fire ants to sting and kill their victims. Brain tumors (lately surgeons have found high levels of aspartame in tumors removed from patients) , escalates diabetes symptoms and this methanol toxic condition in the human body can mimic multiple sclerosis.

Aspartame is manufactured by the NutraSweet Corporation, a subsidiary of Monsanto, who are fully aware of the dangers of their product. However, as Monsanto also funds the American Diabetics and Dietetic Associations, the United States Congress, and the Conference of the American College of Physicians, there is a conspiracy of silence with regard to the dangers of this artificial sweetener, which is contained in over 5,000 sugar-free products sold under the following brand names:

Neotame, Nutrasweet, Nutrisweet, Aspertame, Kelco, Benevia, Equal, Spoonful, Diet Sodas, Pepsi Light and Max, Crystal Light, Sucralose, Sunette, Sweet One, Splenda, Canderel, Chuker, Misura, Manugel, Keltrol, Kelcogel, Nutrifos, Stabil-9, Lewn-Lite, Spoonful.

The American Dietetic Association takes money from the food industry to endorse their products. therefore, they cannot criticize any additives or tell about their link to Monsanto. Dr. Russell Blaylock, neurosurgeon, said, “The ingredients stimulate the neurons of the brain to death, causing brain damage of varying degrees”, and has written a book entitled Excitotoxins: The Taste That Kills. As a diabetic specialist and world expert on aspartame poisoning, he’s also written a book entitled Defense Against Alzheimer’s Disease about how aspartame poisoning is escalating Alzheimer’s; today women as young as 30 are being treated for Alzheimer’s. He realized what was happening when aspartame was first marketed and said diabetic patients presented symptoms of memory loss, confusion, and severe vision loss.

In Desert Storm several thousand pallets of diet drinks were shipped to the troops in the desert where they sat in the 120 degree F desert sun for weeks (remember at 86 degrees F methanol poison is released). The symptoms of Desert Storm Syndrome match those of aspartame disease.

Symptoms of aspartame disease:  spasms, shooting pains, burning tongue, cramps, vertigo, numbness in the legs, dizziness, headaches, tinnitus, joint pain, depression, anxiety attacks, slurred speech, blurred vision, blindness and memory loss, severe seizures, panic attacks, rage and violence, severe memory loss, coma, escalates Alzheimer’s disease, birth defects (such as mental retardation), brain tumors (lately surgeons have found high levels of aspartame in tumors removed from patients) , escalates diabetes symptoms.

Aspartame Disease: An Ignored Epidemic, by H.J. Roberts, Pub. Quality Books, 2001;  and a book by Joseph Mercola entitled Sweet Deception: Why Splenda, NutraSweet, and the FDA May Be Hazardous to Your Health, 2006.