Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT): Tap Into Empowerment

Every individual is unique and the variations in their lives and life choices are physical manifestations of the distinctive energy, essence, and disposition they possess. When an individual is searching for mental and emotional healing modalities, there is a need for therapy that is personal, effective, cost efficient, and uplifting so the person can move forward with their life in a positive way; emotional freedom techniques (EFT) surpass those expectations.

What Is EFT?

EFT is rooted in energy psychology, applying Ancient Chinese medicine theology, which focuses on the body’s energy grid. The energy grid utilizes pathways and nodal points through which your chi, or life force, flows. This theory states a traumatic event, negative psychological conditioning, or other experiences can cause a disruption in your energy flow through a blockage or imbalance, prohibiting the proper flow of chi; when your chi is imbalanced or blocked, mental and emotional illnesses, disorders, and issues will arise.
Gary Craig, the founder of the EFT technique, discovered by employing these medicinal philosophies, you would be able to tap specific acupressure points, the meridian or nodal points on the body’s energy grid, releasing the blockage and bringing your body’s energy flow back into a state of homeostasis.
However, EFT doesn’t just make use of acupressure point stimulation; this technique incorporates other psychotherapies already being used in conventional cognitive behavioral therapies, such as relaxation and memory recall, causing a long term cognitive restructuring within the brain.
When your brain reconstructs its cognitive processes, you no longer process thoughts or emotions the way you did before, meaning you can nullify the negative feelings or reactions you currently have, or have had for years, resulting in a neutral reaction to the same memory or situation when successfully employing EFT.

What The Research Says

EFT has proven to be a useful technique for a wide variety of disorders or illnesses; in various studies, EFT has successfully treated anxiety disorders, depression, hostility, aggression, posttraumatic stress disorder, addictions, phobias, eating disorders, obsessive compulsive disorders, panic, attention deficit disorder, hypertension, social anxiety, career issues, and somatoform disorders. EFT also has improved colds, headaches, joint pains, arthritis, chronic fatigue syndrome, rashes, lower cortisol levels, irritable bowel syndrome, and fibromyalgia. Let’s take a look at some of these studies and experiments a little closer.
In a case study cited by Feinstein (2010), a 52 year old woman with stage IV breast cancer decided against conventional medicine interventions and instead used EFT on numerous personal issues that surfaced after she was diagnosed. The patient received six clinical EFT tapping sessions, lasting 60 to 90 minutes in length, then continued to use the methods daily until a follow up examination eight months after the diagnosis; the appointment revealed no trace of cancer, but some scar tissue where the cancer had been (Feinstein et al., 2010).
Stapleton, Sheldon, Porter, and Whitty (2011) conducted a randomized clinical trial on the effects EFT exerted over food cravings, the perceived power of food, psychological symptoms, and will power of 96 overweight and obese adults. When the researchers initially retested the participants, immediately after receiving their EFT treatment, the participants had significant reductions in food cravings, food wielded less power over the participants, and will power was improved. The improvements in cravings and the power of food were maintained at the six month follow-up.
Another randomized controlled study performed by Church, Brooks, and DeAsis (2012) with 30 first-year psychology students scoring in the moderate to severely depressed ranges on the Beck Depression Inventory. The participants in the experimental group received four EFT sessions of 90 minutes; the treatment proved to be both clinically and statistically significant, as the average post treatment depression score of the EFT condition group resulted in not depressed.
In a controlled pilot study by Benor, Ledger, Toussaint, and Hett (2009) with Canadian college students with severe to moderate test anxiety, EFT accomplished benefits equal to that of five cognitive behavioral therapy sessions.
Click here for images of brain scans from an experiment by Andrade and Feinstein (2004) using EFT treatments for participants with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD); these scans show the average brain scan procession over a course of four weeks with twelve sessions of EFT. The first scan is what an ideal brain scan looks like and the second scan is the average scan of the participants with (GAD) before they began EFT sessions; the brain scans progress toward their natural or ideal homeostasis state through EFT, reducing dysfunctional brain wave frequencies.
This study contrasted EFT with cognitive behavioral therapy, combined with medication when necessary, as a control mechanism. The EFT participants were more likely to maintain their new functional brain wave patterns compared to the cognitive behavioral group. Moreover, Andrade and Feinstein (2004) noted people treated with antianxiety medications did reduce their anxiety symptoms, but their brain scans maintained brain wave frequency dysfunction, implying the medication acts as a cosmetic layer without actually addressing the real issue(s).
The research shows you the beginnings of the wide applications for EFT, but I want to explain to you why and how it works because there are several stratums to consider. The first level we will consider is the electroconductivity of the human body, then epigenetics, and finally the cognitive restructuring process.
Your body is a beautiful and amazing transmitter and receiver of energy as represented by its electromagnetic field. The human body produces electromagnetic fields with cells and tissues that can be measured on the skin, while all of our organs produce biomagnetic energy.
Within these energy fields, diseases and disturbances can often be measured before their physical symptoms can be detected. EFT literally taps into these specific energy fields to redirect their flow in a proper, balanced manner, alleviating electromagnetic and biomagnetic fields of disturbances and blocks.
Epigenetics is a subfield of genetic research, exposing an inherent variability within genetic expression previously thought impossible. Your DNA does not actually come with a concrete, inflexible blueprint dictating your every thought, action, and countenance; conversely, it is a vast set of probabilities, combining information from your default genetic expression, your thoughts, your beliefs, your behaviors, and your environmental and biochemical influences.
All of these inputs interact on the cellular level, communicating with the entirety of your body about the information received,responding by activating or deactivating the potentials within your unique genetic expression. This is why over time identical twins, people born with duplicate DNA, begin to look different; each individual has their own experiences, psychology, and environmental exposures offering an alternative expression of active and inactive genetic potentials.
As epigenetics proves genetic and cellular expression is affected by conscious thought and behavioral inputs, EFT offers somatic and cognitive inputs that activate positive, balanced potentials, while deactivating genetic potentials expressing imbalance and harm.
Researchers and practitioners assert the physical activity with the activation of mental processes alters the targeted response because the stimulation of acupressure points transmits signals to the amygdala and related brain structures, reducing hyperarousal to the given stimulus or memory; the brain then reconsolidates the memory, cognition, feeling, or mental picture, while the newly reduced or absent hyperarousal is retained as the new reaction to the initial stimuli (Feinstein, 2008).
Ruden (2010) asserts EFT techniques focusing on stress-producing cues, such as fear or traumatic memories, depotentiate the neural pathways maintaining maladaptive conditioned responses; this means the EFT techniques recode the conditioned responses that produce ill effects with desired behaviors or feelings. This creates a cognitive restructuring of the brain, so old paradigms no longer regulate your responses.
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The Process

There is a basic EFT procedure, consisting of tapping on each of eight energy meridian points while using an affirmation statement that coincides with a memory or a feeling. The procession of tapping can vary depending on the therapist or practitioner you are working with, as can the affirmation statements.
Some practitioners use the industry standard, “Even though I have (or feel) this fear of rejection, I deeply and profoundly accept myself,” while other practitioners prefer a stream of consciousness dialogue. With the latter method, you would tap as you say whatever comes to mind that you would like to work with, using a shorter phrase to repeat as you continue to tap on the proceeding points to reinforce the issue you are working on.
Even though the sequence of point tapping may vary, I am going to share with you what has worked for me, which also seems to be the most common. As you repeat your chosen phrase or issue, you tap on your karate chop point, or the side of your hand, followed by the inside of your eyebrows, then the side of your eyes, the bone under your eyes, under the nose, between your lower lip and chin, then your collarbone point, under the arm, and then the top of the head. This would conclude one repetition.
You want to be sure not to tap too hard. You want to stimulate the meridians, but you do not want to cause bruising or pain. Look at the following chart for a visual representation of the proper tapping points.

Where Can I Learn It?

There are several ways to learn or administer EFT, such as with the help of a therapist or a certified EFT practitioner in both group and individual settings. If you are able, I suggest learning in a setting where you can have a certified EFT practitioner make sure you are accurately tapping your energy meridians. Because this method is so quick and easy to learn, you do not have to pour money into endless sessions with an EFT therapist. This is something you can do on your own, wherever and whenever you would like, empowering you in your health and healing.
There are also instructional DVDs you can use at home such as The Tapping Solution and Project Tapping: Tapping Into Abundance With Dr. Carol Look. These are great alternatives for those of you who live in areas where you do not have access to a certified EFT practitioner.
If you decide to learn or try EFT, I suggest staying well hydrated to increase your biological electroconductivity and to do one session right before you go to bed. When you learn something new, or alter a pattern of thinking, and immediately go to sleep, you have several hours to integrate the new template in your brain without interruptions, resulting in a more effective and solidified change.

Spiritual & Personal Implications

By successfully implementing EFT into your daily routine, you empower yourself to take control over your emotions, thoughts, and how you choose to experience your life. Imagine eradicating irrational fears as they enter your consciousness or overcoming a traumatic event that has stifled some part of your life.
You no longer have to live captive to thought processes that do not serve your highest good or take medications that only serve as a temporary band aid while poisoning your system. You would not have to try to suppress negative emotions or thoughts because as they enter your awareness, you can safely and painlessly extinguish them.
By bringing balance and inner peace to your life, you offer more balance and peace to the world. Every energy field is interconnected, ebbing and flowing together to create an even larger field of energy. By correcting your energy flow, you aid in balancing the whole. You have the ability to heal yourself in many ways; EFT is quick, easy, cost effective, and encourages your unique zenith expression.
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**Disclaimer: This article is not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatmeny. Before engaging in any health program, it is best to contact a health practitioner you trust to make the best decision for your individual needs.**
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10 Reasons Why Most Men Can’t Handle A Strong Woman

What exactly makes a strong woman? Her struggles, sacrifices, and selflessness. A strong woman has endured pain, overcome heart-wrenching experiences, and has allowed herself to be led by forgiveness. A strong woman has swam in deep and treacherous waters and held her breath as much as possible. This type of woman is self-sufficient, independent, loving, and has no fears of showing her vulnerability. The strong woman knows that one moment you are the teacher, and the next you might be the student. So, how does a woman like this keep a man?



A man needs to feel wanted. He needs to know that he is battling for the eternal love and admiration of his woman. A strong woman will show you that she loves her man, but she’s also independent and can manage on her own. The strong woman will fight for both of you, but she doesn’t need a man to fight her battles. If they have a problem, they deal with it. They don’t sit and wait, as victims, for a man to find the solution. Some men can’t handle this strength. If you choose to remain with this type of woman, be willing to walk beside her, not in front of her while pulling her to where you think she should be.


Strong women know what they want, how to attain it, and remember all that they had to endure to get whatever they have. A woman like this knows what she wants. If she likes a man, she will go after him. She will not wait for the man to make the first move. Strong women have tenacious personalities that can be extremely intimidating for some men. They aren’t submissive. They love wholeheartedly and also can continue exploring the world, with a man or not. It takes a self-confident man to allow this type of personality to take charge.


Men have a hard time opening up to difficult questions. Strong women dive right into the depth of hurt, traumas, and life-changing experiences. They require a man who can be honest and vulnerable, because they have endured so much in their lives. They need to know that their mate can be available to navigate the ocean of uncertainties and travel the edges of madness. Strong women don’t fear the past. They excavate and search for those things that make us human. The strong woman will always find a strong man to stand tall with her in the face of diversity. Men tend to avoid vulnerability because they feel weak.


The strong woman will challenge a man in the most intimate of ways. She will require intimacy in all forms, from conversation to making love. She will hold nothing back. Because a strong woman is comfortable with her femininity, she will expect her man to also be open to all aspects of intimacy. She requires passion, desire and feel like she’s the one.


Strong women are honest and expect complete trust in a relationship. She can sense lies in an instant, so don’t try to sugarcoat a white lie. Don’t give her bogus explanations. She has the ability to be a human lie detector. Being in a relationship with a strong woman requires that there is no holding back. She will never tolerate a sense of falseness and selfishness. If you can’t be with her completely, she will have no problem discarding you.


Women who have inner strength cannot tolerate irregularity or indecisive personalities. They want to know that the man they love has integrity, respect, and is a man of his word. If they start to feel that their man is pulling away, they will react accordingly and have no problem letting him go if they feel they are being played. They want to feel like they are loved unconditionally. If they feel disrespected, they will have no issues setting that on track. The worst thing you can do to a strong woman is make her feel weak.


A strong woman has endured extraordinary challenges and obstacles in her life. She has had to be extremely powerful. She knows she can endure anything else in her path, so this kind of intensity is often times difficult for a man to understand. It’s intimidating because of all the emotions and thoughts that come with this type of persona. She is willing to share her scars, and expects you to do the same. There are no secrets in her world.


This type of woman will follow you to the depth of hell if she knows you are committed to her.However, the moment you start to pull back, she will let you go. She will not wait for a man to decide if he wants her or someone better. Strong women don’t play little girly games. You are either in, or you are out. They will get hurt, lick their own wounds, and get back up ready to conquer whatever is next.


The love from a strong woman is faithful. Just like mothers with their children, the strong woman will nurture and love her man fiercely. When she feels that love in return, she will do anything she can to make him feel loved. She will support him, help him, and fight for him to get what he deserves. Some men can’t handle this kind of unconditional love. They get frightened by the intensity and depth of giving. Many times it is in this stage that men flee from a strong woman. And, just as deeply as she loved you, she will also let you go. She knows her worth.


It’s hard to accept the things we don’t like about ourselves when someone points them out.But, a strong woman will mirror those parts in her man that need addressing. She will be there to help show you how amazing and powerful you are. She will stand by you and show you worth, acceptance, and confidence. Some men cannot handle the emotional chaos that comes up with this projection. Strong woman will find strong men. The weak ones won’t make it past the first few dates.
They don’t know what to do with the honesty, strength, intelligence and independence. A strong man, most likely, was raised by a strong woman and will either deal with the dark night of the soul or leave. Strong women have no time to play games. So, if you can handle the intensity, love, honesty, and conversations, you might just be that strong man who can complement this type of woman.
Barry Paul Price writes, “Dating a strong woman is not something every guy can handle. He has to be confident in himself as a person, and as a man. Men must feel capable of meeting a woman’s needs. Traditionally, we did that providing financial security and physical protection. More recently, as women have expressed themselves with more independence and toughness, men aren’t sure how or when they’re needed by their woman. He ends up feeling unsure of his value and significance in the relationship. Many women tell me their man’s emotional support is just as important as financial and physical contributions. Unfortunately, men are not used to identifying masculinity with giving emotional support.”
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9 Amazing Life Practices We Can All Learn From Japan

18 years ago, writer Amy Chavez packed up and left America for the Japanese island of Shiraishi. Her life, of course, changed drastically with that move.
“So many things are the opposite of what you learned growing up in America,” she says.
Amy, who writes for the Japanese media outlet RocketNews24, has heard this from a number of people who’ve visited Japan. With their input, in addition to her own knowledge, Amy put together several key points highlighting the awesomeness of Japanese culture.
Today, we’re going to take a look at 9 particularly awesome points from her list!

9 Amazing Life Practices We Can All Learn From Japan

#1 – Politeness Is Everything

“In the U.S., we think politeness is all about saying ‘please’ and ‘thank you,’ says Amy.
“In Japan that is not what it is about. In Japan if you have two pieces of cake you would always give the slightly bigger piece of cake to the other person whether it is your friend, your father or your enemy. You always put the other person first and yourself last.”
You see, the Japanese built their culture on the basis of collectivism. In a collectivist culture, citizens place emphasis traits that benefit the entire population – like politeness, generosity and helpfulness.
Individualistic cultures (like America’s) place emphasis on assertiveness and independence.
“In the U.S. if someone has a car accident you are told not to apologize because you are admitting guilt,” says Amy. “Here [in Japan] you would apologize profusely because there has been an inconvenience for the other side.”

#2 – Everybody Gets Included

All the cliquishness you see in America? It doesn’t happen in collectivist Japan.
“There’s no sharing your beers just among your own friends, or inviting only some of your coworkers,” says Amy. “In Japan, you invite everyone concerned, even if you don’t like some of them.”
Interestingly enough, Amy also says that when group photos are taken, they include not just friends or relatives but everyone present.

#3 – People Always Return Favors

In Japan, according to Amy, you quickly learn that you need to return favors as soon as possible. The returning gesture does not need to be of equal grandiosity, though:
“If someone gives you a hand with something, such as moving a new sofa to your house for example, just buying them a soft drink from the vending machine to show your appreciation is enough,” says Amy.

#4 – Littering Does Not, Under Any Circumstances, Happen

Japanese fans shocked the entire world at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. The fans, which occupied an entire section of the stadium, left not one trace of rubbish where they were seated.
“If you’ve been to Japan, this won’t surprise you because the Japanese always clean after themselves,” says Amy.
Even at house parties in Japan, guests do not leave before doing the dishes and cleaning up their mess. Imagine that!

#5 – Punctuality Is A Must

Amy says this was one of the most common answers she heard when surveying people.
Indeed, it’s well-known that the Japanese are very punctual. According to the Hiragana Times, if a Japanese train arrives one minute later than scheduled, operators announce their apologies over the PA system.
Timing is so precise in Japan that Shinkansen (bullet train) officials set the arrival and departure times within 15 second intervals.
As you can imagine, the American transit system is quite jarring to many a Japanese traveler.

#6 – All Social Classes Must Be Graceful

“If there is one word that describes Japanese people, it is graceful,” says Amy.
The Japanese expect each other, regardless of social status, to exhibit certain graceful behavior like bowing to show respect and dressing well.
Even in fighting (think martial arts), the Japanese are incredibly graceful.

#7 – People Only Make Promises They Plan To Keep

In Japanese culture, there is no flaking.
“When someone says they’ll do something, they mean it,” says Amy. “If they say they’ll come, they’ll come even if it’s pouring down rain.”
In the event that someone absolutely cannot make it to a prior commitment,  Japanese social rule says they need to call in advance or send someone in their place.

#8 – Ganbaru

Ganbaru, a popular word among the Japanese, means to “slog on tenaciously through tough times.”
This, according to Jason Cohen writing for Coto Academy, is ‘hands-down,’ the most effective word or phrase that describes the Japanese.
Cohen, an American living in Japan, actually thought this phrase meant ‘good luck’ based on the context he often heard it in. But no – in fact, the Japanese don’t actually have a direct replacement for the phrase ‘good luck.’
Instead, they say ganbaru in an effort to encourage each other to rely not on luck but determination.

#9 – Peace Is An Option

You don’t have to look too hard to discover that many countries – America included – are content with the idea of being at war. People often see it as the only option in many circumstances.
In Japan, though, people do not see war as necessary.
“Modern Japanese children are taught from a young age that violence is wrong,” says Amy. “Peace is encouraged through education, annual remembrances and Article 9 in Japan’s own constitution.”

Check out this video for more interesting facts about life in Japan.

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Man Isolates Himself From Society For Over 25 Years. What He Reveals Inside This Cave Is Incredible!

In the high desert of Northern New Mexico, you can hear the sounds of a man entranced in his work underground in a cave. You will see a small entry that opens into a cavern, where Ra Paulette has spent the last 25 years carving New Mexico’s sandstone into magnificent art. He’s spent years doing this work with the company of only his dog.
When asked if he is a man obsessed with cave digging, he gives the really thoughtful response: “Is a child obsessed with play?” He waxes on to say, that when you love what you are doing, you are driven to do it all the time. He sees his majestic pieces as environmental projects; his goal is to inspire people such that they open up emotionally, in response to the enormity and power of what his carvings evoke.
image credits: Higher Perspective
It can be said that he has created magic in the underground caves that he has carved. They are at once intimate and overwhelming. Interestingly, Ra doesn’t see himself as an artist, but simply as a man expressing his sense of wonder in a passionate way. I would beg to differ with his opinion that he is not an artist. What he has created, is livable art of unbelievable power.
The video you are about to watch tells the rest of his story, and gives you a tour  of his magnificent caves. Unbelievably, his work had no notoriety until a filmmaker asked to do a documentary about Ra. Called “Cave Digger”, the film ended up winning an academy award!
I can guarantee that you are about to view something you have never seen before!
Inspired by: Sun Gazing
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6 Foods We Eat At Wrong Hours That Harm Our Health

As we all know, a balanced diet is very crucial for a healthy body, and eating healthy food with essential nutrients keeps our body nourished. But were you aware that consuming these foods at the wrong time can cause more harm than good? It is, thus, very important to be aware of what to eat at what time to maintain optimum health.

Read on to know more about the best times to eat these healthy foods.

1. Rice

Dietitians always suggest that you must avoid eating rice at night since they are high in starch. If you eat rice at night, you might feel bloated and may have trouble sleeping.
It is also said that eating rice at night contributes to weight gain since it takes longer to get digested.

What Is The Best Time To Eat Rice?

It is best to eat rice during the day as the metabolic rate of our body is higher during the day.

2. Milk

Milk is rich in proteins and other nutrients, and thus, is considered a healthy drink. However, experts claim that drinking it during the day can make you feel lethargic since it takes a long time to digest.

What Is The Best Time To Drink Milk?

The best time to drink milk is at night since it relaxes your body and the nutrients get absorbed effectively.

3. Curd

Eating curd at night induces heat in the body and can cause acidity and other digestive disorders. It can also cause cough, cold, and mucus formation.

What Is The Best Time To Eat Curd?

Eating curd during the day is beneficial for health as it soothes the digestion process and helps in improving gut health.

4. Green Tea

We all love green tea as it has numerous benefits, but you can get these benefits only if you drink it at the right time. Drinking it early in the morning can cause acidity and dehydration because of its caffeine content.

What Is The Best Time To Drink Green Tea?

You can drink green tea any time of the day except early in the morning.

5. Apple

Apple is rich in organic acid. It increases the acidity level in the stomach. Therefore, eating it at night can cause acid reflux.

What Is The Best Time To Eat An Apple?

Since apple is a great source of pectin, i.e., a fiber that helps in smoothening the bowel function and eliminating carcinogens from the body, it is good to eat apples during the day.

6. Banana

Eating a banana at night can cause cough and cold and it can also lead to mucus formation. Thus, avoid eating it at night and on an empty stomach as it can cause stomach disorders too.

What Is The Best Time To Eat A Banana?

Banana is rich in fiber and aids digestion. It is also rich in antacids that are helpful in soothing heartburns. Eating it during the day can help in maintaining your energy levels throughout the day.
Now that you know the best time to eat these healthy foods, don’t make the same mistakes. Eat them at the correct time and stay healthy.
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8 Bad Habits That Can Damage Your Kidneys And You Do Them Every Day! You Should Start Avoiding Them Immediately!

The kidneys are an important organ and should be kept healthy. They filter out 120-150 quarts of blood daily while eliminating excess waste material from the body. Besides this, they prevent accumulation of waste in the body, produce hormones important for our blood pressure, regulate your electrolyte levels and keep your bones strong.
Here are 8 bad habits that are damaging your kidneys every day:
  1. Not emptying your bladder
When nature calls, you should answer. Not peeing when you need to go is dangerous to the kidneys – when we retain urine in our bladder, we strain our kidneys too much which contributes towards renal failure.
  1. Not drinking enough water
The kidneys need to stay hydrated in order to perform properly. Not drinking enough water will cause toxin accumulation in the body, and there won’t be any fluid left to filter the toxins out. The National Kidney Foundation recommends drinking 12 glasses of water every day.
  1. High salt consumption
We need salt, but in limited amounts. Consuming excessive amounts of salt will increase your blood pressure and strain the kidneys, so stick to the recommended amount of 5.8 gr. of salt every day.
  1. Regular use of analgesics
People take medications in big doses and even when they don’t need them. These drugs have numerous side-effects and can damage your kidneys, so think twice before popping that pill in your mouth.
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  1. High protein diet
Even though proteins are vital for our body, consuming them in excess from animal sources is unhealthy and can cause kidney disease. According to a group of scientists from the Harvard University, too much protein can harm your kidneys. When digested, proteins release ammonia which is harmful to the kidneys – the more protein you take, the higher the strain on your kidneys.
  1. Too much alcohol
Alcohol contains toxins which damage your kidneys, so try to drink in moderate amounts.
  1. Too much caffeine
Too much caffeine isn’t good for your kidneys either. Caffeine is present in all soft drinks and sodas and affects your kidneys negatively. When we take into consideration the fact that almost everyone drinks at least 2-3 cups of coffee daily, caffeine becomes a serious threat to the kidneys.
  1. Ignoring common infections
Not treating infections is one of the main reasons of kidney damage. People who suffer from kidney disease are sensitive to weather changes and get sick often, but leaving colds or the flu to go away on their own is dangerous and may damage your kidneys.
source and courtesy: weeklyhealthylife

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