Kidneys are organs responsible for cleaning and detox and sit right below our rib cage. They filter 100-150 quarts of blood daily, a process crucial for proper body function and keeping your blood clean. Kidneys are also responsible for removing excess fluids or waste materials from the body, and regulate the electrolyte levels while keeping our bones strong as well. They can also regulate our blood pressure and make more red blood cells.
If their function is impaired, our health will start deteriorating quickly. Continue reading below to learn how to recognize and prevent problems related to kidney damage and failure:
When the kidneys start failing, they can’t eliminate excess fluids from the body, making your face, joints and limbs bloated and swollen.
- Urination changes
The most common early signs of kidney failure are trouble urinating, feeling pressure during urination, dark, pale or foamy urine and frequent urge to urinate overnight. If you notice any of these symptoms, you need to visit the doctor immediately.
- Skin rashes
Excess waste buildup in the body can result in kidney failure and cause skin rashes. All the waste in the blood makes the skin dry and irritated. Lotions and creams can help you temporarily, but they won’t treat the underlying problem.
When the kidneys are healthy, they produce erythropoietin (EPO), a hormone that produces more red blood cells that provide oxygen to the tissues. When the red blood cells’ number is reduced, you will feel weak and tired, which might also be a symptom of anemia.
- Shortness of breath
Shortness of breath is a common problem which may be related to kidney failure as well. When the body lacks oxygen, it is due to the decreased number of red blood cells that deliver oxygen throughout the body. The amount of red blood cells is linked to the harmful pile of toxins in the lungs, which is you may experience shortness of breath in this case.
- Metallic taste in the mouth
The accumulated waste in the blood will change your taste to foods and may cause bad breath as well. A severe change in taste of food and poor appetite is another symptom of kidney damage.
Upper back pain is also a symptom of kidney damage, especially if it’s in the kidney area. It may be caused by kidney infections or kidney stones as well.
- Bad concentration or dizziness
Bad oxygen flow to the brain is a sign of anemia and kidney failure – it may mess with your focus and concentration and make you feel light headed and dizzy.
In order to avoid kidney problems, you need to eat a healthier diet and incorporate more antioxidants and supplements into your daily diet. This way your kidneys will work properly and process good material as well.
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