The kidneys are very important to your health because they eliminate toxins and clean the body, filtering 10 to 150 liters of blood per day.
They are located under the chest. Their function is to remove unnecessary and excess fluids from the body, regulate electrolyte levels, produce more red blood cells, regulate pressure in the body and keep the bones healthy and strong.
If there is any danger or interference, all health is at risk. That’s why it’s important to learn to recognize the signals our bodies send us that indicate kidney damage or failure:
Changes in urination are the most common early symptoms of kidney damage:
Pale color of the urine; need to urinate frequently and in large quantities;
dark colored urine; decreased demand for urine or decreased amount of urine;
frequent urination at night; pressure during urination.
Swelling – with impaired kidney function, the body is unable to eliminate excess fluid, resulting in swelling of the face, joints and extremities, and bloating of the abdomen
Metallic taste in the mouth – you may have bad breath or an altered taste in the mouth due to waste deposits in the blood. If your kidney is severely damaged, you may have a significant change in the taste of certain foods or a decreased appetite.
Fatigue – If your kidneys are healthy, they produce EPO (erythropoietin), the hormone responsible for producing red blood cells that supply the body with oxygen. If red blood cell production decreases, fatigue and brain and muscle damage set in. This is also a common sign of severe anemia.
Pain – Another known sign of kidney damage or failure is pain in the upper back, right at the kidneys; this pain can also be accompanied by infection or kidney stones.
Shortness of breath – Kidney damage can also cause shortness of breath due to a lack of oxygen in the body, caused by a decrease in the number of red blood cells that carry oxygen throughout the body. The number of red blood cells is reduced because of toxins accumulated in the lungs.
Poor concentration and dizziness – Lack of oxygen in the brain can lead to severe anemia or kidney failure, which causes problems with concentration and attention, dizziness, memory problems or lightheadedness.
Skin rashes – Toxin deposition can also lead to kidney failure, so the skin can become itchy and covered with rashes. The accumulation of toxins in the bloodstream causes unhealthy skin that looks irritated and dry. This appearance can be improved somewhat with lotions or creams, but the real problem is internal and should be treated that way.
With all this in mind, it is very important to take care of kidney health properly and sensibly by eating foods rich in antioxidants, taking supplements and drinking enough water. This will help kidney function, prevent such complications and maintain overall health.