The kidneys are a pair of bean-shaped organs on either side of your spine, below your ribs and behind your belly, it is about 4 or 5 inches long.
Let’s take a look at benefits of the Kidney.
- Kidney regulate the body’s fluid levels.
- It filter wastes and toxins from the blood.
- It release a hormone that regulates blood pressure.
- It release the hormone that directs production of red blood cells.
- It activate vitamin D to maintain healthy bones.
- It keep blood minerals in balance (sodium, phosphorus, potassium).
Kidney disease is a major public health concern which often goes undetected until it is very advanced.
The rate at which young people are suffering from kidney failure is alarming.
Do you know what kills your Kidney?
- Keeping urine in your bladder too long: A full bladder can cause bladder damage. Urine left in the bladder multiplies bacteria rapidly. Once the urine returns to the ureter and kidneys, the toxic substances can lead to kidney infections, then UTIs, then nephritis and even uremia. When nature calls, do it as soon as possible.
Eating too much salt: You should eat less than 5.8 grams of salt per day.
Too much meat: Too much protein in your diet harms the kidneys meaning more meat damages your kidney. The digestion of proteins produces ammonia, a very destructive toxin for the kidneys.
Too much caffeine: Caffeine is a component of many sodas and soft drinks. This raises your blood pressure and your kidneys start to suffer.
Foods that are high in saturated fat and cholesterol.
Smoking also kills the kidney.
Chronic kidney disease and kidney failure can cause different symptoms for different people which is why early detection is critical.
Pay attention to following signs below, this may alert you of your kidneys not properly functioning.
- Fatigue (extreme tiredness)
- An upset stomach or vomiting
- Confusion or trouble concentrating
- Puffy eyes
- Swelling face, hands or ankles
- Increased thirst
- Muscle spasms (muscle cramps)
- Dry or itchy skin
- Poor appetite
- Painful urination
- Increased need to urinate (especially at night)
- Foamy urine,
- Dark urine (blood in urine),
How to protect your kidney?
Drink enough lukewarm water. Our kidneys need to be well hydrated to do their jobs well.
If we don’t drink enough, toxins can start building up in the blood because there isn’t enough fluid to drain them through the kidneys.
Drink more than 10 glasses of water a day. There is a simple way to check if you are drinking enough water, it better when the color of your urine is lighter.
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