We can easily say that the kidneys are one of the most important organs in the human body! Well yes and we all know what’s their “purpose”, right? If NO, then you should know that the main function and purpose of the kidneys is to remove excess fluid and waste products from the body. The kidneys are organs that are located in the upper abdominal area against the back muscles on both the left and right side of the body. According to the latest statistics, almost 20,000,000 Americans are having some kind of kidney disease or problem.
If Your Kidneys Are in DANGER, Your Body Will Send You These 5 WARNING Signs:
- Back pain
Kidney pain and back pain can be difficult to distinguish, but kidney pain is usually deeper and higher in the and back located under the ribs while the muscle pain with common back injury tends to be lower in the back. Causes of kidney pain are mainly urinary tract infections and kidney stones. However, there are many other causes of kidney pain, including penetrating and blunt trauma that can result in a “lacerated kidney.”
- Changes in Urination
Kidneys make urine, which means that when the kidneys are failing, the urine may change. How?
- You have to get up at night to urinate.
- Urine can be foamy or bubbly.
- You may urinate more often, or in greater amounts than usual, with pale urine.
- You may urinate less often, or in smaller amounts than usual, with dark-colored urine.
- Your urine may contain blood.
- You may feel pressure or have difficulty urinating.
- Skin Rash/Itching
Kidneys remove wastes from the bloodstream, which means that when the kidneys fail, the build-up of wastes in your blood can cause severe itching.
This is very important for you to remember – failing kidneys don’t remove extra fluid, which builds up in your body causing swelling in the legs, ankles, feet, face, and/or hands.
Healthy kidneys produce a hormone called erythropoietin (a-rith’-ro-po’-uh-tin), or EPO, that tells your body to make oxygen-carrying red blood cells. As the kidneys fail, they make less EPO. With fewer red blood cells to carry oxygen, your muscles and brain tire very quickly. This is anemia, and it can be treated.
USEFUL TIPS (How to keep your kidneys in good shape):
- Stay hydrated. Drinking plenty of fluid will help your kidneys function properly
- Eat healthy
- Watch your blood pressure
- Don’t smoke or drink too much alcohol
- Keep slim to help your kidneys
These are the most OBVIOUS signs of kidney damage (DON’T IGNORE THEM!):
- Foamy urine
- Pale color of urine, frequent and in large amounts
- Trouble urinating
- A great urge to urinate during the night
- Dark urine, less frequent urinating and with small amounts
- Urination changes
- Pressure during the process