The kidneys are positioned right beneath the chest. Their job is cleansing and filtering 120-150 quarts of blood every day. Kidneys are crucial for every bodily function and they keep the blood clean and stable.
They are also responsible for flushing out the waste and excess fluids from the organism. They control the electrolyte levels which are necessary for the bone health, normalizing the blood pressure and production of red blood cells.
If the kidneys don’t function properly the body’s health is in great danger. Everyone must be able to recognize the potential damage or threat. Here are the most important symptoms that you should recognize.
The poor function of kidneys leads to problems in flushing out the fluids from our body which results with swelling in the joints, face and limbs. Sudden swelling is one of the symptoms of kidney failure.
The following symptoms point out that there is a problem with your kidneys:
Sudden pressure and issues with urination
Blood in the urine
Less often urination and darkened urine
Urgent need to urinate through the night
Problems with your kidneys could point out to waste accumulations that could cause itching and skin rashes. The waste material that builds up in the blood causes skin rashes and make the skin very dry. You can apply creams to treat your skin topically, but you will not solve your kidney problem.
Healthy kidneys stimulate the secretion of the hormone known as erythropoietin. This hormone is crucial in the production of red blood cells which transport the oxygen in the blood. The kidneys’ health is directly correlated with the amount of red blood cells in the blood. If the concentration of red blood cells is reduced then the blood will transport less oxygen which results with fatigue. This condition could also impact the brain and muscles and even cause anemia.
Shortness of breath
This is one of the most common symptoms of damaged kidneys. The body doesn’t get enough oxygen because the levels of red blood cells are low. This happens because of the dangerous accumulations of waste in our lungs.
Metallic taste in the mouth
Too much waste in the blood could affect the taste of food and cause bad breath. If you notice some change in the food you eat and have less appetite than before, then it is possible that your kidneys are damaged.
Many times the kidney damage goes along with the pain in the upper back or the area where the kidney damage occurs. Kidney stones and infections are among the greatest causes for this pain.
Dizziness and poor concentration
Lack of oxygen flow to the brain could cause anemia. It is linked with kidney problems and could lead to difficult concentration, poor memory and dizziness.
You can also try normalizing your diet and make some changes in your diet and lifestyle. Eat foods that are rich in antioxidants. Antioxidants are very beneficial for the kidneys and they will improve their function.
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