The kidneys are vital to your health as they remove toxins and cleanse the body by filtering 10 to 150 liters of blood per day.
They are below the rib cage. Its job is to remove unnecessary excess fluid from the body, regulate electrolyte levels, produce more red blood cells, regulate body pressure, and keep bones healthy and strong.
If they are in danger or disabled, their entire health is at risk. That’s why it’s so important to know the difference between the signals your body gives you that indicate kidney damage and kidney failure:
Changes in urination – the most common early symptoms of kidney damage:
The color of the urine is pale, it is often necessary to urinate in large quantities;
dark urine, less need to urinate, or less urine;
often urge to urinate at night; pressure when urinating
Swelling: When kidney function is compromised, the body is unable to remove excess fluid and this leads to swelling of the face, joints, and extremities, as well as swelling.
Metallic taste in the mouth: A bad odor or altered taste in the mouth can result from the accumulation of waste products in the blood. When the kidneys are severely damaged, there may be a marked change in the taste of certain foods or loss of appetite.
Fatigue: When the kidneys are healthy, they produce EPO (erythropoietin), a hormone responsible for making red blood cells, which carry oxygen throughout the body. When your red blood cells are low, you feel tired and your brain and muscles are damaged.
Pain: Another very common sign of kidney damage or failure is pain in the upper back, where the kidneys are entirely located.
Shortness of breath: Kidney damage can also lead to shortness of breath due to a lack of oxygen in the body, which is due to a low number of red blood cells that carry oxygen throughout the body. Their number decreases because toxins accumulate in the lungs.
Lack of concentration and dizziness: When there is a lack of oxygen to the brain, severe anemia or kidney failure can occur, which can lead to poor concentration, dizziness, memory problems, or lightheadedness.
Rashes: The waste, which is feces, can also lead to kidney failure, so the skin can be itchy and covered with rashes. When waste products build up in the blood, they make the skin look unhealthy, making it look irritated and dry. This can be improved somewhat with lotions or creams, but the real problem is internal and should be addressed this way.
With this in mind, it is very important that you take proper and diligent care of your kidney health, and that you consume foods and supplements rich in antioxidants, as well as an adequate amount of water. This helps kidney function, prevents complications of this type and maintains good general health.