The kidneys are vital organs in the human body, located under the rib cage, and are responsible for detoxification and cleaning of the system, as they filter 100-150 quarts blood on a daily basis.
Their function is extremely important for the entire body and the blood.
They remove excess amounts of waste and fluids from the body, support the health of the bones, balance the electrolytes, stabilize the blood pressure, and increase the number of red blood cells.
Therefore, if their function is somehow endangered, the entire body is at great risk, so you should know how to recognize the symptoms and thus prevent major issues, as kidney damage or failure:
Changes in the urine
The most common and early symptoms include:
- Foamy urine
- Dark urine, less frequent urinating and urinating in small amounts
- Urges to urinate during the night
- Pressure during urinating
- Trouble urinating
- Pale color, frequent urination, and in large amounts
In the case of a weakened function of the kidneys, they fail to eliminate excess fluids from the body and can lead to swellings and bloating of the face, limbs, and joints.
Shortness of Breath
This sign may often be associated with kidney damage. The reduced number of red blood cells, due to the accumulated toxins in the lungs, reduces the amount of oxygen in the body.
Kidney failure may lead to accumulation of waste, and thus to itching and skin rashes. As waste is built up in the blood, the skin looks irritated, dry, and unhealthy. These issues cannot be easily solved with the use of creams and lotions, since the root problem is internal, due to the problems linked to your organs.
Metallic taste in the mouth
The waste buildup in the blood alters the taste of foods and leads to bad breath. Poor appetite and severe change in some foods which indicate kidney damage.
Bad Concentration And Dizziness
Kidney failure, as well as severe anemia, lead to a poor flow of oxygen to the brain, and this ends up in memory problems, poor concentration, dizziness, and light-headedness.
The pain felt in the area of the kidneys indicates kidney stones or infections of the urinary tract.
Healthy kidneys produce a hormone known as EPO (erythropoietin), which increases the number of red blood cells, which carry the needed oxygen. If the number of red blood cells is decreased, it leads to fatigue, and brain and muscle problems. These signs may also be attributed to severe anemia.
To avoid damage you need to consume healthy foods, foods high in antioxidants, as well as supplements, to support the function of the kidneys, and take care of the overall health.