The kidneys are bean-shaped organs that serve several essential regulatory roles in vertebrates. Their main function is to regulate the balance of electrolytes in the blood, along with maintaining pH homeostasis. They also remove excess organic molecules from the blood. Kidneys are essential to the urinary system and also serve homeostatic functions such as the regulation of electrolytes (including salts), maintenance of acid–base balance, maintenance of fluid balance, and regulation of blood pressure. They serve the body as a natural filter of the blood, and remove water-soluble wastes which are diverted to the bladder. The kidneys excrete nitrogenous wastes such as urea and ammonium. They are also responsible for the reabsorption of water,glucose, and amino acids. The kidneys also produce hormones including calcitriol and erythropoietin.
If the kidneys are in trouble and can no longer function, as usual, the health is in big trouble. Read carefully to recognize and prevent and problems linked to kidney damage or failure:
1. SKIN RASH.
The waste buildup in our body can be linked to kidney failure – the skin gets a lot of rashes and itching. All the waste gets piled up in the blood and makes the skin look unhealthy, dry and irritated. Lotions and creams and cosmetics can ease up a little bit, but don’t solve the problem which comes from the inside – If the rash is directly caused by the kidney problems of course.
2. URINATION CHANGES.
The most obvious and early signs are these:
Pressure during the process.
Dark urine, less frequent urinating and with small amounts.
Pale color of urine, frequent and in large amounts.
Many urge to urinate during the night.
When kidneys start to fail at their “job”, they can get rid of excess fluids less and less and this will make the face bloated and swollen, also the joints and limbs.
4. SHORTNESS OF BREATH.
It is a common problem, but it might be linked to kidney damage. If the body doesn’t have enough oxygen, it is because of the low number of red blood cells that deliver the oxygen everywhere. The amount of these blood cells is connected to the harmful piled up toxins in the lungs.
The ache in the upper back is another symptom of this condition – that is the same area more or less where kidneys are placed. Pain can be triggered even more by infections or kidney stones.
If the kidneys are healthy they produce EPO (erythropoietin), a hormone that makes more red blood cells which bring oxygen to where is needed. If the red blood cells number is lowered, fatigue will occur and it will have an impact on the brain and muscles too. This is also a sign of severe anemia.
7. BAD CONCENTRATION AND DIZZINESS.
Bad oxygen flow to the brain is a clear sign of serious anemia, but also kidney failure. It will mess up the focus and concentration, make you light headed and dizzy and cause memory troubles.
Incorporate healthier foods in your diet and have more antioxidant foods or supplements. That ay your kidneys will work at their best and process good material too.
8. TASTE OF METAL IN THE MOUTH.
The waste accumulated in the blood will change your taste to foods and even cause bad breath all the time. Another sign of kidney damage is a severe change in certain foods or poor appetite.