Kidneys are located right under the rib cage and are responsible for cleansing and detoxing, filtering 10-150 quarts blood every day. This is essential because it keeps the body functioning properly and keeps the blood clean and healthy. The kidneys are responsible for discarding the excessive fluids and waste materials out of the organism. They also regulate the levels of electrolytes, keep bones healthy and strong and help our body to produce more red blood cells and stabilize the blood pressure.
If the kidneys are in trouble and can no longer function it’s a warning sign that our health is in big trouble. Here are the signs you should be careful about when it comes to kidney damage or failure:
When kidneys don’t do their “job”, they can’t get rid of excess fluids and this means that the face will start to bloat and swell, but not just the face but also the joints and limbs.
2. Urination changes
- The most obvious and early signs are the following:
- Trouble urinating
- Pressure during the process
- Dark urine, less frequent urinating and with small amounts
- Pale color of urine, frequent and in large amounts
- Foamy urine
- Many urge to urinate during the night
3. Rash of the skin
Because of the waste buildup in our body due to kidney failure, the skin gets a lot of rashes and becomes itching. The waste piles up in the blood and makes the skin unhealthy, dry and irritated.
You can ease up the problems by using lotions and creams and cosmetics, but they won’t solve the problem which comes from the inside.
When the kidneys are healthy they produce EPO (erythropoietin). This is a hormone which makes more red blood cells that help bring oxygen to the parts of the body where it’s needed. When the number of red blood cells is lowered, fatigue is the first sign and it will start making an impact on the brain and muscles too. This also may be a sign of severe anemia, so you should definitely check this.
5. Shortness of breath
Even though this is a common problem, it also might be a sign of kidney damage. When the body lacks oxygen, it is due to the low number of red blood cells responsible for delivering the oxygen trough our body.
6. Taste of metal in the mouth/metallic taste
When the kidneys are damaged you may notice severe change in the taste of certain foods or you may have poor appetite. This is because the waste accumulated in the blood changes your taste to foods and even can even cause bad breath all the time.
If you feel pain in the upper back, that may also be a symptom of this condition, because it is the same area more or less where kidneys are placed. The pain can be even more severe if you have infections or kidney stones.
8. Bad concentration and dizziness
Lack of oxygen in the brain is a clear sign that you’re dealing with anemia, but it also can be a sign of kidney failure. This may mess up the focus and concentration, make you light headed and dizzy and cause memory problems.
To help your kidneys be healthier, incorporate healthier foods in your diet and have more antioxidant foods or supplements. This will help your kidneys work at their best and you will notice the benefits soon.