Kidneys function as our body’s filter system, flushing toxins from our body and filtering our blood before sending it back to our heart.
When our kidneys aren’t functioning as they should it means dangerous toxins are remaining in our body. However, there are several warning signs that our body is suffering kidney failure.
According to kidney.org: “More than 30 million American adults are living with kidney disease and most don’t know it.”
Many will attribute symptoms to other issues and we only experience symptoms until the very late stages so it’s important we look after our kidneys by drinking plenty of water and other kidney-boosting drinks and food such as cranberry juice, peppers, cabbage and apples.
The following is a list of warning signs that our kidneys aren’t working properly; it’s something we should all read.
Damaged kidneys often cause the body to swell, especially our ankles and feet. This is because decreased kidney function can lead to sodium retention. You may also experience puffiness around the eyes; a sign that your body is leaking a large amount of protein in the urine.
Healthy kidneys produce the hormone EPO (erythropoietin), which forms red blood cells. These cells are needed to supply the body with oxygen and give us energy. When our kidneys aren’t functioning properly we get a build up of toxins and impurities in the blood which can make us feel tired and weak.
3. Frequent bathroom breaks
If you feel the need to urinate more often this may be a sign of kidney disease. When the kidneys’ filters are damaged, it can cause an increase in the urge to urinate.
4. Blood in our urine
Healthy kidneys ensure that the blood cells stay in the body when filtering waste from the blood to create urine, but if your kidneys are damaged these blood cells can start to “leak” out into the urine. In addition to signaling kidney disease, blood in the urine can be indicative of tumors, kidney stones or an infection.
5. Dry, itchy skin
Because the kidneys make sure the fluid and mineral levels in your body are balanced, dry and itchy skin can mean that your kidneys aren’t functioning properly.
6. Foamy urine
Excessive bubbles in the urine indicate protein in the urine. If you need to flush several times for it to disappear, it may be time to consult a doctor.
7. Poor appetite
Poor appetite may be due to several different things, but may also be a sign of kidney disease.
8. Cramping muscles
Electrolyte imbalances can result from impaired kidney function. For example, low calcium levels can mean muscle cramping, especially in the legs.
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