We are all aware of this well-known fact: kidneys are one of the most important organs in the human body. They perform important functions, so we really should take good care of them. You all have to know how to protect your kidneys.
Experts claim that our kidneys filter about 120-150 quarts of blood so that they can produce 1-2 quarts of urine, filtering waste and extra fluid out of the body. Some of the vital functions our kidneys perform are: prevent the buildup of waste in the body, keep electrolyte levels stable, and make hormones that regulate blood pressure, make blood cells, and maintain strong bones. A quite shocking discovery claims that more than 26 million Americans have kidney disease and 1 in 3 American adults is currently at risk for developing the disease!
In the United States only, kidney disease kills more people than breast or prostate cancer. You should really protect your kidneys and take a really good care of them, because numerous factors can lead to kidney damage, such as: type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, a disease called glomerulonephritis, which damages the kidney’s filtering units, infections, kidney stones, and overuse of some over-the-counter pain killers.
The first signs of kidney failure include:
- Fatigue, weakness
- Difficult, painful urination
- Foamy urine
- Pink, dark urine (blood in urine)
- Increased need to urinate (especially at night)
- Puffy eyes
- Increased thirst
In this article, we’re also going to present you several factors that may influence your kidney’s function negatively. Stop doing them right now!
Insufficient Water Intake
If you don’t drink enough water your kidneys may start malfunctioning. As we all know, one of the kidney’s main functions is to flush out metabolic waste from the body and regulate erythrocyte production. That won’t be possible if you don’t have enough water in your body, so your blood gets more concentrated and the blood flow to the kidneys gets reduced. This affects the kidneys’ ability to remove toxins from the body, which eventually leads to toxin accumulation in the body. According to the National Kidney Foundation you should drink at least 10-12 glasses of water every day (healthy adults) and this amount will be sufficient for the proper functioning of these vital organs.