Our kidneys are one of the most vital organs we have in our body.
Afterall, a kidney's job is to filter out the waste from our blood and regulate blood pressure. The organ is responsible for keeping our electrolytes levels stable - balancing alkaline and acid in the body. This in turn makes the kidney responsible for overall bone health.
The organ is so important that if a person experiences 'kidney failure' then that person won't survive without dialysis or a kidney transplant. Kidneys, like all organs, are prone to the effects of aging. As you get older, the kidney's function will decline as well.
It is imporant then to watch out for any signs that your kidney may not be at 100%. The symptoms are very subtle, but you should be able to spot them after you read this article.
Seek a medical professional's advice if certain symptoms appear.
Check yourself for any of these 8 symptoms
1. Swollen Body Parts.
Fluid retention in body parts like your legs, ankles, feet, hands or face is a sign that something is happening to your excretory system. The kidney regulates the water in body - so if swelling occurs then that's reason to believe something is wrong.
2. Nausea (Vomiting)
If your kidneys dont completely filter your blood, then you're going to notice a change in your constitution. Nausea or a general feeling of malaise is a common sign that your blood is full of toxins. This ill-feeling could induce vomitting.
3. Metallic Taste In Mouth
Bad breath and a lingering metallic taste in your mouth can be caused by declining kidney functions. This is also tied with the sense of taste and appetite. Food, particularly meat, will often change taste. This leads to a decline in appetite which may cause weight loss as well.
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4, Sluggish Feeling, Fatigue
A hormone called Erythropoietin (EPO) is in charge of the production of red blood cells. Red blood cell carry our oxygen to cells throughout the body - energizing it. So if you're feeling very tired or fatigue, then your kidneys are not producing enough EPO.
5. Itchy Rashes
Rashes may appear on your skin when uric acid and other toxins accumulate in the body. While rashes may be a sign of other issues with the body, kidney-related rashes will feel like their itchiness extends under the skin.
6. Severe Pain In Legs or Lower Back (Kidney stones)
Declincing kidney health may cause pain to flare at the back of your legs. The pain can range from a muscle tightness to a sharp severe pain. Sharp pain in the lower back could mean that the person is suffering from kidney stones.
7. Changes in Urine
Certain urine-related symptoms can be caused by declining kidney health. Kidneys produce urine afterall, and it would be a smart move to look out for any drastic changes to how you urinate.
-Difficulty in urinating
-Blood in urine
-Urination occurs less; when it does occur it appears in a very dark color
-Opposite also applies. When urination occurs more frequently (If can't be explained through obvious means: I.E: drinking too much water.)
-The need to urinate during the evening. (Often going more than once)
Anemia is a condition caused by a deficiency of red blood cells or of hemoglobin in the blood. As stated before, the EPO responsible for the creation of red blood cells. Without enough EPO the body turns anemic. Anemia has it own symptoms.
-Feeling chilly even in a warm environment
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