KIDNEYS ENSURE YOUR BODY IS BALANCED IN ALL WAYS.
Human body is an amazing system that carries out specific functions. And every part of it is very important: you use your eyes to see, your ears to hear, etc. But what about kidneys? What is their job in your body? As it turns out, kidneys have a lot of work.
Doctors call kidney disease a silent killer because its first symptoms are not very obvious. More than 30 million people in the United States have kidney disease, and many of them don’t know it.
KIDNEY FUNCTION DECLINES WITH AGE
It’s especially important to pay attention to your kidneys as you get older, because their function tends to decline in the later adult years (more on this later). In fact, and especially as it relates to your bone health, kidney function becomes even more crucial as we advance in years, because they are key players in the acid/alkaline balance in the body.
In addition to balancing the pH, the kidneys also filter out bone-damaging toxins and “decide” which vitamins and minerals need to be excreted or put back into circulation. Unfortunately, osteoporosis drugs have also been implicated in kidney damage, adding yet another compelling reason to avoid them.
As you can see, the kidneys are at the center of your bone health. So it’s vital to keep track of their function.
ARE YOU EXPERIENCING ANY OF THESE SYMPTOMS?
- YOUR SKIN IS DRY AND ITCHY
Kidneys not only remove wastes from your body, they also help maintain the right amount of minerals in the blood. Skin conditions, including itchiness and dryness, may be signs that kidneys are unable to keep the balance of minerals.
- NAUSEA AND VOMITING
It’s understandable that you’d feel nauseated if your kidneys are letting “garbage” pile up in your system (the term for this phenomenon is “uremia”). Your body feels the need to expel the poisons, which can manifest as nausea and the feeling that you need to vomit.
- SKIN RASHES
Whenever something’s happening to your body, your skin reacts immediately. So, when excessive waste doesn’t flush out, your skin will tell you about that through rashes, irritable skin, itchiness.
- YOU SLEEP POORLY
When kidneys fail to filter your blood properly, toxins accumulate in your body. And this in turn can cause problems with sleeping.
As I mentioned earlier, your kidneys produce red blood cell-stimulating EPO. Without enough EPO, you can’t make enough red blood cells, which can result in anemia. Anemia can manifest in a myriad of symptoms, including feeling winded and out of breath, feeling chilly even if your surroundings are warm, and dizziness. The reason for all of these symptoms is a systemic lack of oxygen (delivered by red blood cells).