The kidneys are very important human organs. They are the main part of the urinary system. By The National Kidney Foundation's statistic, more than 26 million Americans suffer from kidney disease. It kills more people than breast or prostate cancer.
Almost every one of three American adults might develop it if the behavior of the personal health doesn't improve.
The main risk factors for potential kidney failure are: high blood pressure, diabetes, family history of kidney problems and being 60 years or over. Also smoking, obesity, kidney stones, and cardiovascular disease have a negative impact on the general kidney condition.
These are the main symptoms that should be reconsidered:
Lower back pain
Lower back pain can be one of the first the warning signs. The pain may be only at one side, in the beginning, but it will surely expand on both sides if there is a kidney problem.
If you start waking up in the middle of the night with lower back pain, experiencing difficulty while urinating and loosening the pain afterward - that is a sure signal that there is something wrong with your kidneys.
Rashes, itching, and dryness
Kidneys are important for their function in the process of cleaning the blood. If they stop doing the proper function, wastes start to accumulate in the blood and the skin is beginning to change.
You may feel dryness, itch and rushes may show up. This is usually the first signal that something is wrong with your kidneys and it should be seriously considered, instead of treating the skin with cream.
Changes in urinary function
Here are some examples:
- Foamy or bubbly urine
- Getting up in the middle of the night to urinate
- Urinating more often and more than usual -pale urine
- Urinating less often and in smaller amounts than usual -dark colored urine
- Feel pressure or difficulty while urinating
- The urine includes blood
Swelling in various body parts
If the kidneys function is not regular, more fluid stay in your body and it may cause swelling. It usually shows on the face, hands, legs, ankles and feet.
Fatigue and weakness
Kidneys are responsible for producing a hormone called erythropoietin. It enables the production of red blood cells. So, if there are not enough erythropoietin, red blood cells production drops and it results in anemia. The cells don't get the needed oxygen and you start to feel weak and tired.
How to Improve kidney health:
- Avoid Cadmium
- Stop Smoking
- Drink Healthy Fluids
- Start a Daily Exercise
- Consume Cranberry Juice
- Drink Herbal Teas- Juniper Berries; Horsetail; Goldenrod Blossoms; Burdock Root