The kidneys are some of the most important organs of the human body, they are a pair of bean-shaped organs present in all vertebrates. They remove waste products from the body, maintain balanced electrolyte levels, and regulate blood pressure. and most importantly, They serve a wide range of functions.
here is a list of signs which indicate that your kidneys are not working properly. How many of these signals have your body been sending to you?
10. Having Sleeping Trouble:
When your kidneys are not functioning properly, it means that toxins cannot exit the body through urine and remain in the blood. Increased level of toxins make it hard to fall asleep. That’s why when you get less sleep, you increase the chances of kidney function decline.
9. Headaches, fatigue and general weakness:
Healthy and properly functioning kidneys convert Vitamin D in our bodies to maintain strong bones and to produce a hormone called Erythropoietin (EPO). This hormone plays an important role in the production of red blood cells. When kidneys don’t function properly, they produce less EPO. The decline of red blood cells (those that carry oxygen) results in rapid fatigue of your muscles and brain.
8. Having dry and itchy skin:
Healthy kidneys do tremendous work by removing waste and extra fluid from the blood, helping produce red blood cells, and maintaining the proper amount of minerals in your body.
Itchy and dry skin signal the failure of kidneys to maintain the right balance of minerals and nutrients which can result in bone and kidney disease.
7. Experiencing bad breath and metallic taste
When waste builds up in the blood, it changes the taste of food and leaves a metallic taste in your mouth. Having bad breath is another sign of having too many toxins and contamination in the bloodstream.
Furthermore, you may stop wanting meat and lose your appetite in general, which can lead to unhealthy weight loss.
6. Shortness of breath
The relation between kidney disease and experiencing shortness of breath, especially after little effort, is caused by two factors.
First, extra fluid in the body moves into the lungs when kidneys are not functioning properly. Second, anemia deprives your body of oxygen and this results in shortness of breath.
5. Swelling in ankles, feet, and hands
Kidneys that are failing to perform properly don’t remove any extra fluid from the body. This leads to sodium retention which causes swelling in your ankles, feet and hands.
Swelling of the lower parts of your body can also signal heart and liver disease or leg vein problems.
4. Having back pain
Kidney failure can result in back pain that is usually deep and located right below the rib cage. It can be felt in the front of the groin or hip area.
Back and leg pain can be caused by kidney cysts, which are large fluid-filled sacs formed on the kidenys, and are the result of polycystic kidney disease.
3. Puffy eyes
An early sign that your kidney’s filter system is damaged is the onset of protein in the urine, which can result in puffiness around the eye area.
The puffiness around your eye can be explained by the fact that your kidneys are leaking a large amount of protein into the urine rather than keeping it and distributing it throughout the body.
2. High blood pressure
Your circulatory system and kidneys depend on each other. The kidneys have small nephrons that filter waste and extra fluids from the blood.
If the blood vessels get damaged, the nephrons that filter your blood don’t receive enough oxygen and nutrients. That’s why high blood pressure is the second leading cause of kidney failure.
1. Changes in urination
Your kidneys are responsible for producing urine and eliminating waste through it. Changes in the frequency, odor, color and appearance of urine should not be ignored. Common types of changes can be defined as listed down below.
Increased need to urinate, especially during the night. Anywhere between 4 to 10 times a day is considered to be normal.
Seeing blood in urine. Healthy kidneys filter waste from the blood to produce urine, but if the filter is damaged the blood cells might start to “leek” out into the urine.
Having foamy urine. Bubbles in the urine especially the ones that require you to flush several times until they go away indicate that unwanted protein is in the urine.