What’s a kidney? Well, Kidneys are two bean-shaped organs which are located under the rib cage on both sides of the spine. What does the kidney do? Kidneys are responsible for the excretion of waste products from the body. A well-functioning kidney should be able to filter about 120-150 quarts of blood to produce about 1-2 quarts of urine which compose of wastes and extra fluid daily. As clean as you may think one’s blood is, it contains wastes products that have to be gotten rid of. The kidney helps filter those wastes and excretes them from the body.
What causes kidney failure or disease?There are numerous causes of kidney diseases. Research has been conducted by many professionals in the field but to make things much simple and understandable, I will share with you the few I personally know of, coupled with some few pieces of research that I included to educate my cherished readers about this worrying and scary illness.
- History of high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes and even anemia can affect the flow of blood to the kidney and can contribute to kidney failure
- Taking medication can also be a factor. Medications such as antibiotics and drugs for treating high blood pressure can also lead to kidney failure. Blood tonics are also said to be a contributing factor especially if taking without a prescription. One must be careful with the kind of drugs consumed and should always seek doctors advice before deciding on any medications.
- High intake of salt can be a long term cause of kidney failure. High intake of salt leads to a higher possibility of high blood pressure which can lead to kidney failure and even heart attacks.
- Stress. Stress they say is deadly. Yes that’s really true. Reduce stress to the BEST minimum level as possible to allow your body heal from tiredness.
- Urinary tract infections (UTIs) this is a bacterial infection which can occur to any part of the unitary system. But most common once are the bladder and urethra infections. Make sure you go through full treatment to avoid further complications and kidney failure.
Symptoms of Kidney failure may include;
- Difficulty concentrating
- Poor appetite
- Muscle cramping
- Swollen feet/ankles
- Frequent discharge of urine, especially late at night
Severe Symptoms maybe also include;
- Loss of appetite
- Decrease in sex drive