What Is Kidney?
The kidneys are important organs of the body. The kidneys are two reddish-brown bean-shaped found in living things with backbone. They are positioned on the left and right in the retroperitoneal space.
This important organ of the body collects blood from the paired renal arteries; blood then moves out and flows to the paired renal veins. Each kidney is attached to the ureter, a tube that transports urine to your bladder.
You may have known of the functions of the kidneys but I will still give emphasize on some it’s functions. The kidneys play a key role by removing waste products and excess fluid from your body. These waste products and excess fluid are expelled through the urine. The production of urine is done through complex steps of excretion and re-absorption. This process is so important to sustain a stable balance of body chemicals. The kidneys also regulate your salt, potassium and acid level, the production of hormones that affect the function of other organs is done by the kidneys.
Your kidneys can be affected with disease such as kidney stone, kidney failure, chronic kidney disease, etc. Once your kidneys are affected there stop functioning well. They will be difficulties in cleansing of blood, removal of excess fluid and waste products will become impossible, electrolyte balance will be unable to be maintain and this leads to symptoms such as:
1. Dry and itchy skin
2. Fatigue and trouble concentrating.
3. Blood in your urine.
4. Frequent or reduced urination.
5. Foamy urine.
6. Trouble sleeping.
7. Persistent puffiness around your eyes.
8. Loss of appetite.
9. Cramping muscles.
10. Swollen ankles and feets.
They are many foods that provide nutritional benefits, but some are very disastrous to your health system when consumed in greater amount and cause more harm to your kidneys than good.
Here are some foods you should stop consumimg excessively if you love your kidneys:
1. Eating processed foods
Processed foods are rich in sodium and phosphorus. Many people who have kidney disease need to limit phosphorus in their diets. Research have shown that high phosphorus consumption from processed foods in people without kidney disease may be harmful to their kidneys and even bones. Try stopping high phosphorus diet to maintain good health.
2. Eating too much foods high in sugar
Consumimg foods high in sugar regularly makes your blood sugar levels to rise (diabetes). Diabetic kidney disease is a type of kidney disease caused by diabetes. Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney disease. High blood sugar can damage the blood vessels in your kidneys. When the blood vessels are destroyed, they don’t work as well. When you have diabetes, you also develop high blood pressure, which triggers your risk for kidney disease.
Kidney disease caused by diabetes usually occurs slowly, over many years. You can reduce your level of sugar consumption to protect your kidneys and to prevent or delay kidney damage.
3. Eating too much red meat
Red meat excessive intake may make the kidneys more susceptible to an increased risk for kidney disease and eventually kidney failure. Limiting your level of red meat intake when you have an advanced chronic kidney disease will help reduce symptoms and slow progression to end-stage renal disease.
It’s not compulsory to totally stop consumimg red meat as if it is a poison, but don’t always consume red meat at every meal, or use it as your main source of protein every day.
Am sure you learnt something from this article, you have to play your own role by heeding to this health tips to safeguard your kidneys from disease.