Kidneys are one of the most important organs in the human located just below your rib cage. They filter 120-150 quarts of blood every day. By processing blood, the kidneys prevent the buildup of excess fluids and waste in the body. Moreover, they keep the electrolyte levels under control and maintain bone health. They also support red blood cells formation and blood pressure control.
Your health becomes threatened if the kidneys become damaged. In order to keep your body strong and healthy, it is highly important to recognize the signs of kidneys damage.
The most common symptoms of kidney damage are the following:
The kidneys are not able to remove the excess fluid in the body if they are not working properly, which can lead to swelling in the hands, face, feet, ankles and legs. Sudden swelling is also a symptom of failing kidneys.
2# Changes in Urination
The earliest signs of kidney failure that need immediate attention include:
– you may have difficulty urinating and feel pressure
– your urine may contain blood
– dark urine
– urinating small amount of urine or less often
– you may urinate with pale urine in larger amounts or more often
– your urine may be bubby or foamy
– you may urinate in the middle of the night
3# Skin Rash
Kidney failure leads to waste buildups, which causes skin rashes and severe itching. This toxin buildup makes the skin irritated and dry. Even if you treat the issue topically, your kidney problem will still remain.
Healthy kidneys produce EPO or erythropoietin, a hormone that participates in the production of red blood cells that deliver oxygen. In case of kidney damage, the number of red blood cells decreases, which also affects oxygen supply in the body. This in turn leads to less energy in your muscles and anemia.
5# Shortness of Breath
It may be a sign of kidney damage. The body lacks oxygen, because of the lower number of blood cells that carry oxygen. The number of these blood cells is largely affected by harmful buildups in the lungs.
6# Metallic taste in the mouth
Change of taste normally occurs as a result of toxin accumulation in the blood. Your breath can also become foul.
Pain in the upper back or on the same side as the damaged kidney can be experienced if you suffer from kidney damage. Kidney stones and kidney infections usually cause spasms and severe pain.
8# Trouble Concentrating and Dizziness
Kidney damage is linked to oxygen deficiency in the brain, which leads to reduced concentration. Dizziness and memory issues are also possible.
Introduce some healthy dietary habits and eat more foods high in antioxidants. Take a look at the video below which can help you find out which foods are beneficial for proper kidney function.