December 6 2016
What is so important about our kidneys? Kidneys are the bean shaped organs located just below the ribcage and they help to balance the electrolyte and sodium levels in our blood and help to balance the PH levels in our bodies and help keep the blood and urine passing through is healthy by passing it into the bladder through two tubes called ureters and it gets stored in the bladder. They also regulate blood pressure and help to make red blood cells as well as helping to prevent waste build up and extra fluid in the body. The kidney filters the body with millions of tiny filtering units called nephrons which each filter a small amount of blood. This is pretty important considering that if you end up in state of complete renal failure (when both of your kidneys fail) you could end up dead.
If you want to prevent that from happening, you will have to take proper care of your kidneys. Nowadays with intense sodium, alcohol, caffeine and overall toxic substance consumption, our kidneys could end up more than a little worse for wear when we get a bit older. Our kidneys tend to decline in strength as we do get older which gives us all the more reason to take extra care of them so they continue to function well into old age. There are a few things to watch out for to make sure that your kidneys are not failing. Signs of unhealthy kidneys could be:
- Changes in urine (frequency, colour, blood in urine etc.)
- Puffy, swollen ankles, feet, face etc. from fluid retention.
- Nausea and vomiting
- Frequently feeling tired or lethargic
- Pain in the back of your legs and/or lower back
- Unpleasant metallic taste in your mouth
- Itchy rashes
What causes this to happen? One of the main problems is our diets. Our diets are very acidic, typically from consuming an excess of meat, dairy and processed foods. Along with drinking an excess of alcohol and not drinking enough water, our kidneys have their work cut out for them. It is important to keep them healthy by drinking lots of water (anywhere between 8 and 15 glasses a day) and to switch from coffee to herbal teas that can help provide natural caffeine free energy. There are even a few teas that can help to cleanse and protect your kidneys! Fresh fruits, especially cranberries and blueberries can help to detoxify the kidneys as well as protect them. Drinking aloe vera helps to cleanse and regulate the kidneys and magnesium supplements helps to prevent salt build up which can cause kidney stones and chlorophyll supplements help to create an alkaline environment for them. Our organs each play an important role in our bodies and our day to day lives as well, it is important to keep them as healthy as we realistically can so that we can live as best as we can.