Every organ in our body is equally important and if anyone of them is compromised, our health is also compromised.
Today we are going to talk about kidney diseases and how they are often recognized at an extremely late stage. Kidneys filtrate toxins from the blood and if their function is impeded, we might face some serious health consequences. The symptoms of kidney disease are redundant enough to be ignored at first and in some cases, they might not show up until the condition becomes critical. Therefore, it is of a great importance to learn and recognize the kidney disease symptoms early on, so you can seek proper treatment on time.
Here are some of the most common symptoms of kidney disease you need to be aware of:
Changes in urinary function
The first symptom of kidney disease is a change in the frequency and amount of urine pass. If you experience any alterations in your urinary patterns like frequent night urination, foamy or bubbly urine or urinating more than normally, it might be a pointer to improper kidney function.
Some people might experience the opposite symptoms like dark and bloody urine, difficulty or pain during urination or less urine than normally.
This is one of the most common early symptoms of kidney disease and it is important to consult with a doctor if you start experiencing changes in your urinary function.
Kidneys produce a hormone called erythropoietin. This hormone helps in the formation of the red blood cells whose main responsibility is the distribution of oxygen in our system.
A kidney disease will reduce the number of red cells and you might experience anemia that could later lead to fatigue when there is a deficiency of oxygen in your system.
Swelling or edema
The kidneys are responsible for removing waste and extra fluid from the body. When they are unable to do their function properly, the extra fluid will build up in your body and will cause swelling of the feet andankles, tightness of the hands and puffiness of the face. This is also known as edema.
Dryness, rashes, and itching
This symptom can often be confused with allergy but rashes can also indicate kidney failure. The improperly functioning kidney will not be able to filter out the toxin from the blood and they will build up, causing severe itching and skin rashes. Often people treat these rashes with different creams and moisturizers, which is one of the reasons why kidney disease is often overlooked and not caught early on.
Lower back pain
Lower back pain is another pointer to a kidney damage. Usually, it starts on one side only and then shortly after the pain moves to both sides. A typical example is when you wake up in the morning or even in the middle of the night and your lower back, one side or both, hurt. After a while, the back will loosen up and you will feel a little bit better.
Common causes of kidney damage
One of the major cause of kidney damage is through the heavy metal cadmium. Cadmium enters the environment primarily through the burning of oil and coal and the incineration of municipal waste. It can also be found in phosphate fertilizers which contaminate our food.
On another note, smokers inhale cadmium directly in their lungs and the amount they inhale is usually twice as big as the amount non-smokers inhale.
In order to prevent and even solve some minor kidney issues, we need to make significant changes to our unhealthy lifestyles and start with a healthy diet. It is recommended to drink lots of fluids, water, and freshly squeezed juices in order to aid the kidneys. Exercise regularly, avoid products that contain cadmium and consume foods like horsetail herb, goldenrod flowers, corn silk, burdock root and juniper berries.
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