The human body is perfectly built for everything to work in sync and collaborative. Our kidneys are one of the most important organs in the body. The bean-shaped organs has many roles but regulating regulating blood pressure, maintaining electrolyte concentrations, and keeping the body’s temperature constant, are among the top duties.
The kidneys also remove the waste from our metabolism in addition to blood filter. There are an endless functions these super organs do that it’s easy to overlook them and assume we are healthy and strong. Nonetheless, it is very important we understand our body and recognize when something is slightly off.
The kidneys will quietly let us know something is not right through symptoms in our bodies. Take a look at the signs your body gives to let you know something is not right.
The bean shaped organs are located in the upper abdominal cavity.
Maintaining an unhealthy diet contributes to renal calculus, better known as kidney stones. The small mineral deposits can be passed through the urine. Nonetheless, when they grow bigger they block the passage through the urethra. This may be a sign of kidney disease.
It’s not normal to always feel tired.
The feeling of always feeling tired and lethargic may be due to toxins in the blood. The build up affects kidney function, leading to anemia.
When everyone is wearing a T-shirt outside but you are freezing.
Feeling extremely cold when you know it’s quite warm outside could be due to kidney disease.
Uric acid stones can be avoided by making dietary changes.
Eating too much meat and fish can increase uric acid in the urine. This can result in uric acid stones.
Look for swollen feet.
When the kidneys are not working at full capacity, sodium retention in the body goes up. This results in swollen feet and ankles. Please note, this can also be a sign of heart disease.
Muscles in the body are cramping up.
Muscle cramps, particularly in the legs is a sign of kidney disease. The imbalance of electrolytes, irregular blood flow, and nerve damage can be the cause for the cramps.
Food begins to taste like metal and you have unusual bad breath.
When the kidneys begin to fail, uremia or build up of waste in the blood impacts the mouth. Food begins to taste differently and a metallic taste begins to form.
Getting dizzy and not able to concentrate.
Suffering from kidney failure may mean that not sufficient oxygen is getting to the brain. This can cause problems concentrating, dizziness, and affect memory.
Dark circles, baggy, and puffy eyes.
When the filters in the urine are damaged, protein leaks into the urine. This means your body is losing the protein it requires to function, causing your eyes to be puffy and form dark circles.
The urine is bubbly and foamy.
Look at the toilet bowl after peeing. Bubbles and foam are a sign that protein has made its way into the urine. One way to recognize the pattern is that the foam or bubbles appear like those on scrambled eggs since it’s the same protein found in the food.
Your back pain may have nothing to do with pulling a muscle.
Kidney pain is a deep pain found high in the back, under the ribs. This differs from regular back pain which is usually found in the lower back. Urinary tract infection and kidney stones causes the throbbing ache often confused with back pain.