The kidneys play an absolutely vital role in keeping the human body healthy. If this ordinary process (commonly referred to as renal function) is inhibited or stopped, the negative health effects will be immediate and serious. The body relies on the kidneys to filter out toxins which would otherwise build up in the bloodstream over time.
Kidney damage can be treated in many different ways, but it becomes difficult or impossible to fully reverse the damage done after a certain amount of time. This makes it important to be able to recognize the common symptoms of kidney disease.
Kidney disease can be caused by the buildup of a number of blood-born toxins, especially heavy metals. Cadmium, a common industrial pollutant, is a particularly dangerous one. Cadmium can be inhaled from burning fossil fuels, ingested through plants grown in phosphate fertilizers, and is even present in tobacco smoke.
These are the primary signs of kidney disease:
1) Urinary Disorders
When the kidneys are damaged, the ordinary production of urine is impeded. This can lead to a range of different symptoms, including pale or foamy urine, and increased volume and frequency of urination. Kidney disease can also cause diametrically opposite symptoms, including difficulty urinating, dark or bloody urine, and reduced urine volume.
2) Swelling And Inflammation
Problems with the kidneys and urinary system can lead to the retention of toxins and excess water in the body. This can lead to swelling in multiple locations, including the feet, legs, ankles, arms, and face.
3) Lower Back Pain
One often-overlooked sign of kidney disease is lower back pain. This will typically manifest as pain on one side of the back which gradually spreads to both sides. The pain tends to be more intense on the side you habitually sleep on.
4) Dry, Itchy Skin And/Or Rashes
The buildup of toxins mentioned above also causes problems in the ordinary function of your skin. You may become prone to developing rashes, experience persistent itching sensations, and develop dry sky. While these symptoms can be treated with topical medications and ointments, you must not overlook the possibility that they are signs of a more serious condition. Consult a doctor at your earliest convenience to check for renal problems.
The formation of new red blood cells relies on the hormone erythropoietin, which is produced by your kidneys. If you’re suffering from kidney damage, shortages of this hormone may lead to lower levels of red blood cells. This, in turn, leads to problems distributing oxygen to the cells that need, anemia, and chronic fatigue.
If you can catch kidney damage early enough, it’s possible to mitigate the problem and restore healthy function by making some lifestyle and dietary changes. Kidney function can be boosted by consuming certain drinks like unsweetened cranberry juice and herbal teas which contain thistles, corn silk, or cranberries.