If the kidneys are in trouble and can no longer function as usual, the health is in big trouble. Read carefully to recognize and prevent problems linked to kidney damage or failure.
When kidneys start to fail at their “job”, they can get rid of excess fluids less and less and this will make the face bloated and swollen, also the joints and limbs.
The most obvious and early signs are these:
- Trouble urinating
- Pressure during the process
- Dark urine, less frequent urinating and with small amounts
- Pale color of urine, frequent and in large amounts
- Foamy urine
- Many urge to urinate during the night
Rash of the skin
The waste buildup in our body can be linked to kidney failure – the skin gets a lot of rashes and itching. All the waste gets piled up in the blood and makes the skin look unhealthy, dry and irritated. Lotions and creams and cosmetics can ease up a little bit, but don’t solve the problem which comes from the inside – IF the rash is directly caused by the kidney problems of course.
If the kidneys are healthy they produce EPO (erythropoietin), a hormone that makes more red blood cells which bring oxygen to where is needed. If the red blood cells number is lowered, fatigue will occur and it will have an impact on the brain and muscles too. This is also a sign of severe anemia.
Shortness of breath
It is a common problem, but it might be linked to kidney damage. If the body doesn’t have enough oxygen, it is because of the low number of red blood cells that deliver the oxygen everywhere. The amount of these blood cells is connected to the harmful piled up toxins in the lungs.
Taste of metal in the mouth/metallic taste
The waste accumulated in the blood will change your taste to foods and even cause bad breath all the time. Another sign of kidney damage is a severe change in certain foods or poor appetite.
The ache in the upper back is another symptom of this condition – that is the same area more or less where kidneys are placed. Pain can be triggered even more by infections or kidney stones.
Bad concentration and dizziness
Bad oxygen flow to the brain is a clear sign of serious anemia, but also kidney failure. It will mess up the focus and concentration, make you light headed and dizzy and cause memory troubles.
How to Keep Your Kidneys Healthy
To avoid symptoms of kidney problems there are several things you should do according to National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases .
- Keep your blood glucose in check, especially if you have diabetes.
- Maintain a healthy blood pressure.
- Eat healthy meals—If you are already displaying symptoms of kidney problems, avoid a diet high in protein, fat, sodium, and potassium.
- Have yearly tests to ensure your kidneys are functioning properly
- Avoid painkillers unless necessary as they can damage your kidneys. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen and naproxen are especially bad.
- Contact your doctor immediately if you think you have a bladder or kidney infection.
- Don’t smoke.
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