On your side: The importance of kidneys

June 29, 2016 by: Melissa Mitchell

Organs are our friends III: Kidneys

 

I once stated how if my family needed it, I would donate one of my kidneys to them. “Sike!”, I was just kidding. That stuff looks like it would hurt. Major surgery, major pain, major loss. The kidney is an important organ. Ok, they all are. Mr. and Mrs. Kidney get a little disrespect because there are two but you could live with only one. Don’t get it twisted, your body needs two. However, in a pinch, the miracle called the human body can work things out with one. One day I want to shake the hand of the designer of such a marvelous machine.kidneys

 

What the little darlings do:

 

The kidneys: They are approximately 4-6-inch-long semi circle shaped organs on either side of the body. That are shaped like kidney beans!

Our friends, the kidneys:

  • Filter your blood.
  • They take out waste and create urine.
  • They remove waste from your body,
  • Stabilize your electrolytes like phosphate, sodium, and potassium.
  • They help regulate blood pressure.
  • They create hormones that help build your bones and make new blood cells.
  •  They balance the water in the body
  • They help in acid regulation in the body (so maybe more water less pop?)

Diseases of the Kidney:

When one or both of your kidneys is dysfunctional, it affects the whole body and can lead to serious illness or even death. I know this can be said of all organs almost but let’s look at the primary problems of the kidney.

  1. Complications due to Diabetes: Diabetes can wreak havoc on every organ in the body and the kidneys are no exception. It is best to drink a lot of water, keep blood glucose at a good level to avoid kidney complications.
  2. High blood pressure: HBP is bad for the kidneys because they need to filter @130 quarts of blood a day and help generate 1-2 quarts of urine a day for the average healthy adult human. High blood pressure
  3. Autoimmune diseases: The body can become confused and attack itself. This is the case in systemic Lupus and Good Posture Syndrome
  4. Infections
  5. Low pressure can cause complications
  6. Urinary tract infections can have a negative impact on the kidneys primary functions very quickly
  7. Dehydration can cause complication in blood flow, urine production, and waste removal.
  8. Kidney Cancer
  9. Kidney Stones
  10. Polycystic kidney stones
  11. End Stage Renal disease : often due to severe diabetes or high blood pressure, this is not currently curable, patients stay on dialysis for life unless they have a donor which is very difficult to find and with the underlying cause being severe the problem may repeat itself

Symptoms of Kidney Disease:

  1. Change in urination
  2. Swollen extremities
  3. Fatigue
  4. Ammonia breath, metallic taste in mouth
  5. Skin rashes
  6. Shortness of breath
  7. Vomiting and Nausea

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When the kidneys are ill, sometimes the answer is just rest and a lot of water. In more severe cases, when there is an underlying disease present, dialysis or a kidney transplant is required. Dialysis is a system where a machine cleans the blood the way wat the kidneys should. Many go on dialysis for years and have to go to a dialysis machine 2-3 times a week until they find a kidney.

 

Ok now, it is not all doom and gloom. There are things you can do to protect the kidneys besides drinking a lot of water and not taking up boxing.

  1. Keep control of your blood sugar, at GlobalMusic4 Life, we talk a lot about diabetes. That is because it is becoming more prevalent because of our diets and sedentary lifestyles. You can control your diet and you can monitor your blood sugar. With Type II diabetes, you may even get off of medication if your exercise and watch sugar and carb intake.
  2. Keep an eye on your blood pressure. My friend had super high blood pressure for years. He did not find out until he had a physical, his first in 20 years. Take the medicines and watch what you eat. There are numerous sources to find out what you should and should not eat for your body’s health. I am a witness that bad habits are hard to break, but you have to work on them.
  3. Eat healthier, period. For those people who have perfect health, all 3 of you, continue to load up on water, keep soda pop and alcohol to a minimum.
  4. Lose weight. Sorry, it is what it is. Look at my pics. I feel your pain, but that is why we remind folks of the importance of a healthier lifestyle.
  5. Get an annual check up. Keeping your head in the sand like an ostrich will only lead to worse problems. There are simple blood tests that can test for kidney functions. Write down any problems you have been having so the doctor will know what to test for.
  6. Relax… This is just to inform you. I am not a doctor. I am just a blogger who wants to inform and encourage people to take action.

I do have 3 or 4 people I love who I would consider giving a kidney to. I will not mention names because some may not be off the list and take it personally. Just know that if I give you a kidney, regardless if  you are a friend or family member… you owe me big time. And I will watch over you like a hawk. Yes, you owe me forever! There I said it.

 

Have you ever donated an organ or received an organ donation?

Please tell me about it!

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Love and Light,

Lissa

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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