Located under the rib cage, kidneys are one of the vital organs in the body. In fact, they are in charge of filtering 120-150 quarts of blood on a regular daily basis. By processing blood, the kidneys prevent the buildup of excess fluids and waste in the body. Moreover, they keep the electrolyte levels under control and maintain bone health. They also support red blood cells formation and blood pressure control.
It’s not surprising that any kidney malfunction immediately affects your overall health and kidney failure is life-threating. Kidney damage symptoms can often go unnoticed because they don’t typically produce pain.
The most common symptoms of kidney damage you should never ignore include:
Damaged kidneys are incapable of removing excess fluids from the body, which normally causes swelling in the face, hands, feet, legs and ankles. Sudden swelling is also a symptom of failing kidneys.
2# Changes in Urination
The earliest signs of kidney failure that need immediate attention include:
- difficulty urinating or feeling pressure
- blood in urine
- dark urine
- urinating small amount of urine or less often
- pale urine in larger amounts or more often
- bubby or foamy urine
- urinating during night
3# Skin Rash
As kidney function fails, toxins accumulate in the blood, which often leads to skin rashes or severe itching. This toxin buildup makes the skin irritated and dry. Even if you treat the issue topically, your kidney problem will still remain.
Erythropoietin, also known as EPO, is a hormone that healthy kidneys produce. This hormone is in charge of formation of red blood cells, which carry oxygen. In case of kidney damage, the number of red blood cells decreases, which also affects oxygen supply in the body. This in turn leads to less energy in your muscles and anemia.
5# Shortness of Breath
Shortness of breath can also signal kidney damage. The thing is your body doesn’t get enough oxygen owing to fewer red blood cells, which also results in excess fluid buildup in the lungs.
6# Metabolic Taste in the Mouth
Change of taste normally occurs as a result of toxin accumulation in the blood. Your breath can also become foul.
Kidney damage is often marked by pain in the upper back or on the side of the damaged kidney. Kidney stones as well as kidney infections can trigger spasms and strong pain.
8# Trouble Concentrating and Dizziness
Last, but not least, kidney damage is linked to oxygen deficiency in the brain, which leads to reduced concentration. Dizziness and memory issues are also possible.
One of the healthiest ways to maintain good kidney health is to eat food rich in antioxidants and nutrients. The video below can help you find out which foods are beneficial for proper kidney function.