Published: 09/04/2012 - Updated: 06/19/2016
Did you know that every day your kidneys purify 200 liters of blood of which about 2 liters becomes waste and excess water? The function of this organ often is unnoticed by us, and we don’t give the proper care that it deserves, as we do with other organs such as the liver and heart.
You should know that your kidneys work constantly without stopping, filtering and purifying the blood, removing the salt or any foreign and harmful substance that could enter our system, in turn; they release hormones that contribute to the production of red blood cells and control and maintain blood pressure and calcium balance in the body.
The kidneys are associated with the proper functioning of all organs, because around one fifth part of the blood pumped by the heart goes to the kidneys. They have the appearance of two peas and are located in the middle of the back, just below the ribs.
These are some of the renal functions which are related to the activity of the kidney:
- Regulates blood pressure
- Produces various hormones such as erythropoietin, which stimulates the marrow bone to make red blood cells.
- Keeps your blood clean and chemically balanced.
- Filters waste products
- Regulates the pH balance of acid-base
- Regulates blood volume
These functions described may be performed in a 100% if your kidneys are completely healthy. In the case they’re not, you have a damaged one or you were born with just one. It is important to be very careful to keep it healthy, with a good quality of life, from food to your daily habits, and practice exercises.
For this, you need a medical specialist for an evaluation that indicates whether or not the patient requires lifelong medication.
Symptoms of damage
If you think that you may be experiencing a condition in your kidneys, these are some symptoms that warn you something may be bad and you should see a doctor:
- If you feel an unpleasant taste in the mouth
- Itching all over the body
- Need to urinate more or less often than usual
- Loss of appetite
- Nausea and vomiting
- Numb hands or feet
- Drowsiness or trouble concentrating
- Muscle cramps
- Darkening of the skin
Remember that diseases like diabetes or hypertension may lead to kidney ailments, so you must follow step by step your medical control. Also if you have a family history of kidney problems, you may be predisposed to develop kidney disease.
Teas that help
We can prevent our kidneys get sick, since their functions are impeded on the obstruction of small stones. These plants and herbs listed below may help you:
Take several sprigs of parsley in a bowl with four cups of boiling water. Drain and let cool, then refrigerate. Take this preparation for two days. If you have kidney stones, in the mix combine parsley with a tablespoon of lemon juice and a tablespoon of olive oil and drink it every day, at least for a week.
Celery is an excellent diuretic; its natural oils have a dilatory effect on the renal vessels, so that makes it very effective against kidney stones. Also for the presence of flavonoids that have anti-oxidant action and immunizing properties. Finally, it acts as an efficient regulator of the intestinal tract due to its high fiber content.
Prevent the formation of kidney stones and help dissolve them. Boil maize barbs at a rate of 50 grams per liter of water for 20 minutes. Take four cups of this preparation.
Helps eliminate water-dropsy and obesity; it also fights cholesterol and diabetes. Recommended to remove kidney stones. Boil dry leaves and take 3 cups a day.
Consume plenty of water
If you have kidney disease, you need to drink plenty of water, except for some cases where is very little urine, it’s fluid retention. Water helps remove waste and prevents the formation of kidney stones.
Watermelon is the ideal fruit, also called kidney, because it helps cleanse the tissues and blood. You should eat the freshest possible, once it’s opened, it quickly degenerates and produces toxins.
Apple cider vinegar
Currently this product is also known to contribute to the improvement of the health of the kidney. It contains potassium and natural oil that are excellent for washing the kidneys.