Kidney disease has become so prevalent that it has reached alarming levels. At the same time the increased exposure to toxins has continued affecting the normal functioning of our critical organs. You don’t want your kidney function to get affected. If it does, your overall health will get compromised.
That’s why it’s so important that you should know what signs indicate kidney damage. You should also know what you can do to improve your kidney’s functioning in a natural way. So here are the signs that can tell you that you may be suffering from kidney damage:
1. Lower Back Pain
Lower back pain is a sign that your kidney is either damaged or your kidneys are unhealthy, or that they are slow. This is among the first and most commonly associated signs.
At times the pain is on just one side. It happens when you always sleep on that side. In this case, the kidney on that side has problems because of gravity. Usually, the pain will gradually move to the other side too.
If you wake up in the middle of the night and you have pain in the lower back (on both sides or on just one side), it is a sign of problem with the kidney(s). The ache can also be felt when you wake up in the morning. Once your back has loosened up, you start feeling better and get some relief.
If you are experiencing this, you should know that this is usually the early sign that you have kidney damage. You can have it treated if you are able to address it early.
2. Itching, Dryness & Itching
The function of kidneys is to eliminate wastes from your bloodstream. If they cannot function properly, wastes will start building up in the blood. This can result in severe itching, dryness and rashes.
These itches and rashes are also the early signs of kidney damage. Many people will try to treat them using topical creams. These creams will never address the underlying problem.
3. Changed Urinary Patterns
This is an obvious sign because making urine is the main function of kidneys. When your kidneys start failing, your urinary patterns will start changing. So what are the signs that can be considered as warnings?
– The urine may turn bubbly or foamy
– Urinating more often or urinating larger amounts than normally (and the urine is pale)
– Recently you get up more often at night for urinating
– Even when you start urinating less often, you should be concerned. You may be start urinating in smaller amounts than normally, and the urine is dark colored.
– Having difficulty with urinating or feeling pressure
– Finding blood in your urine
If you notice early changes in your urinary function, they are moderate signs that you may have kidney problems. If you notice color changes, it can be a sign that the damage is more acute.
4. Swelling in Different Body Parts
When your kidneys don’t work effectively, it will result in fluid accumulation. This is because their role is to eliminate both waste and additional fluid from your body. The swelling can appear on your face, legs, feet, ankles, and even on your hands.
If you have swelling due to kidney damage, you should have it checked immediately because if means that the problem has reached acute levels.
5. Constantly Feeling Weak & Fatigued
Erythropoietin is a hormone which is helpful in the making of red blood cells. Most of us know that red blood cells carry oxygen. This hormone is produced in our kidneys. But kidney disease will cause the hormone levels to fall. This means lesser amount of red blood cells are produced, and you suffer from anemia.
So kidney disease can cause reduction in supply of oxygen to your cells. And this can further cause general weakness and fatigue. If you are fatigued most of the time, you should get yourself checked immediately.
What Causes Kidney Damage?
Cadmium – This is a very big cause behind kidney problems. This heavy metal is mostly present in the environment because of burning coal and oil. It is also released into the environment from the incineration of municipal waste.
Even phosphate fertilizers contain cadmium, and they have been known to contaminate the food supply.
If you smoke, you will be directly inhaling this heavy metal into your lungs. Do you know that smokers’ lungs can have more than double the amount of it compared to non-smokers?
Methods for Improving your Kidney Function
There are two factors that play crucial role in helping improve your kidneys’ functioning, and they are:
– Your diet
– Your lifestyle
Start by quitting smoking. Stop using products and avoid environments having too much of cadmium. Your daily routine must have the following:
– Regular exercise
– Remaining hydrated
– Taking unsweetened cranberry juice
You can also get herbal support to improve your kidneys. This can include using juniper berries, burdock root, corn silk, uva ursi leaves, goldenrod flowers, burdock root, and chanca piedra.
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