Kidney health is vital for whole body wellness, for when the kidneys are not functioning correctly, the body as a whole becomes ill. As with other diseases, the body will give signs and indications that there is something wrong when the kidneys fail to cleanse the blood and get rid of the toxins and waste. This article discusses the various symptoms that may develop if the kidneys are not functioning effectively. As every person is different, each case is unique and no one will experience the exact symptoms as another person with a kidney disorder or disease. The symptoms discussed here are what the majority of individuals will experience if their kidneys are failing to operate as they should.
A buildup of protein in the blood is one of the first symptoms that can be detected through lab tests. This type of indication tells the healthcare practitioner that the kidneys are having a difficult time processing the protein in the diet.
Blood in the urine is a definite indicator that something is amiss in the renal system. If ever blood is present in your urine, contact your healthcare provider and discuss this symptom with them. The sooner the healthcare practitioner is made aware that there is bleeding of some sort going on, the sooner this issue can be addressed.
Swelling in the extremities (arms, legs, feet, hands) is an indication that the kidneys are not flushing enough of the fluids out of your body to maintain a balanced level. Protein leakage in the kidneys is one of the reasons this type of swelling will take place.
The above mentioned symptoms are usually the first signs that something is wrong with the kidneys. The body’s health is dependent on the kidneys functioning correctly. When the renal function breaks down, we become poisoned by the toxins in the blood, which affects the health of our whole body.
Individuals that suspect that their kidneys are not working properly often adjust their dietary habits to help reduce the strain on the kidneys. Here is a checklist that can be used if you suspect that your kidneys are not performing at their peak and you may need to change your diet, lifestyle or exercise habits:
- Urination changes: Frequency or lack of frequency can both be indicators that the kidneys are not working at their best. Painful urination can mean a simple urinary tract infection, but it can also mean you have kidney stones- both of which can be easily dealt with.
- Changes in the color of your urine are an indication that there may be an infection or that the kidneys are not flushing correctly.
- A drop in red blood cells can be detected with a simple blood test if a person is experiencing unusual fatigue. This indicates the condition known as anemia.
- Skin rashes and itching can be the result of the kidneys inability to get rid of the wastes that build up in the blood.
- The inability to tolerate the smell of food can be a sign that the wastes in the blood have built up and food simply makes you nauseous or causes you to vomit.
- The taste of metal in the mouth
- Many experience pain in the lower back, their legs or tight skin that causes pain.
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms discussed here, contact your health care provider and discuss these symptoms and what they may mean for you.