It’s all too easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of everyday life. So we rarely stop and consider the fact that our bodies are in constant overdrive to perform thousands of actions and just keep us alive really. Your body actually sends you cries for help when something isn’t working the way it should and the consequences of ignoring these signals can be drastic.

Brightside has compiled the list of ten signs which indicate that your kidneys aren’t working properly so show some love to these bean-shaped organs by watching the videos till the end that way you’ll know if your kidneys are doing okay

Number 10: Trouble sleeping

First of all let’s establish what exactly the kidneys do they’re responsible for removing toxins out of the body through the urine so you could call them a sort of garbage collector for the body and if they’re not functioning correctly.

Those nasty toxins stay in the body and the blood when there are too many toxins in your body it’s really hard to fall asleep. That’s why when you have trouble sleeping it may be a signal of kidney problems. Of course if you had an exciting day or drank more coffee than usual it’s no surprise that you can’t get to sleep. But if nothing in your routine is different, and you’re lying in bed counting and counting and counting sheep, you might want to get your kidneys checked.

By the way, those whose chronic kidney disease often suffer from sleep apnea which is a disorder when people actually stop breathing while they’re sleeping. Well, it’s only for a few seconds at a time and then normal breathing returns with a loud snort but it’s still pretty scary stuff. So if you or anybody you know is a heavy snore maybe it’s time to see a doctor.

Number 9: Headaches fatigue and general weakness

This is how it works: Red blood cells carry oxygen around the body which keeps you feeling energetic. Of course the fewer red blood cells you have, the faster you feel tired.

Now, there’s a hormone called EPO that produces red blood cells and guess what, produces this hormone? You got it! The kidneys do. When they’re healthy, kidneys process vitamin D to maintain strong bones, and put out EPO. So if you suddenly starte feeling really tired you should see a doctor

Another important thing you should know is that it’s common for people with chronic kidney disease to have anemia, which occurs when someone has 20 to 50 percent of normal kidney function. If you’re getting enough rest and sleep, but are still feeling exhausted or experiencing overall fatigue go see a doctor ASAP.

Number 8: Dry, itchy skin

As you already know healthy kidneys do tremendous work by removing waste and extra fluid from the blood, helping produce red blood cells, and maintaining the right amount of minerals in your body. If you have itchy and dry skin, it may be a signal of your kidneys’ inability to keep the necessary balance of minerals and nutrients. This mineral deficiency can result in bone disease and nobody wants that now, do they?

What you should do if you have dry and itchy skin is try to stay hydrated, don’t even think about taking any medication for itching before consulting your doctor! Certain medications have ingredients that could potentially damage your kidneys even more.

Number 7: Bad breath and metallic taste in the mouth

When there’s too much waste in the blood, it creates a kind of  metallic taste in your mouth, which will affect how you taste food. I don’t know about you but I prefer my food to taste mind-blowingly delicious, not metallic. Also bad breath is another sign of having too many toxins and other sorts of contamination in the bloodstream. Yeah, I don’t think Tic-tac can help with that.

Another danger is that the high level of toxins make people lose their appetite in general, especially for meat. A decrease in appetite obviously leads to unhealthy weight loss. Keep in mind that there are lots of reasons why food can have a metallic taste – from allergies to poor oral health. Normally, the metallic taste in the mouth should go away if the assumed cause has been

Eliminated. If the taste continues to appear, you should contact your doctor.

Number 6: Shortness of breath

This might sound surprising, but there’s a connection between kidney disease and experiencing shortness of breath.There are two main factors:

  • First, extra fluid in the body that the kidneys couldn’t remove easily moves right into the lungs.
  • Second, anemia deprives the body of oxygen and this tool results in shortness of breath

Again, besides kidney failure, there are many causes of shortness of breath: asthma, lung cancer or heart failure running for the bus to Nashville. So if you can’t seem to catch your breath, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you have kidney problems, maybe you’re just a couch potato that needs to get up, move around more and cut down on the doughnuts. Ough!! But where’s the fun in that?

However, if you notice that you’re constantly out of breath after doing effortless tasks like walking to the kitchen or feeding your cat, call your doctor right away.

Number 5: Swelling in the ankles, feet and hands

So we’ve established that kidneys that are failing to do their job, don’t remove any extra fluid from the body! This fluid buildup can lead to sodium retention, which causes swelling in your ankles, feet and hands. Swelling of the lower parts of your body can also signal heart and liver disease, or even problems with the veins in your legs.

Sometimes taking medication that removes excess fluid from your body can stop the swelling, but we strongly recommend that you consult a specialist first before buying such kinds of meds. Kidney problems are serious enough, so you don’t want to add any crazy side effects on top of that.

Another problem is that by taking medicine that wasn’t prescribed to you it makes your doctor’s job a whole lot harder, because you could be masking the symptoms that would normally help with the right diagnosis.

Number 4: Back pain

This might come as no surprise since your kidneys are situated toward your back. Back painful kidney dysfunction is usually deep and located right below the ribcage, but people can also feel pain in the front of the groin or hip area. Back and leg pain could be caused by kidney cysts, which are large fluid-filled sacs formed on the kidneys as a result of polycystic kidney disease.

I bet the more sensitive viewers out there are already making a doctor’s appointment right now but hold off on that for a second. There’s something else that you should know about back pain when it’s the result of kidney problems.

People experiencing back pain also usually have high-temperature vomit and urinate frequently. If you don’t have any of these symptoms, you safe or you have some other problems unrelated to your kidneys. Normal back pain that has nothing to do with the kidneys is different. The pain is more localized and happen suddenly and without a fever. But anyway if you have back pain often and painkillers aren’t doing the trick, make sure you see your doctor

Number 3: Puffy eyes

Puffy eyes are an early sign of kidney problems. If the kidneys filtration system is damaged, the kidneys can leak a lot of protein into the urine rather than keeping it and distributing it evenly throughout the body.

As you can guess, this rogue protein will cause puffiness around the eyes so if you’re completely sure that your body is getting enough rest and sleep, and you definitely haven’t been crying during a really touching scene in a rom-com or family-friendly movie, but you continue to notice puffiness around your eyes, make sure to schedule an appointment to see your doctor

Number 2: High blood pressure

Your circulatory system and kidneys are like a yin and yang, they’re interconnected and totally dependent on each other. The kidneys have small nephrons that filter waste and extra fluids from the blood. If the blood vessels get damaged, the nephrons that filter your blood don’t get enough oxygen and nutrients, that’s why high blood pressure is the second leading cause of kidney failure.

There is a way to manage your high blood pressure to avoid kidney failure. What you need to do is adding foods rich and folic acid to your diet because it helps with the production of red blood cells, and can help prevent anemia folic acid boosting foods, include leafy greens, citrus fruits, cereals, rice and pastas to name a few.

Number 1: Changes in urination

So we talked about how your kidneys are responsible for producing urine and eliminating waste through it as disgusting. As it sounds to examine the stuff, do not ignore any changes in the frequency, smell, color and appearance of your urine.

There are three most common types of changes to look for:

  • First, an increased need to urinate especially at night anywhere between 4 to 10 times a day is considered normal if you don’t drink more than usual.
  • Second is seeing blood and urine. Yeah, that definitely doesn’t belong there. Healthy kidneys filter waste from the blood to produce urine, but if the filter is damaged the blood cells might start to leak out into the urine.
  • And the third most common change is having foamy urine. Bubbles in the urine, especially the ones that require you to flush several times until they go away, indicate that unwanted protein is in the urine.

Have you ever had any of these symptoms before and how do you deal with them?

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