Often overlooked, the kidneys play a crucial role in detoxification. The work done by these bean-shaped organs allows us to kick out waste while balancing electrolyte and water levels. The kidneys also help regulate blood pressure, stimulate the production of red blood cells, and help to convert vitamin D to its active form. These tasks are accomplished by a collection of hormones that the kidneys also release, in addition to all the filtering they’re busy doing day and night.
The kidneys work hard to keep us in a delicate chemical balance, but they are vulnerable to disease under certain circumstances. Conditions that commonly affect the kidneys include infections, stones and kidney failure.
Most often, this is due to a urinary tract infection (UTI). When treated appropriately, UTIs may clear up without much consequence; however, if a UTI is not properly addressed, it can move upward from the bladder and eventually into the kidneys. Continue reading “Keep Your Kidneys Healthy”Read More