KIDNEYS - FAQ
Kidneys Overview - 10 Frequently Asked Questions
Kidneys are super processing, hardworking organs. They are constantly at work, 24 hours a day, performing various functions that are necessary for maintaining good health.
Most people are born with two, but it is entirely possible to live a long, healthy life with a single healthy kidney.
The following briefly highlights some pertinent aspects of the kidneys and offers a glimpse of their structure, functions, diseases and health support.
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10 Frequently Asked Questions About The Kidneys
4. What is Their Primary Function
Their primary function is to filter blood by removing harmful toxins and other waste products. On a daily basis, they process about 200 quarts of blood. These wastes are produced from normal metabolic processes and chemical substances from foods that the body cannot use.
5. What Else Do They Do?
In addition to filtering the blood, they perform some other important functions. These include regulating the amount of salt and water in the body, regulating blood pressure, regulating the body's pH balance, producing certain hormones such as erythropoietin (eh-RITH-ro-POY-eh-tin) and processing vitamin D.
6. Is it Possible to Live With One Kidney Instead of Two?
Yes. One healthy kidney is more than capable of adequately performing all the functions of two (2). Although most people are born with two some are born with just one, while others may lose one through disease or by donating it to someone with end stage renal failure.
9. What Can be Done to Keep Kidneys Healthy?
The main causes of kidney disease is improper diet and harmful lifestyle choices. To maintain and improve kidney health, you should eat healthy, drink enough water, exercise and manage (or avoid) underlying conditions such as high blood pressure and diabetes... Start with these.
There's one other thing you should note...
Kidneys are the World's Most Transplanted Organ
Globally, renal transplants account for the vast majority of all solid organ transplants (almost 70%). This makes the kidney the most sought after organ in the entire world. The demand for kidneys far exceeds the supply.
Very often, chronic kidney problems are caused by poor dietary and lifestyle choices, which can be prevented by making simple changes to diet and avoiding certain harmful lifestyle practices.