Posted by on March 11, 2019

Understand Your Kidneys & How They Work

Kidneys are two bean-shaped organs in the renal system of the body. The main function of kidneys is to transform the body waste into the urine, and also to purify blood before sending it back to the heart. One of the major function of kidneys is to remove excess fluid and waste products from the body. These excess fluids and wastes are removed in the form of urine through the process of excretion and re-absorption. Therefore, Kidneys are one of the most essential organs of the body as they help in maintaining overall fluid balance, regulating and filtering minerals from blood, filtering waste materials from food, medications, and toxic substances, creating hormones that help produce red blood cells, promote bone health, and regulate blood pressure.

Kidneys are located on either side of the spine at the lowest level of the rib cage and contain up to a million functioning units called nephrons. Nephrons are one of the most important parts of each kidney. Each nephron has its own internal set of structures and they help in taking blood, metabolizing nutrients, and to pass out waste products from filtered blood.  

A sign of a healthy kidney is that it filters about a half a cup of blood every minute, and removes extra waste and water to form urine. After that, this urine travels from kidneys to bladder through two tiny tube muscles called ureters which are situated on each side of the bladder. Kidney just like any other organ can have abnormalities of its own such as protein in the urine and having decreased kidney function for three-four months, and these abnormalities are called chronic kidney disease and kidney stone. These are various causes of any kidney disease such as diabetes, high blood pressure. Some kidney problems are inherited as well or they can be congenital. 

Some of the common types of kidney diseases are Glomerulonephritis, polycystic kidney disease, kidney stones, urinary tract infection, and many more.

  • In Glomerulonephritis condition of the kidney, the tiny filtering units called glomeruli in kidneys become inflamed. This can happen after a strep throat, and over the time this disease may develop slowly and it may cause progressive loss of kidney function.
  • In the case of polycystic kidney disease, the formation of kidney cysts that enlarge over time and may cause serious kidney damage and even kidney failure. This disease is usually inherited.
  • Kidney stones, on the other hand, are very common and causes too much calcium to be absorbed from foods and urinary tract infections or obstructions. When these stones are passed through the body, they cause severe pain in the back and side.
  • The urinary tract infections occur due to germs entering the urinary tract. Some of the common symptoms of UTI are pain and/or burning during urination and more frequent need to urinate.

Naturopathy has solutions for mostly all kidney diseases. Naturopathy follows a holistic approach in treating kidney diseases such as Glomerulonephritis, polycystic kidney disease, kidney stones, urinary tract infection, chronic kidney disease, and many more. Naturopathy follows various forms of treatment and ensures proper kidney functionality. Some of the ways of curing kidney disease through Naturopathy are Oil treatment and massages, Acupuncture, Proper diet, Yoga, Panchakarma therapies, Meditation, and Stress relieve measures.

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