Kidneys are those bean-shaped miracles of nature that are easily mistaken as “bags” that have nothing else to do other than producing urine.
In reality, though, these humble-looking organs are supreme powerhouses! They maintain each & every component in blood and other body fluids with utmost precision and literally allow other body organs to do what they do.
Kidneys help cleanse your blood of all the toxic wastes of cellular metabolism, maintain your blood pressure, keep your brain, nerves & heart working, prevent anaemia by producing the hormone necessary to make new red blood cells, generate the active form of Vitamin-D, helps retain correct hormone levels and what not! The carousel below showcases these functions. Do take a look!
Urine is simply a by-product of all the crucial work that Kidneys do.
Quite naturally, when our kidneys fall sick for whatever reason, it reflects on all activities that they normally do. This disruption of activities shows up as symptoms. This, in turn, helps your doctor guess what could possibly be wrong with your beautiful beans!
So, if you understand your kidney well, you will be in a position to detect a possible kidney malfunction in good time. This will allow you to seek medical attention at the earliest and improve your recovery time as well. Now wouldn’t it be nice to have that sort of control over your own health (kidney health in this case)?
So Take Control!
Combat any confusion, apprehension or ignorance about this essential, but underestimated organ of the body in health & disease. Stay informed, stay vigilant & stay well!
I have been thinking about this for a while now. How would it be, if we decided to assign a gender to our organs based on their “inherent nature”. Without hesitation, I’ll call our kidneys, female. Somewhat like our Mums actually! (Yeah, you read that right). This cute, smooth, bean-shaped major organ-pair is: “Effortlessly multitasking” “Hygiene-conscious” […]
Muscle Pain Muscle Pain & wasting (shrivelling) is a constant, debilitating & rather frustrating accompaniment during your CKD journey, in the advanced stages. It is only but one of the many myriad “complaints” arising from across multiple organs — something that’s a part & parcel of Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD). Previously, Team ATK has […]
Anemia is an inevitable complication during your Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) Journey and there is no avoiding it. However, intensive medical research on this subject has enabled doctors to prescribe effective treatments to improve your blood counts. In the course of this “Anemia-in-CKD Series“, we have already provided a comprehensive insight on: 1. Hemoglobin & […]
Following up from our article on the What-Why-When of Dialysis, presenting here a comprehensive insight on one of the commonest treatment modalities in kidney failure – Haemodialysis. Find the table of contents below. Click on your topic of choice to get to your section-of-choice directly or scroll down to read the whole post (recommended!).
Protein intake in CKD Protein is a superstar of sorts in the Nutrient Circles, be it in sickness or in health. But do you completely understand all that you must, when it comes to this “celebrated nutrient” in the context of Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD)?
Baking soda and kidney Who isn’t acquainted with “Baking Soda” – those tiny, white crystals used to make cakes fluffy? It has now also made its way as an effective dead-skin exfoliator (when used sparingly), a teeth whitening agent as well as a DIY solution for “unclogging” toilet pipes. For some years now, many articles […]
Urine Colour “Urine Colour. Just how significant is it?!” Human Urine – the biochemical masterpiece “manufactured” by our Kidneys as a by-product of all the work that they do – is normally a clear, pale / straw yellow to dark (but transparent) yellow in colour. This is attributed to the pigment Urochrome normally found in […]
Hygiene is an important consideration for everything that enters your body, whether you eat it, drink it, breathe it or inject it. This is more so if a major, essential organ of the body like your kidneys are unwell. That’s because, in normal health, kidneys efficiently eliminate ALL excess metabolic wastes and impurities in […]
Kidney friendly What business does someone trained as a physician-scientist have, talking about “Tools necessary for a Kidney-friendly kitchen”, you may ask? Well, it’s my own decade-long Experience navigating life as a Kidney Warrior (currently post-kidney transplant) and the frustrating lack of organized information on this matter in the medical literature or public domain, that […]
COVID19 prevention has been a tough nut to crack especially in the Immunocompromised. On one hand, the COVID19 vaccines fell short in patients with moderate to severe weakening of immunity. This included kidney patients with advanced pre-dialysis state, those on dialysis and post-transplant. On the other, in certain kidney patient cohorts who did develop traceable […]