What kidneys do - Kidney function explained and why kidney failure is serious

Episode 34: What kidneys do - Kidney function explained and why kidney failure is serious. What do kidneys do? Healthy kidneys do 5 things that keep you alive, and without these, you would not live. When a person has Chronic Kidney Disease each of these kidney functions is reduced. Here are the 5 top functions of healthy kidneys:

What Kidney Do #1: Remove waste from the body
Think of your kidneys as your body's filter. The kidneys perform their life-sustaining job of filtering and returning to the bloodstream about 200 quarts of blood each day. 1-2 quarts are eliminated from the body which contains wastes and extra fluid. This prevents the buildup of wastes to keep your body healthy.

What Kidney Do #2: Regulate blood pressure
Healthy kidneys produce a hormone called renin to help the body control blood pressure and cause blood vessels to constrict. Kidneys can ask for higher pressure if it seems too low or try to lower pressure if it seems too high.

What Kidney Do #3: Control the production of red blood cells
Your kidneys make a hormone called erythropoietin. Erythropoietin tells bone marrow to make red blood cells. Red blood cells carry oxygen from your lungs to supply all your body's needs. Red blood cells give you the energy you need for daily activities.

What Kidney Do #4: Produce an active form of vitamin D for healthy bones
Vitamin D comes from two sources in people: exposure to the sun's ultraviolet B (UVB) radiation, or absorption from food or vitamin pills. Kidneys convert vitamin D from supplements or the sun to the active form of vitamin D that is needed by the body.

What Kidney Do #5: Control pH Levels
pH is a measure of acid and base. Your kidneys maintain a healthy balance of the chemicals that control acid levels. As cells break down, they make acids. The foods you eat can either increase or lower the amount of acid in your body. Your kidneys balance the pH of your body by either removing or adjusting the right amounts of acid and buffering agents.

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