The simplest information we were taught of about the function of kidneys is that they remove waste products and excess fluids from the body. While it is the kidneys’ major function, there are actually more to that. Kidneys share most of livers’ functions— they are sometimes regarded as the best duo in anatomy. Kidneys also balance the body’s fluids, regulates acidity, remove drug/medicine residual fluid that the liver filters, control the products of red blood cells, release hormones that regulate blood pressure, and produce an active form of vitamin D that promotes healthy bones.
Imagine all these functions kidneys do. Well, that’s just how important they are to our body. Once they malfunction many other organs would eventually get affected. And that is not even an understatement. Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) has become one of the most common disease worldwide. Although treatable, it poses a great risk to other critical organs. In fact, CKD is a major risk multiplier of Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) and Hyperkalemia.
In the effort of giving the general public the insights of how important Kidneys are, the World Kidney Day is annually observed every 2nd Thursday of March. There are already over 80 countries who joined in this global health awareness campaign. The campaign aims to educate people about the importance of kidney and the impact of kidney disease.
Kidneys make our body clean. However, with all the toxic chemicals it filters, these diligent cleaners need cleaners, too. You can’t wipe the dirt off with a dirty rag! But how do we make our kidneys clean and more functional? We don’t need to go through a lot of consumable supplements or an expensive regular visit with a doctor. Nature has been providing us with so many inexpensive and most reliable treatment and healthy maintenance.
Read our article, It’s World Kidney Day, Eat Right! from Issue 46, to gain insights on how we could help our little helpers become even more productive.