Kidney Basics

How much do you know about the kidneys? Well, you are in the right place to learn a little bit more about them and what they do in your body. First, humans have two kidneys, and they are bean shaped organs – yes, that’s how the beans got their name. The goal of the kidneys is to remove toxins and wastes from the body by filtering it. After they filter it, you excrete that waste in the form of urine. They are a vital part of the urinary system, and they can help to regulate electrolytes and even blood pressure. They keep the blood pressure in check by balancing the water and salt in the blood.

When the kidneys produce urine, they are taking a variety of different waste from the body, such as ammonium and urea. The kidneys also help with the re-absorption of amino acids, glucose, and water. They also produce various types of hormones.

If something goes wrong with the kidneys and they stop working properly, it means that the body is not able to filter toxins properly. Kidney disease can lead to a number of health problems. Kidneys can suffer from a number of other issues as well, such as renal cysts, UTIs, cancer, and kidney stones. Those who study all of the various diseases and conditions of the kidney are nephrologists.

Taking proper care of your kidneys, so they can continue to work the right way, is essential, but few people realize they even have kidney issues until it is too late. Getting checkups and taking tests occasionally can give you the peace of mind you need to know your kidneys are working right. If there is a problem with the kidneys, then you will be able to take steps that can help you to stay healthier longer.


Our informational articles are for your information only and are not intended as medical advice. Because everyone is different, we recommend you work with your medical professional to determine what’s best for you.