The kidneys are amazing little organs. Each day, they process about 200 quarts of blood, getting rid of excess water and waste products, removing toxins and keeping the body functioning smoothly. If the kidneys are not able to remove toxins and waste from the body, they will build up in the body and hinder the normal function of kidneys, liver and other organs, resulting in exhaustion, stomach pain, headaches, water retention and other problems. Buildup of toxins and waste also may lead to kidney stones, a mass of crystals or unprocessed minerals which can grow to the size of a golf ball. Kidney stones affect 10-15 percent of American adults, but also may be found in children as young as five.
The healthy functioning of the body depends on the kidneys. These two tiny, bean-shaped organs assist in controlling blood pressure, mineral balance, and toxin removal from the blood. Most people can maintain healthy kidneys by drinking plenty of water and adhering to a balanced, nutritious diet. By filtering waste, toxins, and extra water from the blood, the kidneys serve as the body’s natural filtration system. When the body consumes sufficient amounts of fluid, the kidneys even cleanse themselves. Consuming particular foods and herbs as part of a kidney cleanse may help the body eliminate toxins and improve kidney health. Programs for cleansing the kidneys can vary, but they typically call for following a strict diet for a few days.
There are many causes of kidney stones, such as dehydration, excessively acidic urine, urinary tract infections, buildup of waste and toxins in the kidneys, among others. The symptoms of kidney stones include excessive lower back, abdominal or urinary tract pain which may be sharp, mild or excruciating, severe vomiting or feeling nauseated, persistent urge to pass urine, and constant chills or sweating. While the symptoms vary depending on the size of the stones, unceasing pain and discomfort on the sides is a good reason to see a urologist. Kidney stones are easily curable if diagnosed early.