Shockingly, more than thirty million Americans have kidney disease, but what’s even more shocking is that most of them don’t know it.
We live in a very busy world where we get lost in small or big endless daily circles, aka routine, which makes it incredibly easy to neglect what your body is trying to tell you.
This is dangerous because the lack of communication, as well as response, to the signals your body sends you can have drastic consequences on your health and well being.
10 Signs of Kidney Damage You Need to Watch Out For
#1 – Fatigue, headaches, and general weakness
Healthy kidneys use Vitamin D to keep your bones strong as well as to create Erythropoietin (EPO), an important hormone in the production of red blood cells. When there’s something wrong with the kidneys, they don’t generate enough EPO, causing a decline of red blood cells, and resulting in rapid fatigue.
In fact, people with chronic kidney disease commonly suffer from anemia. If you feel tired, weak, and less energetic even though you’re getting enough sleep and rest, you should definitely see a doctor soon.
#2 – Dry and itchy skin
Your kidneys normally do an amazing job in eliminating waste and additional liquid from your blood, generating red blood cells and maintaining the needed amount of minerals in your blood.
If you’re having a dry and itchy skin, it means the kidneys are failing to keep the perfect balance of nutrients and minerals. This may lead to bone and kidney disease.
To treat or prevent having dry and itchy skin, you need to keep your body hydrated. Remember to consult your healthcare professional before taking any skin medication.
#3 – Bad breath and metallic taste
Having a metallic taste in your mouth is a sign that you have accumulated waste in your blood that changes how food tastes like, while having bad breath indicates the presence of too many toxins and contamination in the bloodstream.
It should be noted that a metallic taste can have many different causes, including allergies and poor oral health. The metallic taste should normally go away as soon as the cause is treated, but in case it’s persistent, a visit to the doctor would be necessary.
Find out the rest of the signs here.