Our kidneys play a very important role in our overall health. They’re so important that most people are born with two of them, just in case something happens to one.

Hidden at the back of our abdomen, it’s likely that we have given little thought into caring for our kidneys. But these vital organs can do with a little TLC, and luckily, the things we can do to keep our kidneys healthy will benefit our overall health too.

What are kidneys?
Kidneys are two organs that sit in our abdomen on either side of our backbone. They’re about the size of a fist and shaped like a bean.

Functions of the Kidney

1) Our kidneys are responsible for cleaning our blood. They process your blood to sort out excess fluids, unwanted chemicals and waste, and turn these into urine.

2) Our entire blood supply cycles through our kidneys 12 times, which is estimated to be about 200L of blood each day!

3) Our kidneys work hard, day and night, to keep us healthy – they clean our blood, help regulate our blood pressure, balance the amount of water in our body, and manage our body’s production of vitamin D.

World Kidney day is observed in March every year. This year, the event which fell on the 12th, focuses on “preventive interventions” to avoid the onset and progression of kidney diseases.

The theme is ‘Kidney health for everyone everywhere – from prevention to detection and equitable access to care”.

Written by : Eseohe Ebhota-Akoma

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