Located in the abdomen toward the back, kidneys are a vital organ that play a pivotal role in metabolising the blood.
A healthy kidney sifts waste products and excess fluid from the blood and is able to process up to 180 litres of blood each day. The waste and excess fluid become urine which flows to the bladder. If the kidneys are unable to remove these waste products the build-up can be toxic to the body.
The kidneys also:
- Help regulate blood pressure
- Help regulate electrolyte (salt) concentrations
- Produce hormones that help stimulate the production of red blood cells
- Produce a type of vitamin D that helps keep bones healthy
- Maintain an acid-base (Ph) balance.