Most of us have only a vague idea about kidney functions.
Our kidneys are small organs, about the size of your fists. And yes, they do look like kidney beans. They are located on either side of the spine at the small of our back. The left kidney is behind the spleen and the right kidney is behind the liver.
So what do they do back there? A lot! Every day they purify about 20% of the blood pumped by the heart.
When our kidneys receive that blood, they remove the wastes (urea, strong acids, drugs, toxic substances) and then return the processed blood to the body.
Those unwanted substances end up in the bladder and we excrete them in our urine.
Our kidneys are constantly working hard, acting as a filter to keep our blood clean.
They rarely get a break.
In fact, our kidneys process about 200 quarts of blood every day, removing about 2 quarts of waste products and extra fluid.
Other kidney functions besides purifying the blood are:
But when we don't give our kidneys what they need, toxins and fat deposits can accumulate within them. They cannot function properly and waste builds up in the blood stream.
An overload of toxins can also irritate the urinary tract, making it more prone to infection. Struggling kidneys result in water retention, kidney stones, and strange pains in the lower back.
Kidney cleansing is vital to keeping us healthy.