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Understanding your kidneys and why it's important to the overall body

The kidney is a small, fist-sized organ located at the bottom of the rib cage on both sides of the spine. Even though they are small, the kidneys function are important in maintaining body metabolism.

The kidney's main function is to filter waste products, excess water, and other impurities from your blood. Maintaining a healthy and delicate balance of water, salts and minerals is critical in your body’s ability to function normally. Excess waste filtered by the kidneys are transported to the bladder and excreted through urine. Aside from filtration, the kidneys also produce hormones that help control blood pressure, red blood cell production and bone health.

Vitamin D is very important for bone and muscle function. The kidneys are responsible for activating Vit D, a process that enables the body to absorb calcium, which is essential for bone health.

The kidneys are very important to your overall health and general well-being. Keeping your kidneys healthy ensures that they filter and excrete waste normally and in turn, helps to ensure that your body functions normally.


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