The Kidneys – 6 in 60

6in60, BEDA 2018

Hello and welcome to the third of four 6 in 60s for BEDA! We started with the skin, then last week we looked at the pineal gland. This week we’re looking at the kidneys!

  1. The function of the kidney is to filter extra water and toxins from the blood. The kidneys produce urine to flush out this extra water and any toxins. They are along with your liver the bodies own way of doing a “juice cleanse” all the time!
  2. Kidneys were one of the first organs to be donated. Because humans can live with one kidney many kidneys are given by live donors.
  3. Kidneys are built up from nephrons. The nephrons work like tiny filters that remove waste materials from our blood. Each kidney can have up to 2 million nephrons.
  4. To look after your kidneys and prevent kidney damage is to make sure you stay well  hydrated and give your kidneys lots of water!
  5. The kidneys also make hormones. These hormones help regulate blood pressure, make red blood cells and promote bone health.
  6. The waste products in the blood can occasionally form crystals that collect inside the kidneys. Over time, the crystals may build up to form a hard stone-like lump. These are whats known as kidney stones. Some small ones pass through the system painlessly where as larger ones may need surgery to remove.
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Image Credit – DigiKalla

See you all tomorrow!

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