How Kidneys Work

How the Kidneys Work

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The function of the kidneys is to filter your blood of toxins and excess water, regulate certain nutrients like potassium and calcium, and produce hormones that help you make red blood cells and maintain bone strength.

When your kidneys are not functioning properly, your body cannot eliminate harmful toxins. Most people are born with two kidneys and if one stops working, the second kidney normally can function on its own. However, most kidney diseases attack both kidneys simultaneously. Once both kidneys stop functioning, it becomes a life-threatening condition and you will require medical attention right away. If left untreated, most people whose kidneys stop functioning cannot survive longer than a few days due to the excess toxins and fluid in their blood.

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