The Body’s Filtration System: Your Kidneys

The Body’s Filtration System Your Kidneys

One of the most fascinating organs in the human body are the kidneys. These two bean shaped organs sit right below your rib cage on either side of your spine, serving as the body’s filtration system.

What do the Kidneys do?

The kidneys play a key role in the overall function of the body, filtering about a half cup of blood every minute and creating urine by removing wastes and extra water. Your kidneys also filter excess acid that is produced by certain cells, maintaining a balance of sodium, potassium, calcium and phosphorous. Kidneys are also responsible for certain hormones that regulate your blood pressure, create red blood cells and contribute to your bone health. When you really think about it, the kidneys have an immense amount of responsibility in keeping you healthy!

Each of your kidneys is made up of millions of nephrons, which are tiny filtration units that allow the kidney to carry out its functions. These nephrons decide what to filter back into your bloodstream, and the remaining waste becomes urine. In about 24 hours, the kidneys filter through 150 quarts of blood. Most of the blood is returned to the body, leaving only 1-2 quarts per day for urine.

What happens when things go wrong?

Some individuals may be familiar with end stage renal disease, a severe condition that can result in death. In people with this disease, hemodialysis is needed to filter the blood through the body due to the kidneys inability to carry out its function.

There are many causes of chronic kidney disease, ranging from genetics to lifestyle choices. Diabetes and high blood pressure are two common causes, however many people with chronic kidney disease were born with this condition and develop problems later in life. Certain drugs can also cause kidney failure, such as using over-the-counter medications for a longer period of time. Other causes include glomerulonephritis (inflammation of the kidneys filter units), urinary tract infections and polycystic kidney disease.

Treatment for kidney disease

So what can be done about chronic kidney disease, and especially end stage kidney disease? Besides hemodialysis, it is possible to be a candidate for a kidney transplant. The body is able to function with one kidney, and the donor will continue to live a healthy life. The body’s ability to give and receive an organ is truly spectacular. The blood type of the recipient does not have to match the donor, however additional medical treatment will be needed to prevent rejection of the kidney. Tissue typing and crossmatching are both further tests that help detect the success of the body accepting the kidney.

The procedure for the living donor is referred to as a nephrectomy, and most often it is done laparoscopically (small incisions where ports are used). This is ideal and allows for a quicker recovery. Small fiber-optic instruments are used during the procedure in order to dissect the kidney and safely prepare it for transplant. In the event that the procedure cannot be performed laparoscopically, a larger incision is made (5-7 inches) alongside the chest and upper abdomen in order to get the kidney out. The donor will recover after surgery within 1-2 days, and will follow guidance from their doctor regarding exercise, diet and medications.

For the recipient, their surgery is a bit more involved. The donated kidney is attached to blood vessels that are located in the abdomen, allowing the kidney to function and take on its new role. Following the transplant, the recipient is monitored closely for several weeks and may be given further medication if rejection is suspected. Most commonly the new kidney will start creating urine right away, however in some cases it may take several days to occur.

How do you keep the kidneys healthy? 

Overall, your kidney is an extremely important asset to your body and serves as a reminder for the extraordinary things your body is capable of. As always, take care of your health and kidneys through hydration, nutrition and exercise. Kidney issues are not exactly “simple” fixes, so prevention is key when it comes to your kidney health.

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By: Nicole Cerrini BSN, RN

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Resolve to Improve Your Health and Vitality in 2022 Part 2

Resolve to Improve Your Health and Vitality in 2022

Following on from our last blog – here is part 2 of Resolving to Improve Your Health and Vitality in 2022. How are you going so far?

Breaking your goal into smaller, more achievable goals can bring amazing results – you just need some time, patience and a dash of discipline.

Maybe these could be some resolutions for 2022

It’s time for some New Year’s fitness resolutions. Many people tend to forget their New Year fitness goals as soon as the month of January finishes.

To help you stick with your fitness goals, here are some tips that you may help.

Start slow

We all want results fast but starting rigorous exercises without really knowing what can do can actually harm your health.  When starting an exercise routine after a long period of inactivity, going too quickly can result in acute or overuse injuries by putting a lot of stress on your body.

That’s counter-productive so a better idea is to start slowly and gradually increase intensity, duration etc. This allows your body to adjust to your new routine and workouts and you will be able to get into shape not only faster but with control and respect for your body.

Make it routine

Decide on a time to exercise. That may be daily or, on certain days of the week.  It can help to write this down and put it somewhere where you can see it daily. Then, choose what type exercise you are going to participate in. Start with something you enjoy or which works for you. Don’t follow others, as not everyone has the same body type or preferences.

Select from group or individual activities such as weightlifting, swimming, running, walking, basketball, cycling and tennis. Then decide how much time you can devote to exercising. If you haven’t exercised for a long period of time, start with as little as 15 minutes per session. Gradually, you can increase this time to at least 30 minutes a day.

Find a workout partner

It’s really helpful to find a workout partner. It can be overwhelming for you to follow an exercise routine alone. Having a workout partner will not only help you in creating an exercise routine but also let you stay focused long after the New Year is over. A friend can help you stay motivated and reach your fitness goals.

So, in order to reach your diet and fitness goals, break it down, do one thing at a time, give yourself a target and see how far you can go.

Keep patience and have faith in yourself. And when you arrive at your goal – reward yourself and set a new one!

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Resolve to Improve Your Health and Vitality in 2022 Part 1

Improve Your Health and Vitality

Are you making hard-to-follow New Year diet resolutions to improve your health? If that hasn’t worked for you in the past perhaps it’s time for something new.

Breaking your goal into smaller, more achievable goals can bring amazing results – you just need some time, patience and a dash of discipline.

Maybe these could be some resolutions for 2022

Drink plenty of water

Water is fat-free, cheap and gives your body needed hydration. Eight classes a day is a good target. Does it sound tough? Start by thinking smaller.

Begin your day by drinking a glass of water on your empty stomach. If you want to have some more variety, add a splash of your beverage to a glass of water first. Or, try a squeeze of your favorite citrus. Just try to drink more water than yesterday. This way you’ll stay hydrated and reap the benefits water brings to your body.

Lower your sugar intake

Resolve to reduce your intake of sugar. Again, this does not need to happen overnight. A slower change will allow your taste buds to adjust as well as your pantry! Begin by making yourself more aware of your sugar intake. For many people this isn’t the sugar they add to coffee or tea (although that doesn’t help) but it’s hidden in their daily food choices.

When you become aware of what you’re consuming, start to opt for healthier alternatives such as yoghurt, whole foods and nuts

Resist your food cravings and stop snacking

Often certain activities make us feel hungry – for example watching movies with friends after dinner, you can develop a craving for snacks and sweet or alcoholic drinks.  This is something you need to keep in check.

Be mindful of what and when you’re eating. Pay attention to what you’re eating and think of the day’s foods as a whole.

If you are still finding it difficult to stop yourself from nibbling, then make your hands busy, drink a glass of water or have a cup of tea (hold the sugar!)

Add more prebiotics and probiotics to your diet

Prebiotics are non-digestible and natural food components that help in promoting the growth of beneficial bacteria in your gut. Some of the best sources of prebiotics are garlic, bananas, soybeans, whole-wheat bread and onions.

Probiotics, on the other hand, help in repopulating intestinal bacteria so that it can balance gut flora. Some of the best sources of probiotics are kefir, yogurt and miso.

If you want to improve your overall health, incorporating probiotics and prebiotics into your everyday diet will be a good step in the right direction.

Go for the rainbow

Resolve to include a variety of vitamins in your diet. In order to ensure this, include as many colors as you can while cooking a dish. Of course, this is mainly vegetables and sometimes fruits.

Check in with us next week for some more great tips!

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A Misunderstood Mystery: The Appendix

A Misunderstood Mystery: The Appendix

The human body is a host of many medical miracles as well as mysteries. The appendix could certainly be categorized as the latter. For many years, it has been thought that the appendix has virtually no use in our bodies. When removed, there seem to be zero negative effects on our digestive system or overall health. A lot of us only associate the appendix with the understanding that it can get infected and cause our body harm. Some hold the opinion that the appendix is a vestigial organ, an organ that has lost its function due to evolution. However recent interesting insight proves that the appendix is not just a waste of space.

What does the appendix do?

The appendix contains a specific type of tissue in relation to the lymphatic system, which carries the white blood cells needed to help fight infections. This lymphatic tissue helps promote the growth of beneficial gut bacteria, which in turn helps the body fight off gastrointestinal diseases.

The lining of our gut contains something called a biofilm, which is a thin layer of microbes, mucus and immune system molecules. The appendix actually has the greatest number of this biofilm in the body.

What happens when things go wrong?

Sitting in the lower right quadrant of your stomach and only 4 inches long, the appendix can cause some very serious health issues. When the body experiences an obstruction or infection of the appendix, it can fill up with pus and swell. This is a condition known as appendicitis, and is often described as intense, excruciating pain.

There can be many different sources of this infection, including ulcers, parasites, hardened stool, and abdominal trauma. Some symptoms that you may experience include loss of appetite, bloating, nausea/vomiting and a low-grade fever.

Treatment for this condition most often is an appendectomy, or a surgical removal of your appendix. However, some natural ways to treat appendicitis symptoms include ginseng tea, vegetable juices such as carrot, cucumber and beet as well as adding fresh mint to your diet can all help in your symptoms.

How do you keep the appendix healthy? 

So how do you keep a seemingly irrelevant organ healthy in your body, and avoid the dreaded prognosis of appendicitis? As always, the first and most important step is to eat a healthy, balanced diet. A high-fibre diet rich in whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables seem to keep gastrointestinal disease at bay and enhance the health of your gut, preventing infections of your appendix.

Understanding your stomach and how your organs all work together can help prevent more serious issues. The body must be thought of as your most precious possession; no one can give you the gift of good health besides you and your habits.

This holiday season, keep in mind that what you put into your body is exactly what you will get out of it. The dreaded bloating and cramps associated with a high sugar, high fat diet is not worth the risk of countless comorbidities that can result.

Don’t wait for the new year to set new, healthy goals for yourself. Start now, and your newfound energy will definitely be a source of motivation!

If you need something to believe in, start with yourself!

By: Nicole Cerrini BSN, RN

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Happy New Year 2022

GFH New Year 2022

Here is the last article before the year 2022.

How exciting is that!  Unfortunately we have no idea what is ahead of our journey of life from January!  The last two years have certainly been an experience in many ways!  With lockdowns. Lockups, and lock outs and it may happen all over again even with the minimum 80% vaccinated. 

I’d just like to ask that you are strong and have belief that somewhere down the track is the end of the tunnel and the whole world can live with this current situation and move forward.

I am unsure of what the year 2022 holds for me and the running of this site.  However, till I also make a decision we’ll ensure there is an article here for you to read each week.

Please have a most wonderful and safe New Years.  If you’re driving please be safe.  If you have a drink, be with friends and stay safe.  If you go to any fireworks follow the rules and make it home safe.  “I think the message is to be safe” Chuckling here!!!!

 Breathing is one of my addictions, as the alternative isn’t the best!

PS – I am selling the fully functioning GFH website and all the social media which is attached, four FB pages, Twitter and Instagram.  Including the over three and half years of content and contact form.  All the buyer needs to do is redirect the URL of their preferred domain.  Then go into each of the articles and redirect those URLs.  The lot for $3,000 AUD or the equivalent in crypto. Know anyone??? There is a finder’s fee of $200!!!