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Urinary Tract and Kidney Health

2014 March 5

The Urinary System, Renal System or Urinary Tract plays a crucial role in keeping our body healthy and free from toxins and unwanted fluids.

Two kidneys, the urethers, urinary bladder and the urethra constitute the urinary system. All the blood in our body is filtered through the kidneys and the waste matter, toxins and excess water is filtered out. The waste liquid is then transported from the kidneys to the urinary bladder through thin muscular tubes called ureters. This waste liquid or urine collects in the bladder till it is passed out the body through the urethra during urination.
The Urinary Tract is susceptible to a large number of dysfunctions and ailments. Although the symptoms of urinary system problems differ depending on the ailment there are some common indications :

  • Any change in the amount, frequency, colour and smell of urine.
  • Pain and burning sensation during urination.
  • The urge to urinate all the time even though there is very little urine which is passed each time.
  • Fever which does not subside after 4-5 days.
  • Blood in the urine.
  • Swelling or oedema in the body. Swelling on your face, hands, feet ankles.
  • Weakness, extreme fatigue, dizziness and nausea and vomiting, shortness of breath.
  • Pain in the sides or lower back.
  • Severe skin rashes, metallic taste in the mouth.
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