Posted: Wednesday, July 2, 2014 by
When we consider the process of getting older, we sometimes forget what a vital role our kidneys play in our overall health. The bean-shaped organs, known as the kidneys, are responsible for removing toxins from our system. Many times people are unaware that their kidneys are not functioning properly because symptoms don’t show up right away. Therefore, it is important for elder care providers to encourage kidney health.
The kidneys are often referred to as sophisticated trash collectors. About 40 gallons of blood are filtered by the kidneys daily, sifting out approximately 2 quarts of waste and extra water that the body doesn’t need. The extra water and waste become urine and flow to the bladder where it is stored until you go to the bathroom. Urine should be a straw color or lighter. If it appears darker than that, it could be a sign of dehydration.