Why drinking water is good for your kidneys.

Each day, your kidneys filter more or less 113 – 141 litres of fluid. Of these fluids, approximately 1 litre is removed from the body by urinating, and 187 litres are recovered by the bloodstream.

Water is extremely important in order for the kidneys to function.

If your kidneys do not function properly, excess fluid and waste fluids can build up inside your body.

If left untreated, chronic kidney disease can possible lead to kidney failure, whereby the organs stop working, and either a kidney transplantation or dialysis is required.

Urinary tract infections (UTI’S) are the second most common type of infection in the body and it accounts for more or less 8.1 million visits to health care professionals every year.

If the infection spreads to the upper urinary tract, including the kidneys, this can cause permanent damage. Sudden kidney infections can be life-threatening, especially if septicaemia occurs.

One of the simplest ways to reduce the risk of developing a urinary tract infection is by drinking plenty of water, this is also recommended for those who have already developed a urinary tract infection.

When kidney stones develop, it interferes with how your kidneys work and it can create complications with urinary tract infections. When this happens, the infection requires longer periods of being on antibiotics, normally lasting around 7-14 days.

One of the most common causes of kidney stones is lack of water. Along with complicating urinary tract infections, research suggests that kidney stones can also increase your risk of chronic kidney disease.

In 2014, the American College of Physicians issued guidelines for those who have previously developed kidney stones, it stated that increasing your intake of fluid to enable 2 litres of urination a day can decrease your risk of kidney stone recurrence by at least half and with absolutely no side effects.

Dehydration  is when you use and lose more water than your body takes in. This can lead to an imbalance in your body’s electrolytes. Electrolytes such as phosphate, potassium and sodium, they help carry electrical signals between your cells. Properly functioning kidneys help the levels of electrolytes in the body to remain stable.

If your kidneys are unable to maintain a balance in the levels of electrolytes, these electrical signals can become mixed up, which can also cause seizures, which involve involuntary muscle movements and loss of consciousness. In very severe cases of dehydration it can result in kidney failure, a life-threatening outcome. Some of the possible complications  of chronic kidney include heart failure, anaemia, damage to the central nervous system and a compromised immune system.

At Talisa Water we specialise in the purification of  water, ensuring that the water you drink is pure and healthy for you and your body.