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What Do Kidneys Do To You? Weekly article on Health By Dr Harold Gunatillake
The acidity of your blood (pH), your muscle functions,is affected by your electrolytes and isproperly regulated by the kidneys. Kidneys and electrolytes control the blood pressure and stimulate the production of red blood cells. When blood runs through the kidneys, the sensors regulate the water balance and how much should be excreted along with the electrolytes mentioned above. It is a finely tuned mechanism and any disorder or malfunction in the kidneys shall lead to an electrolyte imbalance causing even water logging, coma and death. The blood through the kidneys passes through several times a day. Each kidney contains around a million units called nephrons, each of which is a microscopic filter for blood. It's possible to lose as much as 90% of kidney function without experiencing any symptoms or problems.