What are Kidneys


Most things in the human body come in pairs, your kidneys are no exception. Nestled just below the line of your rib cage and on either side of your spine, you can find your kidneys hard at work. Each kidney is made up of millions of nephrons. Each nephron includes a two-part filter; the glomerulus, and tubule. What do they do you ask? The nephrons work through a two-step process. The glomerulus lets fluid and waste products pass through while blocking blood cells and large molecules the filtered fluid then moves through the tubule, which sends needed minerals back to the bloodstream while removing any waste. The final product: urine. These vital organs filter out between 120 and 150 quarts of blood daily, to produce 1 to 2 quarts of urine. This process is repeated constantly throughout the day without any work needed on your part.

Still confused? no need to worry.

Think about the Kidneys like a fish tank filter. The filters remove waste products and keep the water clean so that your fish can keep on swimming. However, if the filter is in need repair or must be replaced, you will start to see build up on the glass and the water may appear murky. Your fish needs clean water to live, just like you need clean blood to function.

Here at Iowa Kidney Physicians we take care of the diseases and potentials problems your kidneys may face. Your primary care provider may suggest coming to visit with a specialist. If you, or your doctor suspect you are having a kidney problem, please give our office a call. We will work together with your primary care, or any other specialist you may see, to get you back on track.