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5 warning signs your kidneys aren’t working properly

Our kidneys are responsible for filtering wastes from the body.

When the kidneys are damaged due to physical injury or conditions like high blood pressure or diabetes, they cannot filter the toxins from the body, leading to toxin build-up.

The signs of kidney damage are so subtle that it often goes unnoticed in the initial years. For the same reason, it is also called a ‘Silent Killer’.

Here are some common signs of a toxic kidney to watch out for.

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1. Swollen ankles and feet

The two beans shaped organs present at the lower abdomen help to filter waste and excess sodium from the body. When the kidneys are unable to function efficiently, the body starts retaining sodium. This eventually leads to swelling of ankles and shin. The condition is referred to as edema. One may also notice swelling in other parts of the body like eyes and face, but it primarily affects hands, arms, feet, ankles and legs.

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