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Kidneys – Your Body’s Control Center

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Normal bodily functions such as digestion release harmful byproducts into the bloodstream. The kidneys:

  • Remove toxic byproducts and release them into urine
     
  • Keep chemicals within the body (sodium, phosphorus, potassium, and calcium) at the right levels
     
  • Control production of red blood cells, which are essential for oxygen to reach to the rest of the body.
     
  • Regulate blood pressure
     

 

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Last Reviewed: May 22, 2014

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