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What are the Kidneys?

The kidneys are two organs shaped like beans, reddish brown in colour and each about the size of a fist. They are located on either side of the spine under the lower part of the ribcage.

What does the kidney do?

The main job of the kidneys is to remove waste from the blood and return the clean blood back to the body. Other important functions of the kidneys include:

  • Regulating water
  • Balancing chemicals in the body
  • Regulating the building of bones
  • Regulating blood pressure
  • Controlling the production of red blood cells

Last updated on: December 5th, 2016