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What do your Kidneys do?

The kidneys are two bean shaped organs located on either side of your spine at the bottom of your ribcage. Most people are born with two kidneys. Kidneys are most popularly known as the organs that help us to dispose of waste by producing urine.

Each one of these complex filtering systems is made up of over a million tiny filters called nephrons, which “clean” your blood. These internal regulators filter and return over 180 litres of fluid every 24 hours. Without your kidneys waste would build up in your blood and damage your body.

The kidneys perform their life-sustaining job by:

  • Balancing the amount of fluid and salt in your body
  • Detecting waste in your blood
  • Making urine
  • Releasing hormones that regulate blood pressure
  • Releasing vitamins and minerals


Learn more about St. Joe's Kidney and Urinary Program