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    The urinary system consists of two kidneys, each having a ureter connecting it to the bladder. The bladder is then connected to the urethra (longer in men and shorter in women), and the urethra ultimately leads to an opening out of the body. The function of the urinary system is to produce and remove a waste product called urine, and to regulate the amount, alkalinity or acidity, and consistency of body fluids.
     Kidneys filter blood. Every minute, one-fourth of the blood in the body enters the kidneys, which are composed of about 2 million microscopic filters called nephrons. Nephrons are responsible for absorbing nutrients, and eliminating toxins and other waste materials from the blood. In addition, the kidneys help regulate other bodily functions by secreting the hormones renin, erythropoietin and prostaglandin. Renin helps control blood pressure, while erythropoietin helps stimulte the body to produce more red blood cells.
     Prostaglandin is not limited to the kidneys. In other tissues and situations, it causes smooth muscles to contract or relax, is involved in abnormal fluid collection in the body, is responsible for some types of fever and pain, and is heavily involved in the process of inflammation. But in the kidneys, prostaglandin causes dilation of the veins and helps with the urine-making process.
     The bladder is a saclike organ located in the pelvis. Its function is to store urine until it is excreted. It is made up of three layers of involuntary muscles that provide it with the ability to expand and contract. When empty, the bladder shrivels up to the shape of a small prune, but it swells and stretches as needed to hold urine. Most peoples's bladders can hold about a pint of urine. Then, when the bladder is full, the walls expand and send impluses to the brain telling it to urinate.
     Urine is 96 percent water. The other 4 percent includes a mix of urea, salt, sugar, proteins, fat, vitamins and coloring from bile pigments. Its color is usually clear or yellow, though this depends upon the diet and health of the individual. Urine has a distinct, ammonia-like smell that is primarily due to the nitrogenous wastes it contains.

Factors in urinary health
    Kidneys are designed to keep the blood clean. They spend every minute of the day filtering out impurities. However, like any intricate structure, they have limitations. Even so, modern society seems to dictate that they must deal with more and more abuse. Drinking water frequently during the day can alleviate some potential problems by helping the kidneys flush toxins from the body. 
     Healthy cells need the proper concentration of salts. That's why potassium and sodium are crucial to the body's fluid balance. More than half of the water in the body is located inside the cells. The rest is mixed with salt-rather like diluted sea water-that bathes the cells.
     The kidneys are the major regulating mechanism for maintaining proper sodium and potassium balance. They are designed to excrete extra potassium and save sodium. In times past, there was plenty of potassium in foods, but not as much sodium. Today, people eat more foods that contain sodium (mainly processed foods with added sodium) and not as many fresh foods with natural potassium.
     Unfortunately, even with a high-sodium diet, the kidneys still save sodium and excrete potassium. Obviously, we can't change the way our kidneys function, but we can change our diet. Since food processing lowers the potassium content of foods, we should eat plenty of fresh foods.
     Herbal supplements, vitamins and minerals can also help provide the urinary system with the nutrients it needs to effectively perform its delicate chemical balancing act.
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Kidneys - Maintain the body's fluid and mineral balance, and also elimate waste materials from the blood.
Ureters - Drain waste materials produced from the filtration process in the kidneys.
Bladder - Stores and releases urine (waste)
Nutrition for the Urinary System
     The urinary system circulates blood through a filtration process in order to maintain a clean supply of body fluids. The filtration process takes place in the kidneys, where blood, water, minerals and waste are separated and processed. As this occurs, proper mineral and liquid balance is maintained.
     In the final process, waste passes through the urinary tract and is stored in the bladder to be released at our convenience. 
     In order to function properly the urinary system must receive enough water and potassium from our diet.  Excessive sodium should be avoided. Recently researchers have learned that the kidneys store beta carotene, a principal antioxidant nutrient. It is suspected that lycopene from tomatoes and other red fruit may also be important to the urinary system. Vitamins C, E and folic acid, also plays a role in the body's filtration plant.
     The best way to get the potassium you need without the extra sodium is to eat more unprocessed, natural foods. For example, use raisins on your breakfast cereal instead of honey or sugar. For a mid morning snack, eat a banana or peach instead of pastries. Also have grapefruit juice instead of a soft drink.
If you have two or more of the following indications, you may consider nutritional aid to the urinary system.
• Body odor and/or bad breath
• Monthly female concerns
• Bags under eyes
• Skin/complexion problems
• Frequent urinary concerns
• Dry, damaged or dull hair
• Weak bones, teeth or cartilage
Each Kidney has about 1 million of these filtering units, which form dilute urine by filtering the blood.
Lifestyle Suggestions:
• Drink 64 oz. of water daily.
• Drink cranberry juice.
• Eat lots of fruits and vegetables.
• Practice personal hygiene.
    
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