Imagine, if you would, a huge industrial site, stretching out in all directions, as far as you can see. The site is full of factories and manufacturing plants turning out as many different products as you can think of: a steel plant, motor factory, Hi Tec laboratories, nuclear plant, and all types of traditional and modern industries doing their thing.

Each of these sites can only keep producing if their raw materials are delivered, their manufacturing machinery works, their transportation systems are in place, and their waste is removed in an efficient manner. If the rubbish wasn’t collected and by-products not dealt with, very soon each factory would grind to a halt, and the whole environment would become a polluted, rubbish choked, derelict site.

Keeping this analogy in mind, let’s now consider our bodies; millions of cells carrying out the multitude of day-to-day functions that keep us alive and healthy. Add to this load, an intense sporting activity that demands not just normal bodily function, but optimum bodily function, and we can see that our own ‘industrial site’ must have all of its supporting systems working and communicating in perfect harmony. We would soon become ill, and eventually die, if our waste products were not dealt with properly.

With the extreme dietary, supplementary and pharmaceutical practices of many athletes (particularly competitive bodybuilders and strength athletes), we need to have an understanding of kidney function and care. Otherwise, athletes do run the risk of acute and/or chronic kidney problems, leading to serious ill health….

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