How the Kidneys Regulate Acid Base Balance


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Which organ enables your body rids itself of hydrogen ions?

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1. Which of these do the kidneys do in cases of respiratory alkalosis?

2. Under normal conditions, what has the final say as to whether or not your urine becomes acidic or alkaline?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Discover what you know about how the kidneys work through these assessments. The practice questions on the quiz will help you test your understanding of the process which the human body goes through in balancing baseness and acidity.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Review the following concepts in these assessments:

  • How our bodies get rid of hydrogen ions
  • The role of the collecting duct
  • What kidneys do when acidity in the blood is high

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet will allow you to test your skills in the following areas:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information on the process of acid base balancing from the related lesson
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about how individual parts of the body interact to maintain acid base balance
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding where the kidneys secrete hydrogen ions

Additional Learning

Get more information by reviewing the lesson entitled How the Kidneys Regulate Acid Base Balance. Through this lesson, you will also get information to help you:

  • Identify how and why the body maintains its acid base balance
  • Know the parts of the body with a role in maintaining this balance
  • Differentiate between the multiple types and sites of alkalosis and acidosis
  • Understand what bodily functions serve to maintain the acid base balance of the human body