If you have kidney disease and are on dialysis, it is important to watch your fluid intake between treatments. Too much fluid can make your kidneys, heart, and lungs work too hard. This can lead to shortness of breath, heart problems, and fluid buildup around the lungs. Even if you aren’t on dialysis, it is good to be careful of how much fluid you drink.
Below are 10 tips to help you watch the amount of fluid you have in a day. This can help limit fluid overload to keep you happy and healthy.
1) Fill a pitcher with your daily fluid allowance of water. If you want to have a drink that isn’t water, pour out the same amount of water from the pitcher. For example, if you want 1 cup of apple juice, pour out one cup of water. Talk with your MD or RD to determine your fluid allowance.
2) User a smaller cup for your drinks.
3) Sip your drink slowly. Do not gulp it down.
4) Suck on a piece of hard or sour candy, or chew gum.
5) Rinse your mouth with mouthwash or very cold water.
6) Be aware of foods you eat that are considered a “fluid”. If it melts at room temperature (ex. ice, ice cream, popsicles), it is considered a fluid!
7) Brush your teeth at least two times a day; this can help get rid of bad tastes in your mouth that may make you want to drink something!
8) If possible, take medications at mealtime.
9) Stay away from salty foods. Salty foods are more likely to make you thirsty.
10) Weigh yourself daily or weekly to keep track of weight changes.