It's Time to Manage Your Fluid Intake

May 21, 2018

Anything that can be liquefied at room temperature is considered a fluid. This includes ice, popsicles, ice cream, sherbets, gelatin, and soup. How much fluid you eat and drink each day has a big impact on your overall health.

Recommended Fluid Intake for Dialysis Patients

Know the Right Amount of Fluid For You

The ‘right amount’ varies from person to person and depends on many things. As you begin dialysis, you’ll meet with your dietitian and he or she will let you know the right amount of fluid for you to have each day.

Too Much Fluid Is Harmful

Extra fluid in your bloodstream enlarges and weakens your heart over time. Plus, having to remove large amounts of fluid during your treatment can damage your heart, brain, and stomach.

Tips to Manage Thirst

  • Avoid salty food or adding extra salt to your food

  • Avoid canned foods, processed meats, and fast food

  • Try adding lemon juice to your water

  • Suck on sugar-free gum or candy

  • Rinse your mouth with mouthwash

  • Keep your blood sugar at a healthy level

  • Avoid getting overheated

Have questions about fluid intake? Satellite Healthcare is here to help! Call us today.

Categories: Kidneys