Know the Signs of Too Much Fluid

Sep 13, 2019

When kidneys are not healthy, extra fluid can build up in the body. This is called fluid overload and it can raise blood pressure and force the heart to work too hard.

Overworked, the heart becomes weaker over time.


Understanding Fluids

Fluids are more than just what you drink. They are anything that can be liquified at room temperature, making some foods, like jello, ice cream, and soups, count towards your daily fluid intake.

Signs of Too Much Fluid are:

  • Shortness of breath

  • Dizziness

  • Nausea

  • High weight gains

  • Cramps

  • High blood pressure

  • Swelling in your hands, feet, ankles, arms, legs, and face

  • Gaining more than 3kg between treatments

  • Tired after treatments

Check the Scale

Nobody likes stepping on the scale, but it can be a great tool to help you manage fluids. Weigh yourself daily. If weight gain is sudden or quick, drink fewer fluids and watch your salt/sodium.

Manage Thirst

Controlling fluid intake can lead to thirst. Here are a few things to try before reaching for a tall glass of water:

  • Avoid salty food or adding extra salt to food

  • Avoid canned foods, processed meats, and fast food

  • Try adding lemon juice to your water; drink slowly, a small sip at a time

  • Suck on sugar-free gum or candy

  • Rinse your mouth with mouthwash

  • Keep your blood sugar at a healthy level

Managing fluid intake will help you feel better and will keep your heart as healthy as possible. If you are unsure of your daily fluid intake goal, talk to your dietitian today.

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