Know the Signs of Too Much Fluid
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.
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
High weight gains
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.
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.