By:- Apeksha Ekbote, MSc, RD, Chief Dietician, NephroPlus
It is a hot summer day, you want to drink few cool glasses of water to quench your thirst. But, wait! Can you consume so much of fluid? Before you drink too much, remember that excess fluid may have negative effects on your body. For those on dialysis, it is recommended to limit fluid intake to your output plus 500ml/day or as recommended by your Nephrologist. Below is the list below for foods and drinks that are considered fluids.
- Tea or Coffee or Milk
- Ice cream, ice pops, sherbet, sorbet, ice cubes
How are Sodium Control and Fluid Intake Related?
People with CKD and those on dialysis know that it is also important to stick to a low-sodium diet and limit salt in your diet. Extra salt in your body might make you thirstier, which may make you want to consume more fluid. Consume only Table salt Intake ½ tsp. per day or as suggested by the nephrologist. Avoid Low sodium salt, Sendha Namak, Himalayan Namak or any other salt substitutes. Avoid high sodium foods like Bakery products, Chips, Pickles, papads, canned and preserved foods.
Less salt = less thirst = feeling better
FLUID CONTROL TIPS
- Try taking medications with food instead of water or other beverages
- Monitor the salt intake in your meals
- Avoid or limit spicy foods
- Try and keep to the shade during the day to avoid dehydration.
- Be calculative and spread out the fluid intake throughout the day as recommended
- Snack on frozen or cold fruits to help quench thirst. This makes for a tasty treat.
- Use smaller cups or measuring cups to monitor fluid intake
- Squeeze a lime in a glass of water and freeze it in an ice tray. Suck on a cube when thirsty.
- Use mouthwash, sugar-free mints, gum, sour candy or lemon to quench your thirst
Excess fluid in your body shows up on the weighing scale. Therefore, your body weight can be an important indicator of how well your treatments and fluid management are working together.