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Know the Signs of Too Much Fluid


When kidneys aren’t healthy, extra fluid can build up in the body. This is called fluid overload and it can raise a person’s blood pressure and force the heart to work too hard.

An overworked heart becomes weaker over time.

Understanding Fluids

Fluids are more than just what you drink. They’re  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 in your body are:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea weight gain
  • Cramps
  • High blood pressure
  • Swelling in your hands, feet, ankles, arms, legs, and face
  • Gaining more than 3kg between treatments
  • Remaining tired after treatments

Check the Scale

Stepping on the scale can  be a great tool to help you manage your fluids. Weigh yourself daily. If your weight gain is sudden or quick, drink fewer fluids and watch your salt/sodium.

Manage Your Thirst

Controlling your fluid intake can make you  thirsty. Here are some things to try before you reach 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 your fluid intake will help you feel better and will keep your heart as healthy as possible. If you’re unsure of your daily fluid intake goal, talk to your dietitian today.