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.
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.
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.
Controlling your fluid intake can make you thirsty. Here are some things to try before you reach for a tall glass of water:
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.