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20 Tips for Fluid Management
Normal kidneys maintain fluid balance in your body, while in patients with Chronic Kidney Disease getting rid of excess water becomes a major health priority. Follow these 20 practical Tips to regulate the fluid amount in your body min consultation with your physician.


Maintain a daily fluid intake and weight diary as it helps your doctor to understand your fluid requirements.


Remember to include the amount of beverages such as tea, coffee, coals, soups etc. and NOT ONLY WATER in your daily fluid intake.


Store the daily required amount of water in a bottle/s or a container to keep a check on the amount consumed.


For repeated thirst, use water from a spray bottle instead of taking keep a check on the amount consumed.


Alternatively, you may simply rinse your mouth with water


Sucking on ice cubes is also a good idea to overcome mouth dryness and excessive thirst.


Chewing gums (sugar-free if you are a diabetic) help to control thirst.


Avoid salty and spicy foods as these make you thirsty.


Instead of consuming juices, prefer to eat fruits as advised by your doctor.


Avoid canned foods and market soups as they are rich in sodium and increase thirst.


Avoid sweetened beverages like coals as these make you feel thirsty.


Sudden weight gain may be due to excess fluid in the body. Monitor your weight regularly at home


Regularly check your feet for any swelling as this may mean excess fluid your body.


It is critical to maintain your blood sugar since high sugar levels increase your thirst ion addition to other problems.


Excess fluid retention plus excess salt intake may lead to raised blood pressure; monitor your BP regularly.


Don't exercise in too hot or too cold a weather.


If you are planning an outing in a hot weather, use an umbrella. Remember to carry a water bottle with you.


Fluid requirements vary according to the climate and the amount of physical activity. Your doctor will guide you to the right amount of fluids you can take.


You may need to consume extra amounts of water if you plan to travel by a non-Ac bus, car or train during summers.


High fever results in increased water loss; consult your doctor immediately; you may be advised to consume extra amounts of water.