5 Tips for Managing Thirst in Individuals with Chronic Kidney Disease
March is National Kidney Month, a time to examine the importance of our kidneys to
our overall health. Our kidneys filter about 200 quarts of blood per day, ridding it of
waste and excess fluids. They also balance the fluids and minerals in our blood, allowing
our tissues, muscles, and nerves to function optimally.
However, over 15% of adults in the United States are estimated to have Chronic Kidney
Disease (CKD). Treatments for CKD include lifestyle changes; taking steps to address risk
factors such as diabetes, hypertension, and other chronic conditions; and dialysis or a
kidney transplant. A common lifestyle change required in individuals with late stage CKD
is the restriction of fluid intake.
Why Do CKD Patients Get Thirsty?
Excess fluid in the body can lead to swelling, low energy, high blood pressure, and even damage to the heart. Individuals who have lost kidney function may excrete little to no fluid, so doctors often recommend fluid restrictions to prevent fluid build-up in the body.
Managing Fluid Intake Can Be Challenging. Get Started With These 5 Tips:
During the hotter months of the year, you may crave liquids. To curb this craving, stay cool by remaining in temperature-controlled environments and wearing breathable clothing. If this isn't enough, use a portable misting fan for additional relief from the heat.
Limit the amount of sodium in your diet. Sodium consumption can increase fluid retention and raise blood pressure in CKD patients. Opt for fresh cuts of meat instead of packaged or processed products. Include plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables in your diet, as they contain very little sodium.
Experiencing dry mouth? Keep a supply of citrus-y fruits or acidic hard candies on hand. Holding a lemon wedge, lemon drops, or sour mint in your mouth will help to keep it lubricated.
Enjoy the beverage you are drinking for longer. Place it in a smaller glass or fill your glass only partially; this will make you conscious of how many refills you have, if any. Take small sips instead of big gulps.
Plan ahead. Divide your day into four blocks of time and drink only one-fourth of the amount you plan to drink all day during each block. If you are planning to attend an event in the evening, drink less during another block of time so that you can enjoy more beverages later in the day.
Why Presidio Home Care?
Presidio Home Care's dedicated Home Care Aides are thoroughly trained to provide
individuals living with CKD with all the support and encouragement they need. Whether
it's preparing delicious kidney-friendly meals, accompanying them to dialysis
appointments, or assisting with medication tracking, we are here for you and your loved
one. Contact us today to learn more.