National, 28 October 2023 – NephroPlus, India’s leading network of dialysis centers focused on redefining dialysis and renal care, shares insights into maintaining a fluid-friendly diet.
Over the years, the number of Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) patients is on the rise. It is a well-established fact that the kidneys play a vital role in removing waste products and surplus fluid from our bodies. Regulating the most critical functions of the body’s protein, salt, and acid content is also undertaken by the kidneys. The kidneys further help in producing hormones that impact the function of the other organs, thus making them an important organ of our body.
While the key function of the kidney includes balancing the fluid and removal of waste products from the blood, many people are not unaware of why and where to begin or if the right quantity of fluid is required for them. On account of the scorching heat, which results in the reduction of water content in the body, CKD patients need to know the right amount of fluid intake for their well-being.
Dr Anoop M Gowda, Consultant Nephrologist, NephroPlus says, “With the rise in temperature, and fluctuating heat waves, altering one’s fluid intake can be difficult, but with the right support and willpower, I am sure CKD patients will create new routines to help their fluid consumption. Having said that, consulting your doctor is vital to avoid further illness.”
To battle these weather concerns and still stay hydrated, here are some of the quick tips that CKD patients could consider during this season;
1. Consult your Healthcare Advisor: The healthcare advisor will help you balance the fluid. It is advisable to talk to your doctor about sweating due to heat or exercise or if you have any other ailments like fever, vomiting, or diarrhoea as in such cases fluid intake is needed
2. Take note of your dry weight: A person’s weight minus additional fluid is called Dry Weight. Generally, hemodialysis patients limit weight gain per treatment to 1 kilogram per day. However, checking your blood pressure along with your daily weight is important. If it drops, consult your doctor as you may need fluid or salt
3. Consume less salt: Salt and fluids need to be balanced, so excess salt in you have, can make you feel thirstier
4. Take medications as advised: Consuming medication as prescribed and on time can help maintain fluid levels
5. Do not miss your treatment cycle: Missing a scheduled dialysis treatment leaves excess waste and fluids in the blood, making you feel ill
6. Develop new habits: Try and intake smaller portions of water throughout the day instead of consuming large quantities. Use mouthwash or candies like mints if your craving increases, it helps reduce thirst