Ten Tips to Control Fluid in the Summer Heat

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 It’s getting hot out there! How are you going to take control over your fluid restriction?

Your doctor has likely told you to limit your fluids if you have later stages of chronic kidney disease or are on dialysis. This is due to the decreased ability for the kidneys to release fluids via urination.

Fluid restrictions are a very important to prevent further damage to the kidneys and other organs.

Your heart especially will benefit from safe fluid intakes as it has to pump more of the fluids throughout your body.

Too much fluid over long periods of time can lead to a very tired heart, potentially causing congestive heart failure.

If you have a fluid restriction, you may be familiar with the struggle that comes with controlling your fluid intakes during the hot summer months. Here are ten tips on how to prevent high fluid gains.

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 Add frozen fruit instead of ice cubes if you need to limit your fluid intake. Adds flavor but less water, like ice cubes do!
  1. Freeze your water bottle

    Hopefully it’s a reusable one like this easy tote-able one. Fill it halfway, place in freezer overnight (I leave the cap off to allow expansion without risk of bursting/cracking), and fill to the top in the morning. Since the water will expand when frozen, it will slightly decrease the amount you drink.

  2. Use frozen fruits instead of ice cubes

    Purchase a bag of frozen strawberries, blueberries, pineapple – all low potassium fruits! Swap them in place of half the ice cubes you would normally add. Enjoy refreshing chilled and flavored water!

  3. Use reusable ice cubes

    This cuts back on the fluids you drink even more because these ice cubes don’t add extra fluids to what you’re already drinking. In fact, fill your large-mouth bottle with these cute colored cubes and then add the water to really save on fluids. Or slide these nifty water bottle sticks to your typical narrow-mouth bottles to keep your drinks cold and refreshing. Hosting a party? I am IN LOVE with these fruit-shaped cubes added to sparkling flavored water!

  4. Try a Chill Towel

    These towels have over 2,000 reviews with 4/5 stars!! After being wetted, they can cool up to 30 degrees and come in a variety of colors so you don’t have to worry about getting yours mixed up with someone else! Read the reviews – people are astounded at how much of a difference these can make when you need to be under the hot sun!

  5. Avoid the midday sun (if possible!)

    The peak hours are from 10 am – 2 pm. If you’re like most of us and need to get outside, try to avoid being in midday heat. Personally, I make sure I get my daily walk in either first thing in the morning or at dusk. That change in temperature can make all the difference in sticking to my exercise goals!

  6. Stop working over a hot stove – take it outside!

    Please tell me you are grilling some delicious proteins and vegetables during the summer. Keep temperature lower in your house by keeping the stove and oven off for as much as possible. My husband and I have had this grill for over 5 years now, and it’s been a lifesaver with both the charcoal and gas grilling options! Weekdays usually call for quick gas grilling, and of course the summer weekends are all about that charcoal time during sunset hours.

    If you don’t want to cook outside, try a slow cooker (this is the one I use) or Instant Pot to make a great meal without cranking up the gas.

  7. Add a fan

    Sounds strange but these fan necklaces can really work wonders, especially using any sweat from your face and neck (gross, but true)! A tower fan can also help with circulating some air and cooling a room down quickly too.

  8. Use mint in your afternoon thirst-quencher

    Mint is a refreshing herb that can be picked up at the grocery store or easily grown in your kitchen window or backyard. Simply tear off some leaves, give them a “clap” between your hands to release the oils, and stir into water (with cucumbers, pineapple, or lemon) or unsweetened iced tea!

  9. Misting system on patio

    Using a misting system was a LIFE-SAVER in our Texas back patio! Simple to connect and apply to a patio, umbrella, or whatever your outdoor hangout place is. Don’t want to install anything? Try this misting fan instead, with almost 5/5 stars and over 3,000 customer reviews!

  10. Make sour grapes

    Take a bunch of green grapes (or red, but green is more tart) and rinse thoroughly. Place in a large bowl. Buy your favorite package of regular or sugar-free Jell-o or these phos-free, tangy Jolly Rancher Gelatins and sprinkle liberally over the grapes while still wet. A package of gelatin will cover about 3 pounds of grapes.

    Stir until coated well. Cover or separate into 1 cup servings in sandwich baggies and place in freezer. Let set for at least 30 minutes and enjoy the flavor and chilled fruit-cubes!

I hope these tips are new and helpful to you!! If you have another idea of how to control fluids to keep your heart and kidneys happy, share it below!

2 thoughts on “Ten Tips to Control Fluid in the Summer Heat”

  1. I have been told that I need to limit my liquid intake – my sodium levels had dropped below the normal range. Since then, I have had issues with moving my bowels, and frequently find that I am getting constipated. This is truly very frustrating since I know that I went regularly when eating a whole food plant based diet and drinking whenever I was thirsty.

    1. Jen Hernandez RDN, CSR, LDN

      I’m sorry to hear that! Talk with your doctor about this problem as it can become serious quickly. A registered dietitian can also help you in finding other ways to help with constipation as well!

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