As a patient on dialysis, June and July are the two most challenging months for you as you need to restrict fluid intake while dealing with thirst. Here are some suggestions for dealing with thirst while adhering to fluid restriction when you are on the dialysis diet (a diet low in sodium, phosphorus, protein, potassium and calcium).
- Ice chips melting slowly in your mouth can keep thirst at bay.
- For an added treat, freeze low-potassium fruit juices (like apple and grape juice) in ice trays and using them in place of ice chips for flavor from time to time.
- Snack on chilled or frozen fresh fruits that are low in potassium (like apple, grape, pineapple, plum) to help prevent thirst.
- Snack on small portions of gelatin to alleviate thirst.
- Use lemon or lime slices or cucumber slices in your water, which refreshes and stimulates saliva to relieve dry mouth.
- Enjoy sour candy, which works similarly to lemon and lime slices.
- Use mint or basil in foods and beverages to refresh your mouth.
- Avoid caffeine and salt as they can increase thirst.
Increased activity and physical exercise will cause you to sweat more during summers requiring you to change your fluid intake. Check with your doctor and dietician to ascertain how much fluid intake is good for your health.
How to make flavored ice cubes?
You can make flavored ice by freezing lemonade, apple juice, grape juice or tea in an ice cube tray. All you have to do is suck or munch on these delicious cubes, once ready, to chase away thirst without drinking.