Too much fluid in your body can make
it harder for your already-weakened heart to pump. Your doctor may prescribe a
diuretic to help get rid of excess fluid. He or she
may also suggest that you limit liquids so that your body can get rid of the
extra water and
- Monitoring your fluid intake can reduce
complications and hospitalizations.
- All foods that melt (such as
ice cream, gelatin, and flavored ice pops) and foods that contain a lot of
liquid (such as soup) are considered liquids. Be sure to count these in your
- Space your liquids throughout the day. Then you won't
be tempted to drink more than the amount you are allowed.
relieve thirst without taking in extra water, try chewing gum, sucking on hard
candy (sugarless if you are diabetic), or rinsing your mouth with water and
spitting it out.
How can you be sure that you are getting enough fluid?