Kidney Disease: Understanding Fluids
Healthy kidneys balance the amount of fluid that enters and leaves the body. If your kidneys can't maintain this fluid balance, you may need to limit your fluid intake. Always consult with your healthcare provider and ask how many ounces of fluid you can have every 24 hours. The information below can be of help.
What counts as a fluid?
Fluids are foods that are liquid at room temperature. All of the foods listed below count toward your fluid intake:
Water for drinking and taking medicines
Ice cubes and ice chips
Coffee and tea
Milk, cream, and liquid creamer
Juices, both fruit and vegetable
Ice cream, sherbets, and sorbets
Figuring fluid amounts
Fluids can be measured in different ways. The chart below can help you convert among units of measure. For ease of use, some numbers have been rounded off.