When you’re on dialysis, it can be difficult to manage your fluid intake and when it’s hot out, that becomes an even bigger challenge. It’s good to have a list of ways to keep cool on those hot summer days so you’re not tempted to go over your fluid limit. Below are some of our favorite ways to keep cool without gulping down more drinks.
1. Freeze fruit — like strawberries, raspberries or blackberries — to suck on when you’re thirsty.
2. Measure out your daily water limit and pour it into an ice cube tray. (Ice cubes last longer than sips of water.)
3. Stay in air-conditioned places like malls or grocery stores.
4. Take a cool bath or shower and let your hair air dry instead of using a hairdryer.
5. Cool a washcloth and drape it over your forehead, then sit in front of a fan.
6. Wear lightweight clothing.
7. If you have diabetes, pay close attention to your blood sugar as high blood glucose can make you extra thirsty.
8. Avoid spicy foods.
9. Stay away from strenuous activity so as not to dehydrate your body further.
10. Suck on a lemon or lime to quench your thirst.