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kidney disease bloating
my mom is 65 and her kidney is failing, she is currently on dialysis every other day. what can she drink when she feels bloated from eating too much salt?




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She should try to stay away from salt as it makes her retain fluid. Chewing on ice chips help as fluids must be limited. Most people think that if any kidney problems you should drink more but when on dialysis this is NOT the case. The kidneys no longer filter very well and drinking too much water or any fluid causes the body to retain fluid and form around the heart and the lungs and in the tissues which is not good. They can only take so much off in hemo dialysis 3 times a week so you don't want her to put too much fluid on. The dialysis staff should have told her how much fluid she can have a day and also speak to the dialysis dietitian.

Also if she is itchy at all, back off on foods with phosphate in them (read labels) like milk, cheese and whole grains. They are a no no when on dialysis. For healthy people these are good but healthy people also have working kidneys ..
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