Drink Water

How Much Water Do I Actually Need to Drink Every Day?
“In a healthy adult, the kidneys can filter and excrete 15 liters of water a day. So you are unlikely to get too much water, provided you don’t drink an enormous amount at one time. Just remember to pay attention to thirst cues, try to anticipate when activities or the weather might increase your need for water, and carry water with you always.
For most of us, too little water is more of a problem than too much. Drinking 15 liters of water each day would not only take quite some time but make you feel very uncomfortable. There are really no circumstances where you’d accidentally drink too much water, so drinking more than you need is a safer bet than drinking too little.”

Drink to satisfy thirst – water is the recommended fluid!
“Swap sugar loaded drinks for water as it is so much better for your health – be sugar free!”
“How much fluid should I drink to help keep my kidneys healthy?
The human body can last weeks without food, but only days without fluid. It has no way to store the fluid it needs to replenish the blood, in order for body functions to work properly, to make up for losses from lungs, skin, urine and faeces. Fluid regulates your body’s temperature through perspiration, the kidney removes waste via urine and carries nutrients and other substances throughout the body.

So what should you drink?
Fresh supplies of fluid are needed every day, however, there is no set amount to drink each day to avoid dehydration. Water is the recommended fluid to satisfy thirst and is nature’s choice. It is calorie-free, inexpensive and readily available and choosing to drink water instead will have a positive impact on your health. It can also contain fluoride which is good for teeth.

Listen to your thirst – and keep in mind that the right level of fluid intake for any individual depends on many factors including gender, exercise, climate, health conditions, pregnancy and breast feeding. People who have already had a kidney stone are advised to drink 2 to 3 litres of water daily to lessen the risk of forming a new stone.”


Common Questions About Kidney Disease, by American Kidney Fund
“How much water should I drink?
You may not need to drink a full eight glasses of water every day to stay healthy, as once thought, but water is still a better choice than drinks that have caffeine, like soda, coffee or tea. These drinks can actually make you thirstier. Avoiding sugary juices and fruit punches is also a good idea, especially if you have diabetes. Drinking plenty of water may also help prevent kidney stones and urinary tract infections.

Note: If you have late stage kidney disease or are on dialysis, you may need to limit how much you drink. Talk to your doctor or a dietitian about how much fluid you should have each day.

Is alcohol bad for my kidneys?
Alcohol affects your liver more directly than your kidneys, but it can raise your blood pressure. High blood pressure can damage the tiny filters in your kidneys. In fact, high blood pressure is the second leading cause of kidney failure.

Still, in moderation, alcohol is usually not a problem for healthy people. As a general rule, this means no more than two drinks per day for men or no more than one drink per day for women.

Note: Alcohol can also be dangerous if taken with some medicines. Check with your doctor or pharmacist to learn whether it is safe for you to drink.

Is soda bad for my kidneys?
A recent study suggests that drinking two or more cola drinks (either diet or regular) each day may increase your risk for chronic kidney disease. Other types of sodas (non-colas) did not seem to increase the risk.”