Staying Hydrated

The National Kidney Foundation and Icelandic Glacial have partnered to raise awareness of the benefits of drinking water to keep your kidneys healthy.

This March, Icelandic Glacial will also donate 10% of all product sales purchased on its website, to support the NKF in its efforts to encourage people to more pro-actively take charge of their health and wellness.

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Water and Hydration

Drinking enough water each day is an important part of your health. After all, about 60-70% of your body weight is made up of water, and every part of your body needs it to function properly. Water is also very important for good kidney health.

Learn more about why water is important, how to get enough water each day, and how water can be a part in preventing certain diseases.

Why Drink Water

Water is a healthier choice for your kidney health than high-calorie sugary drinks.

Evidence shows that being well hydrated may reduce the risk for kidney stones and urinary tract infections.

Water helps the kidneys remove wastes from your blood in the form of urine. Water also helps keep your blood vessels open so that blood can travel freely to your kidneys, and deliver essential nutrients to them.

Dehydration can affect you kidneys. If you become dehydrated, then it is more difficult for this delivery system to work. Severe dehydration can lead to kidney damage, so it is important to drink enough when you work or exercise very hard, and especially in warm and humid weather. Learn More

How can I make sure I get enough water?

Drink water instead of sugary drinks, such as sodas and juices, and choose water when eating out. You can also keep a bottle a water bottle with you.

Most people should try drinking enough water to keep your urine light yellow or colorless. You should know what the color of your urine means to make sure you are getting enough water. Learn More

Eight glasses a day is a common recommendation for daily hydration. However, there is no hard and fast rule that everyone needs 8 glasses of water a day. It is important to make sure you get the right amount of water each day based on your needs. For example, it is also possible to drink too much water. Though rare for an average person, endurance athletes like marathoners may drink large amounts of water and dilute the sodium level in their blood, resulting in a serious condition called hyponatremia. Learn more

This may also happen if you are taking certain types of drugs that cause your body to hold on to more water. Fluid restrictions might also apply if you have advanced CKD or are receiving dialysis, so always ask your healthcare professional if drinking a lot of water could be a problem for you. Learn more about being “Water Wise” for Healthy Kidneys. Learn more