Fluid restriction

Your doctor has advised you to limit the amount of fluid that you use each day. Fluids are any substances that are liquid at room temperature. This includes the fluid taken with your medications. Foods or liquids that should be counted as part of your fluid intake are:

  • Water
  • Ice cubes
  • Fruit and vegetable juices
  • Milk and cream
  • Soft drinks/soda pop
  • Coffee and tea
  • Other beverages
  • Broth and soups
  • Ice cream and ice milk
  • Sherbet and frozen yogurt
  • Gelatin
  • Popsicles
  • Alcohol, beer and wine are not recommended for patients with heart failure. Check with your doctor.

In order to become aware of how much fluid you drink, try to keep track of the amount of fluid you use all day. You can do this in one of two ways:

  1. Each time you drink some fluid, list the amount you drink. Add it up as you use it. or...
  2. Mark a large container with the amount of fluid you are allowed each day. When you have fluids, pour an equal amount of water into the container. Once the container is filled, you have reached your limit for the day.

To help you measure:

  • 1 cup = 8 oz. = 240 cc
  • 3/4 cup = 6 oz. = 180 cc
  • 2/3 cup = 51/3 oz. = 160 cc
  • 1/2 cup = 4 oz. = 120 cc
  • 1/3 cup = 22/3 oz. = 80 cc
  • 1/4 cup = 2 oz. = 60 cc
  • 2 Tbsp. = 1 oz. = 30 cc

Be sure to measure and count all fluids.

Tips to keep you from becoming thirsty

  • Limit salty foods
  • Try chewing gum
  • Suck on a piece of hard candy
  • Eat a serving of icy cold fruit from your diet
  • Rinse your mouth with mouthwash (don't swallow any)
  • Use bread with a generous amount of margarine; the fat moistens your mouth
  • Take your pills with applesauce or with your allowed liquid
  • Use breath spray
  • Do not overheat your house
  • Keep the air in your house as humid as possible; dry air increases thirst
  • Breathe through your nose and not your mouth
  • Avoid hot sun if possible; go out in the early morning or the evening instead

For a list of Aurora facilities with a dietitian, please call Aurora Health Care toll free at 888-863-5502.

The information presented is intended for general information and educational purposes. It is not intended to replace the advice of your health care provider. Contact your health care provider if you believe you have a health problem.