Summer Safety Tips to Maintain Your Kidney Health This Summer

couple walking on the beach with picnic basket to avoid dehydration for proper kidney function

The summer season can be a great time to enjoy outdoor activities and soak up the sun, but taking extra precautions if you have kidney disease is a must. Because of summer’s heat and humidity, you may be at risk of dehydration and kidney function getting worse. 

We want your summer filled with happy memories, good times, and optimal water intake so here are some tips to help protect your kidneys during the summer months.

1. Balance Your Fluid Intake

When the weather gets warmer and dehydration becomes a greater risk, water becomes your saving grace. If you have kidney disease, you must pay special attention to your water intake and talk to your doctor about how much is appropriate for you to keep your body in good shape.

Make it a habit to carry a water bottle around with you when you’re out and about so that you can remain hydrated at all times. And of course, avoid sugary drinks—these can add to dehydration and kidney function will suffer, unlike with water intake.

2. Eat Healthy Summer Foods

Ever heard of the phrase, “eat the rainbow” or having a “colorful diet”? Summer is the perfect time to get creative with your meals and eat the rainbow—enjoying that wide variety of seasonal fruits and vegetables. Eating fresh produce can provide your body with essential nutrients, while also helping you stay hydrated if you’re not able to drink as much water as usual. 

And choosing those foods that are low in sodium and potassium helps you avoid exacerbating kidney disease symptoms. From there, you’re well on your well to a health-filled summer of fun regardless of your kidney disease!

3. Protect Your Skin from Exposure

The sun’s rays can be damaging to your skin, so be sure to wear sunscreen when you are outdoors for prolonged periods. In response, you’ll find the sunburn can be kept at bay and your skin can enjoy the sunshine without putting too much stress on your kidneys.

4. Protect Your Access if You Go Swimming

If you are on dialysis it is important to check with your doctor to find out ways that you can protect your access when you are in the water. Apply protective dressing where appropriate to avoid infection or other complications. You want your swim days to be worry-free, starting with taking the proper safety precautions.

5. Go Outside and Get Moving

Although it can be easy to stay inside with the air conditioning running during summer, getting outside and having some fun is a great way to keep your kidneys functioning optimally. Exercise is beneficial for body systems, including your kidneys! So find an activity you enjoy, such as the following:

  • Taking a leisurely bike ride
  • Hiking in nature
  • Playing an outdoor sport 
  • A heart-pumping jog

By following these tips, you can ensure that you stay safe during the summer, avoid dehydration and kidney function remains healthy. Have fun, prioritize water intake, and be mindful of your kidney health!

Enjoy Your Summer with Texas Kidney Institute

The team at Texas Kidney Institute is here to help you make informed decisions about your kidney disease health this summer. We specialize in providing comprehensive kidney care and offer a variety of services, including dialysis management and lifestyle advice. 

With our expertise, you can make sure that your summer is filled with wonderful memories, steering clear of dehydration and kidney function remains at an optimal level! Contact us today to get started on the path to better kidney health.