After patients undergo a transplant, it often happens that, after awhile, they forget to drink the necessary amount of water. Even though they might not be thirsty, they should drink a lot. At the beginning, many patients will drink a lot of liquid, but over time they begin to forget to ingest liquids because it is no longer scheduled or restricted as it was during the pre-transplant phase.

I usually have a bottle with me all the time, so that I can continually drink and hydrate my kidney. In contrast with dialysis, in which the restriction of liquids is necessary, once I had had my transplant, and my renal function had become better, I had to drink abundantly: water, juices, herbal tea and soup. The benefit for us in drinking water is that, as well as hydrating ourselves, the intake of a lot of liquids allows the transplanted kidney to work much more gently while stripping out the toxins and waste products from our bodies.

You have to drink a lot before, during and after doing exercise because, as well as helping stave off normal dehydration, it also improves our athletic performance.

Diets rich in fats and proteins require more liquid to get rid of metabolic waste, since these foods contain less water than others.

In kidney transplantees with good kidney function, water helps us to also prevent possible urinary infections and to purify our bodies. The quantity that we must drink daily will be at least two liters of water. I am sure that if you do this, you will notice that you pass the day making frequent trips to the toilet. Drinking enough water will help lighten the workload for our kidneys.