Can Drinking Water Stop Kidney Failure?

Medically Reviewed on 12/14/2022

How much water should you drink if your kidneys are failing?

Can Drinking Water Stop Kidney Failure
The recommended amount of water for people with kidney failure depends on the stage of their disease.

While drinking more water can help boost kidney function, there is no evidence that suggests that an increase in water consumption will prevent the progress of kidney failure.

The National Kidney Foundation recommends for people with stages I and II chronic kidney disease (CKD) to consume 8 glasses of water per day and those with stages III, IV, and V CKD to limit water consumption. It is best to discuss your water and salt consumption with your doctor.

Under normal circumstances, daily water requirements are based on factors such as age, climate, and exercise intensity, as well as conditions such as pregnancy, breastfeeding, and illness.

What are the main functions of your kidneys?

Kidneys are a pair of bean-shaped organs located below the rib cage on either side of the spine. Their main functions include the following:

What causes kidney failure?

Kidney failure or end-stage renal disease occurs when the kidneys are unable to filter toxins and waste products, working less than 15% of their normal capacity.

Chronic renal failure causes

A gradual loss of kidney function may be caused by:

Acute renal failure causes

A sudden loss of kidney function occurs due to the following:


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What are the signs and symptoms of kidney failure?

Kidney failure can be asymptomatic initially, and if left untreated, can lead to life-threatening conditions:

What is the treatment for kidney failure?

If you have kidney failure, a healthy lifestyle, diet modifications, regular follow-ups, and appropriate medications may improve your quality of life and extend your lifespan:

  • Dietary modifications such as the DASH diet (low-sodium) and renal diet (low-sodium, low-protein, and low-potassium, with controlled water intake)
  • Managing blood pressure and diabetes
  • Antibiotics for infections as needed
  • Corticosteroids for immune-related conditions (nephrotic syndrome)
  • Blood transfusions for anemia
  • Intravenous fluids, if needed

Acute renal failure or end-stage renal disease is the most severe stage of kidney failure, with no cure. The only treatment options are:

  • Hemodialysis: Machine that regularly (three to four times per week) filters the blood to remove toxins and waste products
  • Peritoneal dialysis: Treatment that uses a catheter through the abdominal lining for blood filtration
  • Kidney transplant: Only long-term solution in most cases
Medically Reviewed on 12/14/2022
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