also it said to lower your salt intake, I LOVE my tea and have had increased thirst since returning to lithium so PLEASE help
You do not want to get a low sodium, keep your salt intake reasonable. If your sodium drops, lithium will replace it. This can lead to lithium toxicity. I'm sure they are talking about the caffeine in tea and coffee. Its a diuretic and can again cause imbalance with your sodium.
Hi! On lithium you have to maintain your hydration evenly. Dehydration will cause your blood lithium level to rise; too much fluid intake will wash it out of your system.
Your weight divided by 2, divided by 8 = your daily fluid intake.
150lbs = 75lbs = 9.3 (8)oz glasses of water
As kaismama said, it's the tea which is mildly diuretic. You can have a cuppa now and then just not 8 a day!. If your urine turns pale yellow cut back a bit on your fluids ~ and don't worry about changing your salt intake.
Have your blood lithium level checked every 3-6 months.
Best wishes WCV
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