by Toby Amidor, MS, RD, CDN on behalf of AquaTally
Proper hydration is necessary all year round for optimal health. Nutrition and other medical professionals can help clients stay on track by using simple techniques.
AquaTally is designed to allow clients to better track their daily fluid intake. It can hold 16 fluid ounces and has a white indicator ring that is turned to line up with numbers 0-8 that are printed around the cup. The tracking scale is flexible and can be used to track refills, or one cup (8 oz) at a time. AquaTally is also BPA free and top rack dishwasher safe.
A Clinical Perspective
AquaTally frees individuals from tediously writing in a food diary or mentally trying to keep track of fluid intake. It is a simple tool that is designed to meet the needs of all populations from pediatrics to geriatrics.
AquaTally was sampled and reviewed by approximately 360 registered dietitians and 8 out of 10 say they would recommend it to clients. Jamie Vespa, MS, RD, LDN, a clinical nutrition specialist at a hospital in Tampa, Florida uses AquaTally as a teaching tool for outpatients. “About two months ago, I had an elderly man admitted for dehydration. He lived alone, suffered early signs of dementia and had recently begun taking a medication that suppressed his appetite. Along with becoming desensitized to hunger cues, he also became less sensitive to cues/signs of dehydration.” After reviewing his diet history, Vespa found he was consuming less than half of his daily fluid intake. She recommended AquaTally because of its simplicity. “Considering this patient suffered early signs of dementia, he found the AquaTally to be extremely helpful in tracking his fluid intake.”
AquaTally can be a very useful fluid tracking tool, especially in populations with a higher risk for dehydration, increased fluid needs (i.e. kidney stone prevention) and following high protein diets. In addition, many individuals with chronic diseases (i.e. congestive heart failure and renal disease), where fluid restrictions and fluid monitoring are an essential part of the treatment plan, would benefit from AquaTally.
Barb Nekula MA, RD, CDN, a renal dietitian working at an outpatient dialysis center, counsels patients with kidney failure on dialysis. She recommended AquaTally to a new dialysis patient as a tool to help her with fluid management. “She purchased three AquaTallys, one for home, at work and in the car.” By having AquaTally accessible throughout the day irrespective of her whereabouts, she was able to manage her fluid restriction and maintain her body weight with no excessive fluid gains. “She has now been able to move from in-center treatment to peritoneal dialysis (an in-home treatment option for kidney failure).”
AquaTally also serves as an excellent tracking tool for clients working to lose weight. The validity of food recalls across different weight statuses has always been a challenge for dietitians when assessing diet history and fluid intake can also be a challenge for clients to report. “AquaTally not only made tracking fluid intake easy and manageable, but clients also found a sense of accomplishment once they hit the 8th notch. For anyone trying to lose weight, any and all accomplishments way heavy on their motivation to stay on track!” says Vespa.
Tips for Use
AquaTally can help build a healthy routine for clients and help manage hydration to achieve and maintain optimal health. Below are some tips on using AquaTally:
- AquaTally can be used to keep track of other sources of hydration throughout the day. If you go out to lunch and have a glass of water, just add it to your tally.
- AquaTally can hold warm or cold liquids and can keep track of low-calorie beverages such as coffee and unsweetened tea.
- Pick the tracking scale that is easiest for each client. Whether that means tracking by 1 cup increments, by refills, or even starting at the goal number and counting down to 0.
Although financial compensation was received for writing this article, all views and opinions expressed are purely and entirely my own. For additional information on this product, please visit: myaquatally.com
Toby Amidor, MS, RD, CDN nutrition expert and author of The Greek Yogurt Kitchen: More than 130 delicious, healthy recipes for every meal of the day