I’ve noticed my 87-year old father, who has always been very calm and upbeat, has seemed down lately. I understand that at this age he cannot do all the things he once did and wants to, so I do get that. But it was beginning to concern me. Then he had blood work done in June. The doctor just gave him his results and he was not sure what any of it meant. I offer an evaluation I call The Life is in the Blood where I evaluate someone’s blood work results. Well of course I did it for him. He loved that it clearly explained what each item on the results was and whether his was high, low or in range, what that might mean and what he could do about it.
One of the things that jumped out at me was that several of the kidney function tests indicated dehydration. He says he drinks “a lot of water” and most people tell me that as well. But until you intentionally measure and keep track you may be surprised that you really are not drinking enough.
I honestly believe that is the case with him. And of course at that age there are additional challenges that make it a bit more difficult to stay well hydrated. I suggested he spread the water out over the course of the day rather than drinking 3 or 4 glasses in one shot first thing in the morning and calling it a day, which is what he was doing! I also encouraged him to include the natural, unprocessed pink salt in his food which he had been avoiding, thinking it would raise his blood pressure.
He usually doesn’t listen to me but it seems like this time he did. He had additional blood work done 6 weeks later and his levels have improved – as well as his mood. It may surprise you to know that approximately 75% of Americans are sub-clinically dehydrated. The acidic, processed food diet and caffeine-laden and artificially sweetened beverages most people consume is a primary reason.
This is fairly common for most on a daily basis, but women seem to be exceptionally susceptible to the negative mood changes. If you’ve been feeling down lately, pay attention to how much water you are really drinking. It may be a simple fix.
What do you drink most throughout the day?
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Something I use daily and have given to my dad as well is Emergent O2 Water Oxygenator. One of the many benefits is that it enables the water you drink to better hydrate your cells and tissues.