Dehydration is one of the ten most frequent diagnoses reported for hospitalizations of persons over 65 in the United States – See more at: http://www.h4hinitiative.com/h4h-academy/hydration-lab/hydration-aging/risks#sthash.W08afmV6.dpuf
Researchers find 48% of elderly admitted to hospital have signs of dehydration in lab results. Drinking at least five 8-ounce glasses of water daily prevents illness including reducing the risk of fatal coronary heart disease among older adults. Water has the power to revive oxygen and circulation starved areas of the brain preventing strokes and minimizing the effects of strokes. Over70s have lost approximately 40% of their water content therefore water intake throughout the day is imperative.
My first experience with dehydration happened shortly after moving to New Mexico. I was seated on a restaurant terrace beginning the meal when I suddenly pushed the plate of food away for no apparent reason; the next I knew I was on the ground, having passed out for over 10 minutes. I refused to go to the hospital and had no idea what I’d experienced until years later when I had several scary experiences of a similar nature.
The first occurred in the middle of the night when the ceiling began to roll and the nausea was so intense I lay frozen in the bed trying to avoid all movement. I phoned a friend who knew what was happening and advised drinking as much water as I could tolerate. I did as instructed and the problem went away.
Shortly thereafter I read Batmanghelidj’s books: Your Bodies Many Cries for Water and Water and discovered most aches and pains ended with two glasses of water. It was a thrilling discovery but didn’t end my problems because of a personal difficulty drinking enough water to stay hydrated. Oprah admitted to having a similar problem: an underdeveloped sense for the taste of water. It’s a bad problem to have particularly for the elderly.
My worse dehydration was years ago directly after a very hot tub soak. Felt normal while drying off and in a split second was plunged into an unimaginable and very difficult to describe horrific nightmare. It felt kind of like my body was exploding into intense nausea and vertigo swirling dizziness. It is an unimaginable experience.
As soon as the first indications of fainting are felt one must lie down on the floor quickly to avoid falling and busting the head, which is what I did. I had no idea how long I was out and wasn’t too sure what was happening when I first awoke. Couldn’t figure out why the back of my head was stinging. Had a hard time getting up only to stagger in a zig zag pattern across the floor to the bed where I discovered a bump, big as a large lemon on the back of my head. I was happy to have an inclinable bed and I did not take a hot bath. Why? Because heat causes expansion and I didn’t want my swollen head to be further traumatized by pressing against the skull. Instead I applied numerous ice packs.
Hospitals put most patients on a water drip when first admitted. They know dehydration is a major cause for hospitalizations particularly in the elderly. Basically over70s should be on a sort of water drip 24/7 in the form of a water container at the finger tips. And the next time you have abdominal pain, cramping, kidney stones or any physical discomfort try water as your miracle cure. It might very well bring the relief needed, particularly when combined with electrolytes.