I think everyone here understands the importance of hydration throughout the day and before/during/after workouts. I understand that life gets busy and sometimes we forget to drink enough water or use electrolytes in our bottles. However, even mild dehydration can have negative consequences. This became very clear to me earlier this week when I got the results of a recent blood test.
Last week I had blood work done about 1h after finishing a very hard 90 min workout. I had almost 2 full bottles of water with Skratch sports hydration during the 90 min workout. I didn’t drink water much water after, because I was in a hurry to shower, eat, and drive to my appointment. I did however take my multivitamin.
I am sharing the results of my test below. As you can see, the numbers in red are values outside the “normal” range.
All the red numbers (except B12) are related to kidney function. According to my doctor, these are very likely out of range because I was dehydrated after the workout, and he is not concerned about kidney disease. But I will tell you, that result freaked me out and as you can imagine, I did a lot of my own research about these values and how they interact after getting the result. What gave me some comfort was the creatinine level, which is typically also elevated in cases of kidney disease. Still, I am making an appointment with my Urologist (I had kidney stones in the past) and until I clear this I will be worried.
Anyway, it became very clear to me how a mild dehydration can affect so much on the body, and I wanted to share this with you all to encourage you to really pay attention to your fluid intake. I mean, I had almost 2 bottles of Skratch and still…
Now the elevated B12 (that is another Google research nightmare) - that was likely due to the 25,000% of daily value that I took with my multivitamin 1h before the test.
I’ll be back in 3-4 months for another test. Wish me luck.