Dementia Related Post

On The Bottle!

That’s right; I’m on the bottle!

However, I’m not talking about drowning my sorrows in a continuous soaking of alcohol. This isn’t good in so many ways, and I think most of us know this already!

I’ve been feeling sluggish and with a dull headache for some time. I’m coming off Lorazepam at the moment, so dealing with the withdrawal effects of this too. My daughter asked me if I was drinking enough, and I thought I was. I do drink a fair amount of coffee in the day, but then I realised that I often find that cold coffee cup sitting there and I’m not too fond of cold coffee. So, was this a problem.

Listen as you read… good challenge for the brain!

My daughter got me a bottle, a picture of which is at the top of this piece. It’s a large bottle about one litre or about two pints in old money. It has a tight lid, which is a great help. My hand and my eye don’t always play the game, and a lot of the time my cup will take a dive. I have a lid on my coffee cup, and this helps. As I said, the bottle has a cap and a catch that opens to allow you to drink, which is excellent. The other thing that is good about the design is that there is a straw that goes from the top of the bottle where you drink, right to the bottom. No more having to try and raise the thing to drink! 

Ok, so the bottle sounds nice, but the question is, ‘Is it helping and am I drinking more? I can say a definite yes. 

I’m feeling much better, not so sluggish and that dull headache has all but gone! 

I read a bit about hydration and maybe more critical dehydration. This is what I found:

Water is crucial for our brains. When we drink water, our blood is hydrated and easier to travel around the body, transporting oxygen and essential nutrients to places that need it, including the brain. When we are even mildly dehydrated, this process can be inhibited. As such, dehydration and brain function are intimately linked. 

Water plays a vital role in the way brain cells work and helps to remove toxins. If the body starts to become dehydrated, the functioning of brain cells is affected. In the case of long-term dehydration, this can even apparently age the brain.

Dehydration can cause symptoms similar to those of dementia, including memory loss, confusion and depression. Even in mild dehydration cases — 1–3% of body weight — studies show that headaches increased, the concentration decreased, anxiety increased, and the mood was affected. Similarly, other research shows that lower hydration ‘slowed psychomotor processing speed’ resulted in poorer attention and memory performance.

Another key study noted that ‘dehydration conditions impaired cognitive abilities (i.e. perceptive discrimination, short-term memory’—a clear relationship between cognitive performance and hydration.

I have not thought about the amount I drink as a factor in my daily life. If its effects are so apparent, why have I not heard more about it? How many others out there haven’t given it a thought? 

It is such a simple change, but it could have a significant impact, so it’s got to be worth a go! 

I say, ‘Get on the Bottle!’

By the way, my preferred drink: 

Dash of ginger cordial, a splash of cider vinegar, with mother of course, and topped up with lashingsof, no not ginger beer, but the cheapest diet lemonade I can buy. Lovely!  

The bottle keeps it fizzy too! 

Please comment on anything I have said. Thank You!

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  1. Hi Richard

    We love your blog and are keen that it is shared with as many people with dementia as possible, so that they can benefit from it.

    We have included a link to it here

    We haven’t shared this yet on social media, but will do so once we have heard back from you and are clear that you are happy with that

    All very best wishes and look forward to hearing from you

    Philly at Innovations in Dementia

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