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How to Drink Water to Lower Blood Protein Levels

author image Sheri Kay
Sheri Kay has a master's degree in human nutrition. She's the co-author of two books and has been a nutrition and fitness writer since 2004.
How to Drink Water to Lower Blood Protein Levels
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Receiving the news that your blood test for protein is too high can be scary. Total protein is a lab test health care providers may order as part of a group of tests to measure liver and kidney function. Some diseases can cause elevated protein levels; however, sometimes total proteins are elevated simply because the person being tested was dehydrated at the time the blood was drawn. Dehydration may occur when you don't drink enough fluids, especially during hot weather, or with significant physical activity.

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Step 1

Drink water or other beverages throughout the day of your blood test. Drinking eight glasses of water each day is a commonly used guideline, although it isn't backed up by scientific research.

Step 2

Monitor your water intake. If your urine is pale in color and you urinate frequently, you are getting enough water.

Step 3

Drink other beverages only if you don't have to fast before the blood test. If your health care provider has ordered other blood tests, you may have to fast. You can still drink water, but not other beverages.

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