Hydration & BUN
– What I Learned –

Dr. Al Danenberg Nutritional Periodontist

May 2, 2021


60% of the human body is water.[1] It is colorless, tasteless, and odorless. The ability for the body to absorb and retain water is known as hydration. Water helps to regulate body temperature, lubricate joints, transport nutrients and oxygen to cells, flush out waste, and do a whole lot more. But it’s not just a molecule of H2O.

Electrolytes are dissolved in natural spring water and provide an electrical charge. And sunlight changes the actual structure of water to create liquid crystal properties, which have been researched by Dr. Gerald Pollack and his team from the University of Washington.[2]

In addition, all physical matter vibrates with a frequency. Not only does water have an energy frequency that our body can recognize, but also our cells and microbiome sing and communicate with one another through their unique frequencies. If our body were out of tune (like a dissonant musical instrument or a mistuned frequency dial on an old analog radio), then it might not be able to understand what is going on. It could fail to function at peak performance.

If we do not hydrate our body with quality water replete with trace minerals and natural energy frequencies, then our body will be at a disadvantage. As a matter of fact, most people couldn’t survive more than 7 days without water and everything it brings. Some of these miraculous pathways have been demonstrated in laboratory and farm animals.[3]


Natural Spring Water

Our primal ancestors were able to obtain water that was alive.

Water vapor from oceans rose to the heavens. Then droplets condensed in the atmosphere and came back to earth as rain. All along, the water was energized by the sun. Some rain replenished the existing bodies of water. Much of the rain filtered through the dirt and rocks accumulating all kinds of minerals. It settled into aquifers that fed springs, lakes, and other waterways. Fresh water was energetic and mineral-rich. This was the water our primal ancestors thrived on and depended on for individual biological pathways.

Today, we are drinking highly filtered and chemical-ridden water. Human technology can purify our water, but it also can kill it. Processed water is devoid of trace minerals and the natural vibrations that were inherent in earth’s pristine bodies of water. Processed water is dead water.

We have choices in water. My choices of water are those that are collected from mineral springs and aquifers. They contain the sun’s energy, inherent frequencies, and trace minerals.


What I Learned

Since my diagnosis with multiple myeloma in 2018, my BUN has been high. BUN is a blood test for Blood Urea Nitrogen. A high BUN could signify kidney disease or liver disease. It also could be a biomarker for dehydration.

My oncologist was constantly telling me that my elevated BUN was not a result of kidney or liver dysfunction. He said, “You are dehydrated. You aren’t drinking enough water.”

But that was not the case. I was drinking quite a bit of water. But the water I was drinking was filtered water – dead water.

The normal range of BUN from the lab at my Cancer Clinic is 7-20 mg/dL. My average BUN until I began eating Carnivore was 22. But since I started my Carnivore Diet on 1/1/20, my BUN rose even higher. It averaged 26 mg/dL – 30% higher than the top range of normal.

Not only was my oncologist concerned about dehydration, now he was concerned that I was eating too much protein. However, that was not the case either. My protein intake was moderate while my fat intake was high.

But then something unexpected happened. Starting 1/1/21 until 4/20/21, my BUN dropped significantly to an average of 15 mg/dL – well within the normal range.

What happened in my diet or lifestyle that contributed to the abrupt and positive change in my BUN?

The only thing I did differently that started at the time my BUN levels dropped was I began drinking SOLE every morning on an empty stomach.

Here is a table summarizing the changes in my BUN based on my lifestyle changes:



SOLE (pronounced So-Lay) is a supersaturated solution of Himalayan salt dissolved in pure spring water.

Himalayan salt crystals are mined from the remote reaches of the Himalayan Mountains. The crystals were created 250 million years ago from ancient oceans and then trapped after tectonic plate movement and subsequent evaporation. These crystals have been assayed and found to contain 84 trace minerals that are biologically active. This is a natural way to nourish and hydrate the cells of your body daily. Published anecdotal comments suggest that SOLE in spring water provides a balance of electrolytes and energetic vibration in the water that enhances hydration and body energy.

When I began drinking 1 teaspoon of SOLE added to 8 ounces of pure spring water each morning on an empty stomach, my BUN levels immediately normalized. My oncologist was surprised with my abrupt improvement. And this was an important education for me.


Making SOLE

You can find more information about SOLE and its science on the Original Himalayan Crystal Salt Website[4].

For those of you who are interested, here is a way to make SOLE. (If you want, you could use the Original Himalayan Crystal Salt Sole Jar.)

  1. Add Himalayan crystal salt stones halfway up a large mouth glass jar.
  2. Fill the jar with pure spring water that has not been processed in any way.
  3. Cover the jar with cheesecloth to protect the liquid in the jar; secure the cheesecloth with a rubber band. You also could use a cork lid. You do not want to cover the jar with any metal or plastic.
  4. Allow 24 hours for the water to become supersaturated with trace minerals. (The supersaturated solution is called “SOLE”.)
  5. Add 1 tsp of SOLE to 8-12 oz of pure spring water every morning and drink it on an empty stomach. If you prefer a flavor in the water, squeeze a little fresh lime or lemon into the glass of water.
  6. Wait 30-60 minutes before eating or drinking anything else.
  7. Refill the jar with pure spring water as the SOLE is consumed.
  8. Add additional Original Himalayan Crystal Salt Stones as they dissolve.

Take notice of how you feel. Keep a journal before you start your morning regimen with SOLE and then daily for at least a month. Can you tell a difference in your overall wellbeing?

If you can obtain a BUN blood test, you may want to get a baseline reading at the start and then monitor it monthly for a few months.

I’m impressed with my results. I never would have believed the relationship was real between SOLE and hydration until I proved it to myself with the BUN blood test.


[1] https://www.usgs.gov/special-topic/water-science-school/science/water-you-water-and-human-body?qt-science_center_objects=0#qt-science_center_objects

[2] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XVBEwn6iWOo

[3] https://www.researchgate.net/publication/349669391_Structured_Water_effects_on_animals

[4] https://bit.ly/3uvELcE



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Fad Diets & The Mouth

Alvin H. Danenberg, DDS Nutritional Periodontist
March 19, 2018




Fad DietsAn email about fad diets and bad breath was forwarded to me. This email claimed that some fad diets like fasting and low-carb could lead to dehydration and bad breath in the mouth. This might make sense to some extent about fad diets, but there was an underlying intent.


The ultimate purpose of the email was to promote a dentist-developed, bad-breath lozenge. I’ve already discussed how I feel about healthcare practitioners promoting products, so I won’t go into that here. The issues this email raised for me, however, were the definition of a “fad diet” and the side effects in the mouth. So, let me talk about fad diets as well as the effects of dehydration and bad breath in the mouth.


Fad Diets

Let me be clear: I do not believe in fad diets. I wrote an article that described some fad diets over the past decades. But, what is a “fad diet”?


If a nutrient-dense diet that has sustained our primal ancestors for at least 160,000 years is considered a “fad diet,” then I disagree with labeling it a fad diet. If the diets of various primal societies existing in isolated areas in the world today are considered “fad diets”, then I disagree they are fad diets.


“Fad Diets” are quick fixes to lose weight by removing critical nutrients, which the body requires.


Fasting is Not a Fad

Fasting has been studied and researched for many years. Peer-reviewed medical articles have been published in various medical journals. The overwhelming evidence is that fasting can produce significant health benefits like regulation of insulin and other hormones, repair of mitochondria, and increase in longevity. Of course, drinking water is necessary when fasting. Water does not break a fast.


Low-Carb is Not a Fad

A low to very low-carbohydrate diet and even a “keto diet” have been studied. Our body can make the extra glucose it requires from other nutrients we have ingested. We don’t need excess carbohydrates from our diet. Becoming a “fat burner” and not a “sugar burner” is healthy. However, this may cause a change in odors on the breath. I remind my patients that these odors frequently will go away as these eating styles become stabilized in the body.


One popular diet question I get from my patients is about lean meats. I don’t eat lean meats. I eat meats from pastured or wild caught animals that live humanely in their natural environments and only feed on their natural food sources. I include their healthy fats and their amazingly nutritious organs.


Another popular question I get is about whole grains. Whole grains are problematic, as they have:

  • Phytates that bind to necessary nutrients
  • Proteins that are not completely digested and damage the gut microbiome and the intestinal lining
  • Excess carbohydrates that are unnecessary for healthy metabolism.


However, low-carb is not for everyone. For example, those who are children, are pregnant, have hypothyroidism, or have “adrenal fatigue” should not go “low carb”. I try to talk with my patients about this, not always with success. In general, it is probably fair to say that most people will benefit from eating significantly fewer carbohydrates than are eaten by the majority of individuals in the modern world.



We often hear about how much water we should drink each day. Humans do not need to drink a specific volume of water daily. Your body will tell you when you need water. When you are thirsty, you should drink water – all the water you want. If you are thirsty but you don’t drink sufficient water, then you could get dehydrated. Listen to your body!


Bad Breath

Everyone occasionally will experience bad breath, which is usually caused by the digestion of some odoriferous foods. However, chronic bad breath can be caused by many things –excessive protein consumption, bacterial overgrowth in the mouth and other parts of the digestive system, systemic infections, gum disease & tooth decay, sinus problems, and tonsil stones. Dehydration could cause bad breath by decreasing the flow of saliva.


I explain to my patients that adequate saliva is necessary to begin the digestion of certain foods, lubricate the mouth, and wash away food particles and bacteria. So, a decrease in saliva could cause bad breath by allowing the level of unhealthy bacteria to increase. Adequate saliva also provides necessary nutrients to the healthy microbiome in the mouth as well as the healthy biofilm around the tooth margin called dental plaque. (By the way, dental plaque is healthy until it’s not.)


My Final Comments

Fad diets are unhealthy. They might cause dehydration and bad breath, among other complications. But, a healthy diet of nutrient-dense foods is not a fad diet and will not cause dehydration or bad breath. Let’s be sure to define fad diets correctly. “Fad diets” are quick fixes to lose weight by removing critical nutrients that the body requires.



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