We all know that hydration is vital to our health. We need water to protect our joints, support brain function, and carry other vitamins and minerals throughout our bodies. If we don't get enough water each day, we can become dehydrated and develop uncomfortable symptoms. So, why is it that so many of us forget to drink up?
Research suggests that up to 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated, which might explain why Americans are generally unhealthier than most high-income countries. At Lone Star IV Medics, we want our patients to improve their health in a big way. That's why we offer IV treatments that can help reverse dehydration!
Chronic dehydration is a condition in which your body is dehydrated for a prolonged period. This can lead to many health problems, from minor issues like fatigue and headaches to severe conditions like high blood pressure or kidney stones.
How do you know if you're chronically dehydrated? The most obvious symptom of dehydration is thirst. However, people should watch for other signs of dehydration, including the following:
Anyone can develop chronic dehydration. All they have to do is lose water faster than they take in more. However, there are some groups of people who have a much greater risk of dehydration. These include infants, elderly people, and individuals with conditions like diabetes.
The most obvious cause of chronic dehydration is simply a lack of water. This is a very common problem for people with busy schedules, who may not drink enough water throughout the day. Athletes can also easily become dehydrated, as they lose a lot of fluids during exercise or athletic events.
But there are some cases in which a person can become dehydrated even when they're drinking enough water. For example, individuals with irritable bowel syndrome or non-celiac gluten sensitivity may become dehydrated more easily because their condition causes more frequent diarrhea.
You can also become dehydrated after a night of drinking with friends. Alcohol is a diuretic, which means it promotes urine production and makes your body lose fluids quickly. Couple this diuretic effect with a hangover (which can cause nausea and vomiting — another way to lose fluids), and you can become very dehydrated.
In some cases, chronic dehydration treatment is as simple as drinking water or a drink with extra electrolytes. But if you want to reverse dehydration quickly, you might want to try IV therapy as your treatment for dehydration.
At Lone Star IV Medics, we recommend that people experiencing chronic dehydration get an infusion with our Myers' Cocktail. This dehydration IV therapy contains all the vitamins, minerals, fluids, and electrolytes you need to rehydrate and re-energize.
The Myers' Cocktail contains:
Dehydration IV therapy sends all these vital ingredients directly into your bloodstream, so your body can absorb them right away. This can help relieve your dehydration symptoms quickly. In fact, you could start feeling better almost instantly!
So, how long does it take to reverse chronic dehydration? The answer depends on the severity of your condition. A study from the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research reported that people can recover from dehydration in 45 minutes (about the time it takes for an IV infusion from Lone Star IV Medics). But if your condition is more severe, you may need more time for your body to fully recover.
That said, if your symptoms worsen or if you begin to experience more severe conditions like dizziness, weakness, fainting, or confusion, consult your doctor right away as you may need additional medical assistance.
While dehydration IV therapy can help you relieve the symptoms associated with chronic dehydration, the best way to improve your health is to avoid becoming dehydrated. Here are a few things you can do to stay hydrated and healthy:
The easiest way to prevent dehydration is to drink water throughout the day. Don't wait until you're thirsty to drink. Remember, thirst is your body's way of signaling that you're already dehydrated.
You can use apps or other tech devices (like water bottles with built-in alarms) to remind you to drink throughout the day. Try to drink six to eight glasses of water each day — or even more if you're exercising or spending time in the sun.
While you will get much of your fluids from drinking water, that is not the only way to stay hydrated. A lot of the food you eat is also rich in fluids that can help hydrate your body!
Make sure you are eating plenty of water-rich foods like:
Eating a healthy diet with plenty of hydrating foods will help ensure that your body has plenty of fluid as well as all the essential vitamins and minerals you need for optimal health.
While a diet with plenty of water and hydrating foods is great for your health, it's also important to avoid things in your diet that can make you dehydrated. These include alcohol and caffeinated beverages. Obviously, it's okay to indulge in diuretics every now and then, but steering clear of them is good practice to prevent dehydration.
Finally, one excellent way to prevent dehydration is to make IV therapy part of your normal wellness routine. Lone Star IV Medics can help ensure that you have all the fluids you need to stay hydrated and healthy.
Our team of healthcare providers can visit you at your home, office, or hotel and administer dehydration IV therapy at just about any time. We have teams ready to go in all the areas we serve across Texas, so there's sure to be a team near you!
Contact Lone Star IV Medics today to learn more about our services, or check out our schedule online to make an appointment.