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How to Prevent and Treat Dehydration

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Dehydration Causes and How to Protect Your Body

Did you know that the average human needs to drink 11-15 cups of water per day?

It’s true, at least if you want to function optimally and intake the necessary minerals throughout the day to help you think better and keep your health in check. Otherwise, you might face dehydration and other side effects of mineral deficiency.

But on the other hand, who has time to remind themselves to drink that much water throughout the day?

It becomes a chore and it’s no surprise that most of us fail to hit that optimal mark.

What Exactly is Dehydration?

Dehydration is the condition of water deficiency in the body. Doesn’t sound so scary? Well, think again.

We’ve all had to face dehydration from time to time, during increased physical activity when we’re sweating away water from our bodies, following sickness, especially fevers, and of course, after or during a night out where alcohol was involved.

Sometimes it’s hard to replenish your body with fluids fast enough. It takes time before water is absorbed into our bodies. You’ll notice this when you’re hungover or after a severe bout of diarrhea and vomiting. It can take a few days, sometimes even more, before you feel like your normal self, and it’s all because of dehydration.

Why do We Need to Stay Hydrated?

Water is important for our bodies because it helps to regulate body temperature, aids in digestion, and helps to transport nutrients to cells. Additionally, water is necessary for the proper functioning of the body’s organs and tissues.

The very fact that our bodies are made of approximately 60% water, is reason enough to stay hydrated. We cannot function without water, our bodies can handle up to 3 days without it, after which all functions start to shut down.

Also, minerals like calcium, magnesium, iron and zinc are present in water and are crucial to the normal function of the body. Our main source of those and other minerals is water, and it’s the reason why distilled water is not good for us, it has no minerals.

Signs and Symptoms of Dehydration

Early signs of dehydration are easily noticed, and it’s best to act when they appear. Some early signs are:

  • Dry mouth
  • Darker color of urine
  • Dry skin
  • Fatigue

Of course, all of these are followed by a strong urge of thirst that needs to be quenched.

Some of the most common advanced symptoms of dehydration are:

  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Short, fast breaths
  • Sunken eyes
  • Confusion

In some extreme cases, an individual might even develop hallucinations, and the ultimate result of dehydration is fatal.

Dehydration During Winter

Even though summer months and warm weather are generally considered more dangerous for dehydration, winter is especially tricky.

In fact, cold weather can increase your risk of dehydration because it can cause your body to lose more fluids through breathing and sweating. Additionally, people may be less likely to drink fluids in cold weather because they do not feel as thirsty.

Hot chocolate, cocoa, coffee, sodas, and similar drinks can also contribute to dehydration. Sometimes the counter-effect is so major that you’re more likely to stay hydrated by not drinking anything at all.

So during cold days, make sure that you drink enough water and keep track of your daily intake. The optimal level on average for males is 1 gallon a day, while it’s 0.7 gallons for women.

How to Prevent and Treat Dehydration

One of the most effective ways to prevent dehydration is to drink plenty of fluids, especially water. It is also important to drink fluids even when you are not thirsty, particularly in hot weather or when you are engaging in activities that cause you to lose a lot of fluids through sweating.

But not all fluids are good for fighting off dehydration, in fact, some actually cause it.

Coffee, for instance, does count towards your daily water intake but caffeine can cause dehydration because it causes you to urinate frequently. Soft drinks function similarly, and alcohol is the ultimate cause of dehydration.

IV drip therapy is the best way to fight dehydration because of the direct intake into the bloodstream, resulting in a scientifically-proven 100% absorption rate thanks to bypassing the digestive system which reduces the absorption rate.

Benefits of IV Drip Therapy for Dehydration

While drinking water is absolutely necessary for life itself, full hydration provides a myriad of benefits.

If you hydrate fully during the day, the benefits range from maintaining skin health, preventing infections, and lubricating joints, to feeding cells with nutrients and maintaining healthy organs.

Additionally, being hydrated enhances mood, cognitive function, and sleep.

Who Should Consider IV Drip Therapy for Dehydration?

Dehydration can strike you at any time, and it’s no secret that using IV drip therapy for dehydration, in combination with amino-acids and muscle-fuelling components, can greatly benefit athletes.

The muscles absorb nutrients at a higher rate within 2 hours after a workout. It’s a very short time span that, if optimized, could greatly benefit an athlete and boost their results.

But IV therapy for dehydration is also great for virtually everyone. Busy individuals with long, stressful, jobs, moms who should take some much-needed “me time,” and the elderly who have trouble absorbing minerals.

It doesn’t matter if you fall under any of those categories or not, dehydration is a serious issue that most people are not fully aware of, and should be addressed.

A single visit for IV drip therapy at Restore Hyper Wellness can rehydrate your body and boost it with additional nutrients of your choosing.