Your body is upwards of 60 percent water, more if you are muscular or athletic. Water helps your blood flow smoothly, keeps cells intact, helps you digest food and eliminate waste, and helps to usher impurities out of your body. When you become dehydrated, fluid is shunted to your vital organs to sustain them, leaving you feeling sluggish, achy and fatigued. Severe hydration can quickly lead to death.
You lose body fluids throughout the day, and need to constantly replenish them. You may wait until you feel thirsty before drinking fluids, but by then you may be already dehydrated. Some beverages even work as diuretics, causing you to lose fluid at a faster rate.
Some mechanisms by which your body loses fluid include:
- Hot humid environments that make you sweat
- Cold dry outdoor air
- Dry indoor air from heating systems
- Loss of vapor while breathing
- Urine and feces
Drinking water throughout the day is the best way to stay hydrated. Yet sometimes water alone is not enough. When you lose body fluids, you also lose electrolytes like sodium and potassium that regulate your heartbeat and facilitate signal conduction throughout your nervous system. In some instances, drinking water alone without replacing electrolytes can lead to death.
IV Therapy for Hydration
If you have ever been a victim of trauma or had an invasive medical procedure, you are no stranger to IV drip therapy. The bags of saline water that drip into your system help stabilize you to keep your systems and vital organs working while you receive treatment and heal. The sodium in the IV bags replenishes your electrolytes to keep your heart pumping and brain and nerves humming.
Athletes often succumb to dehydration on the playing field where they lose large amounts of fluids through sweat. In order to ensure peak performance, coaches and athletic directors know that hydration coupled with electrolyte replacement is critical. That is why you will see athletes constantly chugging special electrolyte drinks on the sidelines and between plays.
However, you don’t need to be an athlete to suffer dehydration. You can become dehydrated in any season when fluid loss exceeds your fluid and electrolyte intake. Dehydration can severely reduce your physical and mental performance.
Some symptoms of dehydration include:
- Dry skin
- Decreased urine production
- Dark-colored urine
- Sluggishness and fatigue
- Confusion and difficulty concentrating
- Very low blood pressure
- Muscle cramps
If you are feeling run down, sleepy and sluggish, you may be dehydrated. Because many vitamins are water soluble, you may also be suffering vitamin deficiency and low levels of electrolytes.
One way to quickly restore optimal fluid, electrolyte and vitamin levels is micronutrient IV therapy. In as little as an hour, a micronutrient IV cocktail can completely restore optimal levels of fluids, electrolytes and vitamins, giving you an energy boost and making you feel more alive.
IV Hydration Therapy in NYC
Advanced Cryo NYC has a full line of micronutrient IV cocktails to meet your needs for hydration, electrolytes and nutrients. Relax in our spa-like SoHo clinic as you are revived, drip by drip. While you wait, be sure to check out our unique menu of therapies for health and beauty. We are dedicated to brining out the best version of you, one treatment at a time.