What is IV Hydration
IV hydration, also known as hydration therapy, delivers fluids packed with electrolytes directly into your bloodstream through an IV that’s carefully inserted into your arm. The fluids may also include vitamins, antioxidants, and medication depending on your needs. Although the term may seem unfamiliar, this is not a new practice as it’s always been utilized in hospitals. Using it as an outpatient treatment for hydration is relatively new and gaining widespread interest. IV hydration allows fluids to circulate throughout the body at a rapid pace, replenishing your hydration in ways that drinking a glass of water cannot fulfill. IV HYDRATION (INCLUDING VITAMINS) IS FULLY COVERED BY INSURANCE!
Why do you need it
Water can take hours to fully digest and enter into your system at a cellular level. Even then, your large intestines are the first to utilize that water intake and may absorb most of it before the rest of your body can benefit. You may think to yourself that you can just drink more water. However, drinking large quantities of water at one time can run the risk of upsetting your digestive system and decreasing your sodium levels. This is where IV hydration comes into play.
Although the human body is incredibly efficient, IV hydration can help provide crucial support to feeling our best and returning our bodies to their optimal state of health and function. Some may use it as a hangover cure or for improving migraine frequency and tendency. Others find it beneficial for rehydrating after a long flight, preventing altitude sickness, athletic recovery, illness, or other circumstances where your body feels dehydrated.
Signs of Dehydration
Being dehydrated simply means you are losing more liquids than you are taking in. There are many ways you can dehydrate yourself, such as not drinking enough water, drinking too much alcohol, physically overexerting yourself, long flights, or having an illness causing fever and excessive vomiting or diarrhea.
Here are some symptoms of dehydration to look out for:
Dark, strong-smelling urine
Passing urine less frequently
Dry eyes, lips, and mouth
What happens during the procedure
IV hydration is a brief process, taking a total of roughly 30-45 minutes. As you sit back and relax, we will carefully insert an IV connected to a pack of fluids filled with electrolytes, into your arm. During this time, you’re free to read a book, use your personal device, or simply rest and feel the benefits of the treatment. You should notice the results immediately or within a few hours.
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