What is dehydration and fluid hydration?

Dehydration occurs when your body does not have as much water and fluids as it should. The human body loses water by sweating and producing urine, so you must replace the lost fluid by drinking water and other beverages. Drinking fluids are usually enough to reverse mild dehydration but sometimes IV fluid hydration will be needed.

Causes of Dehydration

dehydrationDehydration can be caused by losing too much fluid, not drinking enough water or fluids, or both. Loss of fluid can happen for any number of reasons but here are a few examples.

 

  • Excessive sweating (for example, from exercise or being outside in the sun)
  • Excessive urination, such as with uncontrolled diabetes or the use of a diuretic
  • Fever
  • Vomiting or diarrhea from a stomach bug
  • Excessive alcohol intake

Dehydration Symptoms

  • Lethargy
  • Dry mouth
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Weak muscles

Preventing Dehydration

Even when you are healthy, drink plenty of fluids every day. The average adult needs 10 cups of water a day from fluids and foods. Typically, drinking approximately 8 cups combined with normal foods is sufficient to meet daily needs. Drink more water when the weather is extremely hot and when exercising.

IV Treatments for Dehydration

IV hydration treatments at BestCare Now will improve how you feel by alleviating the cumulative effects of dehydration, restoring you to vitality and wellness. Whether you are suffering from dehydration from an illness, hangover, or overexertion we have you covered.

Intravenous fluids replace the fluid lost through sweating, vomiting, diarrhea, and frequent urination. These fluids often contain potassium, glucose, and sodium, which are electrolytes your body needs to function normally. You may also need to replace lost fluids by drinking sports drinks or sipping clear broths or plain water. You should avoid caffeinated beverages if you have any symptoms of dehydration.

Hydration treatments are available at a BestCare Now location today!