When you lose more water than you take in, dehydration is the result.
Fortunately, dehydration is treatable. If left untreated, however, it can take a serious toll on your health.
What causes someone to become dehydrated? Here are the common reasons you may suffer from dehydration, as well as the signs you should look for.
- Spending Time in the Heat
Are you someone who loves hiking, jogging, or biking outdoors? Regardless of the outdoor activities you participate in, you must be extra careful during the summer.
Hot weather causes you to sweat. If you aren’t replacing the moisture you lose with plenty of water and electrolytes, you risk becoming dehydrated. Some signs of dehydration to look for in hot weather include:
- Intense thirst
- Muscle cramps
If you experience any of these symptoms, you may need treatment for dehydration.
- Being Sick
Any illness that causes a fever can lead to water loss and dehydration. You’re at much higher risk if you’re also experiencing vomiting or diarrhea. Common illnesses that contribute to dehydration include the flu, strep throat, and food poisoning.
Look out for these signs that you’re becoming dehydrated while sick:
- Excessive vomiting
- Frequent diarrhea
- Blood in the stool (black coloring)
- Confusion and disorientation
- Abnormal urine color and frequency
If you notice any of these symptoms, it’s likely a sign that you need water and electrolytes. Mobile IV therapy from Vital Flow Infusions can replenish important nutrients to get you on the mend faster!
- Drinking Alcohol
Alcohol dehydrates your body much faster than other fluids.
Your body treats alcohol as a toxin and tries to eliminate it in any way possible, which is why frequent urination and vomiting are common after heavy drinking. It’s therefore important to exercise caution when you drink.
Have a trusted friend or family member watch for these indications of dehydration:
- Persistent thirst
- Nausea and vomiting
- Dry mouth
Some of these conditions are also symptoms of alcohol poisoning. If you suspect you or someone you know has alcohol poisoning, seek immediate medical attention.
Vital Flow Infusions makes a special IV hydration blend designed to curb hangovers and alcohol-related dehydration. Our Hangover IV Drip infuses essential electrolytes and vitamins into your system to get you hydrated and nourished following a bout of water loss.
- Not Drinking Enough Water
This one may seem obvious, but in a world full of enticing beverages, it can be easy to not drink enough water in a world full of enticing beverages.
If you don’t follow the recommended daily water intake guidelines put out by the National Academy of Medicine, you put yourself at risk of becoming dehydrated. Certain drinks, like alcohol and soda, can dry you out even faster.
Watch out for these symptoms if your daily water intake is on the low side:
- Muscle cramps
- Stomach pain
- Dry skin
Your body beads water to carry out almost all of its core functions. You can increase your water intake by buying a water bottle marked with fluid measurements or setting timed reminders on your phone.
IV drip therapy in Sioux Falls can help you stay hydrated without having to chug water all day. We incorporate electrolytes into our system to help you avoid the uncomfortable and sometimes concerning symptoms of dehydration.
- Taking Medications that Increase Urination
If you take medication for blood pressure or other health conditions, they may have diuretic effects. Diuretics increase urination frequency, causing your body to lose fluids faster than normal.
You should always take medications as directed by your physician and pharmacist. However, additional hydration with IV therapy is a good idea if you’re prescribed diuretics for any reason.
You may need IV hydration therapy if you experience any of the following:
- Dark-colored urine
- Frequent urination
- Excessive sweating
These are common side effects of necessary medications, and our nourishing IV drips can help combat them.
- Exercising Without Proper Hydration
Even dedicated fitness buffs can fall victim to dehydration, especially in the warmer months. Exercise causes you to sweat and lose vital fluids that must be promptly replaced. If you sit in a sauna or hot tub after working out, your risk of dehydration goes up even more.
Make sure you get plenty of water and electrolytes while working out. If you need a boost, our Recovery IV Drips work well to replenish water and essential minerals lost during exercise.
Take Advantage of Mobile IV Therapy Today
No matter what causes your dehydration, it’s important to resolve it before it gets worse. You can stay on top of your body’s fluid and electrolyte balance by reserving mobile IV therapy from Vital Flow Infusions.
Book your appointment today to give your body the care it deserves and ensure that you’re firing on all cylinders.