Staying Hydrated this Summer - Advice from a CRNA

The long summer days and warm, breezy nights call for us to enjoy the beautiful outdoors and flourishing nightlife; from hiking one of the hundreds of mountain trails to pool parties at resorts in Old Town Scottsdale, Arizona offers some of the country’s best vacation and getaway spots for any form of traveler. However, exposure to the high summer temperatures can lead to mild to severe dehydration, and sneak up on you without you even realizing it.

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The Impact of Dehydration

The human body is made up of 60% water, while the brain and lungs are comprised of 73% and 83% water respectively. It’s often said that water is to the body as oil is to a machine; without oil, the machine is more likely to break down and work less efficiently.

While it can be pretty common knowledge that drinking an adequate amount of liquid on a daily basis is essential for optimal bodily function, many people frequently overlook the body’s never-ending need for water and fail to properly hydrate. Typically, people will only drink enough water to quench their thirst at the moment they feel thirsty or when symptoms of dehydration have already begun to set in. This consistent lack of hydration can lead to chronic headache and fatigue, inability to focus, dry skin, muscle cramps, discomfort, and organ failure in some extreme cases. 75% of people across the nation suffer symptoms of chronic dehydration, so how do you stay hydrated in a scorching Arizona environment that’s second only to the sun itself?

Our words of advice:

1) DRINK MORE WATER!

This one should be pretty obvious! Drinking enough water steadily throughout the day is incredibly important for vital organ function and mood/energy levels. Though the total amount of water intake needed varies based on individual conditions, the Institute of Medicine recommends 3.7 liters of water for men and 2.7 liters for women through both beverages (80%) and food (20%). This number is also higher if you’re engaging in physical activity, as you lose about a quart of water per hour of exercise. If there is more water leaving your body through urination or sweat than there is coming in, you will enter a state of dehydration. Drink more water people!

2) Eat More Fruits and Veggies

Proper hydration doesn’t necessarily come from solely beverages. As stated above, you’ll need about 20% of your daily water intake from food and meals. Luckily, fruits and vegetables have an incredibly high concentration of water, vitamins, and antioxidants, making them an easy and tasty way to stay adequately hydrated in the summer heat. Swap out your potato chips and soda for some strawberries, cantaloupe, or a fruit smoothie- your body will thank you later!

3) Drink less booze

While drinking beer or mixed drinks can be refreshing on a hot weekend, it can also have a detrimental effect on your hydration levels. Increased alcohol intake causes a decrease in the anti-diuretic hormone, which the body uses to reabsorb water into the bloodstream, causing your body to lose more fluid through increased urination. For those that have trouble holding down their drinks, vomiting can also cause a high loss of fluids and result in mild to severe dehydration. If you’re going to drink, a good rule of thumb is to drink a glass of water for every alcoholic drink you’ve consumed- this is also a great way to avoid a killer hangover!

4) Mobile IV Hydration

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IV therapy is an effective method to cure dehydration when it seems that no amount of water will help. Unlike water, intravenous therapy bypasses the liver and delivers fluids and essential nutrients such as Vitamin C, Magnesium, Glutathione, and B complex directly into the bloodstream. This hydration method is perfect for those looking to recover after a night out, the adventurer looking for some pre/post workout energy, or the workhorse looking to get back on their A-game. If you’re searching for immediate dehydration relief from the comfort of your own home, check out IV Revival’s menu of mobile IV treatments.


Follow the tips above and you’ll be sure to avoid the uncomfortable symptoms of heat-related illness and dehydration. If you’d like more information on dehydration and its causes, you can visit the Mayo Clinic webpage here.

Helpful Hints:

  • Check your urine: Taking a peek at your pee next time you go to the bathroom is a good indication of your hydration levels. Your urine should be a should be a shade of pale yellow, if your pee is a dark yellow then you are dehydrated.

  • Weigh yourself: Check your weight before and after your workout. For every pound that you lose during your workout, it’s best to drink 16 ounces of water to recuperate what was lost. If you lose more than 3 pounds, that is your sign that you are severely dehydrated and need to drink water immediately!

Sources:

“Dehydration.” Mayo Clinic, Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, 15 Feb. 2018, www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/dehydration/symptoms-causes/syc-20354086.

“Get the Facts: Drinking Water and Intake | Nutrition | CDC.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, www.cdc.gov/nutrition/data-statistics/plain-water-the-healthier-choice.html.

“Water: How Much Should You Drink Every Day?” Mayo Clinic, Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, 6 Sept. 2017, www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/water/art-20044256.

How IV Hydration Therapy Can Help Defeat Chronic Fatigue

Another long day at work finally passes by. You come home just to snuggle up in the love and comfort of your Tempur-Pedic and heated blanket until you’re back at work the next morning. You find the same fatigue carry over to the weekend where you want nothing more but to lay on the couch and binge watch Game of Thrones. Your mind is foggy, your joints ache, you’re so tired that even with ample rest you can’t find the energy to perform the basic tasks of the day. You may not realize it, but you may find yourself suffering from symptoms related to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS).

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What is Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?

Chronic fatigue is a very complex disorder that’s commonly found in those suffering from autoimmune diseases such as lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and fibromyalgia. This kind of fatigue is not improved with rest and is often made worse with mental and physical activity, which can make completing the simplest tasks feel incredibly stressful. Symptoms include:

  • Unexplained muscle pain and headaches

  • Cognitive dysfunction (brain fog)

  • Insomnia

  • Swollen lymph nodes

  • Extreme exhaustion.

No one knows exactly where Chronic Fatigue Syndrome originates from, but it is known to correlate with stress along with various viral illnesses and medical conditions. While it's fairly difficult to receive a diagnosis of CFS, it is possible to experience symptoms without a doctor’s diagnosis. Complications from these symptoms include depression, social isolation, lifestyle restrictions, and increased work absences.

How is Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Treated?

There are a few common methods that are used to treat the symptoms of CFS. Antidepressants, anti-anxiety drugs such as Xanax, and other various stimulants are typically offered by doctors to relieve the pain caused by chronic fatigue. While you may see positive results using these medications, prescription drugs often hold a looming health risk for you and the people around you. A great alternative to pharmaceuticals is IV hydration therapy, which can help give the energy boost you need to conquer the inconveniences of chronic fatigue.

Vitamin Infusions

Myer’s cocktails, invented in the early 1940s, have been used by naturopathic doctors to improve patients health without the use of harmful prescription drugs. IV Revival’s RENEW IV Treatment is a 1-liter pH balanced solution loaded with electrolytes, minerals, and vitamins that are specifically concocted to get you out of the bed and back on your feet. Not only does the treatment bring new life to individuals suffering from chronic fatigue, it can be administered from the comfort of your own home. The super nutrient vitamin mixture includes:

  • B Complex and B12: Our B12 is five times more potent than most. B vitamins not only help fight energy and fatigue; they promote a healthy metabolism, reduce the risk of stroke and heart disease, and improve memory, mood, blood flow, and immune function

  • Magnesium: As a smooth muscle relaxant it can be used to treat migraines, pain, muscle spasms, fibromyalgia, menstrual cramps, constipation, and high blood pressure. Most people are deficient in this essential mineral needed for optimal metabolic function.

  • Vitamin C: Boosts immune function, increases resistance to infections and protects against a wide range of diseases. Combats the common cold and flu

IV Revival was started by nurse anesthetists that recognized the need to bridge the gap between affordable health care and in-home assistance. Our team of experts combined with our proprietary IV treatments will get you feeling like you can conquer the world again.

Battling Flu Season

After a restless night of sleep, you awake sweaty with an achy body. The thought of ingesting anything makes you extremely nauseous and you feel as if you're on the verge of dying. You open WebMD to check your symptoms and accidentally diagnose yourself with the Bubonic Plague. It’s officially flu season: the only season throughout the year that Americans don’t look forward to. For years you’ve stuck to the tradition of chicken noodle soup, over-the-counter medicines, and lots of bed rest - but with such a busy schedule, who has the time to miss work and all the other pressing tasks that need to be done?

Statistically, the flu is absolutely no joke. 80,000 people were claimed by the acute disease alone in 2017, and fatalities were found to be more than double than that of car accidents. Disease defense and prevention is crucial to the longevity of your health and the people around you. While many receive the flu shot ahead of the fall and winter months, the flu vaccine may not be enough.

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What is the flu?

Influenza, commonly known as the flu, is a very contagious infection caused by Influenza A and B viruses spread through the upper and/or lower respiratory systems. The flu is typically transmitted in large groups of people that spend time in close contact, such as subways, large venues, or most commonly in the workplace. The virus can be spread through physical contact with someone that is contaminated or through inhaling air particles virally. Anyone can transmit the flu, but it can also be fatal to those that are already carrying chronic ailments such as heart disease, HIV, and diabetes.

Winning the Fight

As the dreaded flu season comes to fruition, people turn to natural remedies and medicines to help them on their path to recovery. Flu medicines, teas, and other common household items such as honey, lemon, ginger, and olive leaf extract are very popular ways to get essential vitamins and nutrients into your system. Unfortunately, many of these nutrients are broken down by the GI tract and are diluted prior to entering the bloodstream, minimizing their effectiveness.

Along with the aches, nausea, chills, and everything else associated with the flu, just going to the store to stock up on Campbell’s soup, Nyquil, and all the Kleenex you can find can be the ultimate turning point of exhaustion. One extremely effective method that people often overlook is IV hydration therapy, which has been used and preferred by naturopathic doctors since the invention of the Myers cocktail in the 1940’s. Since it’s introduction, IV treatment has been incredibly effective and safe for those battling illness and for those that are looking to avoid acute diseases altogether. The immune boosting super nutrients are absorbed directly into the bloodstream making its healing properties felt almost immediately.

IV Revival’s REVIVE Custom Treatment is a 1-liter pH balanced solution loaded with electrolytes, minerals, and vitamins that are specifically concocted to get you out of the bed and back on your feet. Not only does the treatment bring new life to individuals suffering from the flu, it can be administered from the comfort of your own home. Iv Revival's MOBILE treatment (REVIVE CUSTOM TREATMENT) includes the flowing supplements:

  • All B Vitamins (including B-12): Improves mood and sleep/brain functions, detoxifies the body

  • Vitamin C: Immune boosting functions increasing the resistance to infection

  • Magnesium: Smooth muscle relaxant used to treat chronic pain, cramps, asthma, and muscle discomfort

Don’t get bit by the flu bug. Avoid the gross symptoms altogether and ride the bench this flu season. IV hydration is one of the safest ways to compensate for lost nutrients that are essential to putting you right back out where you need to be. IV Revival was started by nurse anesthetists that recognized the need to bridge the gap between affordable health care and in-home assistance. Our team of experts combined with our proprietary IV treatments will get you feeling like you can conquer the world again.

Curcumin

Maybe you’ve used it in a recipe. Maybe you’ve already heard about the wonderful health benefits it has. Curcumin, is the active ingredient in turmeric. Yeah that’s right, that delicious golden Indian spice that is used in curry - yum! Turmeric is known as a triple threat because its used for health reasons, beauty care, and in food! It has been used in India for thousands of years as a medicinal herb and health experts use them in elixirs and juices because of the huge impact they can have on our well-being. So, if you’re already using curcumin in your diet already, you probably understand why it’s an age-old remedy and why we rave about it. If haven’t heard about it yet, you’re probably thinking, “I need some of that magic now!”

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Look no further friends. We offer curcumin as a supplement in our custom IV Revive Treatments because of its powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Unfortunately, the downside of oral curcumin is that it is poorly absorbed in the blood stream and can cause gastrointestinal upset, contributing to some unpleasant side effects. Getting a dose via IV infusion offers 100% delivery into the bloodstream for maximum absorption. This equals more benefits to the body!  

Its powerful anti-inflammatory properties can help to reduce redness in on your skin, while its anti-bacterial qualities are a huge help for those suffering from things like psoriasis and acne. To add on to the already amazing list of benefits, the spice is also said to protect against the effects of Alzheimer's disease, cleanse the liver and – in some studies - has been used as an anti-depressant. This is also a huge help to those who suffer from autoimmune diseases. This also helps during acute flare ups with diseases such as, Crohn’s disease & Rheumatoid arthritis. We know, it’s almost too good to be true.

Here’s the full list of benefits that curcumin is known to help with:

  • It is a powerful anti-inflammatory

  • Helps fight cancer

  • Help lower cholesterol

  • Helps control diabetes (blood sugar)

  • Helps control blood pressure

  • Prevent skin damage and helps with acne

  • Helps with psoriasis

  • Helps with asthma exacerbation

  • Helps with allergies & sinus issues

  • Aides in memory function & Alzheimer prevention

  • Helps with autoimmune disease flare up

So, whether you’re looking to take your wellness routine up a notch, or you suffer from any of the previously mentioned ailments, there are so many positive ways you can benefit from this wonderful supplement. Add it to your custom treatment today. Book now.




 

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