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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.

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.