Hydration Therapy: Avoid Serious Health Risks

We’ve all seen dehydration played out in the media in humorous ways. Whether it’s a cartoon character or a “Got Milk” commercial, from a young age we learn that dehydration is something to laugh at. On the contrary, those who have suffered the consequences of severe dehydration will tell you it’s no laughing matter.
While there are certain types of people who are more prone to dehydration, like athletes and those suffering from serious health problems, anyone can become seriously dehydrated. An average of 12 High school and football players die each year from dehydration, according to a recent study by the National Center for Catastrophic Sports Injury. Professional athletes suffer as well, training and competing in extreme heat with little water breaks.
Whether you are an athlete or someone who suffers from chronic dehydration, hydration therapy may be right for you.

Defined

Hydration therapy is the process of providing liquids to patients experiencing dehydration. Hydration therapy can be provided orally or intravenously via IV infusion. Intravenous administration is typically provided to patients suffering from severe dehydration, and especially to those who are unable to properly hydrate.

Homeopathic & Alternative Approach
Homeopathic and alternative medical practitioners provide patients with a form of hydration therapy where water is infused with a variety of herbs. In some cases the pH and salinity of the water is adjusted to achieve certain results.

Importance of Hydration
Dehydration can have a significant negative impact on a person’s health dependent upon the degree. Mild dehydration can cause dry skin, dizziness or lightheadedness, headache and constipation. Likewise, severe dehydration can cause similar symptoms in addition to:
• Low blood pressure
• Rapid heartbeat and/or breathing
• Fever
• Delirium or unconsciousness
While dehydration is dangerous, it is avoidable with hydration. The benefits of staying hydrated include improved:
• Cardiovascular health
• Muscular and join movement
• Skin
• Kidney function

If you are suffering from dehydration or want to learn if hydration therapy is right for you, contact us and schedule an appointment today. Live a healthier life, like our Facebook page and get daily healthy living insights.

References
MayoClinic.com: “Water: How much should you drink every day?”
WebMD Medical Reference: “Dehydration.”
Medscape.com: “Dehydration Treatment & Management.”
Atherly-John YC, Cunningham SJ, Crain EF. A randomized trial of oral vs intravenous rehydration in a pediatric emergency department. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. Dec 2002;156(12):1240-3.

New York Daily News “Average 12 high school and college football players die each year, study says.”

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