IV hydration is a way of re-establishing the proper balance of fluids within the body that is both fast and extremely efficient. Dehydration is a serious health condition that occurs as a result of fluid loss from overactivity, lack of proper hydration, and imbalances in the body due to an illness or injury. IV hydration enables the body to regain proper fluid balance much quicker. It is extremely difficult for the body to absorb the amount of fluid needed when it is consumed by mouth. Using an IV hydration method allows the body to receive the fluid via the bloodstream, bypassing the digestive tract and allowing the body immediate access to the fluids it needs.
When a person becomes dehydrated, the first things they will notice is a decrease in urination, dry eyes, and a very dry mouth. Dizziness, headaches, nausea, muscle weakness, body aches, low blood pressure, and extreme fatigue are signs that a person has become noticeably dehydrated. The texture of the skin will also change. It will become less pliable and not return to its normal position if it is pinched or pressed. The person may also appear flushed at first. When the dehydration becomes more severe, they may lose their color, becoming very pale with very little color or muscle tone.
While most people can perform strenuous levels of activity without fear of becoming hydrated, athletes and individuals who suffer from certain types of chronic illnesses may need to receive IV hydration from time to time. Individuals who are ill with a stomach virus or food poisoning, and are constantly vomiting or have repeated bouts of diarrhea, may need to have IV hydration to prevent them from becoming dehydrated. A person who has consumed too much alcohol may be given an IV hydration treatment to help reduce the effects of the excess alcohol. Doctors may also recommend IV hydration for children who have been extremely ill and have not consumed enough fluids.
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