Could you use some fluids right now? Probably! You should go refill your water bottle or glass right now. But that’s not going to do it for the majority of Americans.
There’s a pretty good chance you’re more dehydrated than a few glasses of water can fix. A study found that 3/4 of Americans are chronically dehydrated – meaning their fluid output was higher than their intake.
And even if you think you drink a decent amount of water, your coffee or soda habit may be canceling it out. Learn about how damaging being severely dehydrated is and how IV mobile therapy can help, below.
Let’s go back to that statistic for a minute – 75% of people are chronically dehydrated? That was out of 3000 plus subjects that they interviewed.
And though you weren’t part of that study (probably) you’re likely part of the 75%.
There are a few ways to tell if you’re dehydrated.
All your body cells are made up partially of water. Including your skin cells – which may be why your skin has been looking dry or dull lately, even though you haven’t changed your skincare routine.
To do this test, we’re not going to look at your face. We’re going to test the skin on the back of your hand.
Take two fingers and pinch about an inch of skin between your thumb and pointer/middle finger.
Hold it for about three seconds. It might be a little uncomfortable, but it shouldn’t hurt.
Then, let go and watch your skin settle back into place. How long did that process take? A well-hydrated skin system will settle back into place immediately.
The longer it takes (in seconds) the more dehydrated you are.
Now – there is a caveat to this test. The older you are, the less elasticity your skin has, no matter how hydrated you are.
How well could you name all the shades of yellow? Sunshine yellow, hay bale yellow, amber, honey, maybe even chartreuse?
If you can’t name the actual color – that’s fine. You just need to understand lighter and darker to understand your hydration levels.
Hydrated pee should still be yellow, but more like the pastel color of yellow you’d paint a nursery or see at Easter. It should not be clear – overhydration is a thing, too.
You should never let your pee get any darker than lemonade, or else you’re dehydrated. If it starts to look more like apple juice or honey than lemonade – you need to get iv mobile hydration, stat.
If it’s even darker than apple juice or is bloody/red, please go to urgent care or call your physician (and make sure you didn’t just eat a lot of beets).
Take your body weight and divide it in half. That’s roughly the amount of water you need to drink in ounces, per day.
Some people say you can also take your weight and multiply it by 2/3, but why do math when you don’t have to?
If you exercise or sweat from being outside, you need about 10-20 more ounces for every 30 minutes you were losing water.
Knowing that, do you get even close to the right amount of water per day? To be clear, if you weight 160 pounds, you need 80 ounces of water a day.
The 64-ounces of water a day model we were originally taught is only enough water if you weight 125 pounds or less.
You may be thinking, why do I need an iv mobile service, when I can drink water? The answer is salt – and electrolytes, but not the kind you get that are soaking in sugar in products like Gatorade.
Your body needs salt to survive – which surprises most people, given the bad rep salt gets. We’re not just talking about that kind of salt (sodium).
We’re talking about potassium, phosphates, magnesium, an more. If you’re low in these, not only are you probably dehydrated – but you don’t feel very good either.
An electrolyte deficiency can cause muscle weakness, spasms, and in extreme cases, issues with your heart’s electrical system.
You may be low in electrolytes if you have some of the following symptoms:
Don’t let your imbalance get that bad! Request a hydration treatment today – we’ll even come to you, it’s ultra-convenient.
Ready to get your hydration back to the medical normal, not your personal normal?
You have choices when it comes to the combination of vitamins and electrolytes you want to get. What you need could be completely different from what our last patient needed, or even what your partner needs.
Our most popular and most generic (wide-reaching) option is the Myers Cocktail. It’s a blend of saline (salt), vitamin B, vitamin C, Zinc, Magnesium, and Glutathione.
It’s the best treatment for hangovers, when you feel like you’re getting sick, right after you got sick, migraines, fatigue, and more.
You can look here for all the combinations of packages we offer – plus browse our range of add-ins.
Finally, did you know that being dehydrated could be the reason why you’re always tired? Why it feels like coffee makes you more sleepy, instead of less?
Don’t let that stay your reality. Give us a call and we’ll be right over with our IV mobile unit to help!