Hydration Therapy - All Hype or Real Health Benefits?
Staying hydrated is critical to feeling great and maintaining good health
and often times people don’t realize how dehydrated they really
are. Whether you had a late night of drinking, are recovering from a bad
stomach bug, or have a painful migraine, there are several health benefits
to hydration therapy. In fact, if you have ever gone to an emergency room,
chances are you were given hydrating fluids in some form or fashion.
Hydration therapy rapidly replenishes fluids in your body in ways that
drinking water can’t. A small IV is inserted in your arm so that
fluids can be delivered directly into your bloodstream for immediate hydration.
If you try to drink water, it may take several hours to rehydrate (depending
on how dehydrated you are) because your large intestine absorbs most of
the water. Hydration therapy gets you feeling refreshed much faster. Another
benefit of hydration therapy is that additional medicine, electrolytes,
vitamins and antioxidants can be added to the basic fluids if you aren’t
feeling well. Here are some other great reasons to try hydration therapy:
Migraine Relief: IV therapy is an effective way to relieve migraine symptoms. With electrolytes,
vitamins, pain relievers and anti-inflammatory medications, hydration
therapy can provide instant migraine relief.
Hangover Cure: After a late night out, it could take 6 – 7 hours to rehydrate by
drinking water. By mixing anti-nausea medicine, pain relievers and antioxidants
with fluids you will be feeling better in about 45 minutes.
Athletic Recovery or Pre-Game: Many athletes will receive a hydration treatment before an athletic event
to ensure they are hydrated to optimize their performance. Post-event
hydration is also used to help with recovery. Fluids generally contain
vitamins, antioxidants and pain relievers to help recharge.
Stress Relief: When you are dehydrated, energy levels can plummet leaving you a little
foggy. Specific vitamins are combined with fluids to help boost your energy
and decrease your stress levels.
Insurance doesn’t cover the cost of hydration therapy treatments
yet, so be prepared to pay between $75 - $150. If you are considering
hydration therapy, make sure to find a credible and licensed healthcare
facility with experienced medical professionals to treat you.