This post is part of our blog series, “5 Reasons Why”, which helps readers understand why IV therapy in Toronto is an option for optimal, natural health. Stay tuned for more posts in this series!

Did you know that 55 percent of an adult’s body weight is water? This is why hydration therapy with IV fluids is key for keeping our bodies in working order.

Hydration is the essence of sustaining optimal health for each body system; this includes our muscles, heart and brain. Hydration also transports fluids and nutrients to the cells. As a result, our organs maintain proper function while helping avoid constipation.

There’s no doubt that hydration is necessary for our daily living. It helps promote energy boost. Hydration helps regulate our body temperature; it counterbalances water loss from sweating too much. When you start to feel thirsty, you’re already one or two percent dehydrated. Other signs of dehydration may include dry mouth and dark urine. Many believe that dehydration affects some and not others, but the truth is that dehydration impacts everyone. Whether you work in a cubicle all day or you’re a triathlete, hydration is important for every individual to survive.

Therefore, nutritional intravenous treatment is recommended for achieving optimal hydration, health, and well being. Here are five reasons why you should know more about the benefits of hydration therapy:

1. Prevents dehydration from occurring. According to the Mayo Clinic, “Dehydration occurs when you use or lose more fluid than you take in, and your body doesn’t have enough water and other fluids to carry out its normal functions.”

Quite simply, if you’re dehydrated, the body’s functionality lowers, causing fatigue, dizziness, pains such as migraine headaches, and more. Dehydration is a cause for concern when undergoing robust physical activity. You’re further at risk of dehydration when you’re physically active in a hot environment you’re not used to, while undergoing high physical activity levels; or due to excessive diarrhea and vomiting. IV fluid infusions such as vitamin drips are created to naturally hydrate your body while encouraging improved recovery time. This may be ideal as an added support therapy as part of an athletic recovery program.

2. Your cells are nourished rapidly. Unlike drinking water, which takes ample time to hydrate the body, IV therapy is a mixture of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and other nutrients, which are circulated via the bloodstream. This means that IV vitamins and minerals therapies such as IV therapy hydration is administered via the veins and is immediately accessible by your cells and does not have to be filtered through the digestive system and liver. Hydration significantly helps our bodies recover from trauma and improve performance levels. IV fluids blended for hydration rehydrates your body while encouraging the optimal functioning of cells with vitamins and minerals, such as magnesium, vitamin B, C, electrolytes, and more.

3. IV therapy hydration may swiftly contribute to improved performance and/or promote recovery. When you’re dehydrated, your body temperature changes; you feel demotivated and fatigued. As a result, you may experience physical and mental clarity struggles. When IV vitamin therapy enters this picture, it may help with attaining (and supporting) peak performances. In fact, IV hydration therapy is created to promptly hydrate your cells, unlike drinking fluids in a bottle of water, which may take up to 120 minutes to be fully absorbed in the body.

4. Promotes detoxification. Remember, for our bodies to function properly, we must be hydrated. This means that the digestive system, liver and kidneys require hydration to absorb nutrients and to convert what we eat and drink into energy. A vitamin treatment may support this, along with helping to filter out and remove waste appropriately.

Hydration therapy vitamin drips contain glutathione that may be used to support detoxification. Glutathione – a naturally produced antioxidant made in the liver – has many roles: it can help curb inflammation; help draw mercury out of brain cells; control cell proliferation and apoptosis; and helps maintain mitochondrial DNA. In fact, Parkinson’s, macular degeneration and chronic exposures to toxins and alcohol have all been linked to low glutathione levels. Intravenous infusion such as a hydration IV therapy that contains glutathione may replenish fluids in the body while cleaning out destructive free radicals.

5. IV hydration therapy contributes to improved mood, brain function, and alertness. The human body releases fluid nonstop through urine, feces, our skin, and even when we breathe in and out. Seventy-three percent of the brain is water, which means poor hydration can take a toll on optimal brain function, affects energy levels, and mood.

According to studies, different parts of the brain are affected when you’re about 1-3% dehydrated. During one study on young women, mood and concentration declined and the number of headaches heightened after losing 1.3% of fluid from exercising. In another study, young men experienced increased anxiety and fatigue after experiencing 1.59% of fluid loss. (FYI: 1-3% of fluid loss = 1.5-4.5lbs of body weight loss. This conversion coincides with a 150-lb human being. Daily activities, working out and heated environments can cause fluid loss.)

Learn More About IV Therapy in Toronto

We may want to pay further attention to adequate hydration, as it truly affects our mind and body in surprising ways.

Are you interested in learning more about vitamin drips? At our IV therapy Toronto clinic, we offer a variety of nutritional vitamin infusion therapies, including the Max Hydration Drip, which is created to rehydrate, help restore fluids and promote detoxification. Prior to your IV hydration therapy, a health assessment or medical history will be required. Contact us to book your appointment by calling (647) 549-3484.  

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Mayo Clinic. “Dehydration.” Published Sept. 19, 2019, viewed on Dec. 20, 2020. 

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Ganio, M., Armstrong, L., Casa, D., McDermott, B., Lee, E., Yamamoto, L., Lieberman, H. (2011). Mild dehydration impairs cognitive performance and mood of men. British Journal of Nutrition, 106(10), 1535-1543. doi:10.1017/S0007114511002005

Lawrence E. Armstrong, Matthew S. Ganio, Douglas J. Casa, Elaine C. Lee, Brendon P. McDermott, Jennifer F. Klau, Liliana Jimenez, Laurent Le Bellego, Emmanuel Chevillotte, Harris R. Lieberman; Mild Dehydration Affects Mood in Healthy Young Women, The Journal of Nutrition, Volume 142, Issue 2, 1 February 2012, Pages 382–388, https://doi.org/10.3945/jn.111.142000.

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