It’s common for people to lose vital fluids and minerals throughout the day through sweat, tears, saliva, urine, and even breathing. Most people think of drinking water or sports drinks to treat dehydration. But another treatment for dehydration that is faster and more effective is intravenous therapy, or IV therapy. While it may not be on the top of most minds, IV therapy is an effective way to get the body hydrated and back in tip-top shape (as long as you aren’t experiencing other unrelated health issues).

What is IV hydration therapy?

IV hydration therapy is when a combination of specific vitamins and minerals are injected into the veins of the arms to deliver fluids that are full of electrolytes into the body. These fluids often contain a mix of elements such as potassium, calcium, magnesium, B vitamins, and sulfate. The exact contents of the therapy will depend on several patient factors, including:

  • Medical history
  • Medical profile (i.e., existing conditions)
  • Age
  • The severity of the dehydration

IV Hydration Infusion Benefits

The benefits of IV hydration therapy are numerous. They include:

  1. Speed. When a dehydrated person consumes liquids orally, they must wait for the fluids to progress through their gastrointestinal tract. This can take a long time. Since IV therapy is inserted directly into the vein, the essential minerals get absorbed directly into the bloodstream. That makes for a faster absorption time than when liquids are taken orally, and for a faster recovery.
  2. It is customizable. IV hydration professionals consider several factors when creating the proper mix of vitamins and minerals contained in an IV hydration treatment. Those factors, such as the ones mentioned above, are used to create a custom solution that is as unique as each patient and their needs.
  3. It is detoxifying. Hydration that yields immediate results will improve blood supply to vital organs such as the kidneys and liver. This will allow these organs to cleanse the body of harmful toxins more efficiently.
  4. It is easier on the digestive tract. In cases of severe dehydration, attempting to drink a large amount of water can overwhelm the digestive system. This may cause the system to flush out all the liquids being taken in and not allow the body to absorb the vitamins, electrolytes, and nutrients the body needs to absorb in order to recover.
  5. It’s not just about water… Dehydrated individuals have lost more than just fluids from their bodies. Other nutrients, such as electrolytes, need to be replenished as well. Simply drinking water is not an effective way to deliver the nutrients that have been lost when the body is dehydrated.
  6. And it’s not just about feeling thirsty… When we are dehydrated, the effects are felt immediately. But the side effects of dehydration go deeper than simple thirst. Dry mouth, muscle cramps, dry skin, rapid heartbeat, headaches, sleepiness, confusion, and irritability are all signs of dehydration.

It is inadequate to address these symptoms by simply drinking. The influx of fluids brought about by IV therapy rushes nutrients to the skin, joints, and muscles and restores them to full health quickly and efficiently.

Are there risks involved with hydration therapy?

There are some risks associated with IV therapy. These include:

  • Infection. A person could contract an infection at the site the IV needle is inserted into. 
  • Dislodging. The IV could become dislodged from the vein causing fluids to enter surrounding tissues. 

While these risks are something to consider, they are rare, and are outweighed by the numerous benefits of IV hydration therapy. They are also mitigated when a patient undergoes IV therapy that is administered by IV experts, like those at the BioMed Center. 

IV Treatment Done Right in Providence, RI

The professionals at Vitality IV’s can create a regimen that is as unique as you and administer it quickly, safely, and effectively. Call (401) 443-4007 or book an appointment online today to see how IV therapy can get you on the road to recovery fast.