The bottled water industry as a whole is worth more than $240 billion, a figure which should double in the next seven years. Bottled water undergoes rigorous testing by the FDA before it ever reaches shelves. 

The average consumer can choose from at least 10 types of water when they visit their local supermarket. We are surrounded by water options, so why are 75% of American adults chronically dehydrated

Drinks like coffee, tea, and soda act as diuretics, depleting the body of minerals and electrolytes. Athletes who don’t fuel themselves properly during workouts are particularly vulnerable to hydration issues. 

The 3 Types of Dehydration

Dehydration exists along a continuum, a sliding scale from mild to severe. Here are some telltale signs of each stage.

  • Mild 

If a person feels the need for hydration, they should drink water or juice and avoid alcohol and caffeinated beverages. Other signs of mild dehydration include leg cramps, irritability, and dry mouth. 

Thirst is the most obvious warning sign of dehydration, and should never be ignored. However, you can be dehydrated before you feel thirsty. One of our diagnostic tests (Bioimpedance analysis) detects dehydration before you feel thirsty. 

Mild dehydration is treatable with fluids and, often, sleep. 

  • Moderate

Signs of moderate dehydration include dark urine, fainting, and bloating. This type of dehydration occurs after extended workouts or substantial time spent outdoors. Doctors can treat this condition by having the patient drink fluids and take a hydrating IV. 

IV treatments put B vitamins, Vitamin C, and electrolytes back into the body, allowing rapid rejuvenation from moderate or chronic dehydration. 

  • Severe

There are several causes of severe dehydration including diarrhea, certain medications, and even staying too long in a sauna. The most important thing is to treat the condition immediately, as it can be fatal. 

Symptoms of severe dehydration include the inability to urinate, confusion, exhaustion, and peripheral cyanosis, a discoloration of the fingertips and toes. While peripheral cyanosis isn’t life-threatening, it is a clear sign of severe dehydration. 

People who suspect that they are significantly dehydrated should report to their doctor or to the emergency room, so that doctors can administer clinical-strength IV treatments. 

What Athletes Need to Know About Hydration

Athletes are especially prone to hydration issues, especially if they compete outdoors. Ideally, all athletes would drink one cup of cold water 15 minutes before their game begins. 

Athletes should also weigh themselves prior to play. They should never restrict their water intake during practices or matches, and they should drink one cup of water for every half hour of play. 

After the match, athletes should weigh themselves again. For every pound lost, they should drink three cups of water for proper hydration. 

Energy drinks also work well, along with high-water foods like fruits, vegetables, and soup. High-performing athletes may want to get IV treatments regularly in order to maximize their workouts. 

Hydrating IV Drips in a Safe, Sterile Facility

Hydration is the key to mental and physical health, and our refreshing IV drips work well for athletes, pregnant women, and anyone who needs a boost. Our team at Vitality IV takes great care to administer IV treatments under sterile conditions. 

Our facility is an oasis where patients come to relax. Treatments take less than 60 minutes, and the benefits last for weeks. Registered nurses administer IV drips and monitor our patients’ comfort. 

Whether you’re training for an athletic event or want to feel more vital in your everyday life, hydrating IVs can help. Call us at (401) 443-4007 to schedule your initial consultation.