Intravenous (IV) hydration rapidly replenishes fluids, delivering a boost in energy and restoring the balance your body needs to maintain optimal performance. As a specialist in integrative medicine, Jonathan Collin, MD, in Port Townsend or Kirkland, Washington, offers IV hydration as an effective solution that can be a stand-alone treatment to improve your well-being or complementary therapy to support your treatment plan. If you have questions about IV hydration, call one of the office nearest you, or schedule an appointment online.
Dehydration occurs when your body doesn’t have enough water, which happens because you don’t consume enough fluids, you lose an excessive amount of fluids or a combination of both.
Excessive sweating due to an intense athletic activity or being outside on a hot day commonly causes dehydration. You can also become dehydrated when your body eliminates more fluid than normal due to excessive vomiting or diarrhea, which are problems caused by many illnesses and chronic health conditions.
When you’re dehydrated, you feel thirsty, tired, dizzy, or lightheaded. You also urinate less often and your urine appears darker than normal. You may have a dry mouth or develop muscle cramps. As your dehydration worsens, you may become confused, have a fast heartbeat, or faint.
Every cell and system in your body feels the effect of dehydration, so these are only a few examples:
The amount of fluid in your body influences your total blood volume, blood pressure, and heart rate. When you’re dehydrated, blood volume drops and your heart works harder to get enough oxygen-rich blood to your organs and tissues.
During intense activities, you can lose 6-10% of your body weight due to fluid loss. Yet it only takes a 2% drop in body weight due to sweating to affect your endurance and cause muscle fatigue.
Your ability to concentrate declines when you’re mildly dehydrated and moderate dehydration affects short-term memory.
By the time you realize you’re dehydrated, oral consumption may not replenish your fluids fast enough. The speed of your rehydration is limited by the amount you can comfortably drink. Additionally, oral rehydration isn’t as effective if you have a gastrointestinal problem, such as vomiting.
IV hydration very effectively overcomes these barriers to rehydration by bypassing your gastrointestinal tract and delivering a saline solution into your bloodstream. This quickly and safely boosts body fluids and restores your energy.
Another important benefit of IV hydration is that Dr. Collin can restore your overall health by including electrolytes in your IV infusion. When you lose body fluids through sweating, diarrhea, or vomiting, vital electrolytes like potassium and sodium are also lost. The proper balance can be restored during IV hydration.
To schedule an appointment for IV hydration, call Jonathan Collin, MD, or use the online booking feature.