Vida-Flo IV Hydration helps during Crohn’s Disease outbreaks

What is Crohn’s Disease?

  • Crohn’s Disease is a chronic (life-long) condition where part of the digestive system becomes inflamed. Inflammation usually spreads into the deep layers of the part of the bowel affected. Crohn’s Disease is one type of inflammatory bowel Disease (IBD).
  • Crohn’s Disease can affect different parts of the digestive tract in different individuals.
  • Crohn’s Disease can affect people at any age. However, it commonly starts in childhood and early adulthood.

No cure exists for Crohn’s Disease. However, treatment greatly reduces symptoms and may keep a patient in remission for a long period, allowing them to function normally. Crohn’s Disease usually affects the last part of the small intestine (ileum) or the large intestine (colon). However, any part of the bowel may be affected.

What causes Crohn’s Disease?

The cause of Crohn’s Disease remains unknown. Several suggested factors have been implicated. These include:

  1. Genetic or hereditary factors.
  2. Factors related to the immune system, where the body falsely attacks the digestive system while trying to clear an infection caused by a virus or bacteria.

People at risk of developing Crohn’s Disease:

  • Those of a young age. Symptoms usually start before 30 years of age.
  • Having a close family member suffering from Crohn’s Disease.
  • Smoking: Cigarette smoking is the most important controllable risk factor of Crohn’s Disease as it triggers the disease thus causing it to be more severe and is associated with a higher risk of requiring surgery for Crohn’s Disease.
  • History of stomach infections.
  • Living in an urban or industrialized country is associated with a higher risk of developing Crohn’s Disease.
  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen, naproxen, and diclofenac sodium. While these drugs don’t directly cause Crohn’s Disease, they cause inflammation of the bowel thus causing symptoms to worsen.

Unlike other similar conditions, no particular diet has been linked to developing Crohn’s Disease.

Symptoms of Crohn’s Disease:

Symptoms of Crohn’s Disease vary from being very mild to severe. Without treatment, symptoms may be persistent or come and go every few weeks or months. Symptoms usually progress gradually, but occasionally may develop suddenly (flare-up). A patient may remain symptom-free (in remission) for a long period. Symptoms include:

  • Fever.
  • Fatigue and tiredness.
  • Blood in the stools.
  • Mouth ulcers.
  • Anorexia.
  • Weight loss.
  • Pain near the anus.
  • Joint pains.
  • Sore, red eyes.
  • Mouth ulcers.
  • Diarrhea, which may develop suddenly.
  • Patches of painful, red and swollen skin on the legs.
  • Inflammation of the liver and bile ducts.
  • Abdominal aches and cramps mostly in the lower right part of the belly.
  • Delayed growth or sexual development in children.

When should a Crohn’s Disease patient seek medical attention?

If you have Crohn’s Disease and develop any of the following symptoms you should seek medical attention at the earliest:

  • Persistent abdominal aches and cramps.
  • Blood in the stools.
  • Continuous diarrhea for a week not responding to usual over-the-counter medications.
  • Unexplained weight loss or a child who is not growing as would be expected.
  • Unexplained fever lasting for more than 2 days.

Diagnosis of Crohn’s Disease:

Crohn’s Disease is often difficult to diagnose as it has symptoms similar to several other diseases. There is no single test to diagnose Crohn’s Disease.

Tools used for the diagnosis of Crohn’s Disease include:

  1. Detailed history taking and a thorough physical examination.
  2. Blood tests for anemia or infections.
  3. Looking for hidden (occult) blood in a stool sample.
  4. Colonoscopy with or without a biopsy. During a colonoscopy a thin, flexible tube with a camera at its end is introduced through the anus to look at your bowels for evidence of Crohn’s Disease.
  5. MRI or CT scan of the abdomen after drinking a special drink to properly visualize the bowel.

Complications of Crohn’s Disease

Crohn’s Disease may lead to the following complications:

  1. Obstruction of the digestive tract due to scarring and narrowing of the bowel. This may require surgery.
  2. Ulcers in the mouth, near the anus or around the genitals.
  3. Anal fissure: which is a small tear in the tissue lining the anus or the skin surrounding it. This is usually very painful.
  4. Malnutrition due to diarrhea and abdominal pain which make it difficult to eat properly and adequately.
  5. Cancer of the colon: those with Crohn’s Disease carry a greater risk compared to those without.
  6. Fistulas: these occur when ulcers extended all the way through the wall of the intestines. They may open in the skin (commonly around the anus) or may open into other organs which is life-threatening once infected and if left untreated.
  7. Anemia, osteoporosis, arthritis, liver and gall bladder Disease.

Treatment of Crohn’s Disease:

There is no definite cure for Crohn’s Disease. However, treatment can help reduce and control symptoms to a great extent. Treatment usually targets the following:

  • Reducing inflammation of the digestive system: by medications such as steroid tablets. These usually start to work in a few days or weeks.
  • Preventing reoccurrence of inflammation: by medications in tablet or injection forms.
  • Reducing activity of the immune system by medications called immunosuppressants. These are used with steroids to reduce symptoms and are also effective during remissions to stop symptoms from coming back. They are usually taken for months or years in tablet or injection forms.
  • Liquid diets, whether orally or by intravenous hydration such as that provided at Vida-Flo, reduce symptoms.
  • Surgery may be required to remove affected parts of the digestive system (resection). This option may be better than medications in some patients. Surgery will prevent symptoms from coming back for a while, however, symptoms will eventually come back.

Intravenous hydration and liquid diets for Crohn’s Disease:

Liquid diets, also called enteral nutrition, can significantly reduce symptoms for patients with Crohn’s Disease. This may involve using special drinks for a few weeks that contain all the nutrients a person requires instead of consuming a regular diet. Such drinks have few side effects, such as nausea from consuming large volumes of fluids, diarrhea or constipation. IV hydration is another treatment option for patients with Crohn’s Disease. IV hydration administered at Vida-Flo not only provides the necessary hydration a person with Crohn’s Disease needs, but also provides nutrients, vitamins, and minerals required during those periods when the patient can’t handle a regular diet.

IV hydration at Vida-Flo provides large volumes of fluids intravenously which ensures 100% absorption. Additionally, specially formulated formulas at Vida-Flo for Crohn’s Disease may contain Toradol, a safe and effective medication to treat abdominal aches and pain associated with the Disease.

Complications of treatment:

Certain medications for Crohn’s Disease may cause complications on the long run:

  1. Steroids can cause weight gain, indigestion, insomnia, osteoporosis, cataract, diabetes, and hypertension.
  2. Medications that act on the immune system may increase susceptibility to infections and carry a small risk of causing lymphoma or skin cancer.

Support for Crohn’s Disease patients:

Living with Crohn’s Disease can be difficult at times. Symptom flare-ups are unpredictable and may interfere with daily activities such as school, work or social life. It is advisable to self-educate and to educate your friends and family members about the Disease to get the support you need.

Nationwide local support groups are available to help. Sharing experiences with other people suffering from Crohn’s Disease and getting more information about it is very helpful and recommended for both the physical and emotional toll of Crohn’s Disease.

Struggling with PMS this month – Vida-Flo is here to help

Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) refers to the group of symptoms and signs a woman experiences in the weeks before a menstrual cycle (period). Most women have PMS symptoms at a certain point in their lives. It is estimated that 75% of women have experienced some form of PMS.

What causes PMS?

The actual cause behind PMS is unknown, However, the following factors are seen as the main contributors to PMS:

  1. Hormonal changes during the menstrual cycle: The fluctuation in estrogen and progesterone, the hormones responsible for a period, is considered a leading cause of PMS. Therefore, when the levels of these hormones stabilize during pregnancy and breast-feeding PMS disappears.
  2. Changes in a certain chemical in the brain, called serotonin, is another cause of PMS. Fluctuation in serotonin levels causes depression, mood swings, fatigue, food cravings, and sleep problems.
  3. Undiagnosed depression may be present in some women with severe PMS symptoms.
Symptoms of PMS

PMS symptoms usually follow a cyclic, predictable pattern. However, they vary from one woman to another and may vary for the same woman from one period to the next.

The physical pain and emotional stress may be strong enough in some women to affect their daily routine.PMS symptoms usually disappear within four days of the start of the period.

PMS Symptoms include:

Those affecting emotions and behavior, such as:

  • Anxiety.
  • Feeling upset
  • Depressed mood.
  • Tension.
  • Mood swings.
  • Bouts of crying.
  • Anger.
  • Irritability.
  • Food cravings.
  • Insomnia.
  • Lack of concentration.
  • Changes in libido.
  • Social withdrawal.

Those physically affecting the body, such as:

  • Bloating.
  • Fluid retention leading to weight gain.
  • Fatigue.
  • Muscle and joint pains.
  • Headache.
  • Breast tenderness.
  • Changes in bowel habits leading to diarrhea or constipation.
  • Acne flares.
  • Spotty skin.
  • Greasy hair.
When to ask for help?

If you feel you can’t manage your PMS symptoms with standard lifestyle changes, you may want to try out Vida-Flo.

Vida-Flo provides intravenous (IV) hydration therapy which provides the body with an equivalent of 2.5 gallons of water. This is important for women suffering from PMS, as both estrogen and progesterone affect the body’s hydration levels. Therefore, increasing the body’s fluid intake helps keep you hydrated and thus feeling better.

However, if you still can’t manage your symptoms or if they have become debilitating, meaning that they are affecting your health or daily activities you should seek professional medical advice.

This is because a small number of women develop debilitating PMS symptoms every month called premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD).

What is the premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD)?

PMDD is a recurrent disabling form of PMS what causes depression, mood swings, anger, anxiety, feeling overwhelmed, difficulty concentrating, irritability and tension. Women with PMDD need professional medical help.

How to diagnose PMS?

There is no particular finding, laboratory test, or investigation that helps diagnose PMS.

The doctor usually links a woman’s symptoms to a certain predictable premenstrual pattern. The doctor may ask a woman to record her symptoms in a diary for two cycles, as well as, ask her to note the dates of PMS symptoms appearance and disappearance, in addition to, the first and last days of the period.

The doctor may perform some blood tests or other physical assessments to test for conditions with symptoms similar to PMS such as thyroid disease, mood disorders, and chronic fatigue syndrome.

Treatment of PMS?

Lifestyle changes are usually sufficient in most women to treat symptoms of PMS. These include:

Dietary changes such as:

  • Eating smaller, morefrequent meals to reduce bloating.
  • Drinking plenty of fluids or going for a monthly IV hydration session at Vida-Flo to rapidly replenish the body with the volume of fluids it needs especially if during heavy periods.
  • Limiting salt intake to reduce bloating and fluid retention.
  • Eating lots of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and calcium-rich foods.
  • Avoiding alcohol and caffeine as they may exacerbate PMS symptoms.
  • Regular physical exercise such as walking, cycling, swimming or other aerobic activity for 30 minutes most days of the week helps improve overall health, relieves fatigue and improves the mood.

Managing stress level by:

  • Getting plenty of sleep (7 to 8 hours).
  • Practicing relaxation or deep-breathing exercises.
  • Trying out yoga, meditation,or a massage to help relax and relieve stress.
  • Keeping a daily diary of symptoms for 2 to 3 cycles to show to the doctor.
What medications are used to treat PMS?

If lifestyle changes are insufficient, occasionally the doctor may prescribe one or more medications to help relieve symptoms of PMS. These include:

  1. Anti-depressants: Especially selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) which successfully control mood swings caused by PMS.SSRIs are the first-line treatment for severe forms of PMS and PMDD. They are usually taken in the two weeks before a period.
  2. Cognitive behavioral sessions
  3. Diuretics are used for bloating and fluid retention symptoms.
  4. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugssuch as ibuprofen are used to ease cramps and breast pain.
  5. Combined hormonal contraceptive pills.

Eliminate a hangover – Get hydrated with Vida-Flo

Hangovers (also called alcohol overindulgence) refer to the unpleasant symptoms a person may develop following excessive alcohol consumption. A hangover usually goes away by itself though it may sometimes last for up to 24 hours. Repeated hangovers may cause social and work-related problems such as repeated absence from work, conflicts with coworkers, falling asleep in the middle of the day, and inability to complete tasks.

A person who chooses to drink alcohol must do so responsibly to avoid future hangovers. The general rule is that the more alcohol a person drinks, the more likely they are to develop a hangover. However, no magic number exists that works for everyone to indicate the amount a person can drink without causing a hangover.

What causes a hangover?

Dehydration is the main cause of the symptoms of a hangover and this is where intravenous (IV) hydration therapy from Vida-Flo comes into play. Alcohol is a diuretic, meaning that it causes a person to frequently urinate causing that person to lose substantial amounts of fluid from their body, in turn leading to dehydration.

Additionally, alcohol triggers inflammatory reactions in the immune system, causes blood sugar levels to drop, irritates the internal lining of the stomach, makes a person sleepy while blocking deep sleep stages and causes blood vessels to dilate. These reactions combined with dehydration lead to the various symptoms associated with a hangover.

What are the risk factors that lead to developing hangovers?

A single drink might cause a hangover for someone, while heavy drinking might not for another. Therefore, it is important to reiterate the importance of drinking responsibly and understanding your risk factors and your body if you decide to drink alcohol. This is because genetic factors may affect the way alcohol is metabolized in your body.

Symptoms of hypothyroidism develop slowly over several years and include:

  1. Drinking alcohol on an empty stomach increases the rate of absorption of alcohol.
  2. Having a family history of alcoholism may suggest inherited abnormalities of alcohol metabolism.
  3. Drinking dark-colored alcoholic beverages such as brandy, scotch and bourbon. These contains so-called congeners that increase the likelihood of developing a hangover by irritating the blood vessels and brain tissues.
  4. Concurrent smoking or drug-use appear to contribute to the occurrence of hangovers.
  5. A smaller person is more easily affected by alcohol compared to a larger person.
Symptoms of a hangover

Hangovers usually develop the morning after a night of heavy drinking. They begin when alcohol levels in the blood drop significantly to zero or near-zero level. Symptoms vary and include:

  • Headache and dizziness.
  • Muscle pains.
  • Palpitations.
  • Weakness and fatigue with an inability to sleep.
  • Stomach pains that may be associated with nausea and vomiting.
  • Having a dry mouth.
  • Sensitivity to sound and light.
  • Inability to focus and concentrate.
  • Feeling anxious, shaky, or depressed.
When should someone ask for help?

Once one becomes concerned or self-aware of having repeated hangovers or frequent heavy drinking episodes especially if it affects one’s personal relationships, financial status or performance at work then one should talk to their doctor for guidance. Several tools and treatment options are available to help.

Emergency? When to call for help for others?

Excessive and irresponsible alcohol overindulgence may lead to alcohol poisoning which is a life-threatening condition. Call 9-1-1 for a person who had been drinking heavily if you observe any of the following even if you are just suspicious of the possibility of alcohol intoxication:

  • Slow breathing (less than 8 per minute) or irregular breathing (a gap of 10 seconds in between breaths).
  • Seizures.
  • Severe vomiting.
  • Bluish or very pale skin.
  • Cold extremities with low body temperature.
  • Confusion, unresponsiveness, difficulty to remain conscious, or being unconscious and cannot be awakened.
How to prevent a hangover?

The only way to avoid a hangover is to avoid drinking alcohol altogether. However, if you decide to drink do so in moderation. The following may help prevent a hangover:

  • Drink no more than 2 drinks if you are a man younger than 65 years old.
  • Drink no more than 1 drink if you are a man older than 65 years old.
  • Drink no more than 1 drinks if you are a woman regardless of your age.
  • Drink a full glass of water after each alcoholic drink.
  • Drink on a full stomach. Eat before and during alcohol consumption as this helps slow down the absorption of alcohol. It is especially useful if you have a meal containing fats and carbohydrates (such as pasta or rice).
  • Know your limits and how much your body can cope with. If you’re not sure be careful and avoid over drinking.
  • Avoid fizzy beverages as they accelerate the absorption of alcohol.
  • Avoid alcoholic beverages that contain congeners.
How to treat a hangover?

Time is the ultimate healer of a hangover. However, there are many things you can do to help a person feel better, including:

  • Visiting a Vida-Flo location to receive IV hydration therapy which will eliminate and cure a hangover in minutes. This is because the 1000 mL saline or Ringer’slactate bag of Vida-Flo is equivalent to drinking 2.5 gallons of water. Additionally, targeted prescription medications are added to the bag to effectively relieve headaches (by Toradol ®), nausea (by Zofran ®),and heartburn (by Pepcid ®).
  • Eating a bland or sugary snack such as toast or crackers to help settle the stomach and increase blood sugar levels.
  • Bouillon soup, a vegetablebroth, is a good source of vitamins and minerals that is suitable for the sensitive stomach during hangovers to digest.
  • Taking an over-the-counter pain killer might be useful. However, this should follow medical advice as excessive use of acetaminophen may cause liver damage and aspirin may irritate the already sensitive stomach.
  • DO NOT DRINK MORE ALCOHOL IF YOU HAVE A HANGOVER. It will not help and will only delay the symptoms of a hangover and make things water.
  • Avoid drinking alcohol for 48 hours following a hangover.
  • Sleep it out.

Do you have an underactive thyroid? Intravenous hydration at Vida-Flo will help

The thyroid gland is a butterfly-shaped gland present in the lower part of the front of the neck. It produces the crucial hormones (triiodothyronine or T3 and thyroxine or T4) that are responsible for vital bodily functions affecting nearly all organs through their impact on all aspects of metabolism. Additionally, T3 and T4 contribute to the control of body temperature and heart rate.

What is hypothyroidism?

If the thyroid gland doesn’t produce enough hormones a condition develops called hypothyroidism or underactive thyroid. Hypothyroidism may remain undiagnosed for years as its symptoms may pass unnoticed during the early stages. However, an untreated underactive thyroid gland may cause serious complications over time that lead to obesity, heart problems, joint pain, and infertility. Diagnosis and treatment of hypothyroidism are relatively simple once suspected.

Causes of hypothyroidism:

A number of causes lead to the development of hypothyroidism including:

  • Autoimmune diseases known as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, where the immune system mistakenly attacks the body by producing antibodies that impair the thyroid gland’s ability to adequately produce hormones.
  • Certain medications such as lithium used to treat some psychiatric diseases; amiodarone used to treat irregular heartbeats; and interferons used to treat some types of cancer and viral infections.
  • Iodine deficiency whichis very rare nowadays due to the addition of iodine to table salt.
  • Congenital diseases leading to underdevelopment or absence of the thyroid gland at birth. This is identified by state-mandated thyroid screening tests performed within 5 days of birth.

Who’s at risk of developing hypothyroidism?

Hypothyroidism is more common in:

  • Women.
  • Individuals older than 60 years old.
  • Being pregnant or giving birth in the past 6 months.
  • Having a family history of thyroid disease.
  • Having autoimmune diseases such as type 1 diabetes mellitus and celiac disease.
  • Prior treatment with radioactive iodine or anti-thyroid mediations for hyperactive thyroid disease (or hyperthyroidism).
  • Radiation therapy to the head or neck.
  • Individuals who had prior thyroid surgery performed.

Symptoms of hypothyroidism develop slowly over several years and include:

  1. Unexplained fatigue and tiredness.
  2. Sensitivity to cold.
  3. Weight gain.
  4. Constipation.
  5. Depression and memory problems (especially in the elderly).
  6. Slow movements and thoughts.
  7. Muscle pains, cramps, and weakness.
  8. Dry, scaly skin.
  9. Thinning of hair.
  10. Brittlenails.
  11. Loss of sexual drive.
  12. Irregular or heavy periods
  13. Increased blood cholesterol levels.
  14. Children with hypothyroidism may exhibit slower growth and development compared to their peers.

It is uncommon for hypothyroidism to pass unnoticed once the symptoms above appear.However, in the rare instances when such symptoms are missed, more serious symptoms may develop such as:

  1. Ahoarse, low-pitched voice.
  2. A puffy face.
  3. A slow heart rate.
  4. Thinning of the eyebrowsor missing outer part of the eyebrows.
  5. Hearing loss.
  6. Slow movements and thoughts.
  7. Anemia
Diagnosis and treatment of hypothyroidism

Hypothyroidism is easily diagnosed by a blood test for the level of TSH (thyroid-stimulating hormone) and that of T3 and T4. Treatment involves the use of the synthetic thyroid hormone – levothyroxine. Patients usually improve significantly following the start of treatment with resolution and reversal of most, if not all, symptoms. Follow-up TSH blood tests are then used to help the doctor determine the correct dose of levothyroxine for each patient.

The role of hydration in hypothyroidism

Hydration doesn’t have a direct effect on thyroid disease. However, adequate hydration such as the intravenous (IV) hydration provided by Vida-Flo can relieve the symptoms associated with hypothyroidism.

The carefully formulated 1,000 mL normal saline or Lactated Ringer’s lactate solution bags for IV hydration at Vida-Flo which contain vitamins, minerals and antioxidants provide relief from constipation, dry skin, dry hair, and brittle nails. An adequate fluid balance also helps regulate body temperature. Additionally, hydration and other treatment options like Glutathione, helps clear the body from toxins.

Proper Hydration is Essential to Avoid Developing Kidney Stones

What are kidney stones?

Kidney stones (also known as nephrolithiasis or renal lithiasis) are solid deposits that are formed from salts and minerals. They can be formed anywhere in the urinary tract (the kidneys, the urinary bladder, or the ureters – the tubes that connect the kidneys to the bladder). Kidney stones may be formed in one or both kidneys. They are common, affecting nearly 1 in 10 people. Kidney stones are common in those aged 30 to 60 years old. Having a kidney stone can cause excruciating pain and if left untreated may lead to infection of the urinary tract and deterioration of kidney functions which is a serious condition.

What causes kidney stones?

Having dark concentrated urine is the main cause of kidney stones. This is usually caused by inadequate hydration or excessive loss of bodily fluids. Minerals, salts, and other waste products from the blood present (such as calcium, uric acid, and oxalate) present in concentrated urine easily crystallize and stick together leading to the formation of a hard stone-like lump which is the kidney stone.

Who’s at risk of developing kidney stones?

A person is more likely to develop kidney stones in the following conditions:

1. Not drinking enough fluids.
2. Living in areas with warm climates.
3. People who tend to sweat a lot.
4. Having a family history of kidney stones.
5. Having a personal history of previously developing kidney stones especially if they developed before the age of 25 years old.
6. Certain dietary habits such as consuming excessive proteins and sodium salts.
7. Certain types of medications or supplements such as aspirin, antacids, diuretics, certain anti-seizure medications, certain antibiotics and consuming high doses of vitamin D.
8. Certain medical conditions that increase the levels of minerals and/or salts in urine such as gastric bypass surgery, hyperparathyroidism, inflammatory bowel disease, and chronic diarrhea.
9. Obesity.
10. Repeated urinary tract infections.
11. Inactive individuals (particularly if bed-bound).

Symptoms of kidney stones

Large stones usually cause symptoms that include:

  • Severe abdominal pain in the side and back (below the ribs).
  • Pain in the belly that comes and goes and varies in intensity.
  • Pain radiating to the lower abdomen and groin.
  • Men may suffer from pain in the testicles.
  • Pain during peeing.
  • Pink, reddish or brownish urine.
  • Cloudy and bad-smelling urine.
  • Having a persistent need to pee and eventually peeing small amounts.
  • Nausea and vomiting.
  • Feeling ill.
When to seek urgent medical assistance?

Call 9-1-1 or make an urgent visit to your doctor if you experience the following:

  • Severe pain to the extent that you can’t sit still or find a comfortable position.
  • Having a high fever.
  • Experiencing an episode of shivering or shaking.
  • If you have blood in your urine.
  • Inability to pass urine despite having the urge.
Types of kidney stones

Determining the type of kidney stones a person has is important as it helps in both treatment of the current stone and prevention of future stone formation. Types of kidney stones include:

  • Calcium stones: The most common type of kidney stones which is usually formed of calcium oxalate. Oxalates are naturally present in many foods (such as some fruit, vegetables, nuts, and chocolate).
  • Uric acid stones: Particularly common in those consuming high protein diets or those who have gout.
  • Struvite stones: which are formed due to buildup form infections of the urinary tract.
  • Cysteine stones: A rare form caused by a certain hereditary condition called cystinuria.

Small kidney stones can pass unnoticed in urine causing no symptoms and thus might not be diagnosed.
A doctor might request certain tests to diagnose kidney stones which include:

  1. Blood tests for the levels of calcium and uric acid in the blood.
  2. Urine tests (whether by analyzing a urine sample or collecting urine over 24 hours then analyzing it) for minerals that form stones or lack of naturally present substances that prevent stone formation.
  3. Imaging tests which include X-rays, CT scans and ultrasounds of the abdomen. Some patients require imaging using contrast media (dye injection) to better visualize kidney stones called intravenous pyelogram or CT urogram.
  4. Analyzing stones passed in urine to identify their composition and thus their cause.
Treatment of kidney stones

Treatment varies depending on the size of the kidney stones and whether they are associated with symptoms.

  1. Small kidney stones causing minimal symptoms:

Small kidney stones usually cause no complications. The doctor will typically prescribe a pain killer to control that pain caused by the passage of the stones until they pass naturally in urine.

For stones to pass naturally, the doctor will encourage you to drink large amounts of water and occasionally might recommend intravenous (IV) hydration. The aim is to make you produce clear pale urine. IV hydration provided by Vida-Flo is valuable as the administration of a 1,000 mL saline bag is equivalent to drinking 2.5 gallons of water which a person can’t normally easily achieve by oral fluids.

Additionally, Vida-Flo solutions for kidney stones patients contain minerals, vitamins, and medications such as Toradol®, a safe and effective pain killer to help quickly relieve the painful symptoms caused by the passing of kidney stones.

In a few instances, a medication known as an alpha-blocker is prescribed. It works by relaxing muscles of the ureters to help the stones pass easily and with less pain.

  1. Larger kidney stones and those causing symptoms:

If a kidney stone is impacted due to its size – meaning that it got stuck in the kidney or ureter – or if it causes complications such as blood in urine, infections or changes in kidney functions, it may require surgery or a procedure to break-up the stone or remove it. These procedures include:

  • Breaking up the stone using sound waves. This procedure is called extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy (ESWL).
  • Surgery to remove very large stones by a procedure called percutaneous nephrolithotomy.
  • Using an endoscope that passes through the urethra to capture and/or break the stone.
Prevention of kidney stones

It is estimated that half of the people who had a kidney stone will experience another one within the following 5 years. For people at an increased risk of developing kidney stones, prevention is key. This is achieved by avoiding getting dehydrated and drinking plenty of fluids. This is especially important for those living in hot climates or those who exercise regularly. IV hydration, such as that provided by Vida-Flo may be helpful for such patients.

Not only does a single bag of Vida-Flo provide an equivalent of 2.5 gallons of water, but also provides minerals and vitamins in a precisely formulated formula that helps prevent kidney stones from being formed.

It is important for patients with kidney stones to keep their urine pale in color to avoid minerals and salts from forming stones.

Other lifestyle changes recommended to avoid developing kidney stones include:

  1. Avoiding foods rich in oxalates such as rhubarb, beets, okra, spinach, sweet potatoes, nuts, tea, chocolate, and soy.
  2. Avoiding fizzy drinks.
  3. Using salt substitutes.
  4. Consuming a low protein diet.
  5. Avoiding calcium supplements. However, keep in mind that consuming foods naturally rich in calcium is generally acceptable.

Occasionally, the doctor might prescribe medications to reduce the risk of developing stones and this depends on the type of kidney stone a person has. Medications include diuretics for calcium stones, allopurinol for uric acid stones, and antibiotics for struvite stones.

Can’t stomach or absorb food and water
due to Celiac Disease? IV Hydration can help!

Celiac Disease

Celiac Disease is a common disorder that affects the digestive system where the internal lining of the small intestine becomes inflamed and thus unable to absorb nutrientsleading to a condition called malabsorption.
Celiac Diseasepatients usually have a genetic predisposition or family history of Celiac Disease combined with an immune reaction to gluten. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley, and rye.


Symptoms of Celiac Disease include diarrhea (with a particularly unpleasant smell), abdominal pain, bloating, flatulence, indigestion, constipation, nausea, and vomiting. Other more general symptoms include fatigue due to malnutrition, unexpected weight loss, anemia, osteoporosis, joint pain, neurological symptoms, and skin rashes.

What causes Celiac Disease?

Celiac Disease is an autoimmune disease, where the body’s immune systemmistakenly considers gluten as a threat to the body and attacks it.This eventually damages the internal lining of the small intestine thus limiting its ability to absorb nutrients found in food. It is important to note that Celiac Disease is not equivalent to gluten allergy or gluten intolerance but is an autoimmune disease caused by genetic and environmental factors.

Who’s at risk
  • Celiac Disease is common and affects approximately 1% of the general population.
  • Celiac Disease is more common in women.
  • It usually develops during early childhood (between 8 and 12 months old) or in late adulthood (between 40 and 60 years old).
  • People with type 1 diabetes, autoimmune thyroid disease, Down’s syndrome, and Turner syndrome are at an increased risk of developing Celiac Disease.
  • First-degree relatives of patients suffering fromCeliac Disease.

Diagnosis of Celiac Disease is based on detailed history taking including family history, in addition to, blood tests, genetic testing, and sometimes endoscopy with a biopsy taken from the small intestine.

Foods containing gluten

Gluten is found in many foods and drinks such as:

  • Pasta.
  • Cakes and pastries.
  • Breakfast cereals.
  • Most types of bread.
  • Biscuits and crackers.
  • Pies.
  • Some ready-made meals.
  • Gray and sauces.
  • Beer (as most are made from barley).

Gluten is clearly present in the foods mentioned above. However, it is important to know that gluten may be hidden in some other foods, medications and non-food products such as:

  • Food preservatives.
  • Some over-the-counter drugs.
  • Vitamin and mineral supplements.
  • Lipstick.
  • Toothpaste and mouthwash.
  • Glue on envelopes and stamps.
  • Playdough.

A person with Celiac Disease should make it a habit to read all labels carefully as even a small amount of gluten might trigger an attack.

What to eat safely?

There are plenty of safe, gluten-free foods a person with Celiac Disease could eat such as:

  • Eggs.
  • Fruits and vegetables.
  • Lentils and potatoes.
  • Nuts.
  • Corn.
  • Pure corn tortillas.
  • Quinoa.
  • Rice and wild rice.
  • Dairy products such as cheese, butter and milk.
  • Fresh meat, fish, and poultry provided they are not breaded, battered or marinated.

There is no definite cure for Celiac Disease. However, a gluten-free diet usually controls symptoms, helps promote healing of the intestines, and avoids long-term complications of the disease. The increased availability of gluten-free options nowadays has helped many patients with Celiac Disease to achieve a healthy, well-balanced diet.
Intravenous (IV) hydration is evolving as a viable treatment option for patients with Celiac Disease. IV hydration administered at Vida-Flo ensures adequate hydration at times when patients can keep down fluids due to diarrhea and vomiting. It also contains nutrients and vitamins that are provided in large doses and since they are administered intravenously, this ensures100% absorption which compensates for the intestine’s inability to properly absorb them.Additionally, specially formulated fluids for Celiac Diseasemay contain Zofran, a safe and effective medication to treat nausea and vomiting associated with the disease.

Experiencing frequent Gout flares?
IV Hydration might be just what you need!

Gout is a common type of arthritis (inflammation of the joints). It is caused when the body excessively produces uric acid or when it can’t adequately remove it from the circulation leading to a condition called hyperuricemia or increased uric acid levels in the circulation.

An increased amount of circulating uric acid causes gout as it starts to deposit in the form of urate crystals inside joints, especially small joints, all over the body causing them to inflame and cause a gout flare (or gout attack).

Symptoms of a gout flare include pain, redness, hotness, and swelling of a joint (commonly the base of the big toe) that might limit the joint’s range of movement.

Gout attacks usually develop suddenly and may awaken a person in the middle of the night as they are known to frequently occur during nighttime.

 Risk factors

  • Food: Uric acid is produced as a result of consuming large amounts of meat and seafood.
  • Drinks: Drinking large amounts of beer or fructose-sweetened beverages causes gout.
  • Health conditions: The risk of developing gout is increased in obese individuals, those with high blood pressure and those suffering from chronic heart or kidney diseases.
  • Medications: Some common medications for high blood pressure and low-dose aspirin may precipitate gout.

 Prevention of gout

  • Hydration: Drinking plenty of fluids or receiving intravenous (IV) hydration such as that offered by Vida-Flo for those who do not or cannot drink adequate amounts of water during the day is vital to avoid developing gout in the first place.

Additionally, IV hydration (Vida-Flo) and drinking plenty of fluids are important for those suffering from gout during the symptom-free periods and in between gout attacks to help prevent a recurrence.

This works by diluting the effect of circulating uric acid and increasing its natural excretion from the body in urine.

IV hydration and drinking plenty of fluids thus reduce the chances of urate crystal formation and deposition in joints thus preventing gout.

  • Limit intake of meat, poultry, and fish.
  • Avoid excessive consumption of alcohol (especially beers) and fructose-sweetened beverages.

 Treatment of gout

Treatment of gout usually involves medications. There are several treatment options available to help improve or relieve gout symptoms during an attack. Other treatments are available to prevent recurrent attacks, these work by either decreasing production of uric acid or increasing its removal from the circulation.

Additionally, IV hydration is used in the treatment of certain gout complications that may affect the kidneys by promoting adequate urine output and preventing further precipitation of uric acid.

Receiving plenty of fluids remains a cornerstone – medication-free – option in the prevention of gout attacks. This can be safely and rapidly achieved by IV hydration with Vida-Flo.

IV Hydration for recurring medical issues

Many people hear IV Hydration therapy and immediately think – Hangover Cure. Although it is true, IV fluids cure a hangover, there are many other recurring medical issues that can be effectively treated with IV saline, targeted meds and vitamin infusions. These include IBS, Crohn’s & Colitis, Gout, Whipple Disease and many other maladies that impede the ability of our body to absorb fluids, vitamins and nutrients. Vida-Flo is helping treat and create better lives for many individuals around the country that are suffering with these issues.

Don’t let Gout, IBS and many other gastrointestinal concerns control you. You can get affordable, consistent treatment in a terrific setting with Vida-Flo and our monthly memberships. ReVidalize and change your life for the best! Learn More here:

What is MIC+B12? What Can It Do For You?

What is MIC+B12?

What Can It Do For You?

When adding supplements to your daily health regimen, it’s important to ensure that one is able to experience the maximum amount of potential benefits. Much like getting a Porsche with a V6 engine, our MIC-B12 injections provide that extra “boost” needed to maximize the unlocked energy contained within this incredible vitamin.

MIC injections are used in conjunction with vitamin B12 for synergistic purposes, to intensify each others’ effects to deliver amazing results. The fat burning substances in MIC (methionine inositol choline) help the liver remove fat and aid in cholesterol distribution; when used in combination with B12, the synergy creates a greater feeling of overall energy by accelerated the metabolic process. Not only do people look and feel better, but the added breakdown of fats and cholesterols is utilized as that boost of energy to help us go about our day and accomplish our goals—our V6 in the race of life!

Dr. Brendan Doucette

Everything You need to know about Hydration IV

How to beat Dehydration with Hydration!

What is Hydration IV?

At Vida-Flo, are we offer IV hydration therapy through our blend of saline solution, sodium chloride, potassium chloride and calcium chloride. Our service helps relieve dehydration and promote overall health and wellness. Read on to learn more.

What is Dehydration?

Dehydration is the medical term for what happens when the body loses more fluids than you take in. The human body loses water by sweating and producing urine, so you must replace the lost fluids by drinking water and other beverages. Frequent urination, persistent diarrhea, vomiting, excessive sweating, and burns are some of the most common causes of dehydration.

What are the Symptoms of Dehydration?

If you think you are experiencing dehydration, you may have the following symptoms:
  • Lethargy
  • Dry mouth
  • Muscle weakness
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
Severe dehydration may cause additional symptoms, such as:
  • Low blood pressure
  • Sunken eyes
  • Reduced perspiration
  • Dry skin
  • Increased heart rate
  • Fever

IV Hydration Therapy

Intravenous fluids replace the fluids lost through sweating, vomiting, diarrhea, and frequent urination. Vida-Flo hydrating fluids contain vitamins minerals, and electrolytes your body needs to function normally.

Types of IV Hydration Therapy

At Vida-Flo, we offer different types of intravenous fluids used to treat dehydration and promote overall wellness. Our wellness programs are designed to target your individual needs. We offer IV hydration to eliminate headaches and joint pain, stop nausea, produce energy, and boost the immune system.

Vida-Flo offers the best IV hydration therapy, so schedule your appointment now by visiting