WINTERTIME DEHYDRATION FAQS

Although we have recently received some snow here in the high country, it has been a considerably mild winter in Breckenridge. Unfortunately for visitors and residents alike, this can lead to increased cases of dehydration, turning a fun day on the slopes into an unpleasant experience. In today’s post, we will take a closer look at wintertime dehydration and what you can do to alleviate the symptoms of this troublesome condition.

At Vida-Flo, we are America’s hydration experts, offering Breckenridge visitors and natives efficient and affordable dehydration treatments. With a clinic that is located conveniently off of Main Street, we are here to serve all of your hydration needs, not only in the wintertime, but all year round. Book your appointment today!

Is Dehydration Possible in Winter?

In the hot summer months, it is easy to be mindful of drinking enough water to keep our hydration levels up. However, during winter it can be easy to forget about drinking enough water to ensure that our body gets the hydration it needs. Many of us don’t think of dehydration as a wintertime concern, leaving us particularly vulnerable to the condition. In truth, your hydration needs are just as important during the winter months as they are during the summer, especially if you are someone who enjoys participating in the snowy activities our community boasts.

Although some like to take it easy during the snowy season, there are many people who remain very active in the winter. Activities such as skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, and ice skating are fun, but they are also sure to get your heart pumping. It is also likely that you will break a sweat when participating in these activities, and even shoveling outdoors is enough of a workout for some. When paired with the use of fireplaces, layered clothing, and dry air, these activities pack a one-two punch on your hydration levels, and while it may seem like somewhat of a misnomer, winter dehydration is possible.

Am I Dehydrated?

With the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, it can be difficult to drink enough water, and many of us find ourselves in a “holiday hangover” come January. The symptoms of wintertime dehydration are no different from those during other seasons, and some of them mimic the symptoms of a common cold. Dehydration treatment may be necessary if you find yourself experiencing the following symptoms:

  • Dry mouth and lack of skin elasticity
  • Fatigue and irritability
  • Thirstiness
  • Headaches and dizziness
  • Fever
  • Low blood pressure

When considered individually, these conditions may not seem indicative of a major health concern, but they may be the only warning signs you receive at the onset of dehydration. Once dehydration is recognized, it may take several days to bring your body back into balance.

How Can I Quickly Rehydrate?

Thankfully, there is a quicker way to deliver the hydration and electrolytes your body needs for optimal performance during the winter months: IV hydration therapy. When properly administered by physician assistants, registered nurses, and nurse practitioners, IV therapy is one of the fastest ways to rehydrate your parched body. In fact, when you receive this type of dehydration treatment, you can get the same hydration benefits as you would from drinking more than two gallons of water — all without the health risks and side effects associated with trying to drink that much fluid in a short period of time. Even better, you can achieve healthy levels of dehydration in less than an hour, allowing you to get back to your day quickly.

BRECKENRIDGE DEHYDRATION TREATMENT

Vida-Flo in Breckenridge offers membership plans and various packages to make maintaining proper hydration levels simple and affordable. Whether you prefer targeted treatments that are designed to enhance health, wellness, and athletic performance or you are interested in a more personalized dehydration treatment, we have your needs covered. Our treatments contain saline, potassium, calcium, and lactate for optimal hydration, but they can also be enhanced with medications and essential vitamins to provide a dual benefit. When it comes to providing high-quality dehydration treatments, the Vida-Flo team is here for you.

Are you ready to experience the Vida-Flo difference for yourself? You can begin your journey to optimal hydration for as little as $69 per month. Call our Breckenridge clinic at 970-423-6555 today to get started. We look forward to speaking with you!

HOW TO DEAL WITH FOOD POISONING

We’ve all been there. Eating an undercooked steak, sushi, or some deviled eggs that were left outside for too long can land you in bed feeling nauseated, bloated, and feverish. While most people can ride out a bout of food poisoning at home, it’s important to see your doctor if you aren’t feeling better in 48 hours or are experiencing severe stomach cramps, dizziness, confusion, or muscle weakness. In this post, we’ll discuss some ways to help alleviate the symptoms of food poisoning.

Of course, food poisoning can make you feel dehydrated quickly, so if you’re struggling with those symptoms and are needing to feel better fast, give Vida-Flo in Breckenridge a call. Our IV hydration therapy treatments can take as little as 45 minutes and be customized to your needs with vitamins, medications, and other options that will have you feeling awesome in no time. Contact us now to set up an appointment at our calming and relaxing office!

FOOD POISONING SYMPTOMS

No one enjoys the symptoms of food poisoning. These can include:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Stomach cramps
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Low-grade fever
  • Vomiting
  • Bloating

If you’re experiencing these symptoms and you are feeling ill, it’s important to immediately begin treatment so that you can alleviate the issue as soon as possible and feel better faster. It’s extremely important to not take an anti-diarrhea drug without your doctor’s consent. Your body is trying to get rid of the bacteria that is making you ill, and interfering with this process can make the sickness last longer.

TREATING FOOD POISONING

One of the most important things you can do to help your body recover faster is to drink plenty of water. Dehydration is a risk and you need to replenish the fluids that you’re losing so that you don’t end up feeling worse due to not drinking enough water. Try sipping water, sports drinks with added electrolytes, hot broth, and clear sodas, like ginger ale. Stay away from fruit juices, caffeinated teas, and coffee, because the intense sugar and caffeine content of these beverages can make you feel worse. If you are feeling hungry, try eating a piece of dry toast, crackers, or a banana. However, if you are vomiting, it’s best to wait until you stop feeling nauseated to try eating food so you won’t end up vomiting more. Try only a few small bites and then wait at least half an hour to see if you’re able to keep it down. If your stomach has settled and you’re not feeling ill again, try a few more bites. Eating too much too quickly will only make you feel bloated and could cause stomach cramps. If you’re not feeling better in 48 hours or you’re experiencing a high fever, it’s best to contact your doctor.

If you’re able, it’s best to take a few days off of work to recover. Food poisoning is a bacterial infection, and while it’s not contagious, it will make you feel weak, listless, and exhausted. It’s best to sleep as much as you can and stop all physical activity. It can be hard to take time off and stay in bed, but trying to power through food poisoning will only exacerbate the symptoms and cause the illness to last longer.

AFTER FOOD POISONING

The morning after food poisoning, you’ll probably wake up feeling weak, exhausted, and dehydrated. The best thing that you can do for your body is to eat a simple breakfast, such as toast with a banana or some oatmeal. Make sure to drink plenty of water or sports drinks to keep your body hydrated. You may not feel like drinking lots of water, but it’s important to continue staying hydrated so you can get back to feeling better. However, if you’re struggling to drink enough water and are still feeling weak, call the team at Vida-Flo in Breckenridge! Our IV hydration therapy treatments are quick and can help you get back to feeling 100 percent fast.

Food poisoning will affect all of us at some point, but you don’t have to let it get you down. Once you’re feeling better but still aren’t feeling your best, call Vida-Flo in Breckenridge to schedule an IV hydration therapy treatment to help your body recover faster so you can get back to your life. Contact us today!

HYDRATION TIPS FOR THE SUMMER

As the summer months approach, it’s even more important to stay hydrated. Spending time outside swimming, hiking, and enjoying the warmer temperatures is a great way to make memories with friends and family, but it’s important to also be careful of how much water you’re consuming. In this post, we’re going to discuss some essential ways to make sure that you’re properly hydrated so you can enjoy the warmer weather! If you’ve spent too much time outside and you’re feeling less than 100 percent, come to Vida-Flo Breckenridge for some IV hydration therapy. We’re proud to offer an incredible selection of IV therapies to help you to feel better almost instantly. Contact our helpful staff today for more information or to make an appointment at our Breckenridge location!

HOW MUCH WATER DO I REALLY NEED?

We’ve all heard differing amounts of how much water we need. Some studies say that you need to drink half of your body weight in H2O every day, and others say that you only need eight, 8-ounce glasses. While water is essential to survival, everyone needs a different amount. If you eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, you might not need to drink as much. However, if you live in a hot or dry climate, you’ll definitely need more. It’s best to aim for 10 glasses of water per day, especially during the hotter months. If you’re active or spending extended time outdoors, you definitely need to consume more. Also, remember that drinking alcohol is dehydrating as well, and if you’re outside and sweating while sipping a cold beer, you can quickly become dehydrated before you realize it. Keep a bottle of water close by on warmer days, and if you struggle to remember to drink some H2O, set a timer on your cell phone as a reminder.

STEP ON THE SCALE

A great way to track your water intake is to weigh yourself every day. If you’ve just attended an intense workout class and you notice an almost instantaneous weight loss, chances are that you’re dehydrated. Quickly gulp down at least 20-24 ounces of water to replenish your reserves and keep your body working at its optimal level. Weigh yourself after a hike or day on the lake as well to ensure that you’re not too dehydrated.

DRINK BEFORE YOU’RE THIRSTY

If you’re feeling thirsty, chances are that you’re already dehydrated. Make sure that you’re sipping water throughout the day instead of suddenly feeling thirsty and gulping down several glasses at a time. If you continously drink water during your day, you won’t get thirsty or dehydrated.

WATCH OUT FOR HIDDEN SUGARS

Did you know that sugary beverages actually contribute to more than one-third of the daily sugar intake for an adult? You may think that your favorite lemonade is a great substitute for a glass of your H2O, but it probably is full of sugar. Not only does sugar make you have a hard crash one to two hours after you consume it, it can actually cause you to crave more sugar. Some fruit juices can pack up to 40 or 50 grams of sugar per serving! The next time you find yourself reaching for a sugary juice or drink, choose plain water instead.

DON’T BELIEVE THAT SPORTS DRINKS ARE A GOOD CHOICE

Sports drinks are a great way to replenish some electrolytes after spending time outside in the sun or working hard at the gym. However, it’s best to only consume one serving of a sports drink and then drink water afterwards. It’s easy to believe that, since it has electrolytes, vitamins, and other added ingredients geared towards individuals who are exerting a lot of energy and are sweating, it’s just as good of a hydration option as water. This is not true because sports drinks do contain a lot of sugar, and they aren’t really needed if you’re only going for a walk outside or spending the day on a boat.

Staying hydrated during the summer is essential and crucial to enjoying time in the sun. The next time that you’re in the sun and feeling thirsty, make sure that you have some H2O nearby. In case you overdo it and are needing an extra hydration boost, don’t hesitate to contact Vida-Flo Breckenridge. We’re proud to offer premium IV hydration treatments in a clean and relaxed environment. Call us today!

VITAMIN B DEFICIENCIES 101

Struggling with low energy, weight gain, and exhaustion might not only mean you’re not sleeping well or eating enough healthy foods. You could be struggling with a vitamin B deficiency. If you find yourself consuming a lot of processed foods, sugar, or white flour, getting enough B vitamins throughout the day could prove difficult and make you reach more for a caffeine spike to wake you up. In this blog, we’ll discuss some of the essential B vitamins you need for for your body to function properly. While it’s best to get your daily vitamins from food and other sources, you can also supplement them through B vitamin pills and IV hydration therapy. At Vida-Flo in Breckenridge, we offer many different vitamin and medication hydration therapies for our customers. If you find yourself in need of a vitamin boost along with some serious hydration, make an appoint with us today!

VITAMIN B1 – THIAMINE

This B vitamin helps to metabolize sugars and amino acids, as well as improve the nervous system functions. Most individuals get enough thiamine from foods that they consume every day, though conditions such as alcoholism or anorexia can affect the absorption of thiamine.

VITAMIN B2 – RIBOFLAVIN

This B vitamin helps with the production of energy, the proper absorption of iron, and helps to recycle glutathione, one of the body’s most powerful and useful antioxidants. You get the most riboflavin by eating spinach, yogurt, eggs, asparagus, and almonds.

VITAMIN B3 – NIACIN

Niacin is an essential vitamin for cardiovascular and metabolic health, as well as balancing blood cholesterol levels. One of the best natural food sources for this vitamin is tuna, but due to high mercury levels, this fish might not be the best choice to add more niacin to your diet. If you can’t find wild-caught tuna that is certified mercury-free, you can supplement your niacin consumption with eating leafy dark greens, eggs, milk, and cereal grains such as wheat, barley, and oats.

VITAMIN B5 – PANTOTHENIC ACID

Vitamin B5 is vital to your skin and hair health. If you find yourself struggling with acne, dry or frizzy hair, or dry skin, it could be due to a vitamin B5 deficiency. Pantothenic acid is also essential to regulate your cholesterol. Sunflower seeds, avocado, salmon, broccoli, and yogurt are all excellent sources of vitamin B5.

VITAMIN B6 – PYRIDOXINE

This vitamin is best sourced from turkey breast, beef, pistachio, pinto beans, and avocado. Vitamin B6 regulates your metabolism, liver functions, eye health, and energy levels. Not getting enough of this vitamin can result in muscle pain or cramping, worsening effects of anemia, confusion, irritability, and low energy.

VITAMIN B7 – BIOTIN

This is the hair, skin, and nails vitamin. Many women add extra biotin to their diets to assist in accelerated hair growth, but biotin is also important for muscle growth, blood sugar regulation, and nervous system function. You can take biotin supplements, but it’s best received by consuming whole-wheat bread, pork, cheddar cheese, raspberries, and bananas.

VITAMIN B9 – FOLIC ACID

Folic acid is absolutely vital for proper brain function. This is why it’s so important for pregnant mothers to take a prenatal vitamin containing folic acid for the proper growth and function of the baby’s brain. Low vitamin B9 can also result in exacerbated anemia symptoms and mental sluggishness. Unfortunately, it’s fairly common for people to be deficient in folic acid, especially those who struggle with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) or Celiac disease. To add more folic acid to your diet, make sure to consume plenty of dark leafy greens, kidney beans, orange juice, brussels sprouts, milk, and asparagus.

VITAMIN B12 – CYANOCOBALAMIN

Vitamin B12 is thought to be the leading nutrient deficiency across many cultures. It affect your mood, memory, energy levels, heart, and hormonal levels. Since it directly affects your central nervous system, every function is adversely affected if the individual is deficient in vitamin B12. The best foods to consume to get more B12 in your diet include: beef and chicken livers, trout, herring, salmon, tuna, turkey, and raw milk.

Making sure you get enough B vitamins can be overwhelming, but by consuming a healthy diet full of lean meats, a wide array of vegetables, and dairy products, you’ll find that you feel healthier and your body is functioning well. In case you feel like you’re not getting enough B vitamins and are struggling with the effects, make an appointment with our trained medical professionals at Vida-Flo in Breckenridge. Our relaxing and quiet office will be a safe haven from a busy day, and in as little as 45 minutes, you’ll leave feeling refreshed and energized! Call Vida-Flo Breckenridge today!