Dehydration Causes


Celiac Disease

Two of the most debilitating and awful symptoms of Celiac are vomiting and chronic diarrhea. These common side-effects often cause chronic dehydration due to quick onset loss of fluids and electrolytes. Usually, we’re able replace the fluids and electrolytes we lose by drinking water and absorbing electrolytes from the foods we eat but this is not an option for those suffering from Celiac Disease.


Bottom Line: people that are considered Gluten-intolerant commonly experience diarrhea or constipation.  Frequent diarrhea can cause some major health concerns, such as loss of electrolytes, dehydration and fatigue. IV hydration is medically proven to help relieve the effects of those symptoms.

Prescription Medications

If you have not already, always check the list of side effects associated with your prescription. Many medications act as diuretics, upping your urine output and your risk for dehydration. Allergy and blood pressure medications are two common examples. If diarrhea or vomiting is listed as a potential side effect, dehydration could be a side effect you may experience.

Menstrual Period

Estrogen and progesterone are two hormones that greatly influence the hydration level in your body. During PMS these two levels are fluctuating greatly and can cause serious bouts of monthly dehydration. In some cases women with exceptionally heavy periods, lose a large enough amount of blood to affect fluid levels, also causing dehydration.

Alcohol Overindulgence

Why do people suffer from hangovers? Drinking causes you to use the bathroom because alcohol inhibits an antidiuretic hormone. Translation: that fluid you consume that is normally going back into the body, instead gets sent to your bladder. Also, because alcohol is a diuretic, the body’s cells shrink, and even more water gets pushed out to the bladder. All this lowers your body's hydration levels. In addition, with awareness levels that alcohol is known to impair, you may not realize and some signs of dehydration (like thirst and fatigue) so you may not even realize you have gone way past your dehydration point.


Anxiety, strain and tension cause your adrenal glands to secrete “stress hormones”. If you are under a lot of pressure for a long period of time those same adrenals will become super-exhausted, and might even cause an adrenal insufficiency. Another job of the adrenals is to produce a hormone called Aldosterone. Aldosterone’s function is to help regulate proper levels of fluid and electrolytes in the human body. Adrenal fatigue leads to lower production of Aldosterone which will trigger both dehydration and low electrolyte levels.

Gastrointestinal Diseases (IBS, Crohn’s & Colitis, Ulcerative Colitis,
Short Bowel Syndrome)

These issues are everything from a nuisance to downright debilitating. As if common symptoms were not bad enough (such as nausea and chronic diarrhea) there are other things associated with these conditions that can cause dehydration. Often times people who suffer from GI problems force elimination diets on themselves to avoid so-called “trigger foods”. Without a diet that includes plenty of fluids or fluid-rich foods, a common result will be increased dehydration.


There are a number of reasons Vida-Flo IV therapy can be beneficial to pregnant women. A number of changes in your body can increase the necessary fluid requirements and intravenous hydration might be the best way to make up the difference. Additionally, vomiting and nausea associated with morning sickness can adversely affect and create dehydration. Before Vida-Flo provides any therapy to pregnant women, all patients must get the approval of their personal doctor. (Yes, we need a note from your doctor.) Additionally, each location will reserve judgment on whether to treat women during their pregnancy in order to ensure the safety of both mom and baby.


As kind of a cruel joke, as your body begins to age it loses the ability to conserve water but also our sensation for thirst declines. Yes, it’s easier to become dehydrated and it gets harder to tell when your fluids are depleted! A continuous, healthy regimen of IV hydration therapy can help take some of the guess work out of it to avoid any additional health issues.

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