EIGHT REASONS TO STAY HYDRATED

We all know it’s important to drink enough water during the day, but have you ever wondered why? Hydration is key to many of our bodily functions, and it’s important to consume enough water every day to help your body operate at its optimum level. At Vida-Flo Breckenridge, we’re dedicated to giving you ways to keep your body hydrated and experience the incredible benefits of hydration therapy! Make an appointment with us today!

MORE BRAIN POWER

If you find yourself struggling to keep up at work or stay interested in that new book you’ve been wanting to read, try sipping some water. Several studies have proven that people who drink enough water during the day are more present and can perform cognitive tasks faster and with more accuracy than those who were dehydrated. In day-to-day life, being able to respond quickly to coworkers or family members is vital, and if you’re dragging due to not consuming enough water, dehydration can make for a long day.

BETTER BODY BALANCE

Your body is made up of more than two-thirds water, so if you’re dehydrated, your body is definitely struggling. Water helps your body to regulate temperature, maintain blood volume, lubricate the linings of your internal organs, and balance your kidney function. Without it, your body will struggle to keep all of your functions operating correctly, and dehydration can even contribute to joint pain, muscle aches, stomach and digestion issues, and headaches.

BOOST YOUR MOOD

Feeling a little cranky or irritated? Can you remember the last time you drank a glass of water? If you’re struggling to recall your last H2O consumption and you don’t understand why you’re annoyed, then you’ve discovered the culprit. Studies have proven that individuals who consume enough water regularly experience less bewilderment, confusion, fatigue, and sleepiness. Those who reduced their daily intake found themselves to be less content, calm, and relaxed, and also that they were less positive throughout the day.

CONTROL APPETITE

Fighting the munchies? You might actually be thirsty! Our body’s mechanism for alerting your brain that you’re hungry or thirsty isn’t the most accurate, so sometimes you can think that you’re hungry when actually needing some H2O instead. Next time you find yourself reaching for a snack, try drinking a large glass of water first. This is also a great way to reduce the amount of calories you’re consuming during the day. Water is a great appetite suppressant, and you can drink as much as you like without having to count calories. To boost your metabolism, an adequate amount of water is needed to keep the bodily functions operating correctly.

LOWER THE RISK OF HEART ATTACK AND DISEASE

Unfortunately, heart disease is the number one killer of both men and women in the United States. Plaque build up is usually what causes your heart to falter, and as the most important organ of the human body, taking good care of it is vital (literally!). Drinking enough water everyday will dramatically decrease the chances of heart disease, and will help your heart to stay healthy. Also, drinking your daily eight glasses of water will help to decrease your blood pressure, taking a lot of stress off of your heart. When you’re fully hydrated, your blood is about 92 percent water, which will help it to move more efficiently through your body and help your heart to beat effortlessly.

REDUCE CHOLESTEROL

Did you know that if you’re not drinking enough water, your body actually creates more cholesterol so that your cells are still functioning properly? If you already are struggling with high cholesterol, this can make it that much harder for your body to reduce your cholesterol levels. Make sure that you’re drinking enough H2O during the day so that you can help your body function correctly without raising your cholesterol.

STAY HEALTHY

When you’re consuming enough water throughout the day, then you’ll be able to fight off illnesses and viruses more easily. When your body is struggling to keep itself hydrated, then flushing out the toxins that make you sick can be harder and take more time, giving the bad bacteria a better opportunity to start its assault on your immune system. Stop that office virus or stomach bug in its tracks by drinking enough water every day, and even increasing your daily consumption during cold and flu season.

SLOW THE AGING PROCESS

Staying hydrated helps your body to work efficiently, instead of having to constantly play catch up because it’s dehydrated. If you stay dehydrated for extended periods, your organs have to work harder, which causes them to age faster. When you’re hydrated and giving your body the hydration that it needs, then your body can slow down and maintain its functions comfortably.

At Vida-Flo Breckenridge, we understand that hydration is vital to your body. Our hydration treatments are designed to quickly rehydrate you in as little as 45 minutes, so you always leave feeling incredibly refreshed and revived. We’re proud to offer a clean and relaxing office with certified nurses and a helpful staff to serve you as best as we can. Make an appointment with us and experience the awesome benefits of hydration today!

EASY HYDRATION TIPS AFTER A WORKOUT

Is getting fit one of your 2017 resolutions? Did you ever consider how hydration is just as important as working on your squats and getting that heart rate up? Proper hydration can help your blood pressure to stabilize, boost your metabolism, and increase your energy levels. Vida-Flo Breckenridge is passionate about keeping your body in top shape with our IV hydration and vitamin therapies. If you’re feeling like you need to kickstart your hydration goals, make an appointment with us today! In the meantime, here are some great hydration tips to follow after a workout.

DRINK WATER!

Water is the ultimate hydrator and is the best for recovery after a hard workout. Try to drink about 24 ounces of water right after you leave the gym. To ensure that you won’t shock your body, try to drink cool or room-temperature water instead of water with ice in it. After you’ve consumed 24 ounces, continue to sip water throughout the day or evening to keep your hydration levels maintained. Sipping water is much better than chugging several ounces at a time. You’ll retain water and feel bloated if you try to consume a lot of H2O in those important few hours after your workout. If you’ve had a particularly strenuous gym session or gone for a run outside in hot temperatures, drinking plenty of water is imperative as it is quite easy to become dehydrated after intense sweat and electrolyte loss.

TRY COCONUT OR ELECTROLYTE WATER

If you’re concerned about the lost of sodium and electrolytes after an energetic workout class or a bootcamp session outside during the summer, you can supplement your water intake with coconut or water with added electrolytes. After you’ve been sweating for awhile, your body loses a lot of its nutrients and it can be hard to replace them. Acute dehydration can make you feel ill, contribute to muscle cramps, and raise your heart rate. Coconut water has naturally-occurring electrolytes and contains more potassium than a banana, making it an excellent choice for replacing those lost vitamins and minerals. Make sure that the coconut water that you choose doesn’t contain any added sugar or artificial flavors, as sugar can dehydrate you further. Water with added electrolytes is another great option if you don’t prefer coconut water or can’t find it in your city or town. While many people think that sports drinks are a good option for replacing the electrolytes lost while working out, often those beverages contain lots of sugar, artificial dyes, and artificial flavors.

EAT SOME FRUIT!

Ever considered fruit as a rehydration option? Fruit has lots of water, fiber, vitamins, and minerals that are a perfect choice after an intense workout. Try watermelon, apples, honeydew, cantaloupe, and grapes to help you rehydrate. If you want to add some protein or vegetables, blend your favorite combinations into a yummy post-gym smoothie. While fruit is a great recovery option, make sure to continue sipping water, coconut water, or electrolyte water along with consuming your favorite fruits. There is water in fruit, but not quite enough to replenish your body if an apple is your only hydration option.

CURB THE CAFFEINE

We get it: working on your fitness can make you tired. But stopping by a drive-thru to grab a cappuccino on the way home isn’t the best idea, especially after a workout. Caffeine is a diuretic, meaning that it causes your body to lose water. If you’re already dehydrated, drinking a cup of joe won’t exactly make you feel better after hitting the gym. Also, don’t get derailed by trying decaf coffee. Even though the caffeine is removed, the diuretic properties still remain. Coffee is delicious but not the best choice after a fitness class or gym session. Save that delicious iced latte for the next day after you’ve properly rehydrated.

DRINK SOME BROTH

A little tired of plain old H2O? Try sipping some warm chicken, vegetable, or beef broth. Bone and veggie broths are chock full of nutrients, vitamins, and protein, making broth a great choice for rehydrating after a sweat-filled gym session. On top of being a delicious and savory post-workout treat, broth contains collagen, minerals, and glucosamine, which are great for recovering after a long run. Bone and veggie broth also boosts your immune system and provides excellent protein. Try sipping a steaming cup instead of drinking eight ounces of H2O.

KNOW THE SIGNS OF DEHYDRATION

Understanding and diagnosing dehydration is extremely important to your overall fitness success so you don’t overexert your body. One of the first signs of dehydration is thirst. Easy to ignore, being thirsty while at the gym is your first sign of needing to drink some water. Other early indicators of dehydration is heightened blood pressure and heart rate, increased perspiration, and flushed skin. If you experience any of these symptoms, take a break and drink eight ounces of water. Stopping exertion before these symptoms intensify is imperative to ensuring that you won’t injure yourself or faint.

At Vida-Flo Breckenridge, we’re passionate about providing quick and beneficial hydration therapies to help your get back to your life quickly. As a Top Rated National® Hydration Expert, Vida-Flo is an excellent choice if you’re feeling dehydrated, getting over an illness, or recovering from a workout. We have many different vitamin and medication options and can help you make the correct choice for your body. Make an appointment with us and you’ll leave feeling rejuvenated and refreshed. Call us today!

HOW TO TREAT DEHYDRATION

Dehydration occurs when the body isn’t receiving enough water to compensate for its daily output. Severe dehydration, while rare, can be life threatening, but even mild dehydration can have adverse effects on mood and energy levels. It’s important to notice and treat dehydration as early as possible. At Vida-Flo Breckenridge, treating dehydration is our specialty and we’re passionate about taking care of your body from the inside out.

SYMPTOMS OF DEHYDRATION

Dehydration symptoms usually include headache, lethargy, muscle cramps, dry mouth, weakness, dizziness, and heart palpitations (the feeling that your heart is jumping or pounding). You can also experience cravings for sweets, dry skin, fever and chills, and irritability and confusion. Since the body is made up of two-thirds water, dehydration should be treated with aggression and quick response. Stopping physical exertion is also extremely important because continuing to tax your body can continue the spiral towards further dehydration.

TREATMENT OF DEHYDRATION

The first action that you should take is to drink water. Sports drinks with added electrolytes, clear fruit juices, electrolyte drinks such as Pedialyte™, and coconut water are also great liquids to consume to help alleviate dehydration. You can also eat foods with high water content such as celery, apples, iceberg lettuce, cucumbers, and watermelon. Here at Vida-Flo, our IV treatments rehydrate the body rapidly with the equivalent of two and a half liters of water in a short amount of time. If you’re suffering from dehydration, you can be sure that you’ll leave Vida-Flo feeling better from the inside out.

PREVENTING DEHYDRATION

As the saying goes, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”, and this is definitely the case with dehydration. It’s imperative to drink one to three liters of water per day to ensure that your body is properly hydrated. Make sure to rehydrate before and after physical activity, and also monitor your water intake in hot and dry weather. If you’re still struggling to consume the adequate amount of water, come to Vida-Flo Breckenridge. We know you’re busy and sometimes need a quick solution to alleviate dehydration symptoms.

In as little as 45 minutes, Vida-Flo Breckenridge will refresh your body with a large amount of fluids, vitamins, and even medications to help you to get back to 100 percent in no time. We have a clean, calm, and relaxing facility and an excellent staff dedicated to you and your overall health. Come see us today!