Increased awareness of the environmental impact of single-use plastic bottles has triggered a boon in the reusable water bottle market. The value of the industry hit $8.38 billion in 2020 and is expected to keep growing by 4% annually for the next several years.
That explains why folks are filling up their own H2O, but it may also indicate that the general public is becoming more aware of the need for proper hydration.
At Wellness IV in Freeport, New York, our team of experts love this water-lugging trend because it means you’re taking an important step in maintaining your overall health.
But there are still many folks who haven’t heard the message, and they may not even realize they’re dehydrated. The elderly are particularly susceptible to dehydration — up to 30% of older adults get dehydrated due to faulty thirst mechanisms, lack of mobility, and chronic disease.
Here, we take a closer look at why hydration is so important for your overall health and how you can boost it with hydration therapy when you’re running low.
Water and your body
Your body contains more water than meets the eye. Although it seems as if you’re mostly skin and bones, your body is made up of about 60% water. Specific areas of your body have an even higher water content:
- The lungs are 83% water
- Muscles are 79% water
- The brain and heart contain 73% water each
- Skin is 63% water
If you allow yourself to become dehydrated, your body parts suffer and your systems break down.
How your body uses water
Every system in your body relies on a constantly replenished supply of water to carry out their functions.
Your kidneys use water to filter your blood and create urine so it can flush out the waste. Plenty of water also ensures that things move along in your colon and you steer clear of constipation.
Your intestines absorb water from the food and beverages you consume and aid in the digestive process by breaking down soluble fiber. Some of the water gets transferred into your bloodstream, where it helps break down nutrients even further.
Your blood is mostly water, so if you’re depleted, it throws off the ratio of other elements in your blood, such as sodium, electrolytes, and potassium. When these nutrients are highly concentrated, it negatively affects the way your muscles function.
Dehydration may also decrease your overall blood volume, which can make your blood pressure plummet to dangerous levels.
Tissues and membranes
Dehydration dries out all of the body parts that should be moist — your eyes, nose, and mouth. The same holds true for the internal parts that need lubrication, such as your joints, spinal cord, and brain.
One of the telltale signs of dehydration is poor brain function. You may have minor memory problems, fatigue, and an inability to concentrate.
How much water is enough?
Some people need more water than others. It depends on many factors, including the weather and your age, sex, overall health, and activity level. In general, we recommend shooting for:
- 2.3 quarts a day for women
- 3.2 quarts a day for men
That’s more than you might realize you need, which is why we see so many cases of dehydration.
How hydration therapy can help
You can lose water in several ways, including diarrhea, vomiting, sweating, urination, defecation, and excess caffeine or alcohol use. If you become dehydrated, you may experience:
- Infrequent urination
- Dark urine
That’s when you know it’s time to seek medical help. At Wellness IV, we offer hydration therapy to replenish your depleted stores of H2O and restore your overall health.
Depending on your medical history and symptoms, we may also recommend boosting your hydration therapy with essential vitamins and minerals. Our patients report increased energy, better sleep quality, enhance athletic performance, improved sex drive, and increased cognitive function.
If your tank is low and you need help getting your water level back in balance, schedule an appointment at our wellness boutique to find out if hydration therapy is right for you. Call us at 516-274-4265 or request an appointment online.