You may have heard the saying that “milk does a body good.” Even more so, water does a body good.
It’s easy to overlook the importance of drinking enough water in the hustle and bustle of daily life. However, this unassuming substance is essential to maintaining good health, especially as you age.
At The Doctor’s House in Edina, Minnesota, Dr. Adepero Okulaja helps people make healthy choices that optimize their wellness on a daily basis so they can look and feel their best and reduce their risk of illness at the same time. One critical part of this approach involves proper hydration.
Is your water consumption lacking? Here’s how — and why — to up your game.
It may be tough to believe, but water makes up approximately 60% of your body. Water helps your body in numerous ways, such as:
In fact, water plays such a crucial role in your body that losing as little as 2% of this fluid can cause a noticeable impact. And it’s easy to become dehydrated, especially in hot weather, if you’re physically active, or when you have an illness accompanied by fever, diarrhea, or vomiting.
Plus, your chances of becoming dehydrated increase once you reach 60 because of numerous factors, like changes in body composition, thirst levels, and medications that can affect fluid loss in the body.
Without enough water, your body can’t function properly. Studies show that fluid loss of 1%-3% of a person’s body weight can lead to significant issues, including impaired brain function, difficulty concentrating, and headaches.
Other complications of dehydration include:
Serious and prolonged dehydration can even lead to dangerous and life-threatening complications because of drops in blood pressure and oxygen in your system.
Fortunately, you can keep your body hydrated with a little advanced planning, even as you age.
There aren’t hard and fast rules about how much water a person needs to maintain optimal hydration. However, general guidelines recommend at least 64 ounces of water a day, or eight glasses.
But you also need to consider other factors, like physical activity, hot or humid weather, and other issues that can increase fluid loss, like vomiting or diarrhea — all things that require extra water intake.
To reach your daily hydration goals, Dr. Okulaja recommends:
In addition to these daily strategies, Dr. Okulaja might suggest adding IV hydration therapy to boost your water game.
During IV hydration therapy, Dr. Okulaja delivers fluids and essential nutrients into your bloodstream intravenously so your body can absorb them faster. The entire treatment takes 20-60 minutes while you relax comfortably.
Dr. Okulaja can also personalize your infusion to your unique needs. If you have specific symptoms, underlying or chronic medical conditions, or health concerns in addition to hydration needs, Dr. Okulaja can add the specific nutrients that provide the most benefits for optimal wellness.
IV hydration therapy provides immediate results, and you can expect them to improve in the days and weeks to come. Depending on your hydration, health, and overall goals, Dr. Okulaja could recommend a series of infusions to help you achieve long-lasting results.
How’s your hydration? Learn how you can stay ahead in the water game by scheduling a consultation with Dr. Okulaja at The Doctor’s House. Call or click today.