It’s a balancing act. For patients living with diabetes, the risk of dehydration is significantly higher than others, and getting plenty of fluids is a year-long concern, no matter how hot or cold the outside temperature is.
Diabetes symptoms are often subtle, but excessive thirst and increased urination are two very common ones.
When the condition leads to excessive glucose build-up in the bloodstream, the kidneys are forced to work overtime to process it. And when excess glucose is pushed out of the system via urine, it takes essential fluids from the tissues along with it – leaving the diabetic patient feeling dehydrated and thirsty.
Excessive thirst (polydipsia) triggers more urination, and the cycle becomes a vicious and dangerous one if blood sugars are not balanced the right away.
November is National Diabetes Month, and we’d like to take this opportunity to give our diabetic clients a list of beverages they can safely take to battle dehydration throughout the year.
Hydrate With These
•Water: Obviously the best choice, as it won’t raise blood sugar levels. The Institute Of Medicine suggests 9 cups for women and 13 cups for men.
•Tea: The beverage can help reduce blood pressure and lower LDL `bad cholesterol’ levels. Research suggests that 6 cups a day may even lower risks of type 2 diabetes.
•Coffee: A study conducted in 2012 found that drinking 2-3 cups of coffee may also reduce risks of developing type 2 diabetes. (Both caffeinated and decaf.)
•Sparkling Water: The zero calorie versions with no added sweeteners not only hydrates but improves swallowing ability and relieves constipation as well.
•Infused Water: Adding a few slices of fruit or herbs (lemon, oranges, watermelon, basil, ginger, cucumber etc.) to water can give your drink the hint of flavor you need to encourage you to drink more.
• Vegetable Juice: Fruit juices are loaded with sugar. Even those with labels that say `no extra sugar added’ aren’t good choices for diabetics. In contrast, juices made from cucumber, green leafy veggies etc. provide the necessary fluids and nutrients without the needless sugar intake.
• Low-Fat Milk: Whole milk is rich in good minerals, but they also add a lot of unnecessary carbohydrates to a diabetic’s diet. Low-fat or skimmed milk, therefore, make a more sensible choice.
“Just one more drink…” “It’s a special occasion…” “It’s an open bar…”
If you have used any of these excuses to drink too much during an evening out, you probably know what it is like to wake up the next morning with a monster hangover.
Mouth feeling dry as cotton, head about to explode, tremors, shivers, lethargy, nausea… A stomach that is screaming for food, but the thought of eating bringing the nausea back up again because you’re almost sure that the lining of your gut has been corroded away by the enormous amount of alcohol, that seemed like such a fun idea the night before…
You’ll swear you will never do shots again, hang out with your boozy friends again, see the inside of a bar again, because no amount of fun can compensate for the near-death feeling you know you’re going to have to tolerate for the next who-knows-how-many-hours.
But we know you will.
Perhaps, we all will.
Because the lessons learned in the throes of a hangover are quickly forgotten once we bounce back, and so the cycle repeats again and again.
No judgements here. Just an extremely uncomfortable fact of life.
Now, if you’re someone who knows how to drink responsibly, you’re happy and lucky. But if you’re not, then we’re going to teach you just one habit that will help you manage hangovers the next time you throw caution to the winds.
Alcohol causes dehydration, because they act like a diuretic. For every alcoholic drink you have, your body can expel up to four times as much liquid. And the lack of fluids not only strips your body of precious electrolytes but exaggerates the symptoms of hangover as well.
Hydrating to lessen the effects of a hangover is a three-part process. Below, we will explain each:
Hydrating BEFORE A Night Out
You probably don’t want to hear the science of it, so we’ll get straight down to what you’re reading this article to know. Sixty percent of our bodies is made up of water, and H2O is a principle catalyst for digestion that helps to process food and drink in the stomach at a much faster rate.
So, if you drink more water before a night out on the town, the alcohol you consume afterwards will flush out of your system more quickly than if you hadn’t. And you’ll feel better the next morning for it.
IV therapy is, of course, the best way to hydrate before you hit the alcohol, because the intravenous drip, powered with all the right vitamins and nutrients, will skip past your digestive system and go straight into your bloodstream, speeding up your body’s hydration status. Way faster, and more effectively than just drinking water can.
Click HERE if you want to try a quick pre-party IV therapy to test this theory out for yourself.
Hydrating DURING A Night Out
• The best way to drink and stay hydrated is to alternate every drink with a glass of water.
• Choose beverages that have some water component. On the rocks, for example, instead of neat.
• Munch on sticks of celery instead of buffalo wings! Almost 20% of our total hydration come from water-rich foods, and a veggie platter is a great snack option when you’re drinking a lot of alcohol.
• Try to stay away from high-sodium foods and drinks. Salt draws water into circulating volume, leading to increased urination, and if you’re not replenishing this water loss, you can quickly become dehydrated.
• Avoid beer if you can if you’re planning to go the long haul. A mug of beer fills you up quickly, and you won’t be inclined to pace it with water as the night goes on.
Hydrating AFTER A Night Out
• Try to drink one glass of water every hour after a night of heavy drinking. Don’t overdo it though, because you’ll be risking water intoxication.
• Consume sports drinks that contain electrolytes.
• Drink ginger ale. Ginger soothes a disturbed stomach.
• If you have already messed up and are currently feeling the worst symptoms of a monster hangover, come visit one of our Hydralive clinics for hangover recovery. Our blended mix of electrolytes, vitamins and medications will quickly replenish your system and you can go to your important work meeting or show up at your family event or wherever you need to be without looking beat from the worst of a night spent having too much fun.
Drink responsibly, folks! But if you don’t, come to one of our Hydralive clinics. We’ll make sure your life is not derailed just because you had one or two or a dozen drinks too many!
On the first Monday of every September since 1894, we celebrate Labor Day to pay tribute to the contributions and achievements of workers who make America great.
From the pioneering days of settling this country, our workforce has proved to be foundational in creating a nation of immigrants where dream comes true, through hope and hard work, and we honor all the men and women who are still working long hours and sacrificing their health and wellbeing to make that dream a reality for each and every one of us.
But there’s a huge, long-term price they are paying for their service.
According to the National Bureau of Economic Research, the rate at which health deteriorates with age is faster in manual occupations than in non-manual occupations. And at Hydralive, we understand the kind of toll exhaustion can take over a person’s mind and body all too well. For example:
• Working overtime or working too hard increases risk for a wide range of health-related problems including heart disease, heart attack and high blood pressure. (A 2010 study found working 10 or more hours a day resulted in a 60% increase in the risk of cardiovascular issues.)
• Work-related stress prompts the body to release hormones like cortisol that can increase blood pressure and cause stroke, coronary artery disease, type 2 diabetes and even cancer.
• Lack of sufficient sleep because of exhaustion affects judgment, mood, ability to learn and retain information, and increase the risk of serious accidents and injury.
The list just goes on…
For many people whose health and wellness are severely impacted by physical and mental exhaustion, oral supplements are not enough to redress the underlying biochemical issues, especially in cases of long-standing fatigue.
This is where IV therapy comes in with nutrient infusions and cocktails, delivered intravenously, to make up for the vitamin/mineral deficiencies and strengthen the immune system. The nutrients enter the bloodstream directly, instead of having to go via a circuitous route through the digestion system that makes them lose their potency, and patients suffering from exhaustion report feeling revived and energized immediately after the treatment.
At Hydralive, we offer a variety of IV therapies prepared to neutralize the debilitating impacts of exhaustion. We even customize treatments, after personal consultations and health tests, to make sure our clients get maximum benefits from the exhaustion-fighting nutrients we’re replenishing them with.
If you’re suffering from physical and mental exhaustion on account of working too hard, visit one of our Hydralive clinics where we can help you take curative or preventive measures and return your mind and body to a state of optimal wellness.
Labor Day reminds us of the long-term risks of working too hard or working overtime, and we are standing by to help you make the best decision you have ever made for yourself: saving your health before you become one of 43% of Americans who are chronically too tired to function optimally at work.
They say you know it’s summer in the South when you’re practically living under a fan in your front porch, stinking of bug spray, listening to bullfrogs and whip-poor-wills and struggling to stay awake in 98-degree weather. But even for those who’re not trapped in the land-locked state and grappling with 94% humidity, being caught up in the throes of hot weather is not always comfortable.
As it is, 75% of American adults are chronically dehydrated. (They drink 2.5 cups a day instead of the recommended 8-10 cups.) And if you’re losing more fluids than you are taking in, you’re risking mild to moderate dehydration that can destabilize your overall wellness is so many ways.
Just look at these facts:
• A mere 1.5% of water loss can lead to dehydration.
• Every time you’re thirsty, your body is trying to tell you that you’re already mildly dehydrated.
• Dehydration can catch you off-guard and set in within an hour if you’re sweating profusely or indulging in strenuous physical activity.
To fight the menace of dehydration that summer invariably foists on you, here are 5 things you can do this year to make sure your hydration levels are high and you’re in good health and spirits:
# 1: Drink Water Even If You’re Not Thirsty
Water carries away heat from internal organs to the skin, making you sweat in summer. As the sweat evaporates, the body temperature comes down as well, helping organs to function at an optimal level.
# 2: Prepare For Exercise With Fluids
Before you exercise or do any strenuous activity in summer, prepare in advance with plenty of fluids. Drink plenty of water the day before, an hour before and an hour after you exert yourself.
# 3: Balance Beverages With Water
Alcohol, tea and coffee have diuretic effects, which is why you need to compensate for the water loss by increasing your intake of water if you indulge in any of these beverages.
# 4: Eat Liquid-Rich Foods
Did you know that the foods you eat contribute 20% of your daily fluid intake? Nature supports you during summer months with seasonal produce like melons, strawberries, tomatoes, plums, peaches etc. that are rich in electrolytes, carbohydrates and minerals. Take advantage of them!
# 5: Hydrate Yourself With IV Therapy
Replenish your system with fluids, nutrients and electrolytes via IV therapy. At Hydralive (find our locations by clicking HERE), we offer custom treatments that fight the ravages of summer by administering all the nutrients you need intravenously. No nutrient is lost through the digestion process when they’re introduced directly into the bloodstream, and this quick and safe method makes sure you can pursue an active life throughout summer and not worry about the debilitating effects of dehydration.
Lower back pain has become so common these days that there are over 31 million Americans suffering from this problem. It is one of the primary reasons for missed workdays in the country and the second most common reason to visit the doctor’s office.
Many people struggling with chronic back pain say their discomfort worsens when they are driving for long hours or doing sedentary work.
And there’s a good reason for this.
The human body is not designed to be sitting in one position for a lengthy period of time, and no matter how well car manufacturers and chair designers modify the shape of their seat, they can only take an average body frame into account, and people tend to come in all shapes and sizes.
If you have noticed that your back pain is getting worse because of all the time you spend driving your car or working at your desk, here are 7 things you can do to ease the situation and give your back a considerable amount of relief:
# 1: Sit More Comfortably
Take some of the pressure off your discs and vertebrae by using a lumbar support cushion for your back when you’re working at a desk or driving. Remove wallets, keys and anything else that’s big and bulgy from your back pocket before you settle down because they can throw your spine positioning out of alignment.
# 2: Position Your Body Right
Try not to reach out for the steering wheel when you’re driving. Sit as close to it as safely possible to reduce pressure build-up in your back, neck, shoulders and wrists. Consciously sit with your knees positioned higher than the hips while driving.
# 3: Change Up Your Shoes
Don’t wear the same pair of shoes every day of the week. While it’s common knowledge that long, pencil heels can be doing your chronic back pain no favors, sandals, flip-flops and other sorts of flat shoes are not good for prolonged wear either as they offer little to no arch support. Wearing different shoes is the most practical way to avoid a back-breaking shoe impact pattern.
# 4: Think How You Sleep
Sleeping on your back or on your sides is a good posture because it stretches and elongates the spine. If you’re in the habit of sleeping on your tummy, slide a thin pillow under your hips to ease the pressure on your discs, ligaments and muscles.
Also, think of buying a bed mattress of medium firmness if you’re not sleeping on one. Research has shown that people with lower back pain had fewer complaints about aches and pains after sleeping on a medium-strength mattress for 3 months.
# 5: Beware Of Depression
Studies have shown a connection between chronic back pain and depression. If you’ve been feeling moody, sad or lethargic lately, be aware of your spiritual melancholy and work to get yourself off this slippery slope before the symptoms get worse. Don’t lie around in bed or in front of the TV to blank out the blah. Force yourself to go out, take a brisk walk and breathe deeply in the fresh air. Yoga, meditation and other mind-body disciplines can be a huge help too. The more you reduce the production of stress hormones like cortisol, the less your back muscles with bunch up and spasm from pent-up stress.
# 6: Hydrate More
Our muscles need a lot of water. If you’re not drinking sufficient water, then increasing your intake will help protect your spine. The intervertebral (spinal) disc is a fluid-filled structure, which get easily strained if water supply is not sufficient.
# 7: Get Cryotherapy
Find relief from backpain with Cryotherapy.
Cryotherapy, which literally means “cold therapy,” is a technique where the body is exposed to extremely cold temperatures for up to 3 minutes.
Recent studies have shown that cryotherapy can significantly improve lumbar spine mobility, reduce inflammation, decrease back pain and speed up recovery.
Hydralive Therapy is a clinic that offers state-of-the-art cryotherapy for people suffering from chronic back pain, and we’re waiting to show you how transformative the experience can be.
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