Air travel isn’t glamorous for everybody.
While some people can sit back, relax, and actually enjoy a flight, others step out of the aircraft with a groggy head, jetlagged eyes, runny nose and shoes in their hand because their feet swelled up from water retention while they were stuck 35,000 feet in the air.
If you’re one of those unfortunate few who don’t do well on airplanes, and need several days to recover from the disruptions that traveling causes to your health and well-being, you probably need to boost your immune and digestive system before, during and after the flight.
Here are 5 ways to do it:
# 1: HYDRATE IN ADVANCE
Increase your water intake at least 24 hours before a flight. Prepare your body with all the fluids it needs because once you’re seated in the aircraft, you have no control over environmental conditions. Humidity drops from 30-40% to about 10% in the cabin, and you’ll be a lot more comfortable if you’re ready to counteract that by being well-hydrated beforehand.
Remember to buy water after you pass through security check, because the drinks trolley will not come out until the plane has stabilized and you won’t be able to leave your seat to grab some from the service station at the back.
Avoid caffeine, sugar and alcohol. Carry some coconut powder with you instead and mix it in your water for an instant electrolyte boost.
Keep a travel-sized moisturizer handy to keep your skin from drying out.
# 2: USE A MOUTHWASH BEFORE BOARDING
Nasal and throat passages dry out at high altitude. The mucous linings lose moisture and have a weakened ability to trap pathogens and prevent illness. Brushing your teeth and using a mouthwash right before your flight will help you fight this germy onslaught.
# 3: RUB ON SOME ESSENTIAL OILS
When travelling in close proximity with others, you’re more susceptible to picking up pathogens circulating in the air. To purify your sinuses and help reduce inflammation, place a few drops of essential oils onto your chest or sinuses and breathe deeply. Peppermint and eucalyptus are highly effective in keeping sinuses clean and eliminating infections. (Take a small vial of essential oil of your choice, to stay compliant with TSA carry-on regulations.)
# 4: TAKE HOT WATER INFUSIONS AFTER THE FLIGHT
Soothing hot water infusions can correct water retention and discomfort that results from travelling. Below we have outlined hot water remedies that are particularly effective in restoring regularity after a long flight.
Detoxifying: A combination of Manuka honey, lemon and hot water will flush out toxins, heal inflammation and reduce bloating.
Anti-Nausea: Calming blends like ginger, licorice and peppermint will help alleviate feelings of sickness.
Restorative: Natural herbal blends that contain sweet aniseed will restore gut regularity post-flight.
# 5: ENJOY A HYDRALIVE THERAPY
Revive and rejuvenate your compromised immune system with an IV therapy session at Hydralive Therapy® .
An IV therapy will safely rehydrate your body in a soothing, spa-like environment. Doctors have long touted the benefits of IV infusion therapy to dehydrated patients and it’s one of the most effective ways to recover quickly from a long flight and hit the ground running. The menu of services is excitingly full of rejuvenation possibilities, and whatever problems you may particularly face after a long-haul flight, Hydralive will have a quick and affordable therapy to counteract it.
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Did you know that June is Men’s Health Month?  It’s an observance used across the country to raise awareness about health care for men and focus on encouraging healthy life choices in boys, men and their families. This month we’ve made it our mission to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and to encourage a healthy lifestyle among men and boys.
Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) is a general term used to describe various conditions that affect the heart and blood vessels, including heart disease.  Heart disease affects the cardiovascular system which inhibits the heart’s ability to function. According to the American Heart Association, one in three men in the US suffer from one or more of these conditions and the disease is fatal for many of them. 
How to Stay Happy and Healthy
Vitamins are essential to your overall health. They perform many critical roles in your body, from producing energy to ensuring proper function of bodily systems. On average, less than 20% of the best multi-vitamins and supplements are absorbed into your body when taken orally and not getting enough of certain nutrients can negatively impact your health.  IV Vitamin Therapy works by administration of vitamins and nutrients directly into the bloodstream, bypassing the digestive system for 99.9% absorption.  Getting regular IV Therapy treatments can help maintain good health and prevent dehydration and vitamin-deficiency, decreasing the risk for CVD.
Did you know dehydration causes a strain on your heart?  The amount of blood circulating through your body decreases when you’re dehydrated. To compensate, your heart beats faster, increasing your heart rate and causing you to feel palpitations. Hydration is critical to your heart’s health. In fact, a hydrated heart is able to pump blood more easily, allowing the muscles in your body to work better. IV Therapy fights dehydration keeping your heart happy, healthy and hydrated.
Did you know that nearly 50 million people in the United States are affected by arthritis?  The pain associated with arthritis is chronic and, in some cases, only gets worse. We hear about the benefits of cryotherapy for athletes but you may not know the benefits for arthritis sufferers.  May is National Arthritis Awareness Month so we’re highlighting the benefits of cryotherapy for chronic arthritis. 
The term “arthritis” spans more than 100 joint inflammation diseases and conditions. For example, rheumatoid arthritis can cause debilitating pain and typically causes stiffness, swelling or aching. The cause of this disease ranges from genes to injury and the symptoms can build up over time or occur suddenly.
Cryotherapy is an effective means of pain and inflammation management, especially in the case of arthritis symptoms.  As a matter of fact, whole body cryotherapy was first used to treat rheumatoid arthritis discomfort and pain.  Doctors discovered that cryotherapy could release endorphins and minimize overall sensitivity to pain.
Arthritis pain is chronic and with one out of every five US adults affected by arthritis, it’s the most common disability in the country. Though there’s no cure, cryotherapy has proven to be an effective way to manage the disease. Want to find out more about how cryotherapy can benefit you? Learn more.
Classes, homework, and finals – you thought it would never arrive but Spring Break is finally here! As spring break approaches, follow these three tips on how to prep (and recover).
Before, during, after. Water is your friend. Forgetting that will lead to crippling headaches, shaky hands and the party ending early. But healthy hydration is about more than eight glasses of water a day. IV Therapy is the fastest way to deliver fluids, electrolytes, and vitamins to the body, to restore optimum hydration and support the immune system.
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No time to tan? We’ve got you covered! Replace that tan with a healthy go with the Fountain of Youth cocktail. Create a new, fresh look and “glow” with our exclusive formula that utilizes specific vitamins and minerals to saturate the skin cells.
After the party is always the inevitable dehydration. Get your vitamin and nutrient levels back to where they need to be with our Carlos IV Therapy Cocktail. Get a high dose of fluids and vitamins that re-hydrate and detoxify cells, plus anti-nausea and acid reflux meds that alleviate headaches and distress.
Cooler fall and winter weather is just around the corner. Adults and kids will soon be partaking in their favorite winter sports, but in addition to remembering to bundle up for the cold weather, hydration is another important consideration in winter.
We don’t often associate cold-weather exercise with dehydration. The body doesn’t get as hot, and sweat evaporates more rapidly in the cold air. Thus, we’re tricked into thinking we aren’t losing fluids as rapidly.
Dehydration is still a risk when playing in the snow, albeit, for different reasons than summer exercise.
What Causes Dehydration During Winter Months?
In cold weather, the body’s thirst response is diminished (by up to 40 percent even when dehydrated). This happens because our blood vessels constrict when we’re cold to prevent blood from flowing freely to the extremities. (If you’ve ever had cold hands in winter, you know the feeling.) This enables the body to conserve heat by drawing more blood to its core.
But because of this, the body is fooled into thinking it’s properly hydrated, e.g. you don’t feel as thirsty and your body doesn’t conserve water. Thus, in cold weather, athletes are less likely to drink water voluntarily, and additionally, their kidneys aren’t signaled by hormones to conserve water and urine production increases, a condition call cold-induced urine diuresis.
So diminished thirst response and increased urine production are two contributing factors. Yet, there are several others that can lead to winter dehydration, including:
- Wearing extra clothing. Heavy jackets, long underwear and other pieces of warm clothing help your body conserve heat. But the added weight is one factor that makes the body work between 10 and 40 percent harder.[ii] By working harder, the body produces more sweat, contributing to fluid loss.
- Increased respiratory fluid loss. In cold weather, we lose more fluids through respiratory water loss. For example, when you can see your own breath, that’s actually water vapor that your body is losing. The colder the temperature and the more intense the exercise, the more vapor you lose when you breathe.
- Sweat evaporates more quickly in cold air. We often think we aren’t sweating in cold, dry weather, because it tends to evaporate so quickly. This is another factor that can contribute to a diminished thirst response.
So the answer is a clear “Yes.” The dehydration risk remains in cold weather. Whether you’re hitting the slopes or spending an afternoon cross-country skiing – don’t forget to hydrate!
Every exercise enthusiast knows the importance of hydration. Runners, cyclists, swimmers, jumpers, throwers, divers, lifters—they’re always prepared with a water bottle or sports drink for a boost of fluids and electrolytes an hour or two before an intense practice or competition.
When you hydrate with water and sports drinks, your digestive system doesn’t absorb all of the fluids and nutrients. Your stomach might even bloat.
On the other hand, IV hydration therapy, bypasses the stomach and sends the fluids and nutrients directly through your bloodstream so they absorb faster and more effectively that you need for your best performance. After your event, come back to decrease your recovery time and promote muscle recovery with our collagen producing sodium ascorbate IV.
Our Beast Mode IV Cocktail (Athlete Prep and Recovery) will:
- Replenish vitamins, electrolytes, and fluid lost during strenuous workouts
- Increase energy
- Improve mental focus
- Decrease incidents of muscle spasms
- Boost immune system
- Aid in the synthesis of collagen (found in tendons and ligaments)