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Hydration IVs and Anti-Aging

Water is vital to health and wellness.

We are fast approaching the peak of Arizona summer when temperatures soar above what our bodies can tolerate. The dry heat can fool our bodies into thinking we are well hydrated. Without the presence of sweat, we forget to drink water. Inadequate daily water intake easily adds up and can present with different symptoms in different individuals.

Heat exhaustion is typically characterized by clammy skin, nausea, and fast (but faint) pulse rate. In more severe circumstances, you may also experience disorientation, confusion, seizures, and loss of consciousness.

More common symptoms of heat exhaustion include muscle cramping, headache, and lightheadedness. These symptoms are often overlooked because they occur more frequently in our daily lives. There are also many other causes of muscle cramping, headaches, and lightheadness - such as lack of electrolytes.

Since our body is made up of 70% water, proper hydration is essential for aging gracefully. Studies show that water intake is positively correlated with cardiovascular health. Our skin needs water for moisture; in fact, dehydration is a common predisposing factor for winkles. What makes proper hydration difficult is that the body's reserve for water decreases as we age.

This is where hydration IV can be useful to make sure our bodies have the amount of water it needs to thrive. Our hydration IVs also come with important electrolytes to help combat muscle cramping, headaches, and lightheadedness.

Overall, proper hydration is important for all aspects of health with the added benefit of helping us feel and look great - so we can age gracefully. If you are having a difficult time keeping up with your daily water intake, consider a hydration IV. Your body and skin will thank you.

Dr. Krisel Nagallo, Naturopathic Physician Dr. Krisel Nagallo Dr. Krisel Nagallo is an Arizona-licensed naturopathic physician with a passion for wellness education. She values educating patients as Medical Director at Phoenix Anti-Aging Clinic. Her blog features her clinical experiences in addressing health issues we experience on a daily basis. When she is not seeing patients, she inspires future health professionals as Adjunct Faculty (Grand Canyon University, Phoenix AZ) and interviews naturopathic doctor hopefuls as an Admissions Panelist for Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine (Tempe, AZ).

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