How to Avoid Migraines

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For years, migraines have taken over your life. The pain, discomfort, and sensitivity cause you to miss work and time with your family. You aren’t alone. In the U.S., more than 37 million people suffer from regular migraines. While there may not be one obvious cause of migraines, there are a number of common triggers. Keep reading to learn how hydration treatment may help limit your migraines.

 

Let’s get started by looking at the following triggers:

  • Emotional stress

  • Changes in normal sleep pattern

  • Extreme fatigue

  • Specific foods and beverages

  • Excess caffeine intake or withdrawal

  • Changing weather conditions

Interestingly, natural chemicals in foods and beverages can also lead to migraines. These include:

  • Tyramine - Found naturally in aged cheeses, alcohol, and processed meats, Tyramine has been linked to these debilitating headaches.

  • Food additives/preservatives - The next time you pick up your favorite packaged deli meat or salad, take a look at the ingredients. Some additives such as nitrates and nitrites found in ham, sausage, and other processed meats have been known to contribute to migraines.

  • Monosodium glutamate (MSG) - There’s been plenty of talk around MSG in the food industry recently. Unfortunately, it too has been connected with migraines.

  • Alcohol - Those who drink may be more prone to migraines than folks who do not. It ties back to the impurities in alcohol or the byproducts your body produces as it metabolizes alcohol.

Here are some additional foods and drinks that are migraine triggers for some people:

  1. Caffeine - This is the big one. Maybe you depend on a daily cup of joe to get you started in the morning. It could be that you rely on that afternoon soda with lunch. When you get home, it’s possible that you make yourself some tea. Whatever your beverage of choice may be, just know that excess caffeine can cause migraines. Don’t think it’s a good idea to go cold turkey, though. Eliminating caffeine abruptly may also lead to migraines.

  2. Bread - If you regularly pack a sandwich for lunch, consider substituting the bread for a lettuce wrap.

  3. Pizza, peanuts, and chicken livers - Specific foods such as these can also contribute to more migraines.

How to Avoid Migraines

  1. Watch what you eat and drink - Make it a point to write down any food or drink you had. This will allow you to identify any sort of pattern related to your migraines. If you’re concerned about what may need to be eliminated from your diet, consult your physician.

  2. Eat regularly - We all fall victim to skipping the occasional meal due to workload, scheduling conflicts, etc. But skipping meals regularly can spell disaster for migraines. Feel free to be more proactive with this by eating a healthy snack every few hours.

  3. Be smart with exercise - Do you find yourself getting painful headaches right after a workout? It may be a good idea to tone things down a bit until those migraines are under control.

  4. Get regular sleep - Do you wake up feeling tired? Now’s the time to start getting more sleep. Remember that being overly tired can also trigger migraines.

  5. Learn to cope with stress - Anxiety, worry, fatigue, and excitement can only make a migraine worse. Take the time to cope with stress more effectively through counseling and relaxation training.

Hydration Treatment and Migraines

At Elevation Hydration, we strive to improve your overall health and wellness. Our IV hydration therapy experts offer the following packages that are well-suited for migraine recovery

  • Elevate - One of our most popular hydration treatment options, ‘Elevate” promotes general wellness and recovery.

  • Myers’ Cocktail - We like to call this a powerhouse multivitamin in a bag because it’s perfect for whatever may be ailing you. The Myers’ Cocktail is packed with B-Complex vitamins, B-12, vitamin C, Calcium, and Magnesium, infused into one liter of hydration.

  • The Hang(Over) - Is your head pounding from a night of drinking? This recovery package will get you back to feeling like yourself in no time. The Hang(Over) is a mix of B-Complex vitamins, Zofran for nausea, and Toradol for that nasty headache.

See how our hydration clinic can help your migraines. For more hydration tips, contact the professionals at Elevation Hydration.  

How to Prevent Altitude Sickness

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You just booked a trip to Colorado for the holidays. Whether you’re visiting loved ones or want some time to yourself, skiing and snowboarding are at the top of the list. But then you remember what happened last time you were in Colorado - a combination of headaches, nausea, and inability to sleep all but ruined the trip. This is what’s known as altitude sickness. In this article from The Denver Post, it’s said that 25 to 30 percent of visitors heading to the mountains get acute altitude sickness. So how do you avoid it and is there anything you can take that would help? Read on to learn more.

 

We touched on altitude sickness in a previous post but it’s worth mentioning again. This condition can affect anyone regardless of age, gender, physical fitness, or previous experience with altitude. Longtime Colorado residents are susceptible to altitude sickness as well. So what’s the solution? Researchers recommend avoiding alcohol and salty foods. Don’t be afraid to drink a bit more water than normal. Doing so also helps visitors adjust to Colorado’s dry climate. If at all possible, take a day to acclimate at a lower election and rest before spending the rest of your time on the slopes.

Let’s say that you will be flying in from Florida to Colorado. As soon as you land, the plan is to drive up to the mountains and enjoy some fun. This isn’t smart, though. The jump from sea level to elevation takes a serious toll on the body and requires some time for adjusting. The Altitude Research Center advises spending a day in Denver before increasing your elevation level even more. In fact, those who stay a night in the Mile High City reduce their chances of getting altitude sickness by anywhere from 25 to 50 percent. Those who can spend two nights in Denver may not experience symptoms at all.

What to Take for Altitude Sickness

If you’re really concerned about altitude sickness, don’t be afraid to consult your doctor beforehand. They may choose to prescribe Diamox, which can reduce a person’s chances for altitude sickness by 80 to 90 percent. The Altitude Research Center also states that some studies suggest Gingko Biloba can help decrease symptoms.

How IV Therapy Can Help

Unfortunately, there is no “one-size-fits-all” cure for altitude sickness. What works for you may not work for the rest of your family. That’s why it’s good to have a surefire backup plan. At Elevation Hydration, we specialize in IV therapy packages. We’ve found that IV vitamin therapy is one of the safest, quickest, and most effective ways to deliver vital nutrients to the body.

Elevation Hydration is proud to offer a product geared specifically toward recovering from altitude sickness. ‘The Incline’ IV oxygen therapy package consists of a mix of B-complex vitamins (including B-12), as well as amino acids to help oxygenate muscles to fight fatigue. You can feel comfortable knowing this isn’t just a random concoction of IV fluids. We even include a can of Boost Oxygen so you’ll be enjoying the powder in no time!

Call now to schedule your appointment.  

Importance of Staying Hydrated

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There’s certainly no shortage of ways to stay in shape in Colorado. From hiking and biking to skiing and snowboarding, the possibilities are seemingly endless. That said, we often get so wrapped up in what we’re doing that we forget to stay hydrated! Keep reading to learn about the importance of staying hydrated.

Harvard Medical School recommends that a healthy person needs 30 to 50 ounces of fluid per day. Drinking fluids allow the body to maintain the function of your heart, brain, and muscles. Note that fluids carry nutrients to your cells, flush bacteria from your bladder, and prevent constipation. Not surprisingly, children and young adults tend to do a better job of drinking water and other fluids throughout the day because of their amount of physical activity. Older adults, meanwhile, don’t sense thirst as much as they did when they were younger. It’s why this age group is more susceptible to dehydration.

What to Know About Dehydration

There are different levels of dehydration. In mild cases, you may feel a bit weak and notice that your urine is dark in color. More worrisome warning signs include low blood pressure, dizziness, or confusion. So what can you do to stave off dehydration and feel your best? To start with, drink more water. However, don’t just feel the need to chug from your water bottle. Make it a priority to stay hydrated throughout the day. Whenever possible, eat water-rich foods such as salads, fruit, and vegetables. One of the easiest ways to avoid dehydration is by getting fluids at meals.

Be aware that if you have certain health conditions or take specific medications, it is possible to take in too much water. For example, maybe you have thyroid/kidney disease, liver disease, or heart problems. It could be that you’re on a regimen of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, opiate pain medications, or antidepressants. If that’s the case, be sure to consult with your doctor to check that you’re consuming the proper amount of water.

Hydration Treatment That Works

Are you an elite athlete looking for that competitive edge? Or are you just a busy professional and haven’t felt your best recently? Hydration treatment could be the answer for you. At our hydration clinic, we will deliver vital nutrients to your body in a safe, quick, and effective manner. Rest assured that we only use the purest forms of vitamins and nutrients for our hydration packages. What makes IV hydration therapy so unique is that, when delivered intravenously, these nutrients bypass the stomach and are not affected by intestinal absorption which makes them available for immediate use. Hydration treatment enables you to get 100 percent of the vitamins your body craves! Once properly hydrated, you will feel an instant difference. Hydration treatment encourages the body to remain healthy, repair/rebuild, and fend off invading organisms.

At Elevation Hydration, we make things easy. Once you come into our office, we will have you fill out a brief medical questionnaire. From there, we select a hydration package that best fits your needs. We even have add-ons available if you could use an energy boost, increased immune support, athletic recovery. Our staff strives to get customers in and out of the office in less than an hour! Best of all, there are no co-pays or long waits.

See what Elevation Hydration can do for you. Call us today for more hydration tips.  

Hydration Tips for Athletes

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You want every competitive edge you can get as an athlete. Believe it or not, staying properly hydrated can be one of them. Remember that water regulates body temperatures and works to lubricate joints. Not to mention, water helps transport nutrients to give you energy and keep you performing at a high level. An athlete who isn’t hydrated may feel tired, have muscle cramps, dizziness, or other symptoms that negatively impact play. But how much water is enough during competition? Are sports drinks better than water in some cases? Where does heat stroke come into play? In this blog post, we will answer these questions.

 

Guidelines for Drinking Water

The American Council on Exercise suggests the following for athletes:

  • Two to three hours before exercising, drink 17 to 20 ounces.

  • During your warm-up, drink eight ounces.

  • In the middle of competition, drink about seven ounces of water every 20 minutes.

  • No more than 30 minutes after the conclusion of your exercise, drink another eight ounces of water.

What to Know About Sports Drinks

The majority of people stay properly hydrated with water alone. In some cases, though, the occasional sports drink may be helpful. In addition to their hydrating qualities, sports drinks provide additional energy and electrolytes to allow you to perform longer. It sounds great, right? The only problem with sports drinks is the sugar content. Plus, they’re usually high in calories and contain high levels of sodium. If you feel like you absolutely must have that sports drink, consider alternating it with water. There’s just nothing that compares to pure water.

How to Avoid Heat Illness

This condition occurs when your body is dehydrated can’t cool itself during exercise in hot or humid weather. As explained by FamilyDoctor.org, the three stages of heat illness consist of heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heatstroke. Here’s what you should know about each:

  1. Heat cramps - Watch for painful muscle spasms in the legs, stomach, arms, or back.

  2. Heat exhaustion - This involves more serious symptoms such as faint or weak feelings, fast heartbeat, nausea, headache, and low blood pressure.

  3. Heatstroke - The most serious of the three, heatstroke involves abnormally high body temperature, fast heartbeat, flushed skin, fast breathing, delirium, loss of consciousness, and even seizures. If you or a loved one is experiencing any of these, seek medical attention immediately.  

How Our IV Therapy Works

At Elevation Hydration, we use only the purest forms of essential vitamins and nutrients. Since they’re delivered intravenously, you’re getting 100 percent of the vitamins your body craves. You might be thinking, “IV fluids sound great, but I just don’t have the time or money for it.” That’s not the case at all! Our IV vitamin therapy is convenient and affordable for everyone. Just walk into our office and fill out a brief medical questionnaire. An IV oxygen therapy then works with you in selecting the ideal hydration package. Customers are in and out in less than an hour. Rest assured that there’s no co-pays with any of our treatments!

Don’t go another day without being properly hydrated. Schedule an appointment now.

How Much Water You Should Drink Every Day

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We’ve all heard the advice, “Drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day.” That said, your individual water needs depend on many factors such as health, activity level, and where you live. The Mayo Clinic explains that no single formula fits everyone. Some people may not need eight glasses a day, while others require more than that. Keep reading to learn how much water you really need.

 

Why We Need Water

Nearly 60 percent of our body weight is made up of water. Without water, we are unable to survive. Keep in mind that every cell, tissue, and organ needs water to work at peak performance. Here are just a few benefits of water:

  • Eliminates waste through urination, perspiration, and bowel movements

  • Keeps body temperature in check

  • Lubricates and cushions joints

  • Protects sensitive tissues

Don’t forget that lack of water can lead to dehydration. If you’ve ever been dehydrated, you know that it can drain your energy and make you tired. But how much should you be drinking on a daily basis? Well, you may need to adjust your fluid intake based on several factors:

  1. Overall health - Not surprisingly, your body requires more water when you have a fever, vomiting, or diarrhea. It’s also imperative to stay properly hydrated if you’re dealing with bladder infections or urinary tract stones. Don’t hesitate to contact your physician should you have questions regarding additional oral rehydration solutions.

  2. Exercise - You need to drink extra water to cover the fluid loss from exercise. If you’re an athlete, be sure to drink before, during, and after a workout. Do what you can to avoid sports drinks, though. The electrolytes may help replace minerals in your blood lost through sweat, but they don’t justify the amount of sugar in the drink itself.

  3. Environment - Depending on where you’re located, the weather can make you sweat and require additional fluid intake. This is the case in areas that are hot, humid, or in the case of Colorado, at high altitude.     

How Much Water We Should Be Drinking

Let’s get to the answer now, shall we? The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine confirms that a sufficient daily fluid intake is:

  • About 15.5 cups (3.7 liters) of fluids for men

  • About 11.5 cups (2.7 liters) of fluids a day for women

Note that these numbers cover fluids from water, other beverages, and food. In most cases, nearly 20 percent of daily fluid intake comes from food and other drinks.

Hydration Treatment for Athletes

Are you struggling to stay hydrated? Intravenous hydration treatment presents an innovative approach to health and wellness. IV hydration therapy at Elevation Hydration is one of the safest, quickest, and most effective ways to deliver vital nutrients to the body. Here’s what our hydration clinic has to offer:

Weekend Warrior

Ideal for the Colorado outdoor enthusiast, this hydration treatment package includes B-Complex vitamins and B-12 for energy.

The Olympus

This one is made for the competitor. Take advantage of a mix of B-complex vitamins, B-12 for energy, toradol for aches and pain, as well as calcium.

Don’t forget to ask about our pre and post-workout add-ons to elevate your training and recovery! Schedule your appointment today.

Five Tips for Never Getting Sick

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Nobody has time to get sick. But it always seems like we catch some sort of bug at the absolute worst time. We’re forced to miss school, work, and fun activities with loved ones. Granted, there’s no surefire cure for the common cold. However, there are steps you can take to boost your immune system and fend off the next sickness that goes around. Keep reading to learn our five tips for never getting sick.

 

  1. Get a flu shot - WebMD confirms that nearly 20 percent of the U.S. population contracts the flu virus each year. Taking it a step further, nearly 200,000 Americans are hospitalized with the illness annually. With flu season just around the corner, be proactive and make sure you get a flu shot. The vaccine is offered at local drugstores and grocery stores for your convenience. There’s even a good chance your employer will be offering them for free.   

  2. Spend time outside - There’s nothing like enjoying Mother Nature this time of year in Colorado. Getting outside does two things for your body. For one, escaping into the fresh air gives you a break from all the germs inside. Secondly, exercising outside can actually boost your immunity. So while you may enjoy staying warm and cozy indoors, be sure to set aside some time for the outdoors.

  3. Make time to relax - Experts continue to emphasize the importance of relaxing. Why? Well, being stressed increases the chances of catching a cold due to the ongoing release of hormones such as glucocorticoids. These stress hormones limit the body’s ability to produce cytokines, a disease-fighting response from the immune system. If you feel as though you’re overwhelmed, take a step back and remember to take care of yourself.

  4. Wash those hands - It’s conventional wisdom, and yet, a lot of folks fail to do it as often as they should. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, soap and water remain most effective in efforts toward not catching a cold. Pro tip: Use a hands-free dispenser and opt for regular soap instead of antibacterial. Lather for about 20 seconds before rinsing and be sure to dry thoroughly, as damp hands are more likely to spread bacteria.

  5. Catch plenty of zzz’s - This article from Health.com cites an interesting study from 2009 regarding sleep. It found that anything less than seven hours of sleep nearly triples your odds of catching a cold. Keep in mind that this means seven straight hours, not accounting for restlessness in the middle of the night.      

Boost Your Immunity with IV Therapy

Today, we are rarely presented all options when it comes to getting and staying healthy. The human body has an amazing amount of innate intelligence in order to fend off disease and shield itself from toxins. There are times when medications simply don’t do the trick. That’s why we have to take it upon ourselves and boost our immune functions naturally. Doing so encourages the body to do what it does best and that’s heal and stay healthy.

This is where IV therapy comes into the equation. With how busy our schedules are, it can be a challenge trying to stay healthy. Elevation Hydration in Colorado Springs is changing the way we approach the common cold. Our IV vitamin therapy experts use only the purest forms of vitamins and nutrients for our hydration packages. Since they’re delivered intravenously, you’re getting 100 percent of the vitamins that are essential for wellness. Don’t forget that with proper hydration, the body remains healthy, repairs and rebuilds, and keeps invading organisms at bay.

Here are the two Immune Tune hydration packages we offer:

Immune Tune

Looking to boost your immunity or kick that cold in a hurry? Then this package has your name all over it! This IV oxygen therapy package includes vitamins C and D3, zinc, and glutathione.

Myers’ Cocktail

Think of the Myers’ Cocktail as a powerhouse multivitamin in a bag. It’s packed with B-complex vitamins, B-12, vitamin C, calcium, and magnesium.

At Elevation Hydration, we can get you back on the road to recovery. With 45-minute sessions available, it’s no secret why so many folks in Colorado are seeing what we’re all about.

Call now to schedule your appointment.

Top 10 Most Hydrating Foods

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A lot of us don’t drink enough water every day. Some of us dislike the taste, while others simply forget. However, consider that about one-fifth of our water consumption comes from foods alone. If you’re looking to maintain your water intake throughout the day, be sure to snack on the following foods. When paired in tandem with your water bottle, these foods will help you stay hydrated.

 

  1. Cucumbers - This vegetable contains nearly 95 percent water. Not to mention, they’re loaded with potassium, which can help prevent stroke. The anti-inflammatory properties of cucumbers also promote brain health. Cucumbers are incredibly versatile in that they can be eaten alone, thrown in a salad, or paired with other vegetables.

  2. Zucchini - Similar to cucumbers, zucchini also contains about 95 percent water. Part of what makes zucchini so popular is that it makes a tasty substitution in pastas and other carb-heavy dishes.

  3. Watermelon - We still have several weeks of summer here in Colorado, so why not stock up on the most hydrating fruit? Watermelon contains about 92 percent water and is filled with vitamins A, B6, and C, in addition to lycopene and antioxidants.

  4. Celery - Yet another vegetable that contains 95 percent water, celery is known for more than just its hydrating properties. In fact, studies have found that this green has the potential to combat the growth of cancer cells.

  5. Carrots - Maybe you were already aware that carrots are imperative for good vision. But they’re also 90 percent water and make the perfect anytime snack.

  6. Radishes - Not a ton of folks eat radishes the way they do the aforementioned veggies. But there’s no reason you can’t start! Radishes are also 95 percent water, while their natural spicy flavor acts on the body to alleviate excess heat in the body. Plus, radishes have plenty of vitamin C, phosphorus, and zinc.

  7. Kiwi - Believe it or not, kiwis have more vitamin C than an orange. Made of 85 percent water, kiwis have as much potassium as a medium banana. They go great in desserts, fruit salads, smoothies, and much more. Then pair it with zinc and you’ve got a combination that fends off the common cold.

  8. Peaches - Colorado residents know that now is the time to enjoy those delicious Palisade peaches. Along with their incredible taste, peaches contain 88 percent water and have the potential to prevent obesity-related diseases such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

  9. Potatoes - This may be the most surprising one on the list. Potatoes contain about 80 percent water and are a good source of potassium. The next time you prepare baked potatoes, try topping them with broccoli, lean protein, cheese, and beans.

  10. Broccoli - This cruciferous vegetable has a pretty impressive resume. Loaded with nutrition, broccoli provides protective phytonutrients, antioxidants, fiber, vitamins, and minerals. Plus, it goes great with just about every meal.

Contact Us for Hydration Treatment

Elevation Hydration is the only IV hydration therapy clinic in Colorado Springs. Our hydration clinic strives to get Coloradans back to the active lifestyle they enjoy. For more hydration tips, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. If you’d like to experience one of our hydration packages, schedule your appointment today!  

How to Cope with Jet Lag

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Frequent fliers often spar with the symptoms of jet lag. Whether it’s disturbed sleep, daytime fatigue, difficulty concentrating and functioning, or stomach problems, jet lag can cause a number of challenges. That said, by implementing some new strategies, you can lessen the nasty effects of jet lag. Keep reading for 10 ways to effectively cope with jet lag, as explained by WebMD.

 

  1. Start your schedule before you leave - By adjusting your schedule in advance of your flight, you allow your body to get a head-start. For example, if you’re traveling east, shift your bedtime 30 minutes earlier each for several nights. Do the opposite if you’re traveling west.

  2. Adapt to your new schedule during the flight - For psychological reasons, it’s a good idea to change the time on your watch once you get on the plane. This practice helps you get into the mindset of your itinerary for when you arrive at your destination.

  3. Arrive early - This is a must for folks who travel for business. Do what you can to arrive a few days early so your mind and body can get acclimated. Should this not be an option, try to get some sleep on the flight if you can.

  4. Stay hydrated - We’ll expand on this later, but it’s imperative to drink water before, during, and after your flight so dehydration doesn’t set in. Several hours before you plan to sleep, steer clear of alcohol or caffeine.

  5. Keep moving - Depending on the flight’s duration, get up and walk around periodically. Even while sitting, try doing some static exercises and stretching. Pro tip: though you may want to hit the gym before bedtime, avoid doing so, as it can delay sleep.

  6. Consider natural light therapy - Keep in mind that exposure to sunlight helps regulate our circadian rhythms. On westward flights, get bright morning light at your destination and avoid afternoon/evening light exposure. Do the opposite for eastward flights. Natural light therapy helps shift the body’s circadian clock so that you feel rested and wake at ideal times at your destination.

  7. Eat smartly - Contrary to popular belief, no research has confirmed the benefits of eating a heavy diet prior to traveling and then fasting the day of the flight. To keep your sleep patterns in check, avoid eating a high carb or fatty diet close to bedtime.

  8. Take a hot bath - After a long, stressful day of travel, your body could use a bit of pampering. A hot bath relaxes sore muscles and allows you to wind down. As an added benefit, the drop in body temperature when you get out of a bath may make you sleepy.

  9. Eliminate sleep distractions - Do you find yourself struggling to sleep on your flights or even in your room at night? Try to minimize distractions such as light shining in through a window. Invest in high-quality earplugs or an eye mask if need be.

  10. Consult your doctor - If you don’t find success with any of the aforementioned tips, see if your doctor can be of any help. They may be able to prescribe medications to take temporarily that help you sleep or stay alert on your next trip.  

How IV Therapy Can Help with Jet Lag

Elevation Hydration offers hydration packages that work great for jet lag. IV vitamin therapy promotes overall wellness and recovery through essential vitamins and nutrients. Take your pick from the following IV oxygen therapy options: Elevate (recovery), Immune Tune (immunity), and Myers’ Cocktail (immunity).

Call Elevation Hydration for proven, affordable jet lag treatment.

Easy Hangover Remedies that Work

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After a night of partying, you wake up feeling as if you were hit by a train. But you don’t have time to just lay around all day in the hope that your hangover will go away on its own. In the past, you went online and found some crazy concoction that guaranteed to eliminate your hangover. Unfortunately, it only made you feel worse. Keep reading to check out which hangover cures actually live up the hype.

 

  1. Make a Virgin Mary - Many folks believe that a Bloody Mary is the beverage of choice when it comes to ditching that hangover. However, the worst thing you can do is have another drink. Keep in mind that those nasty hangover symptoms stem from the toxins in alcohol. So stick to tomato juice and give your body a chance to recover.

  2. Eat light - Maybe you already know the importance of getting food back into your system following a night of drinking. While a greasy breakfast sounds appetizing, it’s probably not the best choice. Skip the pile of bacon and opt for easy-to-digest foods such as toast or cereal.

  3. Take some Alka-Seltzer - This one’s a bit tricky. Alka-Seltzer can settle symptoms of queasiness by neutralizing stomach acid. On the other hand, ingredients such as aspirin and citric acid may irritate your stomach. If you choose Alka-Seltzer, tread lightly.

  4. Drink a small amount of coffee - If you’re under the impression that multiple cups of coffee can be the solution to your hangover, think again. Caffeine narrows your blood vessels and raises blood pressure, worsening your symptoms. Should you absolutely need that morning cup of joe, go with a very small amount and wait about an hour until drinking more.

  5. Take a multivitamin - There’s next to no evidence surrounding the effectiveness of hangover pills. Rather than pay the hefty cost of these, take a multivitamin instead. It will restore the nutrients in your body that you may have lost the night before.  

  6. Consume water and sports drinks - Neither provide a cure, however, water and sports drinks replace the fluid you’ve lost. Whether you choose water, juice, gatorade, or a combination of the three, chances are that you’ll feel less miserable.

  7. Take pain relievers - Anti-inflammatory pain relievers can provide some relief. Just be sure to take the advised dosage and avoid taking with alcohol.

  8. Exercise - This seems crazy, right? Your head is pounding, you feel nauseous, and you’re sensitive to light. Believe it or not, though, a gentle workout could help you feel better. By gentle, we mean light stretching, yoga, or a walk. The last thing you should do is attempt some sort of high-intensity workout.

  9. Cold shower - Are you in need of an immediate energy boost despite having hangover symptoms? A brief cold shower should do the trick. Whatever you do, steer clear of “sweating out” the alcohol at a sauna. This can cause potentially dangerous blood vessel and blood flow changes in the body. It’s even been proven that sauna bathing while hungover carries significant health risks such as drops in blood pressure and abnormal heart rhythms.   

  10. Sleep - If you’re to sleep off the symptoms the next day, take the opportunity. Sometimes it’s best to just rest and let your body work its healing magic.

How IV Therapy Can Help Your Hangover

Are you looking for a proven hangover cure that’s different from traditional methods? IV therapy from Elevation Hydration may be for you. IV oxygen therapy is one of the safest, quickest, and most effective ways to deliver vital nutrients to the body. At Elevation Hydration, we use only the purest forms of essential vitamins and nutrients for our hydration packages. Our innovative method allows these nutrients to bypass the stomach, meaning they’re available for immediate use.

Our IV vitamin therapy team understands that hangovers are no fun. It’s why we created The Hang(over) hydration package. This hangover treatment consists of IV fluids that are intended to bring you back from the dead after a night of drinking! Take advantage of a mix of B-Complex vitamins, Toradol for headaches, and Zofran for nausea. For less than $100, you get all of this infused into one liter of hydration.


Don’t let your next hangover ruin an entire weekend. Instead, schedule your IV therapy session with Elevation Hydration.  

How Does Dehydration Occur?

We’ve all been dehydrated at one point or another. According to WebMD, dehydration occurs when your body doesn’t have as much water as it needs. Remember that without enough water, the body can’t function at an optimal level. Depending on how much fluid is missing from your body, you could be dealing with mild, moderate, or severe dehydration. In this blog post, we will explain the causes, symptoms, and risks that come with dehydration.

 

Causes

For the most part, we replace lost liquids by drinking fluids and eating foods that contain water. However, if you lose too much water or don’t eat/drink enough, dehydration becomes a possibility. Here are some potential causes of dehydration:

  • Fever

  • Diarrhea

  • Vomiting

  • Excessive sweating

  • Frequent urination

Symptoms

Be sure to look for the following signs of mild or moderate dehydration:

  • Thirst

  • Sticky or dry mouth

  • Not urinating often

  • Dark yellow urination

  • Dry, cool skin

  • Headache

  • Muscle cramps

Symptoms of severe dehydration are a bit different:

  • Extremely dry skin

  • Dizziness

  • Rapid heartbeat

  • Rapid breathing

  • Sunken eyes

  • Sleepiness, lack of energy, confusion, irritability

  • Fainting

Who’s at Risk?

The following groups of people tend to have greater chances of becoming dehydrated:

  • Babies and young children - They can lose significant amounts of water from diarrhea, vomiting, and a high fever. Plus, depending on how young they are, young children may not be able to tell you that they’re thirsty or have the ability to get their own drink.

  • Older adults - Many times, elderly folks don’t realize that they’re thirsty. On top of that, they may not be able to get a drink very easily.

  • People who are active outside - Keep in mind that in hot and humid weather, our bodies struggle to keep cool because sweat doesn’t evaporate in these conditions. In turn, this leads to a higher body temperature and need for more water.

Unmatched Hydration Treatment

At Elevation Hydration in Colorado Springs, we offer premium IV hydration packages. Intravenous hydration therapy is a revolutionary approach to overall health and wellness. Our hydration clinic is proud to carry a number of treatment packages to suit your needs.

How It Works

You visit our office and fill out a brief medical questionnaire. We then sit down with you and figure out your hydration needs. Don’t think of our treatments as a traditional IV. Instead, we select a hydration package that best suits you. Rest assured that our team never uses a one-size-fits-all or cookie cutter approach. Once we’ve chosen your package, you have the freedom to pair it with add-ons. Could you use a boost of energy, increased immune support, or athletic recovery? Then we’ve got an add-on with your name on it!

We try to get folks in and out of their hydration session within 45 minutes. There’s no downtime, either! You can walk out the door and get back to your active lifestyle refreshed and rejuvenated. Plus, there’s no co-pays or long waits that you would find at other clinics.  

If you’re interested in any of our hydration packages, please feel free to contact us or book your appointment online.   

Don’t Believe These Hydration Myths

 

You’ve been told countless times, “Be sure to drink plenty of water.” Whether you’re about to run a marathon or head to work for the day, this is definitely sage advice. But there’s plenty of misleading information out there regarding proper hydration. For example, do you really need to drink eight glasses a day? Is your favorite caffeinated beverage actually dehydrating you? In this blog post, we will debunk some of these hydration myths.

 

  1. Drink eight glasses of water a day - This may be the one that gets brought up most. However, according to this article in Runner’s World, the number of glasses you drink is completely arbitrary and depends on your activity level. Keep in mind that The Institute of Medicine recommends 91 ounces of water per day for women and 120 for men.

  2. Clear urine means that you’re properly hydrated - Susan Yeargin, assistant professor of athletic training at the University of South Carolina says that “As long as it’s pale yellow, like lemonade, you’re hydrated.” Therefore, there’s no need to worry if your urine isn’t perfectly clear. Just know that if it’s darker, it’s time to drink up.

  3. Caffeine dehydrates you - Research shows that about two cups of coffee minimally increases urine output for three hours after consuming it. When coupled with exercise soon after, caffeine doesn’t cause to urinate more frequently. In addition, if you routinely have your cup of joe in the morning or soda at lunchtime, your body acclimates to the caffeine.

  4. Pure water is best for hydration - Contrary to popular belief, water isn’t always the best choice for staying hydrated. Experts explain that it’s important to ingest some sodium as well because salt helps our bodies retain water. Here’s the tricky part, though. If you’re just going on a light jog, you don’t necessarily need an entire bottle of Gatorade. On the other hand, if you’re training for the next Tough Mudder, it’s critical to get some of those electrolytes in your system.

  5. Drinking water is a good way to detox - In the article, Dr. Stanley Goldfarb explains that, “There is no evidence that excess water makes your body more clean.” Drinking too much water can even impair the ability of the kidneys to filter blood.

What is IV Hydration Treatment?

Without proper hydration, our bodies can’t perform at the highest level. With intravenous hydration therapy, you can enjoy one of the safest, quickest, and most effective ways for vital nutrients to be delivered to the body. At Elevation Hydration in Colorado Springs, we are proud to offer a variety of hydration treatment packages. Our hydration clinic can set you up with treatments if you’re sick, hungover, jet-lagged, or just need a boost for an upcoming competition.

You can feel comfortable knowing that we only use the purest forms of essential vitamins and minerals for our packages. Best of all, you’re getting 100 percent of the vitamins your body craves because they’re delivered intravenously and aren’t affected by intestinal absorption. You’ll be amazed at how, with proper hydration, your body remains healthy, repairs & rebuilds, and fends off illness.

If you’re in need of some hydration help or hydration tips, please don’t hesitate to call. We are happy to provide clarification regarding other hydration myths.

Schedule your appointment today.

Get to Know the Ins and Outs of Altitude Sickness

If you’re new to Colorado, then you might have already experienced altitude sickness. WebMD explains that altitude sickness occurs when you can’t get sufficient oxygen from the air at high altitude. As a result, you may deal with symptoms such as loss of appetite, headaches, and trouble sleeping. This blog post will not only define altitude sickness but also detail some treatments available at Elevation Hydration.

Identifying Altitude Sickness

Folks who aren’t used to high altitudes and go quickly from a lower altitude to higher ones are most susceptible to sickness. Keep in mind that fitness level does not play a role in whether a person gets altitude sickness. What exactly does it feel like? For some, altitude sickness is comparable to having a hangover. Serious cases of altitude sickness can lead to confusion, not being able to walk straight, feeling faint, and having blue or gray lips/fingernails. Make it a point to be aware of your breathing in high altitude, as you may hear a sound like a paper bag being crumpled. Should you be experiencing this symptom, seek medical attention immediately.

Diagnosing Altitude Sickness

A lot of people mistake altitude sickness for the flu, a hangover, or dehydration. If you choose to see your doctor regarding symptoms, he or she will perform an examination to rule out other conditions. They will also ask if you’ve been drinking fluids, and if so, what kinds. Don’t be surprised if they also ask about current medications and whether or not you have a cold.

Treating Altitude Sickness

Ideally, your best bet is to go to a lower altitude. With that in mind, your body may just need some time to get used to the change. So take a little while to rest, especially at the beginning of your time in Colorado. Drink plenty of water and don’t overdo it with physical activity. Altitude sickness is not the same for everyone, but symptoms usually last anywhere from 12 hours to several days. Medical professionals recommend taking over-the-counter medicine to combat the effects of headaches that come with altitude sickness.

IV Therapy Hydration for Altitude Sickness

There are times when you just can’t avoid altitude sickness. In that case, you need a surefire treatment for altitude sickness. That’s exactly what you get with Elevation Hydration. At our IV vitamin therapy clinic in Colorado Springs, we use IV fluids to get you back to peak performance. One of our IV oxygen therapy options is The Incline. This solution is designed for those who need some quick and efficient recovery from the altitude. Our IV hydration therapy expert incorporates a mix of B-Complex vitamins (including B-12), as well as amino acids to help oxygenate muscles to fight fatigue. We even go the extra mile and include a can of Boost Oxygen so that you’ll have no trouble conquering the altitude!

Elevation Hydration was founded with the intent to get Coloradans back in the game. Whether you’re an Olympian training in the Springs and could benefit from athletic recovery or just had too much to drink last night and need an effective hangover treatment, we have the hydration package that best suits you. From migraine treatment and jet lag treatment, to everything in between, we’ve got premium IV hydration packages to elevate your life.

There are no co-pays or lengthy wait times to worry about. Hit the reset button and get 100 percent of the vitamins your body craves. Did we mention that hydration sessions last only about 45 minutes?

Don’t let altitude sickness get you down any longer! Call Elevation Hydration to book your appointment.

Welcome to Our Blog!

Whether you’re a current patient or just came across our website for the first time, we want to welcome you to Elevation Hydration! We are proud to be the only hydration therapy clinic in Colorado Springs and the southern front range. What exactly is a hydration therapy clinic, you may ask? We will answer that, explain more about who we are, and get into some of the hydration packages that we offer.

 

Get to Know Us

We don’t give our bodies enough credit. On a daily basis, we expect them to fight off disease and protect against toxins. Meanwhile, we’re juggling hectic work schedules, social calendars, and family life. The reality is that these deadlines can lead to a combination of poor nutritional choices and little exercise. However, our bodies continue to power through as much as possible. Over time, our bad habits turn into lifestyles. It’s not surprising that 50 percent of people taking multivitamins are still nutritionally deficient. Why? In our fast food-driven society, we fail to consume the necessary foods that enable us to perform at optimum capacity. Down the road, these micronutrient deficiencies can result in poor memory, loss of sleep, fatigue, decreased immune function, and other setbacks.

 We founded our IV therapy facility because we have a passion getting Coloradans back to their active lifestyle. Our team doesn’t believe in simply masking health issues with short-term solutions such as potentially dangerous over-the-counter medications. Instead, we make it a point to boost our immune functions naturally to let the body do what it does best and that’s heal and stay healthy.  

IV Hydration Therapy

Keep in mind that this is one of the safest, quickest, and most effective ways to deliver vital nutrients to our bodies. The IV vitamin therapy options that we provide make the perfect treatment for altitude sickness, migraine treatment, hangover treatment, or jet lag treatment. It’s no secret that Colorado Springs is a hotbed for elite athletes and Olympians in particular. That’s why we carry several hydration treatment packages for athletic recovery.

You can feel comfortable knowing that Elevation Hydration uses only the purest forms of essential vitamins and nutrients for all of our packages. With IV oxygen therapy, the nutrients bypass the stomach and are not affected by intestinal absorption, making them available for immediate use. What does this mean for you? You’re getting 100 percent of the vitamins your body craves and nothing else! By staying properly hydrated, the body instinctively remains healthy, repairs, rebuilds, and fends off invading organisms.

How It Works

Ready to get started? You’ll first come to our office and fill out a brief medical questionnaire. We then sit down with you to understand your needs and select the most appropriate hydration package. Sessions typically last no longer than 45 minutes and there’s no downtime involved once you’re done! Best of all, you don’t have to concern yourself with co-pays or long waits. When you come to us, our mission instantly becomes getting you back to your active lifestyle as quickly as possible.

Hydration Packages

There shouldn’t be a one-size-fits-all approach in terms of IV fluids. We understand that each of our customer’s needs are different, which is why we carry a variety of hydration packages. At Elevation Hydration, you can take your pick from the following:

  • Hydration for athletes - Weekend Warrior or The Olympus

  • Recovery - The Hang(over), Elevate, The Incline

  • Immune Tune - Immune Tune, Myers’ Cocktail

  • Injectables - Tri-Amino, B-12, L-Carnitine, BCAA’s, Glutathione

 We also offer several add-ons, such as zinc, Vitamin D3, and additional hydration.

 If you believe it’s time for a boost, call us today to book your appointment.