With the convenience of air travel comes an increased risk that many do not realize. The possibility of developing dehydration from flying is significantly greater, due to several contributing factors.
Humidity changes while flying…
Easily defined, Humidity is the amount of moisture present in the air. Home humidity generally fluctuates right around 30-60%. Cabin pressure while flying often results in less than 20% humidity. The longer the length of the flight, the more the humidity will continue to drop. Moisture starts leaving the air, as well as our body, increasing the risk of developing dehydration.
Additional factors increasing dehydration during flight…
Dehydration is more common than most realize. Studies show an estimated 75% of people suffer from daily mild, moderate or severe dehydration. Many passengers tend to enjoy coffee or an alcoholic beverage while in flight, both diuretics that further dehydrate the body.
Mild to moderate dehydration symptoms: Dry/sticky mouth, low energy, increased thirst, decreased urine output, dry skin, headache, constipation, dizziness/lightheadedness.
Severe dehydration symptoms: Extreme thirst, little or no urine output, sunken eyes, shriveled skin, low blood pressure, increased heart rate, fever, increased breathing, confusion.
Maintain Proper Hydration with IV Hydration Therapy
With roughly 75% of people currently experiencing dehydration, keeping the body hydrated while flying is extremely important. 61Five Health & Wellness offers Nashville IV hydration infusions for those wanting to prevent future flight dehydration and also for those already experiencing recent flight dehydration. IV hydration infusions take only 30 min to fully hydrate and maximize the body’s optimal response. 61Five is open 7 days a week, walk-in patients welcome. Patient’s can also schedule an infusion by calling 615-401-9380 during clinic hours.