Maintaining optimum hydration in the desert is hard enough on a regular basis. It is even harder if you are an athlete. When you are exercising regularly, or training for an event, you lose water, as well as electrolytes. These can be hard to replace in a short period of time and can affect your performance. Athletes can lose gallons of water during a century ride. It is a well known fact that Tour de France riders get IV’s regularly at the end out Tour segments. These losses can greatly affect performance, as well as a person’s rest that night.
Dehydration is caused by a number of issues. Water losses, as well as electrolyte losses occur. These losses reduce the ability of the body to react and perform.
It is very difficult for the body to absorb large amounts of water from the stomach during a short period of time. MMA athletes cut large amounts of weight prior to a weigh-in, mostly water weight. A person can feel bloated and end up with diarrhea and difficulty eating when they try to drink large amounts of water to replace these losses. Intravenous fluids are the quickest and best way to replace these losses.
It takes approximately thirty to forty five minutes to one hour to infuse 1 liter of fluid in an athlete. This is the equivalent of drinking one and a half gallons of water. This also replaces vital electrolytes and vitamins. There is no better way to get vitamins and electrolytes into the body other than the intravenous route.