Dehydration: The Hidden Risk of Flying

Dehydration: The Hidden Risk of Flying

Did you know that you could become very dehydrated and sick while flying? It’s often said that flying is the safest way to travel. While there’s some merit to this, you should know that flying does come with one hidden danger that many are not aware of, and that’s the possibility of developing dehydration during a flight. One solution, a safe and effective way to counter the effects of dehydration, is IV hydration therapy at Olivera Health & Wellness.

Dehydration is more common than people realize; some studies estimate that up to three in four people suffer from dehydration in some form, whether mild, moderate, or severe. Even mild to moderate dehydration can leave you feeling less than your best, with unpleasant effects including…

  • Low energy
  • Increased thirst
  • Dry skin
  • Dry or sticky mouth
  • Headaches
  • Constipation
  • Decreased urine production
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness

So, what is it about flying that leads to a heightened risk of dehydration? It’s simple – humidity levels change while you’re in the air. While humidity in your home is typically somewhere between 30 and 60 percent, while flying, the humidity in an airplane’s cabin can often drop below 20 percent. So, the longer the flight, the more that humidity levels will drop. As moisture leaves the air, it leaves your body as well, exposing you to greater risk of dehydration.

What’s more, if you enjoy a coffee or an alcoholic beverage while in flight, you’re raising the chances of becoming dehydrated even more – caffeine and alcohol are both diuretics that further dehydrate the body. The bottom line is, with the risks of dehydration associated with travel by air, taking measures to keep yourself hydrated while flying is of utmost importance.

If you’re taking a flight soon and you’re looking to ward off flight dehydration, or if you’re experiencing the effects of dehydration following a recent flight, IV hydration therapy could be the answer.

Olivera’s Chicago location now offers IV therapy to keep your body hydrated and healthy. Schedule your next appointment today by visiting, calling us at (773) 327-6624, or walking into our Chicago location during normal business hours.

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