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Benefits of IV Therapy

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9.19.21

BY: DR. KYON HOOD, MD

You’ve likely seen IV therapy everywhere from Instagram to the new drip lounge downtown. But what exactly is vitamin therapy, and what are its benefits?

What Is IV Vitamin Therapy?

You’ve seen IV vitamin therapy everywhere from Chrissy Teigen’s Instagram page to your neighborhood’s new drip lounge. But what exactly is a vitamin drip and what makes it so great?

Intravenous therapy, or IV therapy, bypasses the digestive tract and transports hydration and nutrients directly to your bloodstream. A vitamin drip is a specific type of IV therapy that efficiently administers vitamins, minerals, hydration, and medications to the body through an IV drip.

Until recently, IV therapy was primarily used in hospitals for patient recovery. However, celebrities like Madonna and Kendall Jenner have popularized the therapy after discovering its extraordinary benefits.

IV vitamin therapy delivers nutrients directly to the bloodstream and makes them instantly accessible by the body for use.

Offering almost 100% absorption (while oral supplements offer 30-80%), IV treatments ensure that cells receive the nutrients they need to thrive. This optimal cell function promotes the health of a number of the systems within your body.

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Benefits of IV Therapy

While there are many, here are the top five benefits of IV vitamin therapy.

1. Increased Wellness

Wellness includes not just your physical health, but your mental health as well. The body needs a certain amount of essential vitamins and minerals to perform its daily functions, but the demands of life can make it difficult to get these nutrients from diet alone.

IV vitamin treatment delivers nutrients that the body can absorb and use immediately that can support whole body wellness.

Here are just a few examples of powerful nutrients your body can start using right away with drip therapy:

  • L-Carnitine helps promote feelings of energy. The fluids in an IV drip are specially formulated with vitamins, minerals, and amino acids that your body needs to function at 100%. One of the ingredients that is commonly found in our IV formulas is L-Carnitine, which aids in the regulation of cardiac function (i.e. heart health) and energy levels. With an IV infusion that includes L-Carnitine, you'll find yourself with more endurance, faster muscle recovery, and more mental clarity.
  • Vitamin A supports brain, skin, muscle, heart, and immune health. Vitamin A is an essential antioxidant that contributes to the wellness of the immune system, mental health, heart health, and much more. While you can get a good amount of vitamin A through animal products in the diet, everyone can benefit from a boost from time to time, and IV therapy can help.
  • B Vitamins optimize energy levels at the cellular level. B vitamins, especially vitamin B12, play essential roles in your physical and mental energy levels. Without enough B vitamins, you're likely to deal with symptoms like dizziness, weakness, nausea, constipation, stomach pain, loss of appetite, and fatigue.

2. Illness Prevention

Many factors can take a toll on your immune health, such as stress, lack of sleep, and poor diet. As immune health decreases, you are more susceptible to sickness. IV vitamin therapy strengthens your immune system by delivering the nutrients your body needs to keep invaders at bay.

Illness prevention benefits:

  • Vitamin C fights illness and stress. Vitamin C is another essential antioxidant that plays a key role in the functioning of your immune system. It's also thought to have a positive impact on the appearance of wrinkles and other signs of aging.
  • Zinc, an immunity powerhouse, works preventatively to help bolster the immune system by supporting the development of healthy immune cells.
  • B12 helps to support cellular repair while promoting healthy blood and nervous system function. In addition to its impact on your energy levels, B12 is also essential for a fully operational immune system thanks to its role in supporting red blood cells, which deliver oxygen to immune cells that need it the most.

3. Rapid Hangover Relief

Alcohol can dehydrate you, fast, which is usually the culprit behind the headaches and muscle aches associated with a hangover.

IV therapy can help combat these hangover symptomsby providing hydration, medication, and nutrients to help replenish your body.

Hangover relief benefits:

  • Hydration through saline solutionalongside anti-inflammatory medication like Toradol quickly relieves pain.
  • Hydration also combats the effects of dehydration, such as headaches and other common side effects of hangovers.
  • Myers Cocktail, a well-known blend of magnesium, calcium, B vitamins, and vitamin C, can be delivered straight into a vein to promote hangover recovery and reduce symptoms.

4. Enhanced Beauty

Beauty begins on the inside. Unlike topical treatments, IV vitamin therapy delivers antioxidants directly to the cells that need it, helping them combat the free radicals that contribute to signs of aging and tissue damage.

Enhanced beauty benefits:

  • B-complex vitamins (especially biotin, i.e. vitamin B7) are beneficial for hair, skin, and nail health.
  • Vitamin C is vital for youthful, radiant skin because it helps boost collagen production, which promotes firmer and clearer skin.
  • Glutathione is one of the most efficient antioxidants to help fight the physiological signs and symptoms of aging and oxidative stress.

5. Improved Athletic Recovery

Any workout – from professional to weekend warrior – exhausts the body. Exercise can cause muscle fatigue and dehydration. IV vitamin therapy restores hydration and supplies the nutrients needed for noticeable gains and quick recovery.

Athletic recovery benefits:

  • Amino acids support muscle gain and metabolism.
  • Instant hydration and nutrient delivery helps athletes recover at a much faster rate, meaning you can get back to the gym sooner without compromising your gains.
  • Magnesium and other minerals are essential for athletic recovery and the reduction of muscle soreness. Anyone who engages in regular exercise can benefit from IV therapy that contains magnesium to help soothe soreness and support healthy muscle function.

What To Expect From an IV Therapy Session ​​​​

It's perfectly normal to feel curious about what your first IV therapy session may be like. It's natural to feel a little nervous, too, but we guarantee there's nothing to worry about.

All of our IV treatments are administered by an experienced Registered Nurse in the comfort of your home — all you have to do is sit back and relax as nutrients and hydration are delivered directly into your bloodstream to give your body what it needs to thrive.

After an IV therapy session, you're likely to start feeling the benefits in a matter of hours. Some of the effects of the treatment may start appearing during your session, including restored energy, rehydration, and a boost in mental clarity. These are just a few of the benefits that you can expect from an IV treatment depending on which formula you go with.

To learn more about how at-home IV therapy can help you level up your health and wellness, check out our services here. We offer specialized IV therapy formulas to meet a variety of needs, including treatments for hangover recovery, metabolism support, healthy skin and hair, and more!

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