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Are you looking for relief from a hangover, wishing for a better complexion, trying to lose weight, relieve chronic pain, detox your body or increase your physical performance? An intravenous (IV) therapy promises all of this through an infusion of various vitamins and minerals. Having gained popularity with A-list celebrities – from Rihanna to Adele – there are positive anecdotal claims of relief and rejuvenation, but there is no hard evidence to support these claims. So is this wellness fad the great panacea we’ve been waiting for in these stressful Covid-induced times?

According to Dr. Shabir, a general practitioner at Ozone Therapy, a wellness therapy clinic, people who cannot eat enough or have a condition that interferes with nutrient absorption would be good candidates for therapy. with vitamins IV. He is of the opinion that vitamin drops work best for those who have non-healing wounds, who have undergone chemotherapy or who have suffered injuries. Other uses for IV vitamin drops include correcting dehydration after extreme exercise or alcohol consumption, boosting the immune system, and increasing energy levels.

Absorbs well

Immunity was the buzzword when the Covid-19 pandemic hit us. Everyone was aware of the latest trend of boosting immunity with vitamins to protect against any kind of disease. Now, instead of just popping vitamin pills, you can directly inject the vitamins into your veins to ensure 100% absorption. The IV method of consuming vitamins speeds up the process of boosting our immunity because with pills it takes longer to see results.

When a person undergoes IV vitamin treatment, they receive a liquid mixture of vitamins and minerals through a small tube inserted into a vein. This allows nutrients to be absorbed quickly and directly into the bloodstream, a method that produces higher levels of vitamins and minerals in your body than if you got them from food or supplements. Indeed, several factors affect our body’s ability to absorb nutrients in the stomach. Factors include age, metabolism, health status, genetics, interactions with other products we consume, and the physical and chemical makeup of the nutritional supplement or food. Higher levels of vitamins and minerals in the bloodstream lead to greater absorption into cells, which theoretically will use the nutrients to maintain health and fight disease.

What are the risks if any? When an IV is inserted, it creates a direct path into our bloodstream and bypasses the body’s first defense mechanism against bacteria – your skin. Although the risk of infection is unlikely, it is important to consult a licensed medical professional who will perform the therapy to manage this risk and ensure you have a healthy vitamin infusion. There is also the risk of getting “too much of a good thing” with vitamin IV drops because it is possible to receive too much of a specific vitamin or mineral, which can increase the risk of side effects. unwanted. For example, people with kidney disease cannot remove certain electrolytes and minerals from the body very quickly. Adding too much potassium too quickly could potentially lead to a heart attack.

People with certain heart or blood pressure problems may also be at risk of fluid overload from the infusion. In general, excessive levels of vitamins and minerals can be harmful to organs and should be avoided. Dr. Shabir adds that an overdose can lead to toxicity, but since most centers have doctors administering the drops, the condition is well monitored to avoid adversity.

A temporary arrangement?

Nutrition and Wellness Consultant Sheela Krishnaswamy is a firm believer that intravenous fluid therapy works best for hospitalized patients, especially those who need nutrition but cannot take food by mouth. In most post-surgical cases and in patients with bowel issues, IV fluids are the answer in the initial recovery phase. Once patients are able to tolerate oral foods, IV fluids are gradually discontinued. However, if IV fluids are only used to satisfy certain whims and fancies following a fad, then it’s still just a fad. Why would anyone want to take fluids and nutrients through a tube when their gut is perfectly healthy,” she asks.

Sheela says IV fluids don’t meet all of a person’s nutritional needs. It is only used as a temporary solution for patients who need it. Once the patient recovers, they are put back on oral fluids or solids. Additionally, not using the gut to its full potential via oral consumption of a variety of foods can actually reduce gut health. Dietary diversity is the key to good gut health and overall health in humans. So ditch the fads and eat sensibly, she suggests. But is there any scientific evidence to support the fact that vitamin IV drops help burn fat, fight jet lag, and even get rid of hangovers?

“A number of studies have been done on the effects of individual vitamins and minerals. Each has a different role and again each vitamin only acts in synergy with other vitamins. There are studies on vitamins linked to fat burning, alcohol metabolism and hangovers, magnesium for menstrual cramps, immune support, glutathione for organ detoxification, sleep and jet lag,” says Dr. Mounica Vadlamudi, anesthesiologist at Happy Head IV Clinics. Nikitha Yadav Kanjerla, Partner and Director of Marketing Communications at Happy Head IV Clinics, summarizes by saying that the drops should be taken by those with low absorption rates as it works wonders for them. She adds that moderation is key because it’s just a way to supplement one’s existing lifestyle and routine.

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