If you want to tap into glowing skin, a more robust immune system
or more energy, IV vitamin therapy may be the solution you’re
BY LORI COHEN
Before you get squeamish about all the talk of needles, you may want to read this. The benefits offered by IV vitamin therapy should be enough for you to get over your phobia. The practitioners of this increasingly popular wellness offering say that the method beats taking vitamins orally because it goes directly into your bloodstream.
By bypassing your stomach, you get better absorption of the nutrients, and they hit your system immediately, without having to go through your digestive tract. Administered via a drip, the saline solution, infused with vitamins and minerals, is sent straight to the cells in your body.
A swallowed vitamin has to break down in the stomach and digestive tract, which results in 20-30% absorption. If the vitamin is given through an IV, it’s absorbed in a much higher percentage.
WHAT’S THE SETUP?
It’s a simple process and not as intimidating as it looks or sounds. An intravenous (IV) bag filled with the good stuff (more on that later) is fed through a small catheter and tubing into your bloodstream via a small needle inserted into a vein. The bag is
hung above your head, and it drip feeds slowly into your system.
Depending on your drip of choice, it could take from 15 minutes to an hour.
Infusion therapy can treat a variety of conditions, such as:
• Autoimmune disorders
• Crohn’s disease
• Immune Deficiencies
• Multiple Sclerosis
• Rheumatoid Arthritis
Always check with your medical
practitioner before proceeding
with any medical treatments.
WHAT’S IN THE BAG?
The registered nurse will design a solution specifically for your desired outcomes (glowy skin!) or health needs. They can include vitamins, minerals, electrolytes and antioxidants
in a sterile solution which is a mixture of sodium chloride to hydrate your body and deliver the chosen formula.
In medical situations. IV therapy is also used to feed patients who are malnourished due to illness or those who cannot eat orally.
With a line being inserted into your bloodstream, there is always a small risk of infection. If the fluid drips too quickly, you can feel a little light-headed or nauseous while your drip works. Working with a reputable IV therapy practice, where safety is a priority, is a must; plus, always tell the registered nurse of any conditions you have or medication you are taking – including the ones considered to be alternative therapies like therapeutic teas and herbs.
HOW WILL IT HELP YOU?
IV therapy practices offer a menu of treatments. They could include a cocktail of vitamins designed for specific outcomes. Some of the vitamins administered could consist of Vitamin B12, Vitamin B Complex, Vitamin C, Glutathione and Magnesium and trace elements like Zinc, Selenium, Copper, Manganese and Chromium.
Treatments range from R175 to R1250 per session. Available remedies may include:
• A high dose vitamin cocktail with electrolytes to boost energy and athletic performance, endurance or muscle recovery.
• A skin-brightening formula to even skin tone, reduce pigmentation and promote a healthy glow.
• A hangover recovery or detox.
• A fertility drip containing glutathione.
• An anti-inflammatory drip to reduce inflammation and help you cope with stress, insomnia or fatigue.
‘How many sessions are needed before clients feel benefits? ‘It depends on the drip. Most people will feel the benefits of the energy boost immediately or in the days following their drip. With the skin radiance drip, it will take around four sessions to start seeing a healthy glow,’ explains Keri Rudolph CE of The IV Bar.
And don’t get hung up on the needle, she says. The needle is so small. It’s nothing near the size of the needles used when donating blood.
Once inserted, the needle is removed, and a small plastic “straw” remains. It isn’t very painful at all,’ says Keri; plus, the benefits far outweigh the one second of discomfort.