Intravenous, or Micronutrient, infusion therapy has become wildly popular, especially among the Hollywood elite. An IV drip is a quick and relatively painless way to deliver fluids and various types of vitamins or medicines to your body.
The use of Micronutrient Therapy outside of a hospital environment is a relatively new trend. Independent clinics most often tout their “hangover cure” IV drips, though recently, companies have expanded these treatments to include specialized “IV cocktails” to cure and soothe a variety of ailments, including dehydration, migraines, fibromyalgia and even the flu. There are also clinics and spas that offer special drips as beauty treatments and energy boosters.
There are several types of Micronutrient Therapy that you can receive, and below are just a few of the most popular ones.
1.The Hangover Cure
This is the one that kicked off the entire trend. Rather than overcrowding emergency rooms for indulging in a few too many drinks, independent clinics decided to start offering in-clinic and at-home IV services to fix hangovers.
While every clinic is different, and many offer their own unique IV blends, a typical “hangover cure” drip will contain saline with electrolytes, vitamin B12 and antioxidants like glutathione. This is ideal for rehydrating and flushing toxins from your body. B vitamins and antioxidants are intended to give you a quick energy boost and make you feel fresh.
This same type of IV drip is also great for serious athletes after training.
2. Flu and Food Poisoning Relief
There’s nothing worse than barely being able to get out of bed because of the flu or food poisoning. Even once the worst of it is over, your body is still weak and dehydrated, making recovery difficult. Many IV clinics now offer services tailored to getting you back on your feet after a bout of sickness. These IVs are usually packed with the necessary vitamins, minerals and electrolytes that have been depleted while you were sick.
Many clinics also offer additional types of medication that can be added to the session, such as anti-nausea drugs, anti-heartburn medicine and even mild pain relievers.
3. Fatigue and Jet Lag Fix
Whether you’ve been burning the candle at both ends or just came off of a long flight across time zones, when you’re busy you don’t have time to be tired. These solutions are similar to the rehydration drips but usually aren’t as intensive.
For these, there are typically two basic solutions to choose from and the option to add things like antioxidant boosters, a multivitamin cocktail, vitamin C or a B-complex energy booster. Some IV clinics will even offer a magnesium booster, which is great for a quick energy boost and metabolism bump.
4. Wellness and Beauty Treatments
In addition to all of these treatments, there are also IV clinics that offer solutions to aid in weight loss and beauty regimens. Because IV drips are able to deliver vitamins, minerals and other beneficial micronutrients to your body more quickly, these are quickly becoming popular anti-aging and beauty treatments.
These cocktails are a quick way to supplement an established wellness regimen. They deliver intense hydration, skin rejuvenation, an overall body cleanse and can even help reverse free radical damage.
Intravenous micronutrient therapy has been around for decades and is now available to the masses as a quick, effective way to maintain a healthy body.