Why IV Therapy?￼
IV therapy has been used for decades in hospitals to treat a range of issues, from dehydration to nutrient-absorption disorders, but it’s increasingly offered at “independent clinics and through house call-type services that pledge to help people feel better without clogging already-burdened emergency departments” (health.usnews.com). And, while it may be most buzzed about as a hangover cure in party cities like Las Vegas, New Orleans and Los Angeles, IV therapy is also given to people who want a nutritional, athletic, energy, beauty or immunity boost!!
“It works because if you look at vitamins and minerals, along with hormones and other chemicals in the body, these are the body’s building blocks; they’re our body’s natural pharmacy, and they’re used in numerous physiological pathways,” Dr. Jason Hartman, an osteopathic medicine physician who founded and directs RestoreIV in Philadelphia, says. “Those pathways get taxed, and that’s why [the therapy] is amenable to these numerous conditions.”
The contents of the drips vary depending on desired outcomes, but many contain magnesium, vitamin C, calcium and some B vitamins. The claim? By delivering a high concentration of vitamins and minerals straight to the bloodstream, the body can reap their benefits more effectively than popping pills, which aren’t entirely absorbed through the gastrointestinal tract.
“What you put in your body controls how your cells function at the cellular level, and when your cells are working properly, your organs are working properly, and when your organs are working properly and optimally, your overall health improves,” explains Dr. Maurice Beer, an internal medicine physician who co-founded and directs The hangover club and Nutridrip, two such services in New York City. “In most cases, people just feel better – their energy improves, they sleep better and just feel lighter,” he adds.
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