Nutrition

IV Nutrient Drips | Better than Supplements?

Written by Charlotte Campbell


IV Nutrient Drips


The concept of IV nutrient drips is fairly simple. You are hooked up to an IV to give your body a dose of the vitamins or minerals that your body is lacking.

For years, celebrities like Rihanna and Jennifer Anniston have been rumoured to undergo these IVs to ensure they are in top condition for high profile events. They are also popular among high-flying office workers looking for a fast acting energy boost or cleanse after a late (or boozy) night.

In recent years, however, the number of clinics and trained staff providing these services has grown significantly.


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What Do IV Nutrient Drips Do?

 

Clinics that provide IV services often offer a range of drip mixtures. These can stretch from immunity boosters, anti-ageing treatments and weight-loss enhancers.

The mixtures are designed to give you a near instant boost in the key areas of nutrition that your body lacks.


So How Are They Different To Supplements?

 

Supplements, usually in tablet or powder form, are digested by the body and then distributed through the blood stream. In comparison, IV drips go straight into the bloodstream, so fans of the treatment argue the results are fast acting. This is particularly popular among clients who use the IV treatments to boost their energy and blast through their PB’s at competitions.

 

However, it is this very point that raises red flags among sceptics. The body is adept at regulating the level of nutrients in our bloodstream through the digestive system. Thus, if you were to take over the recommended level of supplements, your body would work to flush out what it didn’t need. However, this first safety net is removed when sending vitamins straight into the blood. This is a particular worry when considering vitamins like B2 which have been linked to kidney stones.

 

IV providers do note that, for the most part, excess vitamins would still be flushed out of the body by the kidneys. But this itself raises another issue. If the body can only reach a certain level of nutrients, is there a point in undergoing a high dose of them through an IV? In addition, supplements are designed to give you optimum nutrient levels over a long period of time. For example, B12 supplements are often taken by vegans throughout their life. However, IV treatments are often only recommended for a set amount of sessions to allow the body to flush out the excess it doesn’t need to avoid dangerous levels of zinc or magnesium in your blood.


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What If You Are Considering An IV Nutrients Drip?

 

If you feel a mineral or vitamin boost could help you, you should first consult your GP and request a blood test. This way you can identify the precise nutrients you need.

 

You should also look at other factors in your life that could be causing you to feel less than your best. Is your diet varied and nutritious? Are you invigorated by your current workout routine? If not, you could be opting for a short-term solution to a long-term problem.


 

Our articles should be used for informational and educational purposes only and are not intended to be taken as medical advice. If you’re concerned, consult a health professional before taking dietary supplements or introducing any major changes to your diet.

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Faye Reid

Faye Reid

Writer and expert

Faye Reid has a Bachelor of Science in Sport and Exercise Physiology and a Master of Science in Exercise Physiology and Sports Nutrition. Faye has worked with numerous high-profile oranisations, such as Men's Health, Sky Sports, Huddersfield Giants, Warrington Wolves, British Dressage and GB Rowing, providing her expert sports science support. Find out more about Faye's experience here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/faye-reid-8b619b122/. She puts her passion into practice as goal attack for her netball team, and in competitive event riding.


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