Nutrient IV Therapy: Don’t Believe the Hype: They go by names such as Vitamin Drip Bar and Liquid Vitamin Lounge. You’ve probably seen these store fronts right next to your local Target, and you’ve maybe wondered what exactly it is that they’re offering.
What they’re selling is nutrient IV – as in intravenous – therapy. Claims regarding this treatment suggest that it can potentially boost energy, spice up your libido, and instantly help you recover from a cold or a hangover.
Some locations may go so far as to say that IV therapy will improve chronic health conditions such as arthritis, asthma, and even immune disorders.
The question is: Does it work?
To be clear, for decades IV therapy has been a critical part of medical care, serving as an efficient and immediate solution in cases of dehydration, severe illness, and organ damage that inhibits the absorption of nutrients.
Nutrient IVs deliver vitamins, minerals, and amino acids directly into the bloodstream. It’s typically used when a patient’s condition can result in a nutritional deficiency if treatment is not provided. This works very effectively for its intended purpose. But…
These days, ‘IV infusion therapy’ has grown in popularity. Mobile IV clinics and store fronts offer quick cures and transformative wellness benefits. Proponents claim IV nutrient delivery is necessary because taking high doses by mouth is simply not possible because digestion limits absorption. Really?
By definition, a nutrient is something found in food, which we eat and our bodies break down at a rate appropriate to need, and ultimately put to use for the optimal function of the body. That is what nature intended and it works very effectively so long as illness or injury does not interfere with nature’s beautiful design.
Bypassing nature’s design via IV cocktails puts nutrients into the bloodstream very quickly and in very high amounts. This can stress vital organs, not just in the digestive tract, but also the liver, pancreas, and even the circulatory and nervous systems.
Just as concerning is having a technician who has inadequate medical training deliver a nutrient cocktail that potentially interacts with other medications a person may be taking.
There is a role for IV nutrients in medical treatment as well as in holistic health treatment of a select few medical conditions for patients who are carefully screened by qualified holistic physicians.
For otherwise healthy individuals, it’s recommended that you obtain nutrients through a healthy diet of fresh, whole foods and selective nutritional supplementation – and there’s no hype about that.