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IV Infusions

What is IV therapy for?

PURPOSES OF INTRAVENOUS (IV) THERAPY:

  • To supply fluid when clients are unable to take in an adequate volume of fluids by mouth.
  • To provide salts and other electrolytes needed to maintain electrolyte imbalance.
  • To provide glucose (dextrose), the main fuel for metabolism
  • To provide water-soluble vitamins and medications
  • To establish a lifeline for rapidly needed medications. 

What is in it?

WHAT FLUIDS AND VITAMINS ARE IN AN IV BAG?

The fluids inside an IV bag depend on the type of therapy you are undergoing. Intravenous solutions can contain saline, vitamins, minerals, and medication. Some common components of IV bags include:

  • Saline: Saline solution is usually the base ingredient of an IV bag. Saline, made up of water and sodium chloride, serves as a delivery system for the other components of your IV therapy. Saline also helps hydrate the body.
  • Vitamin B: Vitamins B-1, B-2, B-3, B-5, B-6, B-9 and B-12 are collectively known as vitamin B complex. Vitamin B complex directly contributes to important bodily functions, like your metabolism and nerve function. Vitamin B complex is often delivered via IV therapy for patients who have trouble naturally absorbing vitamins. 
  • Vitamin C: Vitamin C is important for a healthy immune system function. If you are sick or feel like you are becoming sick, vitamin C can be a beneficial ingredient in your IV therapy. Vitamin C sustains the immune system’s pathogen response, helping it fight diseases and prevent them from onsetting.
  • Calcium: Your IV therapy may include calcium, which is a mineral that we need to build strong bones and teeth. We consume calcium in our diet through foods like dairy and green, leafy vegetables. Intravenous calcium can supplement a low-calcium diet or treat certain conditions like acute hypocalcaemia and hypoparathyroidism.
  • Magnesium: Magnesium is a mineral that plays a role in healthy metabolic function. It has numerous benefits, including reducing inflammation, combating leg cramps in pregnant women, and even helping to prevent migraines.

Benefits

THE BENEFITS OF IV THERAPY

Doctors and scientists are discovering new IV therapy benefits every day. Some of the reasons you may want to consider IV therapy include:

  • Energy Management

IV drips often include essential amino acids. These amino acids function similarly to caffeine, and you can get them intravenously without the added boost (and eventual crash) from the sugar in coffee and sodas.

  • Weight Loss

If you’re trying to lose weight, the best way to do so is to make sure you have the energy and nutrients to get in a good workout and cool down once it’s over. Weight loss drips can be your secret weapon for getting in shape.

  • Hangover Treatment

One of our most popular drip packages is designed to treat headaches and other hangover symptoms after a great night out. Avoid the discomfort of a hangover and get back to doing what you need to feel refreshed with this IV therapy.

  • Nutrient Deficiency Treatment

IV therapy can be beneficial for restoring certain nutrient levels if you have trouble maintaining them. People with Crohn’s disease, short bowel syndrome, cystic fibrosis and similar conditions have found relief by using IVs. 

  • Free Radicals Cleansing

Simply going outside can introduce your body to free radicals — agents that promote signs of aging and can even change your DNA. Infusions of antioxidants like vitamin C can help your body flush these and other toxins out of your system.

While the main benefits of your IV therapy will ultimately depend on which drip package you choose, you can always add booster shots to ensure you’re targeting areas where you want to see more improvement.

Common uses

COMMON USES OF INTRAVENOUS THERAPY

Generally, the main types of IV therapy are: 

  • Hangover relief: After overindulging during a night out, you might wake up feeling awful. A dry mouth, pounding headache, upset digestive system and desire to keep the shades drawn are all tell-tale signs of a hangover.  A bad hangover can make it hard to concentrate and ruin your entire day. IV therapy is an effective way to find relief that replaces the last-ditch efforts of chugging a glass of water or a cup of coffee with an over-the-counter pain killer and going back to bed. A hangover IV bag includes fluids to rehydrate the body, vitamins to help improve your energy levels and medication to reduce the painful symptoms of nausea, heartburn, and headache.
  • Athletic performance recovery: Your body may feel drained and sore after an intense workout. Whether you ran a marathon or hit the gym for a lifting session, your body could use a boost. IV therapy helps athletes recover following periods of exertion. Recovery IV drip therapy includes numerous components designed to support athletes during the recovery period. Fluids help you rehydrate, while vitamins, antioxidants and amino acids boost your energy levels and help your body repair any tissue damage.
  • Immune system support: The immune system fights off infection and keeps the body healthy, but we can still get sick. Whether you are worried about getting sick — especially during cold and flu season — or you’ve caught a bug, IV therapy can help support your immune system. IV therapy for immune system support includes several vitamins and minerals to naturally boost the immune system to expedite recovery and reduce the chances of you catching a bug. 
  • Cold and flu relief: If you find yourself knocked down by the symptoms of the cold or flu, IV therapy can offer relief. A cold and flu IV drip helps keep you hydrated. It also has vitamins and minerals to help your immune system do its job and kick the bug. Plus, anti-inflammatory, and anti-nausea medications help to relieve the uncomfortable cold and flu symptoms, such as coughing, body aches, headache and fever.
  • Pregnancy symptom alleviation: Morning sickness is a common experience during pregnancy that consists of symptoms like an upset stomach or vomiting. The symptoms are often triggered by different environmental factors, such as certain smells, tastes, or room temperatures or simply nothing at all. While these symptoms typically subside as the pregnancy progresses, they can be uncomfortable and disruptive to your daily life. IV therapy for morning sickness includes fluids for hydration, as well as vitamins and medication to help manage nausea and vomiting.
  • Migraine and headache relief: Migraines and headaches can be debilitating. The exact cause of these conditions isn’t always clear, but common triggers include stress, diet, environment, and certain medications. We can learn our triggers and try to avoid them, but migraines and headaches can still sneak up on us. If you are looking for relief, IV therapy for migraines and headaches includes vitamins and medication to mitigate your painful symptoms. If you experience nausea with your migraines, we can supplement the IV therapy package with anti-nausea medication.

How long does it take?

How Long Does IV Therapy Take? 

IV therapy drips amino acids, vitamins, minerals, and fluids at a controlled rate. Once you are connected to the IV, which is usually a quick and simple process, the duration of the therapy will depend on why you are undergoing IV therapy. The average IV treatment takes 20 – 30 minutes.

Effects

HOW QUICKLY WILL YOU FEEL THE EFFECTS OF THE IV DRIP?

Again, the answer depends on why you are undergoing IV therapy. In some cases, you may feel the effects almost immediately. For instance, The Original drip refreshes and energizes as soon as the fluid reaches your bloodstream. In other cases, it may take more time. The effects can last for up to a few days after completing the procedure, depending on several different factors like the type of IV package, your hydration level and your body’s natural metabolic rate.

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