You can take as many supplements as your body can handle, and you can follow a diet filled with foods that offer many essential vitamins and nutrients, but sometimes it still doesn’t feel like enough—you’re low on energy, you’re not sleeping well, your metabolism is sluggish, and you still find yourself battling each new cold and flu that gets passed around your social circles. If this sounds familiar, IV drip therapy is what you need. Before your first infusion treatment, let’s talk about everything you need to know.
What Is I.V. Drip Therapy?
Intravenous (I.V.) drip therapy distributes vital nutrients, vitamins, electrolytes, medications, and antioxidants directly into the bloodstream. The direct delivery via a vein makes I.V. drip therapy highly effective because your body can absorb the ingredients much more thoroughly than if you were to take them orally (such as supplements); this is because people can absorb vitamins and nutrients in differing degrees, but after the stomach has digested them, they can be absorbed only between about fifty and sixty per cent. Therefore, I.V. infusion treatment is beneficial for those with low absorption rates, but it increases the levels of nutrient absorption for everyone (think between ninety and one hundred per cent).
What Can It Offer?
I.V. drip therapy offers a wide range of health provisions. These include but are certainly not limited to the following:
- Hangover cure
- Energy boost
- Vitamin boost
- Skin detox
- Migraine relief
- Metabolism boost
- Cold and flu recovery
- Preventative treatment
How Soon Does It Work?
By avoiding the digestive system entirely and being inserted into the bloodstream, the ingredients from the I.V. are available immediately. You can feel the positive results quickly, depending on your treatment. Your body will instantly receive the health benefits, and you can expect to feel a difference anywhere from 30 minutes after (such as for migraine relief) to less than a week (such as for energy or detoxification) to a few weeks (such as for a boost in metabolic function).
How Long Will It Take?
Generally, I.V. drip treatment will last between 30 minutes to an hour.
What Should I Do Beforehand?
The best way to prepare is by drinking plenty of liquids before your appointment because the more hydrated you are, the easier it will be to access your veins. And don’t let yourself worry because the process is quick, simple, and largely painless (aside from a needle pinprick).
Since staying healthy, increasing your overall wellness, and avoiding the winter sickness blues is your goal, here are some preventative measures to keep sickness at bay!
To avoid getting sick, keep your body healthy by staying active. A daily movement session—whether a walk, yoga, workout, sports, or other physical activity—can help you fight off illness. This is due to the way that exercise increases white blood cells’ movement in the body, the same cells that boost your immune system.
Wash Your Hands Often
You’ve heard it a million times: washing your hands often will help keep you healthy, but it’s a critical practice during cold and flu season. Just think of all the surfaces you touch hourly and how often you use your hands to touch food or your face. Research shows that you should wash your hands at least 5 times a day to stave off sickness, but do it as often as necessary.
Speaking of touching surfaces, disinfect surfaces in busy rooms and frequently-touched items. Germs can easily be passed between people by touching the same surface. And when you’re in public spaces, avoid touching anything unnecessary, like counters, transit poles, door knobs, and interact machines.
Opt to Wear a Mask
Although wearing a mask is no longer a requirement in most places, keeping one on in public spaces is a great way to help yourself stay healthy this winter. Masks are not just for preventing the spread of COVID-19 but are believed to be effective at limiting the spread of the common flu and cold. Not only do masks reduce the spread of germs from a sick person to others, but they also protect currently-healthy people from airborne viruses and give a moisture-boost to their sinuses.
Now that you know everything about I.V. drip therapy, you’re ready for your appointment. You’re on your way to major health benefits and a refreshed body, all due to I.V. infusions—but also remember to follow common sense health practices to stay in peak health this winter season!