Medically speaking, an IV drip is one of the most common ways to administer medications quickly, replace lost body fluids, and sometimes provide blood to a patient. But in recent years, many celebrities and influencers have been touting the benefits of having IV drip “therapy“ on demand, whether at their home or office or one of various “drip bars” around the country. But what exactly is involved with this IV drip trend? Does it have proven health benefits? Let’s take a look!
What Is the IV Drip Trend?
Essentially, IV drip therapy is administered as it would be in a hospital by a doctor or nurse: a catheter is injected into a vein in your elbow crease. But in these so-called drip bars (or drip spas), the IV’s contain various vitamins and supplements such as vitamin C, folic acid, magnesium, B12, B-complex, and more.
Benefits of the IV Drip Trend
Those on the IV drip bandwagon claim that the drips are effective at helping them rehydrate, lose weight, fight off the common cold, cure hangovers, and even improve their appearance. For example, a common IV drip ingredient is glutathione, which many claim helps to boost the immune system, control inflammation, detoxify the liver, and improve skin. They say that having the vitamins and supplements injected directly into the veins makes them work much faster than taking them orally.
Does It Work?
Although IV drips are effective at hospitals for patients who are overly dehydrated or unable to eat or drink, there is some skepticism within the medical community about the benefits touted by commercial IV drip providers. Many experts say that while added doses of vitamins and supplements won’t necessarily harm you, there is little evidence to support the idea that IV drips are any better than drinking enough water and eating a balanced diet.
Is It Safe?
While IV drips are generally safe when administered by a professional, there could be some complications, including injection-site infection, swelling, or, even scarier, blood clots. So before hopping on the IV drip trend, be sure to first consult with your doctor. And do it with a qualified practioner! Why risk your health?
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