Are IV Hydration Sessions Worth It?
Every day it seems there’s something new hitting the health and wellness market. From apps to breathwork, telemedicine to touchless spas, innovative ideas are springing up all over the place.
And then there’s the increasingly popular therapy known as IV hydration.
Staying hydrated is fundamental to optimal health. According to a recent survey, over half of Americans are chronically dehydrated (1), especially among seniors and the elderly community. This means they’re not taking in enough liquid to properly support normal body functions.
Classic symptoms of dehydration can look like (2):
- Dark urine
- Feeling dizzy
- Dry mouth or lips
- Feeling tired
- Kidney stones
By definition, hydration is your body’s ability to absorb water, and it plays an important role in lubricating joints, keeping infection away, regulating normal body temperature, and delivering nutrients to cells so they can continue functioning well (3). And while drinking more water sounds like the most logical choice, oftentimes it’s not enough.
True hydration needs to include both water and electrolytes. Why? Because electrolytes like potassium, sodium, and chloride help direct water and nutrients to the parts of your body that balance fluid inside your cells (4).
Clinically, IV (or intravenous) therapies have been used to help prevent dehydration in those suffering from chronic health conditions, including cystic fibrosis, cancers, ulcerative colitis, and Chron’s disease. It’s also used to assist in surgeries, alcoholic detoxing, poison treatments, strokes, or heart attacks (9).
But the public is now recognizing the potential benefits for other reasons, and it’s becoming more mainstream for things other than part of a life-saving protocol. Spas all over the nation are adding these new treatments to their health and wellness menus, offering this innovative health treatment that promises great results, including increased libido to smoother, younger-looking skin.
And why not? Taking vitamin pills is one thing, but if you’re body only absorbs a percentage due to how your digestion works (10), wouldn’t injecting it straight into the vein be more worthwhile?
What is IV hydration, and are sessions worth it? This article discusses the claims, how it works, the facts, as well as other (and possibly better) ways to stay hydrated.
Also known as IV vitamin therapy, IV hydration therapies are a new and hip health trend. Similar to when a person receives IV fluids for clinical or emergency purposes, IV vitamin therapies use a needle to inject liquids that are specifically formulated to provide a certain health benefit.
Some IV therapies contain B vitamins, while others contain a simple electrolyte cocktail. They’re typically administered by a certified nurse or health professional, and many people claim it helps with (5):
- Weight loss
- Reduce anxiety
- Fill nutritional gaps
- Increase energy
- Promote relaxation
- Boost heart health
- Smoother skin
- Better mental clarity
That all sounds well and good but is this something that everyone can benefit from? If not, what are the risks involved?
The Risks of IV therapies
One of the biggest concerns behind popular IV hydration therapies is the potential for recipients to expect too much. Years ago, the company IV bars got in legal trouble for false advertising. They claimed their vitamin IVs could treat serious illnesses like heart failure, cancer, and multiple sclerosis (6). Since then, companies have been more careful with their advertising.
Other side effects could be pain, swelling, bruising, or infection at the injection site.
The other downside to these types of treatments is that they can get expensive. Depending on what kind of vitamin or hydration drip you’d like done, prices can range between $150- $240 per session, not including add-ons.
Since hydration is key to good health, wouldn’t it make sense to find ways to offer the public a convenient and fun way to do it? After all, sports drinks might claim to rehydrate, but the added sugars, salts, and preservatives can set you up for health issues down the road (7), like:
- Weight gain
- Dental cavities
- High blood pressure
Currently, there isn’t enough research to vouch for these types of therapies. Any positive effects seem to be anecdotal at best.
The Bottom Line
Hydration is essential for good health, but water alone isn’t cutting it anymore. Whether you’re wrestling with brain fog, tiredness, headaches, or low energy, giving your body the proper liquid nutrients could be the missing link.
But if you aren’t comfortable around needles (trust us, we see you!), and if the popular IV therapies have their downsides, what are other ways you can stay hydrated so your body so you can operate at your best?
The team at KaraMD saw the growing need to address chronic dehydration and develop their newest product - Pure I.V. packets!!
These hydration packets make hydration easy and affordable. With its unique Natural Osmosis Equilibrium (or NOE) science and technology, Pure I.V. is able to deliver nutrients better than many other hydration supplements on the market.
Not only can you choose between four delicious flavors, but you can also have peace of mind knowing you’re giving your body the electrolytes it needs to fuel your lifestyle today, tomorrow, and into the future!
Check out some of the raving reviews here (8).
✝✝This noted statement is based on independent research and is not necessarily the opinion of the author