IV Drips & Vitamin Infusions: Pros and Cons

Jan 29, 2024 | General Health

Recently, tech billionaire Bryan Johnson made headlines for his extreme approach to anti-aging. It’s reported (however true all of this may be) that he takes 111 pills a day to stay young; he’s even gone so far as to be injected with his son’s own plasma. Inevitably, many people today go to great lengths to reverse time. 

Yet, there’s one anti-aging strategy that is frequently attainable for many in the general population. IV drips and vitamin infusions are becoming the latest buzz in the world of health. These IV drips aim to deliver vitamins directly to our bloodstream, bypassing the digestive system. In turn, it’s thought these drips can help slow down aging and enhance overall health and wellness. 

With celebrities like Rhianna and Simon Cowell seeking out these treatments, should you? Below, we dig into the pros and cons of IV drips and vitamin infusions.

IV Drips: The Pros

IV stands for intravenous, which is how this particular type of therapy is administered and delivered to the body. So, let’s look at some of its benefits.

1. It delivers nutrients to your body ultra-fast.

With oral supplementation, vitamins and minerals must first go through the digestive system and be absorbed before entering the bloodstream. However, as previously mentioned, IV therapy bypasses all of this. It gets delivered directly to the bloodstream. 

This can be beneficial in emergency situations or in extreme deficiencies. It’s also frequently used as an expensive “hangover cure” by many to rehydrate and replenish lost vitamins from drinking alcohol.

2. They act fast!

As per the above, you can probably already guess that these vitamins act quickly to help your body find equilibrium. There’s no wait; no need to see how your body will absorb such supplements. 

In fact, if you get B vitamins via an IV, you might notice increased energy afterward, if you were deficient in these. This is because many of the B vitamins are involved in energy production and metabolism.

3. They may slow the aging process.

Yes, some types of vitamin infusions can help decelerate the effects of time. In particular, the addition of glutathione, a powerful antioxidant, is thought to combat wrinkles and other signs of aging.

IV Drips: The Cons

What goes up must come down! It’s not all good when it comes to IV drips, and knowing your risks can help you determine if this is right for you.

1. They don’t offer a long-term solution.

There is no quick-fix when it comes to building healthier habits into your daily lifestyle. While these IV drips and infusions can provide an immediate “lift,” they won’t necessarily address nutrient absorption issues you might be having, which led to these IV drips in the first place.

Always talk to your doctor about what changes you can make to improve your overall health. For many, this involves healthy eating, managing stress levels, and regular exercise.

2. For some, IV drips may be unsafe.

Each person is different and unique. What might be right for one individual might be dangerous for another. It’s entirely possible to “overdose” on vitamins, especially with infusions. This means that it’s important to test your vitamin levels and check with your doctor before diving headfirst into this latest health fad. 

3. They come with a major price tag.

IV drips can be very expensive, ranging from a few hundred pounds to a few thousand. For many, this is far outside of their budget. And the truth is that it can be equally beneficial to obtain all of these vitamins and minerals from your diet. If you’re unsure what to eat, consider consulting with a dietician or nutritionist who can help you with meal planning.

However, if you’re interested in trying IV drip therapy, I’ve been to effect doctors in London and can highly recommend them!

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