I don’t know many people who enjoy being stabbed with a needle, but believe me when I say that the pros of an IV drip greatly outweigh the cons. A little poke never felt so good, says anyone who’s had the experience. If you’re one of these lucky people, you know what I’m talking about. IV drips are commercialized as hangover remedies and they definitely are––these beautiful yellow plastic pouches help fight the giant cloud of fog in our heads––but they also do so much more. I implore anyone who’s been too afraid to try it to woman up and take the prick.
An IV (or, intravenous) drip is a method of delivering substances directly into the bloodstream. Typically, a small needle is inserted into one of your nice, juicy veins and taped down, and then an attached bag of fluids is opened to allow for a steady drip into your system. The fluid travels out of the bag and down the tube into your vein, where it’s absorbed into the body. The drip process takes about 15 to 30 minutes.
What’s great about the IV drip is that our bodies absorb 100% of the fluid, unlike when we consume liquid orally. This is important if we want quick results and maximal health benefits. For example, let’s say we take a multi–vitamin pill. It goes through first-pass and second-pass metabolism and by the time it reaches the bloodstream for utilization, we’re probably only getting half of the amount we originally ingested. We can’t, of course, inject every vitamin and nutrient we need into our veins (think of the track marks it would leave). But replenishing your body with an IV drip every so often is beneficial.
So, what magical concoction is in an IV bag?
IV drips can be customized to a patient’s needs: a patient with a migraine will need a different cocktail than a patient with hormonal issues. There is a mix, however, that seems to be used across the board. It’s called the Myers’ Cocktail, named after Baltimore Johns Hopkins Hospital physician Dr. John Myers, who created a specific mixture of vitamins and minerals (the original recipe is unknown) in a 10mL syringe and pushed them into a vein. Myers’ method differs from the IV drip, which uses less pressure, as it relies primarily on gravity, and takes longer to administer. The IV drip tends to be better tolerated than the syringe push.
Today, the Myers’ Cocktail is a mix of ascorbic acid (vitamin C), B complex vitamins, magnesium chloride and calcium chloride, used alone or as a base for other vitamins, nutrients and supplements added to it.
What are the benefits of an IV drip?
Well, besides being trendy, you’ll be very healthy. IV drips offer almost immediate results. You may experience an increase in energy and mental well-being; allergy, asthma, headache and migraine relief; better muscle recovery; a stronger immune system; and decreased depression and anxiety.
Plus, three of my absolute favourite effects of the IV drip: it promotes detoxification, boasts skin–purifying and anti-aging effects and, of course, completely beats a hangover!