Let's have a little discussion about hydration and IVs (or you can just skip to the videos,links, and papers at the bottom), then you can browse information, links, and opinions from experts.
First and foremost, you already know that your body is 60% water. Did you know though that your brain is approximately 73% water? Literally 3/4s of your brain is water. What happens when you're dehydrated? Does your body know to keep all the important stuff hydrated and just take the water out of your feet and the backs of your knees while leaving plenty in your liver and brain? Try to drain a swimming pool and see if it only comes out of one side. When you're dehydrated, you're lacking everywhere. Imagine the loss of function, the inefficiency, and the damage you're doing when you aren't hydrated.
You can drink water or "ade" drinks, but can you drink them quickly enough to help, and even if you can, how much is absorbed and how much is passed through as urination?
We'll link some excellent studies below, but ask yourself this: Have you ever been in a hospital ER and heard a doctor yell "Nurse, get this man a half dozen Gatorades, STAT"? Doubtful. "A liter of IV fluids" is probably the thing you hear most in an urgent care situation.
There's a reason dehydration is treated by IV and not by the gallon. Quicker absorption, better percentage of absorption, much more effective and efficient.
It's okay to not believe us, after all we're selling IVs, but read below and do some research, and we think you'll be convinced.
Vitamins, electrolytes, antioxidants and more...
You know vitamins are important. You eat a salad, you try to work fish in as often as possible, going with healthy snacks instead of cupcakes, and you're on top of it. Let's face it, if you didn't care about your health you wouldn't be on this site.
Even so, it may shock you to learn that 92% of Americans are deficient in some critical vitamin or other. What your deficiency is will depend greatly on your age, race, diet, and other factors, but it's a safe bet that you're in the 9 out of 10 who are missing something. The CDC has some great info which we linked below that shows who's likely to be lacking what.
So do you really need to be at 100%, or is 50% good enough?
Some people will tell you that nutrients in your body are like gasoline in a vehicle. If you've got 1/4 tank of gas in your car it's going to run just like it does when you've got a full tank. You just don't want to run out, because if you do, well it dies. The difference is, there's no performance difference in driving with a 1/4 of a tank and 7/8 of a tank.
We don't buy the "gas/car" analogy. We see vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and electrolytes in your body as more like oil in a vehicle. Sure, your car will run with 2 quarts of oil instead of the four it's supposed to have, but does it run as well? Not a chance. Not only does it not run as well, driving a few quarts low does damage to your car that you can't see. So, what do you think is going on in your body when you're low on vitamins and other critical elements? Your body doesn't run as well, and you're doing damage to it that you don't know about until the "check engine" light comes on. Unfortunately the "check engine" light in your body probably involves a trip to a hospital.
... and their absorption
So, why not just take one of those "Vitamin a Day" gummies you can buy in the store, or a supplement, with food? Ever wonder why with food? For one thing they upset your stomach because they're massive doses of vitamins and minerals so they can make sure you get some of what you want. Wait, what? Yes. Studies show that only just more than half of what you swallow makes it into your bloodstream, even if you've got the dead right pill and take it at the dead right time. Secondly, the acid in your stomach that's churning when you eat helps break down the pills and allows some of the wanted ingredient to get into the blood stream
Sometimes the pills don't break down effectively and you absorb about 3% of the actual vitamin or supplement you've taken.
There are far too many vitamins, meds, and supplements, and associated consumption factors, to paint all oral absorption with a broad brush, but suffice it to say you're swallowing it but there's a good chance you aren't absorbing it.
It probably seems obvious because it's going straight into your bloodstream, but nearly 100% of the vitamin/supplement you're receiving through your IV is being absorbed by your body. There's a study out there that says only 98% of IV vitamins are absorbed. "Just" 98%. Still beats 3%... or even 50.
And that goes for...
meds, electrolytes, and aminos too. Putting something directly into your bloodstream provides much quicker, much more efficient delivery to your body than swallowing it into your stomach and expecting it to work its way through your GI tract.
So what's the conclusion?
Book your appointment now. Your body will get what it needs almost immediately, and it will absorb it and put it to use. It's going to cost you a little more than buying 3 Pedialytes, a bunch of Advil, and a bottle of One A Day Multivitamins, but you're going to Feel Better Faster.
If U.S. News and World Report loves IV therapy, you probably should too. Read their thoughts HERE.
This long and boring discussion of the merits of IV versus oral consumption of various medicines and vitamins from the World Health Organization (the W.H.O.?) all boils down to page 16 where it says "oral consumption absorption depends on many factors (then lists a dozen) 'but can be relatively effective'" and follows it up with one line about IVs: 100% bioavailability. So, to sum up, IV 100% effective - Oral "can be relatively effective".
Here's one from the National Institutes of Health (part of the Department of Health and Human Services) discussing the absorption of oral vitamins. It DOES say that under the perfect conditions, with the perfect vitamin, it can get pretty effective, but when was the last time you did anything in your life where you were trying to be absolutely perfect in order to achieve average results?
In this article the CDC says you might not be missing every vitamin, but you're missing some vitamin or other.
This neat little piece from Empower Pharmacy goes into the benefits of Glutathione, and also includes links to several studies. Really amazing stuff.
1) Ringer's Lactate. All of our bags start with a base of 1L of Ringer's Lactate (also called a "balanced bag"), which contains: Calcium chloride, Potassium chloride, Sodium chloride, and Socium lactate.
2) Multi-vitamin. Our multi-vitamin contains: Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Vitamin D3, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B6, Vitamine B3, Dexpanethol (a B vitamin), Vitamin E, Vitamin K1, Biotin, Folic Acid, and Vitamin B12.
Multi-vitamin is used in The Lagniappe, The Rockstar, The Immune Tune, Gastro Relief, and The Game Changer.
3) Thiamine. Also known as B1. Though in our multi-vitamin in small amounts, in some packages we add extra B1.
Additional Thiamine is added to The Lagniappe, The Rockstar, Gastro Relief, and Migraine Relief.
4) Magnesium. Known to ease muscle cramps and tightness, magnesium is essential for proper function of the heart, nerves, and muscles, in addition to being important to cells and bones.
Magnesium is added to The Lagniappe, The Rockstar, The Game Changer, Migraine Relief, and Gastro Relief.
5) Vitamin C. Critical to your immune system and ability to fight off colds and the flu.
Additional Vitamin C is added to The Fresh Squeeze and The Immune Tune.
6) Folic Acid. Also known as B9, folic acid is an essential vitamin which the body uses for cellular division and to combat anemia. Folate deficiency occurs naturally in green leafy vegetables and is critical to good health.
Folic Acid is added to The Lagniappe, The Rockstar, Migraine Relief, Gastro Relief, and The Game Changer.
7) Glutathione. A powerful anti-oxidant, glutathione is thought to promote cellular health by preventing damage due to free radicals, peroxides, and heavy metals.
Glutathione is added to The Immune Tune and the Glutathione Package.
8) Famotidine. A peptic agent that treats stomach acid, ulcers, gastroesophageal reflux, and assists with nausea control.
Famotidine is used in The Gastro Relief package.
9) Ketorolac. The generic of brand name Toradol, Ketorolac is a powerful non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug used to treat aches, pains, and headaches.
Ketorolac is added to The Rockstar and Migraine Relief.
10) Ondansetron. The generic form of brand name Zofran, Ondansetron is an anti-nausea which unlike other popular anti-nausea meds does not cause drowsiness.
Ondansetron is added to The Rockstar, Migraine Relief, and Gastro Relief.
11) Triamino. Often referred to as OAC, Triamino is a blend of three strong amino acids (Ornithine, Arginine, and Citroline) which increase metabolic rate and assist in muscular repair after athletic activity.
Triamino is used in the Triamino Package.
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Oral Vitamins versus IV Vitamins
Think You Don't Need an IV?
Migraine Resource Paper
Migraine Trigger Log
Click here to read this paper on our site, but please take "screen trigger" precautions if you suffer from migraines.