Why Athletes Use IV Therapy
Athletes with a wide range of skills and training levels may use IV therapy as they strive to achieve peak performance. Some athletic organizations, including the World Anti-Doping Agency, restrict the use of IV fluids for otherwise healthy individuals. Nonetheless, many athletes still seek IV therapy while in training. Here are a few of the reasons athletes have been known to have an IV before or after exercise:
- To rehydrate efficiently: Athletes lose a lot of fluid while exercising, especially in hot weather. Dehydration can lead to lowered athletic performance, and severe dehydration can even become dangerous if it's left unaddressed. Because IV fluids bypass the digestive system and enter directly into the bloodstream, they can rehydrate the body more quickly than oral rehydration. Furthermore, IVs allow for direct absorption of any nutrients contained in the IV solution, which might include electrolytes, antioxidants or amino acids, so athletes may use IV therapy to rehydrate while also receiving vitamins and minerals tailored to their needs.
- To lower the chance of muscle cramps: Muscle cramps during competitions pose serious problems for serious athletes. Although many factors contribute to muscle cramps, dehydration and salt loss may play a significant role. Some athletes and sports teams choose to replace fluids and salts through IVs before a competition in the hopes of preventing cramps.
- To promote smoother recovery: To minimize inflammation and pain after exercise and promote a faster recovery, some athletes seek out IVs that contain glutathione, vitamin C and other antioxidants thought to promote wound healing and reduce oxidative stress that leads to post-workout soreness.
Some anecdotal evidence certainly supports the usefulness of IVs for certain athletes, and IV fluids can also provide symptom relief for athletes suffering from moderate to severe dehydration as a result of exercise. However, it's important to note that research has not found significant evidence to suggest that IV rehydration provides performance benefits over oral rehydration under normal circumstances, or that IV fluids effectively prevent muscle cramping.
If you're thinking about getting IV therapy, check with the athletic organization governing your competitions to make sure it's allowed.
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HOW IV HYDRATION WORKS
HOW DO IV DRIPS WORK?
An IV fluid drip involves a small tube called a catheter and a saline-based electrolyte solution that contains your selected vitamins and nutrients. An IV drip delivers these essential nutrients and fluids directly into your bloodstream, bypassing your digestive tract. There’s no wait time, and the nutrition is instantly available to remedy your body’s health and wellness needs. When vitamins and nutrients (or even medications) are administered through an IV, they are more effective than when they are consumed as a liquid or pill. When we ingest food or vitamins, these essential nutrients must first pass through the digestive system and get broken down before they can be transported to the cells that need them.
Our therapies are delivered to clients in their own environments (homes, offices, hotels etc.) and are administered by our certified nurses. Our network consists of licensed and insured nurse practitioners and registered nurses who are highly proficient in IV therapy with extensive medical backgrounds in emergency rooms, operating rooms, and ICUs.
Our IV infusions are mixed with essential fluids, electrolytes, vitamins and antioxidants, to quickly remedy a variety of conditions designed to promote whole-body health, help restore the body from hangovers, dehydration, jet-lag, exhaustion, athletic fatigue and more!
WHO IS A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR IV THERAPY?
The healing benefits of IV hydration are ideal for anyone looking to boost their immune system, replenish lost nutrients and feel better all around. The body needs a certain amount of vitamins and minerals to maintain normal, healthy functioning, but most of us fall short of consuming the optimum level of nutrients in our diet. Physicians have used IV therapy for years to bridge this gap and safely improve the health of patients with few risks or side effects. In addition to feeling your best after an IV infusion, some cocktails can also provide symptom relief from ailments such as fibromyalgia, migraines or asthma. Whether you have a specific concern or simply want to feel healthier and more energized, IV hydration could be the missing piece of your personal wellness plan.
While IV hydration can help you feel better or complement an existing treatment plan, you don’t have to be unwell to reap the benefits. As either a single treatment or something that you incorporate into your routine, IV therapy is effective for patients with varied wellness goals. Our team can develop customized treatments to help you feel like your best self with precise combinations of nutrients tailored to your unique needs.
WHAT GOES INTO AN IV?
Each concoction differs depending on the health and wellness needs of each patient. The most common ingredients that go into IV's include:
Saline. This a solution of salt in water and is the most common type of fluid for IV's. A Saline solution is great for dehydration and hangovers since sodium is a type of electrolyte.
Vitamins. The benefits of vitamins and antioxidants are essential, as they can give us a boost of energy, strengthen our immune system, plus so much more.
Electrolytes. These essential elements and compounds hydrate our bodies, regulate nerve and muscle function, regulate blood pressure, and more. Besides sodium, your body needs potassium, calcium, bicarbonate, magnesium, chloride and phosphate — all of which are electrolytes.
IS IV HYDRATION SAFE?
Yes, IV hydration very safe. All of our vitamins are FDA-approved and go through high levels of testing before they’re made available to our clients. All IV drips are administered by a registered nurse and with guidance from our medical director. Before any client receives IV hydration, we evaluate their health history.
Side effects from IV hydration are generally non-existent or very mild. On occasion, you may experience some discomfort, bruising, itching, inflammation, or redness at or around the site of injection, and this could last from a few minutes to several days. However, true allergic reactions are extremely rare.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD I GET AN IV?
We recommend our clients come in for IV hydration at least 1-2 times a month. We take a customized approach to suit your individual needs. For preventative health and wellness, we recommend two IV drips per month, as this helps balance out any vitamin deficiencies.