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Good or Garbage: IV Hydration

Yes I know you’ve heard of it. You may have even thought about, but is IV Hydration something that can really help.

In this post we discuss IV Hydration and at the end we will let you know if it’s Good or Garbage.

We’re going to discuss:

What is IV Hydration?
What is the purpose of it?
Who can benefit from it?
What is the side effects?
Who shouldn’t do it?
What’s the cost?
How Long Does it Take?
Final Verdict.

Let’s get started on the post of Good or Garbage: IV Hydration

What is IV Hydration?

IV (Intravenous) Hydration is the process of delivering fluid through a catheter placed in the arm. The catheter is placed using a needle inserted into a vein. IV Hydration aims to provide hydration quicker than what can provided through oral intake. Many places that offer IV hydration usually replace vitamins, electrolytes, and antioxidants.

What is the purpose?

As stated above the purpose is to replace fluids, minerals, electrolytes, and antioxidants that may have been lost or low. Hospitals tend to use IV fluids to help patients that may be dehydrated: (burn victims, vomiting, blood loss patients). These patients tend to suffer from hypovolemia (low body fluid). You may be asking yourself why would people decide to do this if their not in a hospital. Many people treat IV hydration as a way to maintain hydration or to treat certain conditions that may have caused dehydration.

Who can benefit from it?

People who is suffering from dehydration but do not need to go to the hospital. Athletes could benefit from IV hydration after an intense event. People who had an intense night of drinking. Alcohol causes dehydration. Anyone who is recovering from vomiting or diarrhea. (Always visit your provider to determine the cause of vomiting and diarrhea).

Some people love to do immune boosting, stress relieving, and energy Boosting IV therapies.

Side Effects of IV Hydration:

One of the main side effects of IV Hydration is infection from the needle stick. It is very important to maintain a clean environment, and the person placing the IV should be a professional.

Another potential side effect is an allergic reaction to the medication placed in the “Drip” or bag. The IV place should have protocols in place for allergic reactions (Epinephrine AED defibrillator, and Benadryl) if they do not GET OUT OF THERE.

Who shouldn’t get IV Hydration?

People with heart, kidney or blood pressure conditions should also avoid IV vitamin therapy as there is risk of fluid overload without consistent monitoring.

What’s the Cost?

The cost of IV Hydration can be pretty steep. Most IV Hydration medical spas or “Drip” Bars do not take insurance. A simple IV can coat any where from 150-250. A more complex IV with more minerals and vitamins can cost. 350-500 per IV. Some places offer monthly subscription pricing.

How long does it take?

Most IVs run anywhere from 30 min-1 hr.

Final Verdict:

We at Man of Health give IV Hydration a GOOD RATING we believe that IV Hydration plays a role in overall wellness. Hydration can really keep our body healthy. Hydration is vital to our cell health. I would not just go to any medical spa or drip bar. A place should have a medical provider in house that can observe you for any reaction.

There are many of pop up shops offering this service who shouldn’t.


What are the credentials of the person administering my IV?

Does this place have allergic reaction protocols in place?

Do they know the science behind the IV Hydration they are administering?

If you find a place that answers these questions you’ve found a great location.