What are vitamin drips and how do they work?
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What are vitamin drips and how do they work?

If you’re feeling run down, fatigued, in need of a metabolism boost or simply want to boost your overall health, there’s a simple solution – vitamin drips. A treatment that’s grown in immense popularity over recent years, vitamin drips are quick in-clinic procedures that boost energy, make your skin glow, and even help promote weight loss.

If you’re considering having a vitamin drip, you may be wondering how they work, what to expect from the treatment and most importantly, are the claims they make actually true? Here is everything you need to know.

How do vitamin drips work?

Using the same technique that would be used to deliver a drip in hospital, vitamin drips provide infusions containing a scientifically proven blend of vitamins, minerals and amino acids, developed to meet a specific health or wellness need. When administered intravenously, these nutrients enter the bloodstream directly and are delivered to the body’s cells immediately and in much higher concentrations than with oral supplements.

Studies have shown that over 90 per cent of people are deficient in at least one or more nutrients, including vitamin D, B12, iron, vitamins C and E, calcium, and potassium. The most common vitamin deficiency is vitamin D, with most of the UK population being deficient. It’s much more effective to raise our vitamin levels through intravenous therapy than through oral supplementation.

Vitamin absorption by the gut is less effective than an intravenous drip directly into a vein – they bypass the digestive system and are pushed directly into cells where the body can more effectively utilise them.

They include formulations for sport, mood support, energy, immunity, skin brightening and hair restoration. We can also develop personalised formulations to meet your specific need.

Not all drips are created equal

Many brands sell vitamin drips, and not all of those have the scientific data to back them up. We source our drips directly from IntraVita, a UK registered pharmacy and MHRA approved medicines wholesaler specialising in manufacturing IV vitamin supplements. Their IV protocols have a safety track record dating back to 2009.

What happens during treatment?

Before treatment, during your initial consultation, you’ll usually undertake a blood test to measure your current nutrient levels and identify any areas where you’re low or deficient. Your practitioner can then advise the best formulation for your requirements. The treatment itself is relatively straightforward. We begin by inserting the intravenous cannula into the arm, and the formulation is delivered over the following 20-45 minutes while you rest in a comfortable position.

While you may instantly feel more energised after treatment, it’s important to note that these initial results are often short-lived and depending on your current vitamin levels and your goals, you’ll likely require a course of treatments for optimum results. Treatment courses are usually carried out over four to six weeks, administering one drip a week. As a general rule, the more deficient you are, the more significant and more immediate an effect you will feel following treatment.

Click here to find out more about intravenous vitamin drips at Illuminate Skin Clinic, or to book a consultation.

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    Disclaimer: Please be aware that results and benefits may vary from patient to patient taking into consideration factors such as age, lifestyle and medical history.

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