IV therapy has been touted as being a cure for everything from hangovers and the flu to depression and even premature aging. Some people swear by it and even well-known celebrities like Cara Delevigne, Adele and Rihanna have sung its praises. The truth, however, is that IV therapy is at best, a hyped-up fad and, at worst, very dangerous, as Kendall Jenner recently discovered when she was hospitalized due to complications resulting from the procedure.
IV therapy functions by funneling an increased amount of vitamin ‘cocktails’ through the body via direct infusion into the bloodstream. This purportedly delivers numerous benefits instantaneously. The human body, however, will often filter excess nutrients (even beneficial ones) by way of the liver and kidneys. If this is a habitual process, it can cause a lot of unnecessary wear and tear on the kidneys, taxing their filtration abilities beyond measure and resulting in kidney injury, and in some extreme cases, even chronic kidney disease.
Getting an instant boost from IV infusions can seem like a timely remedy for those suffering from sluggishness, chronic colds or (like many celebs) habitual party-hopping hangovers, but ultimately, like many ‘quick fixes,’ it can be detrimental to the human organism, which is designed to absorb most of its vital nutrients from good, healthy food and adequate amounts of water. It’s important to listen to your body’s needs and be mindful of the long-term effects of any health-related treatment, and above all, be able to discern the true facts behind the fads.
- Don’t think IV infusions are a substitute for good hydration and nutrition. They aren’t.
- Be wary of any health fad, always look deeper and don’t just take a celebrity’s word for it.
- Slow and steady wins the race. Daily habits of exercise, healthful diet and recommended doses of supplements are the best way to remain healthy. No shortcuts!
Below is a video about some of the detriments of using IV infusions, especially if you have kidney disease or are at risk for developing it!