Athletes are embracing IV drips
The latest craze in the US is the proliferation of mobile IV drip units attending major sporting events or training facilities, offering runners the chance to jump start their recovery process.
Athletes have been using saline-only IVs to rehydrate after a big event for some time, but we are now seeing sports people, of all disciplines and at all levels, turn to nutrient IV drips for an even more speedy recovery.
Our Medical Director Emma Heaney has trained with the renowned Dr Jacque Otto at elite we administer Invita products , produced and manufactured by Dr Ottos team , providing the highest quality and safe vitamin and mineral supplements without preservatives.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Intravenous or IV Nutritional Therapy using Intravita products delivers a specific cocktail of electrolytes, vitamins, minerals and other nutrients directly into your bloodstream - intravenously through insertion of a cannula into a vein in your arm.
Intravita also offer single booster injections of certain key vitamins and minerals.
WHAT DO THEY CLAIM TO TREAT?
Intravita drips are aimed at improving the sense of physical, mental and emotional well-being and optimum health and wellness.
They are targeted to support the immune system, as an aid to anti-ageing, for energy enhancement and improved athletic performance as well as improvements in general health.
What Are the Athletic Benefits of IV Drips?
Quicker rehydration – After a major sporting event is key to a quick recovery as your muscles burn through fluids while in action.
Recovers lost nutrients – The body also depletes its levels of nutrients to power your metabolism. Your metabolism is the body’s powerhouse, converting carbs, fats and proteins into the energy you need, and this action requires certain vitamins and minerals.
Improves nutrient absorption – Another benefit to IV drips is that it delivers the necessary nutrients directly into the bloodstream, bypassing the gastrointestinal tract. One effect on the body of strenuous exercise is to direct blood away from the stomach and to the muscles, which can make it difficult for the stomach to absorb nutrients directly after this activity. Furthermore, it’s well known that the digestive system can be a barrier to absorbing high levels of nutrients so much of the goodness is flushed out of the body naturally.
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.
What IV Drips Are Best for Athletes?
At Elite we offer the Performance Booster IV drip, which can be beneficial to all those that take their sport seriously. It delivers the key energy-production vitamins and minerals your body has just depleted, helping you bounce back quicker. It also assists in maintaining your immune system. Although regular exercise can in itself boost the immune system, strenuous exercise can deprive the body of what it needs for regular function of our immunity.
Another IV drip we offer that has been found to be beneficial to athletes is the Myers Cocktail. This is the original nutrient intravenous therapy that was developed over 30 years ago and it includes many of the important B vitamins, selenium, vitamin C and magnesium.
Magnesium is a powerful nutrient with many benefits; it contributes to a reduction of tiredness and fatigue, the normal function of muscle contraction including the heart muscle, electrolyte balance, as well as our energy-yielding metabolism.
As well as our standard IV drips, at Elite aesthetic clinic we can provide bespoke intravenous therapy to suit your needs and requirements.
We have numerous IV Drips from anti aging to hair loss stimulation . Our focus cocktails for a team of high entertainment performing athlete’s IV Ultimate Classic Drip is the vitamin Myers cocktail that started it all. It claims to have just the right mix of intravenous vitamins and minerals plus the added bonus of high dose glutathione for overall wellness. Patients report having increased energy, better sleep and increased endurance. The drip also includes vitamin C, vitamin B-12 (hydroxycobalamin), vitamin B5 (dexpanthenol), vitamin B6 (pyridoxine), B complex, magnesium sulphate, calcium gluconate and selenium.
IV Anti-Ageing Drip is formulated with high dose IV glutathione and a mix of nutrients to fight ageing, restore collagen and even the skin tone. The drip also includes vitamin C, vitamin B-12, vitamin B5, vitamin B6, B complex, magnesium sulphate, calcium gluconate, selenium, zinc, arginine, carnitine, cysteine, glutamine, glycine and proline.
IV Athlete/Sport Drip is designed for those who lead a sporty and active lifestyle. Containing high concentrations of all the energy boosting B vitamins and amino acids such as taurine, glutamine and carnitine this drip can provide sustainable energy lifts, for those in training, that avoid the short lift and sudden experienced with the use of energy drinks. The drip also includes vitamin C, magnesium sulphate, calcium gluconate and arginine.
IV Diet & Detox Drip is aimed at replenishing fluids, vitamins, minerals and amino acids to reduce the body’s toxic load and help it to function for efficiently in terms of providing energy and burning off fat. The drip includes vitamin C, vitamin B-12, vitamin B5, vitamin B6, B complex, magnesium sulphate, calcium gluconate, selenium, zinc, glutathione, arginine, carnitine, glutamine, methionine, ornithine, phenylalanine and taurine.
IV Energy Boost Drip is designed as a healthy pick-me-up. It contains higher doses of all the B Vitamins, higher doses of magnesium, an essential component in helping the body to create energy for cells and the amino acid taurine. The drip also includes vitamin C, calcium gluconate, alanine, carnitine, glutamine, glycine and phenylalanine.
IV Immunity Drip is formulated to replenish vitamin, mineral and amino acid levels for those feeling prone to sickness and tiredness. It also includes high doses of vitamin C, zinc and anti-oxidants, such as glutathione, arginine and cysteine. The drip also includes vitamin B-12, vitamin B5, vitamin B6, B complex, magnesium sulphate, calcium gluconate, selenium, carnitine, glutamine and ornithine.
IV Stress & Anxiety Drip combines Intravita’s Ultimate Classic Drip with high dose of IV glutamine, carnitine and ornithine to aid balance in stressful situations, improve concentration and aid restorative sleep. The drip also includes vitamin C, vitamin B-12, vitamin B5, vitamin B6, B complex, magnesium sulphate, calcium gluconate, selenium, zinc, glutathione, cysteine, methionine and taurine.
IV B12 Drip is a single booster shot of vitamin B-12.
IV Antioxidant Drip is a single booster shot of glutathione.
The UK’s MHRA has recently classified the Intravita products as supplements providing that no medical claim is made about them.
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