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IV Therapy for the Hydrated Traveler

What is IV therapy?

IV therapy is used often by avid travelers for a variety of reasons. In general, IV therapy’s main benefits include an immunity boost, healthier skin, a cleanse of toxins within the body, an alleviation of stress, balancing hormones, and it of course aids with jet lag from constant traveling. Travelers are often extremely busy and traveling can take a toll on their minds and bodies, so IV therapy is a quick, easy and accessible way to nourish the body with the nutrients it may be lacking. Additionally, IV therapy helps with the adjustment of returning home from a trip and easing back into reality. According to an article from IV for Life, “Whether you’ve recently returned from that once in a lifetime trip around the world, you’re a jet-setting executive or flight attendant who constantly travels for work, or even a night shift worker whose sleep schedule is out of whack from crazy hours; this IV will help you get back to your normal routine and feel better practically overnight.”

What is jet lag?

“Jet lag happens when you cross multiple time zones and it is one of the most frustrating parts of travel. Jet lag usually occurs as a result of a long distance flight. The interruption in routine is enough to disrupt your levels of alertness, your appetite and your sleep patterns,” according to an article from The Hydration Room. Essentially, IV therapy helps restore/re-energize the body after multiple disruptions from jet lag.

What nutrients/vitamins does IV therapy consist of?

Considering hydration is a major factor after traveling, saline is used for rehydration of the body. IV for Life also “include[s] L-tryptophan to help with sleep and natural melatonin production from your pineal gland.” Furthermore, L-tryptophan is used to aid with sleep deprivation as it’s common for regular travelers to have irregular sleep schedules. Additionally, “Zinc, B-complex, Vitamin C, and Vitamin D3 to strengthen your immune system, meaning this IV infusion can be useful before and after long trips to help protect you against those inevitable colds that creep around in airplane cabins,” according to IV for Life. Therefore, IV therapy can come in handy before or after a long trip. Colds and other illnesses often lurk in airports and on the plane--not to mention your body has to readjust and grow accustomed to the new places and people it’s surrounded by.  

How is IV therapy administered?

IV therapy is typically administered by using a vitamin IV drip. Patients can receive a dose of this liquid in order to replenish depleted bodies after an exhausting trip. The IV is filled with vitamins, nutrients, water and anti-inflammatories. With traveling, many travelers experience mental anguish in addition to physical exhaustion--feelings of extreme exhaustion, anxiety and depression often arise after returning home from a trip. IV therapy also works to rejuvenate the amino acids that negatively affect the neurotransmitters in your brain, reducing the negative feelings and emotions that occur in the aftermath of a trip. Lastly, “The rapid absorption of vitamins through IV therapy enables the body to recover and re-adjust faster than oral capsules & beverages and thus, helps you return to your busy schedule,” according to this article from The Hydration Room.

All in all, it appears that IV therapy is extremely beneficial and convenient for travelers. Make sure that IV therapy is the right fit for you and try to obtain the nutrients and vitamins necessary for your body as much as you can!

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