In America, close to 95 percent of people are deficient in vitamin D, making it the most common deficiency in our nation. This is especially important when you learn that vitamin D is the one vitamin that every single cell in your body needs to function properly. There are also a bunch of other vitamins and minerals—like vitamin E, magnesium, and vitamin A—that are difficult to get through diet alone. In my functional medicine clinic, I see these deficiencies affect everything from our body’s detoxification process to hormone production to immune health.
So what is our modern-day answer to this problem? Well, intravenous (IV) supplements, of course! In our fast-paced culture we often look for the quickest fix to our problems, and at first glance, IV drips look like the answer to our prayers. Getting an IV drip is as easy as ordering your favorite takeout, and you can actually place an order for a customized IV drip to be delivered to your house or office, nurse included. What once started as a hangover cure has grown in popularity as celebrities and the rest of the wellness world catches on.
IV drips last anywhere from 20 to 30 minutes and come in much higher doses than you could get from supplement capsules or food alone. Typically, a single IV drip starts at around $100 for one nutrient, and the price continues to climb the more nutrients you add. And even if you can afford it, as with anything, there are pros and cons. If something seems too good to be true, it probably is. So before you rush to order your first IV supplement, let’s examine whether this is the best option for your health: