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South African dietician, Mayuri Bhawan, weighs in on IV drip craze

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Well-known dietician, Mayuri Bhawan, has addressed the facts and myths regarding IV drips, which most people use as a quick fix to replenish their bodies or boost their immune systems.

IV drips have been popularised as vitamin boosters injected into your blood stream, using an intravenous drip, for an almost-immediate effect. Some people use vitamin-infused IV drips after a night out, as a way of immediately curing themselves from a hangover, or as energy boosters before a sporting event or exam.

South African dietician, Mayuri Bhawan, shed some light on the IV drip craze, and why celebrities tend to endorse them. According to her Instagram post on Friday, 19 June 2020, using an IV drip is not entirely as beneficial as many may think, as it introduces unnecessary exposure to infection. More often than not, customers rarely screen their blood, Β meaning that they could receive unnecessary vitamins, which could be counteractive.

Although IV drips offer many benefits, there are some negative factors which are not often cited by IV bars or companies. It is important to consult with a doctor beforehand to understand what your body is lacking or what it has in excess.

See Mayuri Bhawan’s post below.

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DO IV DRIPS WORK? πŸ’πŸ½β€β™€οΈ Many celebs and Instagram health gurus have praised IV nutrition therapy as a quick and easy way to boost your health from supporting your immune system, hydrating your body, preventing diseases, brightening skin, improving your mood and even curing jetlag. ✈️ ⁣ ⁣ But what is the real deal behind vitamin-infused IVs? 🧐⁣ ⁣ I've tried it for myself and done my due diligence on the science behind it all. And to be honest with you, I'm not convinced just yet.πŸ™…πŸ½β€β™€οΈβ£ ⁣ IV drips make sense to us in that vitamins are good for you, we need them to be healthy and so having more in our bodies can't be that bad…right?? 😜⁣ ⁣ Unfortunately, this isn't quite the case. ⁣ ⁣ The first downside to IV drips is that they carry a risk of infection which is unnecessary to take if you can just use oral vitamins or supplements if you have a normal functioning gut πŸ’‰ ⁣ ⁣ BUT πŸ‘‰πŸΌ they are great on the other hand for those who have got an immune deficiency that prevents them from absorbing vitamins through their gut.⁣ ⁣ The other issue many health practitioners have with IV drips is the fact that your blood is not tested before receiving a vitamin drip. πŸ“‹ Do you really need all these vitamins in the first place?⁣ ⁣ If you only screen your vitamin levels by way of a lifestyle questionnaire you're going to be left with a cocktail that doesn't ACTUALLY reflect what your body needs. 🩸 So you may end up getting a dose of vitamins and minerals you don't need, meaning your kidneys may just filter them out (if they're water-soluble). Making for one very expensive wee. πŸ˜…β£ ⁣ You could also end up on the other end of the spectrum and have too many vitamins in your system which can cause problems of their own. πŸ’πŸ½β€β™€οΈβ£ ⁣ #TOPTIP πŸ‘‰πŸΌ no amount of vitamins (supplements or IVs) can replace a healthy, balance diet!

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