Should You Get a Vitamin Drip?

Should You Get a Vitamin Drip?

Vitamin drips have seen a surge in popularity in the last year or so, mainly due to celebrity fans such as Rihanna and Simon Cowell extolling their virtues on social media. But what’s the truth behind the hype? Are they a safe and effective way of boosting your nutrition and energy levels? Or are they a dangerous fad, best avoided at all costs? Here’s what you need to know…

 

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF VITAMIN DRIPS?

Proponents of vitamin drips claim to experience increased energy levels, better concentration and enhanced exercise performance. If they aren’t eating optimally, getting enough sleep and generally and taking care of themselves, it can be viewed as a quick fix to help them feel better.

 

WHAT ARE THE DOWNFALLS OF VITAMIN DRIPS?

1. They can be expensive (around £225 per drip)

2. Unless you have a specific medical problem that requires IV nutrition, regularly taking a good quality oral vitamin and mineral supplement (as well as a eating a nutrient dense diet, of course) is likely to provide the same benefits.

3. They can be dangerous if not carried out correctly. This blog post by Dr David Eccleston on the Consulting Room website highlights just one dangerous consequence. There is also a chance of contracting septicemia (a serious condition caused when a bacterial infection enters the blood stream) if not carried out in a sterile environment.

 

IS THERE A RISK OF HAVING TOO MANY OF THEM?

Definitely. As with anything (even water) there is the potential to toxic levels of certain vitamins and minerals. Again, this highlights the need for vitamin drips to be carried out by a qualified and responsible medical practitioner.

 

DO THEY ONLY WORK IF YOU NEED THEM? (EG. YOU HAVE A DEFICIENCY?)

Vitamin drips or injections can be very effective for addressing known nutrient deficiencies but this should always be done under the guidance of a medical practitioner who is qualified to do so. Some people who do not suffer with nutrient deficiencies do claim to feel the benefits mentioned above but there is little evidence as to the benefits of vitamin drip use in healthy individuals.

 

Read more: Drip Fad: Are IV vitamin drips fab or fad?

 

ARE THEY A WASTE OF MONEY FOR PEOPLE WHO DON’T NEED THEM?

Probably. While many people could benefit from a higher intake of vitamins and minerals, they would do better improving their diet and taking a good quality multivitamin, or specific nutrients recommended for their individual needs.

 



AILSA HICHENS

 

Ailsa is one of our most experienced practitioners. She specialises in helping clients to lose weight, develop a healthy relationship with food and finally feel comfortable in their skin. Ailsa’s mission is for everyone she works with to enjoy the journey and that working with a nutritionist should not be a punishment, but your access to a new possibility.

 

Ailsa is not only an experienced weight loss nutritionist, she is also a skilled coach. She helps our clients overcome emotional eating, destructive habits and self-sabotaging behaviours that have prevented successful weight loss in the past. Ailsa has spent years in clinic working with clients who have experienced yo-yo dieting and have discovered that long term weight loss is not just about eating less until you can stand it no longer.

 

Working with Ailsa you will be comprehensively supported, not only in improving your nutrition and lifestyle, but also your eating habits and your relationship with food. When you work on all these elements together, the results can be truly astonishing.

 

To enquire about working with Ailsa, please contact us.

Test Nikki is our Practice Manager, managing our team of practitioners and heading up the day-to-day running of the business. Nikki is involved in the strategic development of our practice, coming from a strong business background in town planning. A Florida girl, Nikki relocated to the UK in 2014 with her husband and two children.

NIKKI ANDRIANI

 

Nikki is our Practice Manager, managing our team of practitioners and heading up the day-to-day running of th clinic.

 

Nikki is involved in the strategic development of our practice, coming from a strong business background in town planning.

 

A Florida girl, Nikki relocated to the UK in 2014 with her husband and two children.

STÉPHANIE ACHAR

Stéphanie is a skilled nutritional therapist and functional medicine practitioner with additional training in eating disorders, disordered eating and obesity. She believes that working towards both physiological and mental health is key in achieving optimum wellbeing.

 

Stéphanie’s personal experience of emotional eating and the ongoing struggle to find the right support led her to combine the science of nutrition with behavioural coaching to motivate and empower her clients. She specialises in helping people who struggle with their weight and their relationship with food. She helps them develop a healthier and more peaceful relationship with food and their bodies.

 

To enquire about working with Stéphanie, please contact us.

INNA WEARN

Inna is passionate about supporting women on their journey to improved health and wellbeing. She believes that the solution to effective weight loss does not lie in ever more restrictive diets, but a more sophisticated approach that optimises health and vitality, as well as promoting effective weight loss.

 

Working with Inna you will benefit from her in-depth knowledge of female health and hormones. She will support you in developing a healthy diet, lifestyle and mindset that ensures you reach your ideal weight and maintain it in the years to come.

 

Inna is passionate about food with a wide repertoire of delicious healthy recipes and meal ideas to ensure your weight loss journey is as enjoyable as possible!

 

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ANIA MASON

 

Ania is a firm believer that improving your health and losing weight should be a positive, empowering journey, not one centred around deprivation.

 

After being diagnosed with two autoimmune conditions in her twenties, Ania spent several years educating herself on the power of food and nutrition. She put it all into practise and changed her diet and lifestyle, reversing her endometriosis and thyroid disease. After experiencing such a significant improvement in her health, Ania had a big desire to help others. She embarked on a four year journey to study nutrition, graduating from the Institute for Optimum Nutrition with distinction.

 

Ania specialises in autoimmunity and works with clients who have underlying health issues preventing successful weight loss. Her expertise enables her to successfully support our clients with conditions such as hypothyroidsm (underactive thyroid), PCOS and diabetes. 

 

To enquire about working with Ania, please contact us.