March 9

What is IV Therapy?


What is IV therapy?

IV therapy has been used in the medical field for decades, and in recent years has made its debut in the fitness world. In athletics, IV therapy is often used to replenish hydration and nutrients that are lost during intense exercise. While fatigue and muscle soreness are a normal outcome of physical exertion, IV therapy can help athletes recover quickly and efficiently.

What is in the IV fluid?

The fluid can contain different things and is often tailored to an individual's specific needs. Some common nutrients and medicines found in IV fluid are:

  • Ascorbic Acid (vitamin C): A natural antihistamine, stimulates collagen, immunity, wound healing, iron absorption
  • Biotin: Fortifies keratin infrastructure and helps promote healthy hair, skin and nails.
  • Magnesium: Improves immunity, decrease risk of developing migraines, stress, improve relaxation and more
  • B Complex Vitamins: Helps regulate blood sugars, increases energy, aids with generation of sex hormones, decreases stress, increases oxygen transport, promotes breakdown biproducts of alcohol
  • Ondansetron: Powerful anti-emetic to prevent nausea and vomiting, ideal for hang overs, migraines, food poisoning
  • Zinc: Helps reduce the duration of illnesses, prevent infection and speed up the body’s healing process.
  • Glutathione: Mother of all antioxidants; fights damage from oxidative stress and aids in anti-aging processes
  • Toradol: A potent nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug that is used to treat moderately severe pain and inflammation
  • Phenergan: Antihistamine and Antiemetic- It can treat allergies and motion sickness. Helps control pain (mildly sedating), nausea, and vomiting.

Who administers the IV therapy?

A certified nurse or nurse practitioner administers the therapy. 

Can't I just consume foods with the nutrients that I need to replenish my nutrients?

You should never stop eating nutrient dense foods that fuel and nourish your body. These foods are still very important. IV therapy is supplemental to your regular diet and can help you recover faster from hard physical exercise like running a half marathon or ultra marathon. 

How long does IV therapy take? 

About 30-60 minutes. For more information, visit and learn how supplemental hydration from Cassie and her team of nurses can help you in your training and recover regimen.


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