IV drips are the celebrity health trend that just won’t stop. Our fav’s from Madonna to Kelly Khumalo regularly get IV drips. While following celebrity health trends can be an extreme sport, this one trend is oh-so-tempting

To find out if our FOMO is a sign to jump onto the bandwagon, we spoke to Juanita Mackenzie from Skinsmith Clinic in PE about what exactly all these IV treatments are.

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Are IV drips like vitamins?

We love our celebs! Even their tendency for the dramatic; from the hospital-room social media posts to the live, perfectly timed, meltdowns on their channels.

It’s easy to believe the deluge of pictures of celebrities with drips in their arms is just another one of their very entertaining stunts, but Juanita says the benefits of these drips are actually very real.

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“When a person takes vitamins orally it needs to go through the digestive system and be metabolised first. Infusion Therapy goes straight into your bloodstream and therefore the body can absorb a much higher percentage making way for better efficacy,” says Juanita.

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You can’t just get any drip

IV drips might be a great Insta-moment, but they are actually a medical treatment and should be treated as such.

Juanita says a thorough medical history is taken to rule out known complications and side effects and also to find the best drip to meet your needs.

“Our IVs are all tailor-made to meet a person’s unique needs. I would recommend the Immune Booster for the average working woman because it is high in vitamin C, which is a potent antioxidant and fights bacterial infections. It also contains all your vitamin Bs which help the body make antibodies to fight disease as well as improve iron levels. So it’s a great energy and immune boost,” says Juanita.

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So do you need IV treatment?

Our medical needs differ from one person to another, and while we could all possibly benefit from an extra boost in our immunity (especially now) and added vitamins where our diets are lacking, deciding to meet those needs through an IV drip isn’t a decision you should take lightly.

Considerations of your medical history, the reputation of the establishment you are considering, as well as the vitamin infusions that are offered are very important, and should inform your decision more than the effects claimed by your favourite celebrity or influencer.

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