The Complete Guide to IV Vitamin Therapy

Everything you need to know about intravenous (IV) therapy and ingredients used in our treatments

Intravenous (IV) vitamin drip therapy is a safe and effective way to deliver nutrients, vitamins, and medications directly to your bloodstream. This technique bypasses the digestive system, thus all delivered supplements are available for immediate use. 


Not only does this method accelerate the effectiveness of supplements, but IV therapy also ensures almost 100% absorption for maximum effect and minimal waste. When supplements are taken orally, the digestive system metabolizes them and significantly reduces the amount of vitamins, nutrients, and medication that actually enters the bloodstream.


Vitamin delivery via IV therapy allows the absorption of 99.9% of vitamins, delivering them straight into your bloodstream for maximum impact, compared to the 8% absorption that oral, tablet forms deliver. When you take a supplement pill it has to go through your stomach before it’s absorbed and your absorption rate is dependent on your gut health, your deficiencies, and how well your hormones are balanced. 


Through an IV drip, the nutritional value is added straight into your bloodstream, allowing your body to absorb instantly with optimum efficacy.

Health Benefits of IV Therapy treatments


Because vitamins and medications are delivered directly to the cells that need them, IV drips have the potential to impact and improve the function of a wide variety of body systems. Here are the main benefits of IV vitamin therapy:

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Improved Wellness & Wellbeing

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Weight Loss Support

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Appearance & Beauty


Fast Hangover Relief

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Improved Athletic Performance

Lending a Helping Hand

Addiction Recovery Support

Benefit #1: Improved Wellness and Wellbeing


Wellness refers to the diverse range of factors that contribute to your overall wellbeing and includes everything from your lifestyle, emotions to your environment.


IV vitamin drips can improve physical wellness and improve aspects of emotional wellness, such as depression or anxiety, by giving your body the tools it needs to stay in its' best condition. When your body has the ideal balance of vitamins and nutrients for normal function, you’ll feel better, get sick less frequently, improve physical performance and enjoy mental clarity.


Every day, your body requires a certain intake of vitamins and nutrients to maintain normal function. While the exact level varies from person to person, the demands of daily life can make it difficult to ingest adequate amounts of these essential vitamins. 


Even when using multivitamins, the absorption rate depends on various factors. On top of that, some people have impaired absorption that reduces the ability to effectively convert nutrients into usable energy for cells.


IV vitamin drip therapy improves overall wellness by providing almost 100% of the vitamins and nutrients your body needs to:

  • Improve immune health

  • Boost energy levels

  • Improve symptoms of depression

  • Improve anxiety

  • Improve mental clarity and cognitive function

  • Reduce the symptoms of migraines

  • Improve allergies

  • Combat fatigue

  • Accelerate wound healing

  • Maintain the strength of muscles and tissues

  • …and more!


IV drip therapy is a convenient, safe and efficient way to give your body the support it needs to keep you feeling and looking your best.


Benefit #2: Enhanced Appearance and Beauty

Our IV therapy drips are formulated with a special mix of vitamins, nutrients, and antioxidants that improve the health and strength of your skin, hair, and nails. Our formulas are designed to detoxify your body and rejuvenate your appearance from the inside out.


Unlike body creams and oral supplements, IV therapy drips contain antioxidants to target and remove free radicals, which are molecules that contribute to aging and tissue damage. 


IV drips contain ingredients such as biotin and glutamine to naturally reduce the appearance of wrinkles, stimulate collagen production, repair UV damage, and help your body remove toxins.


IV drip therapy can help you look your best by working to:

  • Prevent the damaging effects of free radicals

  • Slow the aging process

  • Strengthen hair, nails, skin, and eyes

  • Brighten skin

  • Improve blemishes

  • Reduce the appearance of wrinkles


Regular IV therapy treatments can slow the natural aging process and help keep your skin, hair, and nails looking radiant and healthy.


Benefit #3: Improved Athletic Performance

Intensive physical training is very demanding on the body, requiring more nutrients and vitamins to maintain peak performance.


Workouts are not only tiring on muscles, but exercise also leads to the gradual build-up of free radicals. IV drips for athletes are designed to flush out free radicals, promote healing, provide fast and thorough rehydration, and maintain muscle and tissues. IV therapy drips also contain amino acids, the building blocks of proteins that help the body during the recovery and muscle building process.


IV drips for athletes can:

  • Provide fast and effective hydration

  • Improve athletic performance

  • Reduce recovery time

  • Support muscle recovery

  • Maintain healthy muscle and tissue

  • Flush out free radicals naturally produced by exercise

  • Act as a pre-exercise endurance boost

  • Act as part of a recovery plan after a competition or workout


IV drips are ideal for both professional and amateur athletes. The powerful combination of rehydration and essential nutrients helps the body prepare for a challenging workout or competition and recover more quickly after crossing the finish line.


Benefit #4: Fast Hangover Relief

Alcohol consumption dehydrates and removes nutrients from your body, what leads to headaches and muscle aches. At the same time, your liver produces toxins that can lead to body-wide discomfort. Excessive alcohol consumption – especially when fluids are not being replaced – dehydrates the body more quickly and leads to the symptoms of a hangover.


Symptoms of hangovers include:

  • Headaches

  • Fatigue

  • Nausea, vomiting

  • Stomach pain

  • Dizziness

  • Increased heart rate

  • Muscle aches

  • Sensitivity to light and sound

  • Changes in mood


The symptoms of hangovers start when your blood alcohol level drops near zero and can last up to 24 hours. Staying hydrated is the best way to prevent a hangover, but if you’ve already woken up with a headache and a sour stomach, you’ll most likely be looking for a way to relieve symptoms quickly.


Hangovers are hard on the body but recovery could be easier than you think. IV therapy drips for recovery contains electrolytes, vitamins, and anti-inflammatory and anti-nausea medication. This combination of ingredients rehydrates and detoxifies your body and restores nutrients and electrolytes lost during drinking. The medications in this IV bring relief from your symptoms within an hour of treatment.


Benefit #5: IV Therapy Can Support Weight Loss

IV therapy drips don't directly result in weight loss but they do in an indirect way. Benefits of our IV therapy treatments include:

  • Better sleep

  • Higher metabolism

  • More energy

  • Increased mood


​All of these factors influence how and if your body will lose weight and burn fat mass, and they may indirectly influence your ability to lose weight. IV therapy dripsare most effective when used in conjunction with healthy eating and regular exercise.


Benefit #6: Treatments Can Help with Addiction Recovery

Drug addiction is a disease in which an individual compulsively seeks out drugs and cannot control their usage. In the early stages, people may think they have control over their usage, and in some cases, usage may seem like nothing out of the ordinary. Over time, however, larger and larger doses are needed to achieve the ‘feel-good’ sensation that comes with drug use. 


Drug addiction can impact personal relationships, friendships, and employment. Addiction recovery is hard.


NAD IV therapy treatments are an ideal co-therapy alongside a full addiction recovery program. Nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD) is a co-enzyme which your body naturally produces, and which can help you on the journey to addiction recovery.


NAD for addiction can help:

  • Reduce symptoms of withdrawal

  • Detoxify your body from the free radicals produced by long-term drug use

  • Repair neurotransmitters in your brain which are damaged by addiction

  • Restore cognitive function and clarity

  • Restore metabolic function and improve energy levels

Ingredients List: What’s in our IV treatments?


The body needs many different types of vitamins and nutrients to maintain normal function throughout day to day life. However, the body cannot create these vitamins on its own. Most vitamins and nutrients come from external sources, mostly from what we eat and drink. However, as efficient as the metabolic process is, the body does not absorb all the nutrients.


Because IV therapy delivers nutrients and vitamins directly to your bloodstream, it ensures almost a 100% absorption. The effectiveness of IV drip therapy is especially valuable during illness, when the body’s demand for nutrients is greater than usual. Supplements are invaluable to the healing process and helping the body recover more quickly.


Each of our treatments contain a unique combination of ingredients, in order to provide the highest effectiveness. 


Learn more about the ingredients below.

IV Fluids

Fluids you receive intravenously.


Keeps the body's nerve and blood cells healthy and helps make DNA.


Essential mineral that supports the immune system, fertility, and cognitive function

Vitamin C

Essential nutrient involved in the repair of tissue and the enzymatic production of neurotransmitters.


One of the body's most important and potent antioxidants.


 Plays a vital role in helping your muscles rebuild and repair themselves.

B Complex

Building blocks of a healthy body, B vitamins have a direct impact on your energy levels and brain function.

Amino Acids

Building blocks of proteins.

Alpha Lipoic Acid

Antioxidant that improves metabolic function, promotes weight loss, and helps control blood sugar.

Biotin (B7)

Plays an important role in the health of your hair, skin, and nails.


Helps regulate muscle and nerve function, blood sugar levels, and blood pressure.


Coenzyme that maintains regular levels of energy, and maintains the health of mitochondria.

  • Saline Solution - IV Fluids


This sterile solution is made of sodium chloride and water. This liquid is the foundation of every IV drip solution, providing essential hydration, diluting medications, and facilitating the delivery of vitamins throughout the body.


The human body is composed of 60% water, which means that staying hydrated is essential to every system.


Proper hydration provides the following health benefits:

  • Cushions joints

  • Maintains cardiovascular health

  • Improves endurance

  • Boosts mood

  • Promotes and improves energy production

  • Boosts concentration and focus

  • Helps provide mental clarity


In addition to these benefits, IV solutions ensure an almost 100% absorption rate, giving your body the maximum effect of the nutrients and medications in the IV formula.

  • Vitamin C


Also known as Ascorbic Acid, Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin that plays many essential roles throughout the body, helping to maintain systems such as muscles, bones, immune support, and the circulatory system.


Vitamin C promotes the biosynthesis of collagen, which is a fundamental part of connective tissues. In this capacity, Vitamin C reduces stretch marks and is an essential component of healing wounds.


Vitamin C is an antioxidant that also helps regenerate other antioxidants within the body. 


This vitamin reduces the damaging effects of free radicals, which are unstable molecules that contribute to tissue damage and aging.


Studies have shown that high doses of Vitamin C can slow the formation of carcinogens, regulate immune response, and reduce redox reactions that can lead to the formation of cancer. When administered intravenously, high doses of Vitamin C can produce hydrogen peroxide that causes DNA damage to cancer cells necessary to cause cell death. 


These doses of Vitamin C do not cause damage to healthy cells as cancer cells are less 

efficient at removing hydrogen peroxide.


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  • Glutamine


Glutamine is an important amino acid with many functions in the body. It is a building block of protein and a critical part of the immune system. Glutamine has a special role in intestinal health.


One of the most important functions of glutamine is its role in the immune system.

It is a critical fuel source for immune cells, including white blood cells and certain intestinal cells. However, its blood levels can decrease due to major injuries, burns, or surgeries. If the body’s need for glutamine is greater than its ability to produce it, your body may break down protein stores, such as muscle, to release more of this amino acid. Additionally, the function of the immune system can be compromised when insufficient amounts of glutamine are available. 


Studies have also reported that glutamine supplements may improve health, decrease infections and lead to shorter hospital stays after surgery.


Glutamine’s immune system benefits are related to its role in intestinal health. Glutamine is an important energy source for intestinal and immune cells and it also helps maintain the barrier between the inside of your intestines and the rest of your body. This prevents harmful bacteria or toxins from moving from your intestines into the rest of your body.


Due to the major role of the intestines in the immune system, glutamine may benefit your overall immune health by supporting the intestinal cells.


Glutamine is also one of the building amino acids of Glutathione - an antioxidant that plays a crucial role in preventing cellular damage. This antioxidant binds with toxins in the body and facilitates their removal from the body. Glutathione is involved in many metabolic processes and biochemical reactions, as well as DNA repair and synthesis. Studies suggest that it also slows the speed of aging.


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  • B-Complex

B complex vitamins refer to several different vitamins that are part of the same family. Together, these water-soluble vitamins perform a range of vital functions including cardiovascular support, helping the body convert food into energy, immune function, and more.


In addition to these, B complex vitamins are most notable for their role in promoting healthy skin, hair, and nails. They reduce free radicals in the body that contribute to aging, resulting in an overall healthier and younger appearance.


The B Complex Vitamins Are:

  • B1 (thiamine)

  • B2 (riboflavin)

  • B3 (niacin)

  • B5 (pantothenic acid)

  • B6 (pyridoxine)

  • B7 (biotin)

  • B12 (cyanocobalamin)


Because the B vitamin complex is so versatile and performs so many functions throughout the body, it is featured in many IV drip formulas.


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  • Vitamin B7 (Biotin)


Vitamin B7, also known as biotin, is part of the B-vitamin complex and is associated with improving the strength, appearance, and overall health of the skin, hair, and nails. To this end, biotin is a common addition to beauty supplements.


Biotin plays a role in converting food into energy by helping to metabolize carbohydrates and fats. B7 also helps maintain the nervous system and promotes healthy psychological function¹².


While rare, biotin deficiency is often marked by hair loss, a decrease in mental cognition, dermatitis, depression, hypotonia (decreased muscle tone), and ataxia (decreased muscle coordination). Biotin cannot be absorbed through the skin. IV therapy can quickly restore normal levels of biotin to prevent unwanted symptoms of deficiency.


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  • Vitamin B12 (Cyanocobalamin)


Vitamin B12 is part of the B-vitamin complex and notable for its role in maintaining optimal neurological function. The vitamin is associated with preventing memory loss and improving concentration, as well as boosting energy levels.


Vitamin B12 has a large role in DNA synthesis and metabolizing amino acids. B12 is essential to ensuring the proper formation of red blood cells; low levels of B12 can result in anemia.

Some individuals have increased difficulty absorbing B12 due to an underlying medical condition. These individuals are at an increased risk of developing vitamin B12 deficiency. 


Symptoms of B12 deficiency include anemia, fatigue, and neurological changes such as memory problems, depression, and dementia.


B12 absorption is less effective when supplemented orally, so IV injection is an alternative and more effective way to correct B12 deficiency.


Studies suggest an association between low levels of vitamin B12 in the body and cognitive impairment, neurodegenerative disease, and dementia.


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  • Glutathione

Glutathione is a molecule found naturally in your body. Produced by the liver, glutathione is made up of three amino acids: L-cysteine, glycine, and L-glutamate. This antioxidant primarily helps your body fight disease and injury by binding to free radicals (causing oxidative stress) and facilitating their removal from your body.


Glutathione supports the protection against a wide range of health problems, including atherosclerosis, Lyme disease, Alzheimer's disease, chronic fatigue syndrome, colitis, high cholesterol, osteoarthritis, alcoholism, asthma, cataracts, diabetes, glaucoma, heart disease, hepatitis, liver disease, and Parkinson's disease. In addition, glutathione slows the aging process and preserves memory.


However, glutathione is not typically effective when ingested orally because the enzymes in your stomach dissolve the bonds between the amino acids before it can be effectively absorbed. This is why intravenous (IV) glutathione is the best way to increase the amount of this antioxidant in your body.


Glutathione therapy can improve numerous health conditions, including:

· Heart disease

· Cardiovascular disease

· Cancer

· Aging

· Dementia


· Epilepsy

· and more


Glutathione and Free Radicals


Free radicals are atoms with an odd number of electrons and are a byproduct of cellular oxidation. Free radicals can be harmful to the body when they interact with certain types of molecules in your body.


Our bodies can tolerate a certain amount of free radicals; but, when these atoms accumulate faster than we can process them, our bodies start to accumulate damage. Exercise, stress, illness, medication, and exposure to environmental toxins such as heavy metals or pollution can all contribute to increased production of free radicals.


Free radicals can cause DNA damage, impairing cellular function or killing cells altogether. Damaged cells open the doorway to potential disease and illness. That’s where antioxidants come in. Antioxidants are stable molecules that bind to free radicals, stopping potential damage, and assisting in removing free radicals from your body.


Antioxidants occur naturally in many types of food, especially citrus fruits. Certain types of vitamins, such as vitamin E and vitamin C, are antioxidants that are easy to incorporate in your diet to help fight the damaging effect of free radicals.


Glutathione is another type of antioxidant that can easily be added to your wellness routine, helping prevent the damage that contributes to aging and illness.


Glutathione, Aging, and Illness


The accumulation of free radicals over the years can accelerate how quickly your body ages. A greater concentration of free radicals may lead to more cell damage, leading to the appearance of wrinkles, dull skin, and lower energy levels associated with aging. By getting rid of free radicals before they can build up and cause cellular damage, glutathione can slow the aging process and help you keep a youthful and radiant appearance.

Glutathione and Exercise


Free radicals naturally occur as a result of the cellular oxidation process – that is, the process by which cells use oxygen to generate energy. When you exercise, your body needs more oxygen than usual to maintain your performance. The end result is an increased output of free radicals, which in turn can lead to the accumulation of oxidative stress damage.


Intravenous (IV) glutathione treatments at Vit&Drip Center in Marbella are ideal for athletes. This method not only binds to and removes free radicals from your body, but rehydrates your body at the same time.


The end result is an improved recovery time, decreased muscle damage, and decreased cellular damage from free radicals so that you can improve your performance quickly.

Glutathione for skin


Glutathione holds many anti-aging benefits. Since it is a natural detoxifier, it improves the health of the body's cells to reverse aging. Glutathione protects the skin against oxidative damage which leads to wrinkles - making it an excellent form of anti-aging skincare. It prevents or improves acne, wrinkles, and crows feet via detoxification of the skin and body. It also eliminates and gets rid of age spots, liver spots, brown spots, lentigines, and dark circles under the eyes.

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  • Amino acids


Amino acids are a group of organic compounds that form the building blocks of proteins that make up 75% of the body. Being foundational to normal chemical reactions, amino acids are involved in almost every body function, including:


  • Growth and development

  • Healing and repair

  • Normal digestion

  • Providing energy for the body

  • Regulating moods by producing hormones

  • Producing neurotransmitters

  • Assisting in the creation of muscles and connective tissue

  • Assisting in the synthesis of skin


Amino acids are classified into three categories – Essential, Nonessential, and Conditional. Each group has its own role and set of functions.


  • Essential amino acids cannot be produced by the body and must be ingested from an outside source. Regular meals will provide enough for normal function.


  • Nonessential amino acids are naturally produced by the body throughout the day.



  • Conditional amino acids are beneficial when the body is fighting off an illness or coping with stress.


A balance of essential and nonessential amino acids is required for optimal health and wellbeing. The body does not store amino acids, so they must be ingested or produced daily, otherwise, the proteins in muscle and tissue will start to degrade.


Top athletic performance relies on proteins to help maintain muscle and tissue strength. Studies suggest that amino acids enhance the body’s endurance and capacity for exercise. Amino acids may modify athletic performance in several different ways, including increasing the number of anabolic hormones in the body to boost metabolism, changing the way the body utilizes energy during exercise, and delaying the onset of mental and physical fatigue by altering the rate at which serotonin is created.


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  • Magnesium


Magnesium is a mineral that is involved in over 300 biochemical reactions and enzyme systems that regulate various functions in the body. This mineral is found in many types of food.


Healthy Levels of Magnesium:

  • Maintains nerve and muscle function

  • Maintains bone strength

  • Provides immune system support

  • Regulates heartbeat

  • Regulates blood glucose (blood sugar) levels

  • Regulates blood pressure

  • Boosts energy levels

  • Aids in the production of proteins


Because magnesium is involved in so many functions throughout the body, this mineral is included in many of IV therapies.


Magnesium plays a large part in energy production and protein synthesis. Supplementation can help improve fatigue and energy levels. Magnesium also provides cardiovascular support and helps regulates blood glucose and blood pressure.


Low levels of magnesium can cause a variety of symptoms including fatigue, cramps, muscle weakness, or numbness. Magnesium deficiency may also be associated with diseases such as Alzheimer’s, cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, and diabetes.


Athletes who have low levels of magnesium in the body may benefit from supplementation to improve muscle function, energy production, and improve physical performance.


IV therapy can quickly and efficiently correct the levels of magnesium in the body and prevent health complications caused by prolonged deficiency.


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  • Selenium


Selenium is an essential mineral that plays a critical role in reproduction, thyroid hormone metabolism, DNA synthesis, and protection from oxidative damage and infection. It is present in human tissue, mostly in skeletal muscle.

Selenium may help prevent cardiovascular disease, thyroid problems, cognitive decline, which means disorders related to thinking, cancer, and others.

Cardiovascular disease: Selenoproteins can protect against cardiovascular disease, because they prevent the oxidative modification of lipids, or fats, in the body.

This reduces inflammation and prevents the buildup of platelets.

Cognitive decline: Selenium’s antioxidant activity may help reduce the risk of cognitive, or mental, decline, as people get older.

Thyroid disorders: Selenium has an important role in producing and metabolizing thyroid hormone.

There is some evidence that women with higher selenium levels have fewer thyroid problems, but this has not been proven for men, and other studies have produced mixed results. More studies are underway to decide whether selenium supplements might support thyroid health.


Studies have suggested that selenium may also help to:

  • prevent HIV from progressing to AIDS

  • reduce the risk of miscarriage

  • protect against asthma

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  • Alpha Lipoic Acid


Alpha-lipoic acid or ALA is a naturally occurring compound that's made in the body. It serves vital functions at the cellular level, such as energy production. As long as you're healthy, the body can produce all the ALA it needs for these purposes. 

The Antioxidant

ALA is an antioxidant. Antioxidants protect against damage to the body's cells.

There are food sources of ALA such as yeast, organ meats like liver and heart, spinach, broccoli, and potatoes. However, ALA from food does not appear to produce a noticeable increase in the level of free ALA in the body.

Some people take ALA supplements, however, studies show that only about 30% to 40% of the oral dose of an ALA supplement is absorbed when taken orally.

ALA and Diabetes

While studies are still sparse, there is some evidence that ALA may have at least two positive benefits for individuals with type 2 diabetes. A few studies have suggested that alpha-lipoic acid supplements may enhance the body's ability to use its own insulin to lower blood sugar in people with type 2 diabetes. ALA may help reduce the symptoms of peripheral neuropathy -- nerve damage that can be caused by diabetes.

ALA and Other Health Conditions

ALA has been suggested as a potential aid in stopping or slowing the damage done by a variety of other health conditions from HIV to liver disease. There has also been recent interest in supplemental ALA for weight loss, but more research needs to be done to establish its' impact.

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  • ​​​​​​​​​​NAD (Nicotinamide Adenine Dinucleotide)


NAD is a coenzyme that is associated with metabolism. This coenzyme maintains regular levels of energy, regulates redox reactions, and maintains the health of mitochondria.

NAD activates sirtuins, which are proteins that utilize NAD to improve metabolic efficiency, which in turn influences cell changes that contribute to aging, overall energy levels, and can improve neurodegenerative disorders. 


In addition to these effects, NAD promotes anti-aging by lengthening telomeres, which are protective caps located at the ends of chromosomes that naturally get shorter as the body ages.


The level of NAD in the body declines with age and reduces the effectiveness of the cellular function. Supplementation can improve a wide variety of changes in the body, including:


  • Restoring muscle function and athletic performance

  • Improving brain regeneration

  • Restoring energy levels

  • Improving depression

  • Improving mental clarity


Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that, among other functions, is commonly associated with mood regulation. NAD improves mood by increasing the levels of serotonin in the body.


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Ingredients List: What’s in our IV treatments?

How often should I get IV treatments?


The recommended frequency of IV treatments is different for each patient.


Intravenous (IV) treatments can be given one-off (e.g. before or after an important event, or to strengthen your body before surgery) or they can be tailored to your needs and requirements, based on your nutritional levels from a blood test or nutritional analysis.


Our doctors will consult with you and make a recommendation as to how often you can get IV treatments based on your health history, lifestyle, and individual needs. Our doctors will also tailor any treatment add-ons to help you achieve your specific health goals.