Liquid I.V. vs. IV Drip  

Liquid I.V. vs. IV Drip  

Dehydration and vitamin deficiencies can negatively impact your overall health and inhibit various bodily functions. Dehydration is when your body loses more fluid than it can take in, meaning your body doesn’t have enough fluid to perform daily functions.

Fortunately, you can provide your body with the hydration and vitamins it needs in several ways. Some of the most common forms of rehydration include electrolyte powders, banana bags and intravenous (IV) therapy. Learn more about the difference between Liquid I.V., banana bags and IV drip therapy.

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Is Liquid I.V. Good for You?

Liquid I.V. is a drink mix. Its electrolyte powder uses cellular transport technology with a special glucose, sodium and potassium ratio to rehydrate the body and deliver water and other key nutrients. Liquid I.V. can hydrate the body more quickly than drinking just regular water alone, although it is not as efficient as an IV treatment.

Liquid I.V. can help the body regain valuable hydration. Some of the main ingredients include potassium, mined salt and pure cane sugar. When Liquid I.V. is mixed with water, it can hydrate you and replenish electrolytes. Another advantage of Liquid I.V. is it does not have any preservatives, artificial sweeteners or flavors and colors.

Is Liquid I.V. Good for You?

While Liquid I.V. can be beneficial and provide hydration, minerals and essential vitamins, it is less effective than traditional IV therapy. IV therapy is one of the most effective forms of treatment and rehydration. Regular water and electrolyte powder can help rehydrate the body, but they are not as efficient as IV therapy.

Hydration IV therapy introduces fluids directly into the bloodstream, providing your body with the fluids you need. While hydration is important, your body also needs electrolytes, minerals and vitamins to replace these lost nutrients. While electrolyte powder can replenish some of these, IV packages are more effective.

You can also customize hydration IV packages to fit your unique needs. While hydration is essential, the body also needs various nutrients and vitamins, including vitamin B, vitamin C, glutathione and more. You can create a custom IV package to fit your needs and ensure your body gains the nutrients it requires.

Electrolyte Powder vs. IV Drip

Electrolyte powder is a powdered form of electrolyte mineral salts, including sodium, calcium, magnesium and potassium. Your body needs these electrolytes to remain healthy and hydrated, ensuring proper healthy cell function. You can dissolve electrolyte powder into water and drink it to get some of the necessary electrolytes your body needs. Electrolyte powder can be more efficient than drinking plain water for rehydration.

High-quality electrolyte powder mostly contains electrolytes and no artificial additives. In general, you should look for an electrolyte powder that can naturally replace diminished electrolytes that you lose through sweat, exercise and daily activities. When our bodies are naturally hydrated and have adequate electrolytes, our muscles and organs can efficiently remove unwanted toxins and free radicals.

Our nervous system also works most efficiently when our bodies have the recommended electrolyte intake. When our bodies become dehydrated, we are prone to experiencing dizziness, muscle cramping, weakness, bloating and headaches. Unfortunately, we can become dehydrated quickly from being ill, an unbalanced diet or extensive exercise.

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While electrolyte powder can replenish lost electrolytes, it is often less effective than an IV drip. Some of the main benefits of IV therapy include:

  • Enhance wellness: An IV drip package can promote an overall sense of health and help ensure proper hydration. When your body has the right balance of nutrients and vitamins, you can feel your best as you go about your day. Every day, your body needs a certain level of nutrients and vitamins to maintain healthy function. IV therapy can provide these essential vitamins and minerals more efficiently. IV therapy may also help those who experience impaired absorption and can’t adequately process nutrients from electrolyte powders or daily vitamins.
  • Correct nutrient deficiencies: IV therapy can help correct vitamin and nutrient deficiencies. They can also effectively treat some symptoms of chronic illnesses, helping stabilize health and reduce the risk of uncomfortable side effects. IV therapy may provide nutrients for patients experiencing celiac disease, cystic fibrosis, short bowel syndrome or Crohn’s disease. Unfortunately, many people with chronic conditions may not get the nutrients and vitamins they need from their diet or supplements.
  • Remove toxins and free radicals: IV therapy can also help your body remove dangerous toxins and free radicals to promote overall health. IV therapy cleanses the body, preventing toxins from damaging the body’s cells. Some of the most popular antioxidants available in IV packages include vitamin C, glutathione and alpha-lipoic acid.
  • Improve energy levels: IV vitamin therapy can also provide your body with a natural energy boost. Nutrients like amino acids can help you replace the constant need for coffee, soda and other caffeinated drinks that can otherwise flood your body with unnecessary sugar.
  • Promote cardiovascular health: IV therapy can help maintain a healthy cardiovascular system with beneficial add-ons like calcium, arginine, magnesium sulfate and tri-amino acid. Amino acids may help lower blood pressure and improve overall cardiovascular health.
  • Ease anxiety: Certain IV packages can ease anxiety and improve mental health. IV therapy can improve anxious feelings, promote a good night of rest and stabilize the mood.

Liquid I.V. vs. Banana Bag

Liquid I.V. meets guidelines from the World Health Organization (WHO), but it is lower on sodium than a banana bag, so it’s less desirable. While Liquid I.V. does contain vitamins and nutrients, the body may have difficulty properly absorbing these nutrients.

Even if vitamins and minerals are available in high doses in electrolyte powder, the body often can’t absorb all of these essential nutrients. Instead, much of these minerals and vitamins simply pass through the body, making it difficult to absorb the daily recommended dose of these nutrients.

Unfortunately, Liquid I.V. can’t provide the impact of replenishing vitamins as effectively as IV therapy or other methods.

Banana Bag

A banana bag is an efficient IV package named for its yellow color. It can provide necessary fluids to patients through an IV line. A banana bag features many vitamins and electrolytes in a solution of dextrose water or a saline solution, depending on the patient’s individual needs.

Saline is the preferred fluid in most cases, especially if a patient is dehydrated. A dextrose solution may be suitable for patients experiencing metabolic acidosis, a potentially dangerous accumulation of acid in the body from excessive alcohol consumption.

A banana bag contains vital vitamins and electrolytes to treat dehydration, electrolyte imbalances and vitamin deficiencies. The length of a banana bag treatment will depend on the severity of the individual’s symptoms.

While the vitamins and minerals of an IV bag can vary and even be customized, some of the most common ingredients of a banana bag include:

  • Vitamins: A banana bag offers various vitamins to replenish deficiencies and provide the body with foundational vitamins to ensure proper health. Even though banana bags have many vitamins, some individuals may benefit from additional vitamins and add-ons. 
  • Folic acid: Another common ingredient in banana bags is folic acid, also referred to as folate. Folic acid is synthesized from vitamin B9, but folate is a naturally occurring element of vitamin B9. Low folate levels may cause general fatigue, weakness and headaches. Excessive alcohol consumption may increase the risk of a folate deficiency.
  • Magnesium: Magnesium is another fundamental aspect of banana bags because it is a vital electrolyte that helps promote numerous biochemical reactions within the body. A magnesium deficiency may increase the risk of certain medical conditions.
  • Thiamine: Finally, many banana bags provide thiamine, commonly called vitamin B1. Low thiamine levels can lead to spontaneous weight loss and other negative symptoms.
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Get Mobile IV Therapy

Mobile IV therapy can provide the benefits of an IV treatment in the comfort of your own home or hotel room. Each IV package is specially created by a pharmacist and contains high-quality vitamins and antioxidants, and a nurse brings innovative IV treatments right to your door.

Traditional IV drip treatments often require a patient to visit the emergency room or hospital, which is time-consuming and expensive. Fortunately, mobile IV treatments allow you to experience all the benefits of IV therapy without having to go to the doctor’s office.

IV therapy is one of the most efficient ways to introduce valuable fluids and nutrients into the body, helping to promote proper hydration and minimize the severity of uncomfortable symptoms. Intravenous treatments are effective because they introduce fluids and vitamins directly into the bloodstream.

While many people may initially think of IV therapy for dehydration, IV treatments can be tailored to improve various symptoms and conditions. For example, certain IV packages may help reduce the symptoms of nausea, migraines or even premenstrual symptoms.

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You can choose from a large variety of existing IV packages or create a custom IV package to ensure your body gets all the vitamins, nutrients and hydration it needs to remain healthy. Some of the most popular IV packages include:

  • Cold and flu: Cold and flu IV treatment can improve various symptoms and boost the immune system. A cold IV package uses a high dose of vitamin C to shorten the length of your cold and minimize side effects. These IV packages are also high in vitamin B12 and magnesium, which help create healthy new cells and promote protein synthesis. Finally, a flu IV package provides rehydration and a combination of medications to alleviate flu and cold symptoms.
  • Energy and focus: Energy and focus IV therapy can help you feel physically and mentally capable of accomplishing your daily tasks. IV therapy can improve mental clarity and recharge the body’s cells by supplying nutrients, vitamins and fluids. Energy IV treatments infuse the body with fluids, antioxidants, vitamins and electrolytes. One of the most common ingredients in an energy IV package is B vitamins, which play an important role in the body’s energy production.
  • Hydration: Hydration packages are pure saline solution, also called IV fluid, which combines electrolytes, water and sodium chloride to help replenish your body’s lost fluids. IV therapy introduces these fluids directly into the bloodstream for efficient and effective absorption. You can also customize your hydration IV package with additional nutrients or vitamin add-ons.
  • MIVM Cocktail: The Mobile IV Medics (MIVM) Cocktail is an all-inclusive package built off the Myers’ Cocktail IV therapy. The MIVM package contains various supplements and minerals and can be customized for a patient’s specific needs. A MIVM cocktail may use anti-nausea medication, amino blend, vitamin D, and Biotin
  • Immune system boost: As the name implies, an immune system boost package supports immune function and provides a powerful boost with various nutrients and vitamins. Even if you are feeling well, an immune-boosting IV package can help you feel your best and minimize the risk of getting sick. An immune system IV package provides IV fluids, vitamin B12, vitamin C and glutathione.
  • Nausea:Nausea IV therapy can help minimize symptoms of nausea and vomiting. A nausea IV treatment contains various vitamins including a vitamin B complex, IV fluids and anti-nausea and vomiting medications. IV fluids can restore lost fluids and ensure the body has the hydration it needs.

Group IV Therapy

Group IV therapy allows you to experience all the benefits of IV treatments with friends or family. Even if your group is feeling healthy, a group IV treatment can be an excellent way to boost the mood and immune system to keep you feeling your best. Some common reasons you may consider group IV treatments include:

  • Recover after a sports event: If you and your teammates have finished exhausting sports or athletic events, group IV therapy can be an excellent way to recover. You may want to consider a recovery IV treatment after a 5K, marathon, baseball game or other physically intensive events. Some people even choose pre-event IV treatments to ensure everyone is hydrated and ready.
  • Feeling under the weather: If you and your friends or family are feeling a bit under the weather, an IV treatment can help everyone feel a bit better. Unfortunately, illnesses can spread quickly through a home or among friends. The right IV treatment can minimize negative symptoms and shorten the length of an illness.
  • Food poisoning: If you and your party are experiencing symptoms of food poisoning, an IV treatment can help alleviate nausea and vomiting. 
  • Hangover: A night of cocktails can be a great way to enjoy time with friends and family. Unfortunately, a few too many drinks can lead to a hangover or a general feeling of discomfort the following morning. A hangover IV treatment can ensure you and your group makes a quick recovery from a hangover.
Choose the IV Package Right for You

Choose the IV Package Right for You

At Mobile IV Medics, we are experts at providing innovative ID packages to provide much-needed antioxidants, fluids, medications and vitamins. We are proud to provide various IV packages to alleviate various symptoms and promote an overall sense of well-being.

Contact us online to learn more about our IV packages and book your at-home IV treatment today.

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About the author

Brad
Brad Wenderoth, Pharm.D.

Brad Wenderoth, Pharm.D. is a licensed pharmacist and co-owner of Mobile IV Medics. With over 16 years of healthcare experience, Brad is bringing his expertise and passion for patient care to the Mobile IV Medics patient population. Prior to Mobile IV Medics, Brad worked in varying areas including both direct patient care and hospital leadership at Keck Medicine of the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles, nationwide health system pharmacy consulting for Comprehensive Pharmacy Services (CPS), and professor of pharmacy at the USC School of Pharmacy. He holds a doctorate in pharmacy from the University of Arizona, a pharmacy practice residency from USC, and a lean six sigma green belt from Johns Hopkins.