A few weeks ago I woke up feeling yucky. My brain was foggy. My eyes were heavy. My body was exhausted. I had a full week still ahead of me and needed to feel better pronto. I had heard about a new hydration therapy business called The HangIVer Bar that opened recently in my neighborhood. After looking at their website, I decided to try it. Turns out, vitamin IV drips are the new, hip way to stay healthy and hydrated.
The HangIVer Bar offers vitamin drips intravenously that infuse your body with intense hydration and high-potency vitamins that perk you up and help your body heal faster.
I walked into the beautifully decorated space and was welcomed by two handsome, friendly guys who were eager to hear about my ailments. After taking my blood pressure and heart rate, they expertly inserted a needle in my left arm. As I relaxed on the inviting sofa with a pillow and a blanket, the guys hooked me up to a an IV bag full of vitamin C, B complex, B12, magnesium and zinc.
I enjoyed thirty five minutes of peace and quiet while my IV was working its magic. When the bag was empty, I wished I could sit there longer. The relaxing environment gave me the down time my body was craving.
Within a couple of hours of going home, I felt better. I was so impressed with the experience, I had to learn more about the HangIVer Bar and who the amazing person was behind this great idea.
Dr. Uhuru Smith is a Georgetown University trained doctor, who currently practices as a board certified anesthesiologist in the Tampa area. She believes in a holistic approach to health and the powers of preventative medicine. She opened the HangIVer Bar because she wanted to create something that filled the gap between the spa and the urgent care worlds that would be beneficial to people’s overall wellness.
She’s a brilliant, caring doctor with a tremendous bedside manner. I wanted to share more with you about the benefits of vitamin IV drips so I sat down with Dr. Smith for a Q&A.
KK: What are the benefits of a vitamin IV drip?
US: The benefits are many. However, the main benefits are hydration, as many of us are chronically dehydrated and the high dose vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants given through the veins overwhelms the cells with nutrients and helps the body heal more quickly and efficiently.
KK: Why is an vitamin IV drip more beneficial than taking vitamins orally?
US: Vitamin supplements taken orally are very difficult for the body to absorb. The oral absorption of most supplements is 20-30%, whereas IV absorption is 100%.
KK: What kind of vitamin IV drips do you offer?
US: We currently have six different drips.
The Fountain of Youth, Chicken Soup, and Finish Line are our most popular drips. They contain a variation of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants to help detoxify the liver, kidneys and replenish lost vitamins and minerals from a busy and hectic lifestyle.
RevitalIV is great for exhaustion, jet lag, and fatigue.
Hair of The Dog is popular on the weekends as our hangover treatment to get you feeling better almost immediately.
We have just added Skinny Mini which is a combination of amino acids and vitamins that help the body to eliminate cholesterol more efficiently.
We have several drips coming soon which I am very excited about! PM lesS will be for the ladies to help improve the symptoms of PMS and The Pro-Gram will be for weekend warriors and professional athletes to improve performance pre-game and post-game recovery.
But what makes the experience at the HangIVer so great is that we are a concierge service and all of our drips can be customized.
KK: Who inserts the needle and oversees the vitamin drip?
US: We have hand picked a spectacular team of first responders such as senior level paramedics and nurses. In addition, we do extensive training and education on the use of the vitamins and anti-oxidants so our team is well-versed in offering top notch service.
KK: How long does a drip take?
US: The first visit will be 45 minutes to an hour. Repeat visits are closer to 30 – 40 minutes depending on the drip.
KK: Is it uncomfortable or painful?
US: We use a very small needle and numbing spray so the pinch of the needle is quick and minimal. We have numerous members that are afraid of needles and still come in for a weekly treatment! I think most of our guests have been pleasantly surprised.
KK: How soon will someone feel the results of the drip?
US: Most people notice as soon as they get ready to check out and leave! Results typically last about a week to 10 days.
KK: What tips can you give us for staying hydrated between drips?
US: The most important thing is that the stomach is not able to absorb more than 200-300 ml per 20 minutes. Therefore, drinking bottle of water quickly in one sitting doesn’t improve hydration. You need to nurse a bottle over an hour to get the full benefit. Also remember to eat nutrient rich foods rather than relying on poorly absorbed supplements. Also, buying time-released vitamin supplements is also a good way to improve absorption.
KK: How often do you recommend someone get an vitamin IV treatment?
US: Ideally, every 7-10 days if you live a hectic and busy lifestyle or have health issues that you are trying to correct.
Dr. Smith wants us all to experience the benefits of her HangIVer Bar so she’s offering a discount to all Karousers. Mention that you read this article on Karousing and you’ll receive $10 off your first treatment!
Would you or have you tried one of these IV treatments? Leave me a comment below.
Following Dr. Smith’s tips, here are some smart, sexy ways to stay healthy and hydrated:
- This water bottle is so cool! It tracks your fluid consumption through the day; paces you to ensure hydration goals are met; and calculates your personal hydration needs.
- Here’s a great time-released formula vitamin C that will help you stay hydrated.
- I love to use this book as a roadmap to eating nutrient dense food that will keep you healthy and hydrated.