Athletes are turning to IV hydration.
Athletes are turning to IV hydration for reasons that make sense, but is it just the next cool trend or is there science to back up all the hype? In the past several years there has been an increasing interest by athletes of all skill levels to use IV hydration therapy as a recovery tool rather than just a medical treatment. When it comes to medical treatment, most people think of an IV being administered in a hospital setting after a rough night with food poisoning or perhaps severe dehydration. IV’s are standard practice in the medical community and are used to correct fluid and electrolyte imbalances, which is extremely effective for patients that cannot eat or drink. So how does this fit into athletic training and recovery?
Considered “extreme” by some, IV therapy after intense workouts or even before, is having profound positive effects on an athlete’s ability to perform at a higher level and decrease their downtime in order to properly recover. It is a relatively easy equation and we don’t need to bother you with all of the physiology of what happens to the body during an intense workout… you SWEAT! Perspiring is an automatic function controlled by the brain in order to properly regulate the body’s temperature. Here’s your key takeaway:
A loss of sweat equal to just 2% of your body weight causes a noticeable decrease in both your mental and physical performance. Losses greater than 2% also increase your risk for gastrointestinal issues, nausea, diarrhea, and sometimes vomiting. Losses of 5% or more during intense training or athletic events can decrease the body’s work capacity by roughly 30%.
Now you’re starting to see why proper hydration is vital to peak performance and shortened recovery times. There are other benefits to this cutting-edge therapy and athletes are seeing real results.
When you bypass the gastrointestinal system and deposit micronutrients directly into the bloodstream (which is where we need them to end up anyway), you have a much higher absorption rate. In fact, you’re getting 100% of those nutrients in your circulatory system and they’re ready for immediate use. So what kinds of vitamins and minerals are going to enhance your performance and recovery? Here are just a few as well as their intended benefits:
- Magnesium: a very common micronutrient deficiency among most people, magnesium is an important mineral for athletes as it regulates heart rhythm, permits muscles to contract and relax properly, lowers blood pressure and is essential to producing ATP, the main source of energy in human cells.
- B-vitamins: One of the main functions of B-vitaminsis to convert our proteins and carbohydrates into energy. According to research by Oregon State University, athletes who lack B-vitamins have reduced performance during high-intensity activity and are less able to repair their damaged muscles or even build muscle mass when compared to those with optimal levels of B-vitamins in their system.
- BCAA’s: Branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs) are a group of three essential amino acids: leucine, isoleucine and valine. BCAA supplementation improves energy metabolism and lowers levels of substances that indicate muscle damage, such as creatine kinase and lactate dehydrogenase. Research has also found that people who took BCAAs had a more significant decrease in body fat and a greater increase in lean mass, compared with the other groups.
These are just three of the amazing supplements you can have added to your IV package at Elevation Hydration. If you’re an athlete looking to elevate your game, or you simply want to feel better and stay healthy, we have something for you! Here’s what one of our clients has to say about the performance benefits they received after adding IV therapy to their regimen.
“I struggled with dehydration, muscle fatigue and arm pump while training and racing in the A/Pro class for Quads here in Colorado as well as various other series’ in other states. As my races are 90 minutes long from start to finish and tracks range anywhere from 5 to 8 miles in length with various terrain types the body takes quite a beating. After my first visit with Corey I was hooked. I went out that weekend and took my first win! No muscle fatigue, no arm pump and I felt absolutely amazing! Corey is very knowledgeable with the different type of drip options available and what add-ons will take you to your peak performance levels! Corey will treat you as more than just a customer, but also as a friend, which makes the whole experience that much better! I’ve visited Elevation Hydration regularly since then and the results speak for themselves! Highly recommend checking out his spot and getting on the drip train regardless of whether you’re an athlete or you have a health condition. Corey will take amazing care of you!”