Step in Reviv, your ‘go to’ center for that quick pick-me-up for when your batteries feel totally depleted. With a menu, yes… you heard that right, of vitamin and essential nutrient cocktails that can be dripped intravenously to get straight to the core of your system; this is becoming a trend to watch.
Intrigued, we went to the man who could tell us everything we needed to know, Dr. Ahmed El Shennawy, Medical Director of Reviv.
What is Reviv all about?
It is an international brand with headquarters in the UK, with over 50 locations worldwide, and is recognized for its wellness services, preventative medicine and nutrition services. We offer genetic analysis, vaccinations, lab testing, nutritional plans and IV therapies.
What is the role of IV drips?
IV therapy is one of the methods that can be used to introduce nutrients, minerals, vitamins, antioxidants and medication into the body. Its use in medicine varies widely from therapeutic uses to nutritional and wellness support.
There are absolute indications (which mean that you must do it) in conditions like post-bariatric surgery, GIT malabsorption and dehydration, and there are relative indications like pain relief and fatigue, and there are elective indications, like the need to detox and improve your health and wellbeing using antioxidants.
Are IVs an acceptable replacement to a healthy diet and oral supplements?
There’s nothing better than using your normal digestive tract to nourish your body, but to have instant effects, IV treatments would be the optimum option to instantly deliver results. IV drips introduce fluids and essential elements directly into the body with 100% delivery of benefits straight to the target organs.
While IV Infusions are not meant to be a substitute for oral intake, they serve as a supplement or alternative solution to quickly rehydrate and replenish nutrients, restoring the body to peak balance.
Drinking large amounts of fluids can result in a sensation of bloating and fullness, which does not happen with IV hydration. The use of IVs for enhancement of your health doesn’t substitute having a healthy diet and supplement program, but it completes it.
Why have IV drips become so popular recently?
I believe people are coming to realize that there are quick solutions for symptoms created by the demanding lifestyles that we currently have. As you know, oral supplementation and medications are known to have much lower absorption levels and less instant results than IVs. Also, with the new craze for extreme athleticism that has been growing, there has been an increasing demand for IV therapies for their multiple uses.
Has this been scientifically researched to prove the benefits?
First we had to establish the fact that we offer IV therapies, not just IV vitamins, which means we serve a much broader population and yes of course, we encourage people to look at the scientific references ready at our clinics for review. We have more than 250 scientific papers available to support the methodology, with titles including
- Micronutrient Requirement and Deficiency.
- IV Therapy for the Advancement of Wellness.
- Ingredient Specific Reference
- IV Therapyuses
- Cited medical references about each type of drip.
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What are the main types of drips available, and what are the specific benefits?
Well, first you need to understand that each IV therapy is prescription based and personalized according to the patient’s history and examination, so when I discuss the market names, they represent the concept but the contents always vary according to the person’s medical history, symptoms targeted and/or nutritional needs. Reviv
We have symptomatic recovery drips like:
- Hydromax: For rehydration of the body and flushing lactic acid. It doesn’t contain any vitamins as they are of no benefit here, but it has electrolytes, minerals, amino acids and normal saline typically used for athletes, hypotensive and dehydrated cases.
- Ultraviv: For recovery, prescribed mainly for people recovering from diseases, body pains, generalized fatigue and active symptoms that vary from nausea to headaches etc.
- Personalized IV therapies: After taking our genetics test, we are able to better understand your body needs and requirements and it allows Reviv to create a plan for you to make up for your constantly missing requirements.
- Megaboost: A fluid packed with vitamins and nutrients, directed towards nourishing the body with vitamins and raising immunity levels back to normal.
Elective wellness therapies
- Vitaglow: Packed with the body’s major antioxidant glutathione, derived from L glutamate, it aims basically at detoxifying your body and has a clear effect on hair, skin and nails.
- Royal flush: Combining all the benefits of the previous treatments in one, it has antioxidants, vitamins, electrolytes, minerals and necessary medications if required.
Are IV drips suitable for all ages?
At Reviv there is an eligibility criteria, one of them is not allowing IV drips for those under the age of 18, while in the older age groups as 60+, a meticulous examination is done, sometimes with the help of a consultant cardiologist, before we administer the therapies.
Are there any pre-existing health conditions that the doctor administering the drip should be made aware of?
Of course, as we have discussed the indications, there are also contraindications, such as breastfeeding, pregnancy, cardiac conditions, renal conditions, allergies and others. This is why we have a full process of history taking and examination before administering the therapies. If in doubt we refer directly to the suitable consultant for assessment as safety is our prime concern.
How many sessions are needed to feel a noticeable improvement in general wellbeing?
It will always depend on your general health status and nutrition status. For example, for dehydration, you will feel the effects immediately, the same as for pain improvement, while some antioxidants such as glutathione are scientifically proven to decrease the harmful oxygen-free radicals and enhance the skin. Typically, if you are depleted you will feel the effects instantly. Reviv
How long do the effects of an IV infusion last for?
This also will vary on the individual and the physical health status. The noticeable effects typically last 2-4 days; however, the underlying clinical benefits can continue beyond that.
What other health advice do you offer IV drip recipients to support the drip therapy?
Our scope of work is in wellness, preventative medicine and nutrition. We advise people to have a healthy lifestyle, a balanced diet and to monitor their health status regularly to be able to enjoy life to the max.
What future developments do you see coming up in this field?
Well, using genetics for applying nutritional IV therapies is one of the most recent developments in such areas of medicine and Reviv currently applies that. We’re currently working on the awareness of the public to understand the benefits of IV therapies when to use them and their applications. Reviv
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