I posted last week in the Gut Brain Connection Community about travels to see my wife, Cory while she is out training in California for a few weeks.
Traveling with gut issues can be tough, let alone traveling on the low FODMAP diet. However, if you stay disciplined and maintain your routine, sticking to the low FODMAP diet (or any diet for that matter) shouldn't be an issue!
On the last day of the trip, Cory wanted to try the latest health craze: Vitamin IV Therapy. I was interested as well, so I tagged along. I wasn't planning on doing it, but when we got there I was amazed to see a healthy gut therapy option listed!
We both immediately had 20 questions for the nurse, and soon decided to try it to see what it was all about!
An IV For a Healthy Gut...Really?
As with anything new, that touts a lot of benefits, I was very curious what it was all about.
General, IV therapy has been around for some time but the main goal is to help with hydration and some vitamins. One targeting gut health didn't surprise me but I still had a lot of questions.
After talking to the nurse, the IV contains a great mix of vitamins targeted to people with leaky gut. The strategy of the IV is to target the two main culprits of leaky gut issues:
After the therapy, I was able to talk to the founder of the Hydration Room, Dr. Brett Florie. According to him, the mix is a combination of things including:
- Vitamin C
- Antioxidants - such as Coenzyme Q10 and others
- B12 12 for mood and stress
- And others (he is tight-lipped on the rest)
After talking to the team, I decided to try it myself just to see if what they are saying is true.
If like me you never have had IV therapy before you might be a little perplexed. However, the process is nothing different than getting an IV that you would at the Drs. or hospital!
Once we had the IV's in us, the whole process took about 45 minutes before it was completed. The room they take you too is very relaxing so you tend to forget that you have an IV in you.
According to Dr. Florie, results are going to be based on how healthy your gut already is and how you are taking care of your body. If you are eating the right foods and managing stress correctly, then the effects can last up to 2 weeks. For tougher cases, it might only last a few days to a week.
The interesting part is that we would feel the effects in about an hour or so.
For me, I felt a difference in my mental clarity and energy levels in about 20 minutes. It has been a few days already and I seem to still feel this way.
What about my Gut?
Typically, when I travel I am not perfect with my diet (not to mention stress levels) and typically I will have gut issues a few days later when I get home. I usually find this to be due to stress from flying as well as my diet.
However, this time I have had no issues with IBS symptoms since the IV. I even stopped taking my daily supplements to really put this to the test.
The most amazing thing is that I took the red-eye back home and still had zero issues!
All in all my stress levels are lower, and more importantly, my gut is under control. My IBS symptoms have been diminished and I feel like I have more energy than ever.
Now, I have only done this once, so I can't say for certain, but it is definitely something I would try again! I recommend to anyone in their service area!
Take a look at the Hydration Room for more information.