IV Therapy

We remember the first time we used IV therapy. We traveled to New York and forgot our 8 vitamins that we take daily for overall health, boosting our immune system, and helping with recovery. We were tired from an early flight and long day of traveling and knew we had an entire week full of hard intense workouts along with business meetings. After one use of an IV drip, we could see the benefits and were lucky enough to find Badger State Hydrate Therapy in Madison WI when we returned home. We met with the owners Louis, Steph, and Shannon and they were willing to work with us to create a formula for optimal recovery. 

If you have ever been intrigued or on the fence about IV therapy this article is for you. We are always looking for ways to improve overall health so after doing our research we wanted to share some surprising benefits of IV therapy for health and wellness.  

Gone are the days when only hospital patients receive IV drip therapy treatments. Today, many health-conscious people enjoy IV therapy as a way of getting the vitamins, antioxidants, minerals, and even medications they need to feel better and keep their body functioning properly. Even athletes have added IV drips as a form of recovery to stay ahead in their endeavors. 

With a vitamin infusion, your body receives nutrients directly into the bloodstream. This bypasses the digestive system, which would otherwise lower the number of vitamins your body can absorb. With drip hydration, nutrients are instantly available, so your body can absorb 100% of what it needs before passing along the rest to your kidneys to be flushed out.

Below we want to discuss the benefits in more depth: 

IV therapy can help recover from workouts 

We always say you can’t over train you can only under recover. By using an IV to recover you can improve your overall performance more quickly by rehydrating yourself and repair your muscles and tissues faster. It will also help with reducing inflammation in your body, promote faster healing, give you a strong immune system, and get you ready for whatever your life demands. We use the perfect concoction called Pat’s Elite Athlete Recovery with NAD at Badger State Hydrate and will explain more about this later. 

IV hydration can cure hangovers 

Now we don’t promote drinking but know that people enjoy alcoholic beverages at times. We also have given advice how to bounce back from alcohol drinks because the quicker you hydrate yourself and feel better the sooner you can get back to working out. IV hydration helps quickly resolve common hangover symptoms, such as:

  • Dehydration
  • Headaches or muscle aches
  • Brain fog or fatigue
  • Excessive thirst
  • Nausea, vomiting or stomach pain

IV fluids that help replenish the water you lost when drinking too much the night before. They also contain electrolytes, most commonly in the form of sodium chloride, which help relieve symptoms of dehydration, including fatigue, dizziness, and thirst.

Most people also choose to add an anti-inflammatory or anti-nausea medication to reduce the inflammation and fatigue caused by excessive drinking. Many people start feeling relief after only one hour of their IV treatment.

IV vitamin therapy may help treat certain nutrient deficiencies

In hospitals, IV nutrient therapy helps people who aren’t able or are too sick to eat. It is also an effective treatment for certain health conditions that can cause nutrient deficiencies, such as:

  • Crohn’s disease
  • Celiac disease
  • Colon cancer
  • Short bowel syndrome
  • Cystic fibrosis

Oftentimes, people living with these conditions cannot get the nutrients they need from oral supplements or their diet. Thus, IV therapy benefits them because it bypasses the digestive system entirely and provides nutrients to cells immediately.

IV therapy can cleanse your body of unwanted toxins and free radicals 

Since antioxidants keep toxins and free radicals in check, the most popular options in IV therapy include:

  • Vitamin C
  • Glutathione
  • Alpha-lipoic acid


Needing no introduction, Vitamin C is an essential antioxidant that protects your overall well-being and immune system. It also helps protect your body from free radicals by neutralizing them before they have the chance to damage cells.


Another important antioxidant that helps lower oxidative stress (free radicals), glutathione also has a plethora of other health benefits. It has shown promising results for improving symptoms caused by conditions such as Parkinson’s disease and fatty liver disease. It may also fight infections and cleanse the liver of unwanted toxins that can damage liver cells.


More than just a weight loss aid, it can also protect your body from cell damage caused by free radicals.

IV hydration can increase your energy levels 

IV vitamin therapy can also provide your body with a natural boost of energy. Nutrients like amino acids can help you replace the constant need for coffee, pre workouts, and other caffeinated drinks that can otherwise flood your body with unnecessary sugar.


Found within IV infusions operate on a cellular level, amino acids work with the mitochondria to convert fatty acids in our body into energy. With this energy, we can get through the day or power through an intense workout. Amino acids like tri amino and arginine also help build muscle protein.

IV drips can increase circulation and promote great cardiovascular health 

Drip therapy can also aid in the upkeep of your cardiovascular system, thanks to using any of these four add-ins for improved function in your cardiovascular health.

  • Calcium
  • Tri Amino
  • Arginine
  • Magnesium sulfate

As amino acids, tri amino and arginine help relax your blood vessels, which promotes lower blood pressure and can even address symptoms of erectile dysfunction. Calcium, on the other hand, is not only important for building strong bones, but it also regulates how blood vessels contract and dilate. Additionally, magnesium plays a role in the regulation of blood pressure.

IV therapy can help ease anxiety and promote relaxation

In addition to providing, you with more energy, IV therapy can make you feel more at ease. Magnesium sulfate is an electrolyte that helps lower blood pressure and may help:

  • Calm your feelings of anxiety
  • Promote a good night’s sleep
  • Relaxes your muscles
  • Supports immune function

Magnesium sulfate is also used in other non-IV applications such as Epsom salt treatments, which have similar calming effects. 

IV therapy benefits many people, whether that’s providing the essential nutrients they need to live, helping them recovery faster between workouts/sporting events, helping improve their quality of life by addressing symptoms such as dehydration, or just simply making people feel better.

But that list merely scratches the surface of what IV hydration can do for your body. If you’re interested in exploring what IV hydration can do for you, then check out They were kind enough to extend a 20% discount to members of Pat’s Gym if you want to give it a try. The formula that we use to help recovery is: 

Pat’s Elite Athlete Recovery with NAD

B complex (B1/B3-200mg, B2/B5/B6 4mg) 

B12 (cyanocobalamin-1mg)  

Mag chloride (800mg)  

Calcium Gluconate (200mg) 

Taurine (500mg) 

Amino Acid Blend (100/100/100mg/mL) 

Glutathione (1000mg) 

Selenium (100MICROgrams) 

NAD+ (100mg) 

This formula combines NAD+, Taurine, and Glutathione, the ultimate trifecta for cellular recovery, with Magnesium and Calcium for muscle and bone health and regeneration.