Anyone who’s ever been to the doctor and been diagnosed with some sort of illness — cold, flu, COVID, infection — has undoubtedly been told to make sure to drink plenty of fluids. Water isn’t a universal cure-all, but its benefits go far beyond what most people realize, according to Taylor Boyle, owner of an iDrip Therapy franchise in North Phoenix.
Boyle travels throughout the Valley to bring IV services directly to patients suffering from a variety of ailments from a viral illness to hangovers. A longtime RN with advanced life support certifications, Boyle administers a variety of IV formulas containing essential fluids, electrolytes, vitamins and antioxidants designed to help clients achieve their optimal health.
“It’s at your time and at your comfort level. It’s one-on-one, so you’ll have undivided attention,” Boyle said. “The nurse can sit there and talk to you and educate you about what nutrients might help you if you weren’t on you know. It’s just nice to have that kind of service from a convenience and education standpoint.”
All IV admixtures have a lactated bell base, which is used to replace water and electrolyte loss; zinc, which helps support immunity; magnesium, which helps the muscular and nervous system; and B-complex, which increases energy. The only exception to this is the Pure Hydration Mix ($125), which, as the name suggests, is just a liter of lactating ringer for those who need fluids.
According to the Mayo Clinic, nearly all of the body’s major systems depend on water to function and survive, and losing a portion of the body’s water reserves can negatively affect the body and mind. Just a few of the important benefits of staying hydrated include improved brain function, weight loss, increased energy, reduced joint pain, better temperature regulation, kidney stone prevention, and a healthier heart.
The Mayo Clinic recommends a minimum of 15.5 glasses of water per day for men and 11.5 glasses per day for women.
Of course, one of the easiest ways for the body to lose water is through sweat, so it’s critical for Arizonans to be constantly mindful of hydration.
“We lose so many vitamins and minerals through sweat or dehydration … and it’s very difficult to replace that orally,” Boyle said. “So this is such a game changer.”
How does it work?
The process begins with someone filling out an online intake form, answering basic questions about the patient’s needs, medical history and allergies. Boyle said every time someone fills out a form, she’s notified immediately. She will then call the patient to do a quick medical assessment over the phone. As long as the patient fits certain basic parameters set by the iDrip medical director (such as no heart failure, respiratory failure, or liver condition), then she can proceed with treatment.
Boyle offers six IV core mixes that are highly customizable. The exact combination and strength of each blend is meant to target a specific issue, so Boyle said it helps patients determine which treatment is best for them.
“A lot of people see the names of the nutrients and vitamins that we offer and know they’re good for them, but they don’t really know what they do,” Boyle said. “Once we’ve talked about what their main complaint is, then I can recommend products based on that.”
With some of the IV admixtures, patients may choose to add vitamins, supplements, or medications. For example, iDrip has an Emergency Migraine and Headache Blend ($259) that adds toradol, an anti-inflammatory, and zofran, an anti-nausea drug. iDrip even offers antiaging and weight management IV blends.
According to Boyle, the most popular IV mix is the Myer shake ($199), which contains a high dose of vitamin C, glutathione, magnesium and B vitamins. She said this IV mix is a great cold/flu option , fatigue, increased energy or hydration.
Some may think that the same benefits can be obtained just by taking a few supplements, but Boyle said that when taken orally, the liver provides about 90% of that dose. IV vitamin treatment provides more of those nutrients that the body can absorb and use immediately.
Boyle said her typical patients are anywhere from their early 30s to early 60s, but are usually people who are more wellness-minded. She said she gets a lot of requests from people who are currently sick or have recently recovered from being sick and maybe end up with fatigue or muscle pain.
Other patients may have certain health conditions that require them to drink more fluids or make it difficult for their bodies to stay hydrated. In these cases, iDrip is a convenient and affordable alternative to a trip to the emergency room or urgent care.
“I’ve been in the ER as a nurse and as a patient and it’s not a pleasant experience,” Boyle said. “You’re already stressed and not feeling well, and then you go to the ER that’s overloaded with other patients and you’re not going to get attention from your nurse… The ER isn’t going to go the naturopathic route with vitamins and minerals, they’re going to go with pharmaceuticals.”
Regardless of the reason for getting the IV, Boyle said one of the best things about it is that people start feeling better almost immediately.
And, it’s a quick and simple process that’s purposefully designed to take as much stress out of the patient as possible. After the initial intake form is filled out and further information is gathered, the patient only needs to select a time, date and location, and Boyle or another iDrip-certified nurse will be there to care for them.
“We can almost always cover a same-day meeting request or short-notice request. We always have nurses available, it’s a very willing job,” Boyle said. “We go to their home, their office, their gym, hotel — the location depends on the patient. The service itself takes about 25 to 35 minutes in total.”
Based in North Phoenix, it covers all of Phoenix, Anthem, Scottsdale, Cave Creek, Glendale and Surprise. However, iDrip has a wide network that can cover most of the state.