So sorry it's been so long since my last post. I've been juggling a million things, as I'm sure all of you have, but I'm so excited to share some new stories with you.
This past week, I was feeling super run down from lack of sleep and this freezing cold weather we've had in New York. While I was shuffling through the snow toward my boyfriend's apartment in New York, I passed what looked like an adorable health food shop, called The Alchemist Kitchen. If I ever owned a brick and mortar, it would be just like this place.
The Alchemist Kitchen is an adorable respite from the busy NYC streets, and the perfect go-to-spot for health-conscious foodies. This second location on Bowery brims with natural delight: it's lush and earthy inside, and herbalists and workers serve you up home-made elixirs and potent wellness shots. They kitchen accompanies a market, which carries incredible all-natural supplements, including my favorite: CBD oil.
While perusing through the natural skincare section of the market, I noticed a sign for vitamin drips and boosters. I remember hearing about this concept from a close friend that saved herself from an epic hangover, and I had seen photos of some celebs like Rihanna and Gwyneth Paltrow plugged into IVs, though candidly, the concept kind of freaked me out. (Like most people, I'm not fond of needles.) Still, I needed to learn more about this apparently high-end, health trend.
After paying for my turmeric shot, the cashier directed me to basement, where the "drip lounge" was located and I could ask nurses questions about the process. Basement? Okay, now I was getting freaked out, but as I walked downstairs I saw that the shared space on the lower-level was just another wellness haven. There was a beautiful bar to my left serving up all-natural sweets as samples and a designated massage therapy section to my right.
When I arrived at the "drip lounge," which looked more like a nail salon thanks to the big puffy chairs, I asked the nurse several questions before deciding whether or not I wanted to proceed. Aside from ensuring that the treatment was safe, I wanted to know more about what vitamins are administered and what the difference is between inserting a drip and taking a vitamin - since the latter is a hell of a lot cheaper.
My nurse, who was also a pediatric ER nurse - good thing for me, explained that these high-dose vitamin infusions are a great way to boost immunity and ward off any ailments - even the common cold. According to my nurse, the drips are safe when the right mixes of nutrients are properly administered, and the energizing effects are more potent than taking vitamins alone.
But, what, exactly, is the difference between a vitamin and a vitamin drip? Typically, nutrients taken orally pass through the gastrointestinal track before absorption. But with vitamin drips, nutrients are directly infused into the blood, leading to faster and more efficient absorption. The concept is similar to juicing. Many people rave about juicing because the juice is absorbed by the blood faster than the stomach, which often leads to a surge of energy.
There were tons of drips to choose from (12 in total, with everything from NutriSkinny to NutriGlow) but I opted for the 'Cleanse' drip. Its primary ingredients were Glutathione, Selenium and Vitamin C, which are intended to revitalize the body by detoxifying it from heavy metals and free radicals.
The drip process took about 30 minutes, and really wasn't too uncomfortable - which means a lot coming from a person that despises needles! I did feel a bit tired during the process - though it's hard to say if it was the drip or my general lack of energy! Afterward the treatment, I actually felt a bit light headed and opted to lie down. (I asked the nurse if this were a normal feeling and she affirmed that it was and that the feeling would subside after the body detoxifies. ) Maybe it was all those Tequilas.
I felt kind of lousy for the rest of the evening and night, but the next day I noticed I had way more energy - and this energy did not go away! Between dealing with autoimmune and GI issues for the majority of my life, I've grown accustomed to lethargy, so any extra bit of energy is noticeable and much appreciated.
The nurse told me to wait a few weeks and come back, as I would continue to feel better with each drip. Good thing that NutriDrip sells packages because my one session (with a tip) was almost $300! Personally, though, there is really no price for wellness and good health.
Bottom line: I'd recommend this process if you're feeling tired or crummy, but definitely consult your doctor beforehand and make sure you only work with a company that has certified medical professionals, like NutriDrip.
P.S. - This post is NOT sponsored!