Why the vitamin IV drip isn't a great idea for 'boosting energy'

Vitamin intravenous (IV) drips are becoming increasingly popular in Mzansti.

Many are using vitamin IV drips to apparently boost energy levels, immune systems and skincare.

The drips costs anything between R999 and R2999, and are used by a range of celebrities, according to Business Insider SA.

However, registered dietitian Retha Booyens says vitamin IV drips are a risky business.

Booyens is the spokesperson for the Association for Dietetics in South Africa (Adsa).

She warns that the vitamin IV drips pose risks for bacterial infections, toxication, kidney stones and other medical consequences.

According to Booyens, the IV therapy is a drastic measure.

Instead, she encourages people to get their necessary vitamins the old school way - through a healthy diet.

Rather take the money and spend it on eating healthy.

Retha Booyens, registered dietitian and ADSA spokesperson

There's a lot of things to consider before you take something as risky as an IV vitamin drip.

Retha Booyens, registered dietitian and ADSA spokesperson

If it's the last line of defence for someone who is ill in hospital, it should be the last line of defence for getting in vitamins.

Retha Booyens, registered dietitian and ADSA spokesperson

Extra vitamin C poses the risk of kidney stones.

Retha Booyens, registered dietitian and ADSA spokesperson

Listen to the discussion on The John Maytham Show:


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
[LISTEN] Icasa settles with network operators on data regulations

[LISTEN] Icasa settles with network operators on data regulations

Senior journalist at MyBroadband.co.za Jan Vermeulen explains the new data rules.

Advocate Simphiwe Mlotshwa says Jiba interfered with his duties

Advocate Simphiwe Mlotshwa says Jiba interfered with his duties

Eyewitness News reporter Barry Bateman gives a wrap up from the NDPP interviews in Pretoria.

[WATCH] Up close and personal with Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka

[WATCH] Up close and personal with Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka

John Maythan chats to Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka about their upcoming races and their preparations.

Zanokhanyo Children’s Safety Home pleads for help after fire destroys home

Zanokhanyo Children’s Safety Home pleads for help after fire destroys home

Director of Zanokhanyo Children’s Safety Home Yondela Nyongo explains how the fire started that destroyed the children's home.

Hope for lions in captivity, Parliament reviews policy

Hope for lions in captivity, Parliament reviews policy

Senior trade officer for Wildlife in Trade Programme at Endangered Wildlife Trust Dr Kelly Marnewick say this is a positive step.

[WATCH LIVE] Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka in studio with John Maytham

[WATCH LIVE] Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka in studio with John Maytham

On Thursday at 4 pm John chats to Team Dimension Data about giving bicycles to those in need.

Popular articles
Gift of the Givers' Dr Imtiaz Sooliman – angel amongst men – talks about money

Gift of the Givers' Dr Imtiaz Sooliman – angel amongst men – talks about money

"I have no desire for clothes. I have no desire for holidays. I have no desire for outings. All I see is the suffering of people…"

Group distances itself from N2 car spinners caught on film

Group distances itself from N2 car spinners caught on film

It turns out that the petrol heads who span cars on the N2 were part of the SA Torque Cape Town Breakfast Run.

Uber customer threatened with hockey stick by driver

Uber customer threatened with hockey stick by driver

An Uber customer shares how she was threatened by an Uber driver with a hockey stick after a disagreement.

Unauthorised debit orders: When last did you check your bank statement?

Unauthorised debit orders: When last did you check your bank statement?

Unauthorised debit orders are a huge problem affecting thousands of South Africans.

Heads to roll for N2 car spinning frenzy

Heads to roll for N2 car spinning frenzy

WC Traffic Chief says there was no authorisation given for cars to be spun on a provincial road with the protection of officers.

Menthols far deadlier than regular cigarettes, finds FDA. BAT shares tumble 11%

Menthols far deadlier than regular cigarettes, finds FDA. BAT shares tumble 11%

A proposed FDA ban wiped R176bn from British American Tobacco's market cap. Bruce Whitfield talks to Dr Richard van Zyl-Smit.

3 emergency numbers you should have on speed dial and how they work

3 emergency numbers you should have on speed dial and how they work

These are the emergency numbers you should have on your cellphone and this is what you must understand about how they work.