Fueling Up Restaurant Staff with IV Hydration
Opening, running and working a restaurant is hard work. Twenty-hour work days are not unusual. How do I know? I’ve closely followed two restauranteurs who have been regular IVme patients since we opened in 2012. Their restaurant group has successfully launched over a dozen locations that have received award after award – restaurant of the year, best new chef of the year, best new restaurant of the year, 4 diamond AAA rating, and Best Restaurateur in America finalist for the James Beard Awards.
The restaurant industry is demanding, both physically and mentally, all of the time, but especially during big events such as festivals and restaurant openings. If you’re on your feet and working long days and nights, it’s only natural you’re going to experience exhaustion. And if you’re not sipping enough water throughout the day, dehydration brings more symptoms including fatigue, headache, muscle aches, dry mouth, dizziness, and lack of mental clarity and concentration.
When you reach even mild levels of dehydration, productivity is reduced by 50% to 75%. I don’t need to tell you about the mistakes and missteps that happen when we’re not operating at 100% and what they can cost a business. Several of our customers understand these risks and will treat their staff to IV Hydration during exceptionally busy periods to keep them operating at their best and help prevent them from getting sick.
Why IV Hydration Therapy?
IV Hydration Therapy—or hydration therapy—is an easy way to ensure you’re consuming enough fluids to keep you hydrated and operating at optimum health. Our therapy treatments intravenously deliver fluids, medications, vitamins and other nutritional supplements directly into your bloodstream. Your IV solution is ultimately tailored to your symptoms and health goals and could include one or a combination of these: B12, B complex, Glutathione, Vitamin C, plus meds such as Zofran for pain or Toradol for nausea.
As far as, “how does it work”, IV hydration delivers fluids and vitamins directly to your bloodstream, which means you’re able to almost immediately absorb 100% of the fluids and nutrients and take larger quantities of them. For example, with Vitamin C, you can only take 5 grams by mouth because it needs to break down in your stomach and liver. But, through an IV, 50-75 grams of vitamin C could be administered if appropriate. This high dosage gets to work in your system right away, immediately alleviating the symptoms of dehydration and leaving you feeling energized and focused.
You’ll feel the benefits of the IV for 1 to 2 days, but it can also reboot your system which means your immune system is stronger and could prevent illnesses which could keep you down for weeks.
Needles Don’t Have to Be Scary
You won’t find a team more skilled or committed to your health than IVme. Our doctors, nurses and medics administer an average of 10,000 IVs per year, 13,000 shots per year, and consistently receive 5-star reviews for safety, cleanliness, expertise and exceptional patient care.
IV hydration therapy is what gets us noticed, but it’s our team’s patient care and medical expertise that keeps people coming back again and again. Our staff excels when it comes to helping you determine the best treatment that’s just right for you and then administering the treatment with a gentle touch following best-in-class protocols. Because we’re focused on treating people before they’re ill and keeping people feeling, looking and performing their best, our patients love coming to IVme. And we love being surrounded by people who are active participants in their health.
Why would I get an IV instead of drinking water?
You could guzzle water if you have the time and don’t mind water sloshing around in your stomach for hours. Many of our IV patients opt for an IV instead of guzzling water because they don’t have hours or days to rest and recover; they need to be at their best immediately to keep pace with their demanding schedules.
What do I recommend for you and your staff?
- Take care of yourself. Sip water or a low-sugar sports drink throughout the day, at least the recommended amount (divide your weight in half, drink that amount in ounces; if you are 200 lbs, you should drink about 100 ounces a day) and a little more if it’s hot or you’re physically active.
- If you fall behind on your fluid intake and start to experience mild symptoms of dehydration – lack of focus, headache, tiredness – come in for an IV.
- If you’re approaching an exceptionally demanding event, such as a festival or restaurant opening, you could get an IV a day or two before and the day after to help your body recover and maintain its natural levels of fluids, vitamins and nutrients.