When I first heard about Hydro-Clinic, I assumed their hydration therapy was some sort of body wrap or aqua-cize program, maybe even a juicing regimen. I sent in an inquiry and received a promo offer to try it for myself. Okay, sure! Always up for checking out new health and beauty trends, I made an appointment to visit their first Atlanta location soon after it’s grand opening.
The morning of the appointment, I checked my confirmation email for the address. I took a moment to actually read the information thoroughly … honestly I just wanted to see if I should dress in anything specific. Then, and only then, did I notice the term intravenous hydration. Intravenous, meaning IN THE VEIN; a needle in my arm for the sake of health and beauty. A tad extreme, dontcha think? (Cue small panic attack.) Too late to back out, I channelled my inner Christiane Amanpour, forging ahead to investigate and inform StyleBlueprint readers. I’m a giver.
I entered a beautiful, spa-like clinic, registering at the front desk and completing a health questionnaire. Then, the receptionist guided me back to one of many quiet treatment rooms. Once comfortable in my cozy recliner, a medical technician entered to explain the process and get my IV started. Medical director and co-owner of the clinic, Dr. Bobby Kaufmann, has been a leading internal medicine physician in Atlanta for years, and decided to start this clinic after noting the success of similar concepts in Vegas and Miami.
I joked with my tech about the rumor this therapy was designed to relieve hard-core, partying jet setters from their hangovers. While he agreed that the remedy has been widely used for just such afflictions, he went on to educate me about the damage dehydration can do to many of the body systems. He said that most of us really don’t realize how dehydrating our lifestyles are — high stress, long hours, poor nutrition, caffeine, alcohol, sun exposure, intense exercise, certain medications, even allergies, all contribute to this chronic dehydration. Headaches, soreness, dry skin, fatigue, and exhaustion, might be the body screaming for vitamins and fluids.
I looked down and noticed that while we’d been chatting away, he’d already prepped my arm and stuck in the needle — I hadn’t felt a thing! Now that the line was started, all I had to do was choose from the menu which treatment I needed. (Prices start at $29.) I selected the Kaufmann Cocktail for immune system and energy lift, and an anti-inflammatory solution for arthritis (early-onset arthritis could be a whole separate story).
The results? Nothing short of miraculous. Seriously, I felt amazing for the next 48 hours. My energy level shot up immediately, with no after-lunch slump for two straight days. My joints didn’t ache in the slightest and remained pain-free until late the following afternoon. Most surprising to me, my skin plumped up to an elasticity of someone a decade younger, feeling dewy soft and firm, but not tight. For me, all of this is visible, tangible proof to the reality that dehydration challenges every system in the body. I wouldn’t hesitate to try this again. Oh, how I wish I’d had access to this the last time I got the flu! Next time I find myself trying to shake a illness or overcome extreme fatigue, I’m heading right back over there.
Don’t fear the needle: a thorn prick from gardening or a paper cut suffered opening that stack of bills hurts worse. Hydro-Clinic offers a boost in one session that it would otherwise take days to achieve solo. Go ahead … get drenched. www.hydro-clinic.com/atlanta