Kendall Jenner ‘hospitalised’ after using an IV vitamin drip – where did the trend come from?

Kendall Jenner was reportedly rushed to hospital after a bad reaction to a vitamin IV drip – a wellness procedure that involves injecting vitamins directly into your blood.

It’s long been rumoured that Kendall’s older sister Kim has IV hydration treatments ahead of red carpet appearance, but now it seems her younger sister is following suit in the celeb-endorsed trend.

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The supermodel and reality star checked into LA’s Ceders-Sinai hospital on Sunday night, according to The Blast, ahead of her appearance at the Vanity Fair Oscars party, after suffering complications during the procedure.

But it’s not just A-listers who are using the treatments as a quick fix for fatigue, stress and premature ageing. Over in the UK, medical spas offering intravenous therapies are popping up at a rapid rate – even high-street stores like Harvey Nichols and Harrods are offering in-and-out treatments in between shopping.

So where did the trend come from?

IV therapy has been used in the medical profession for decades, and is often used as an efficient way to hydrate patients and administer essential nutrients. This is especially useful for patients who can’t keep food or water down.

You’ve likely been hearing about it a lot more recently with the rise of ‘hangover clinics’, where patients seeking immediate relief from the symptoms of a hangover (tiredness, headache, nausea) can hook up to a drip of fluids and medication, with the idea of immediate recovery.

Most hydration clinics will intravenously administer a mixture of saline solution, magnesium, calcium, B vitamins and vitamin C via a needle which is injected into the bloodstream – what’s otherwise known as a Myers cocktail.

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Clinics claim that it can reduce depression and anxiety, boost your complexion, reduce fine lines and wrinkles and ward off illness. Rita Ora and Cara Delevingne were some of the first celebrities to try the trend, although Adele, Simon Cowell and Rihanna are all said to be fans. Treatment cost can hugely vary. A typical treatment will usually take around around an hour.

Would you ever need a IV vitamin infusion?

Dr Dan Robertson, medical officer at Push Doctor is sceptical about the procedure. “While some vitamins can only be administered by injection, this is certainly not the case for the majority of them,” he says. “Indeed, some vitamins need metabolising before they offer any benefit to your body.

“When your body receives a high amount of vitamins or minerals in a single dose, it tends to just filter out the majority of them via your kidneys or liver, because they can’t be stored in your body for use at a later time. You just lose them.”

Is it healthy and are there any nutritional benefits?

Will Hawkins, nutritionist at Push Doctor added: “A ‘cocktail’ of vitamins like this can risk reaching toxic levels.

“In particular, your body can’t handle any more than 2,000mg a day of vitamin C. Any more may cause diarrhoea, nausea, kidney stones and even kidney failure.

“The moral of the story is that vitamin supplements are called ‘supplements’ for a reason! Instead of an IV vitamin drip, consult a nutritionist or dietitian to run a screening process to see whether there are vitamin or mineral deficiencies that you can try attaining through food, then choose to supplement specifically as a last resort.”

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