If you’re a Made in Chelsea fan, chances are you already know about Drip and Chill, the new health craze that’s already taking the country by storm.
For those of you not in the know, let's deal with the biggest question first.
What is Drip and Chill?
In the first episode of the new series, Victoria could be found recovering from her exhausting summer by relaxing on a bed while hooked up to a drip containing a cocktail of vitamins and minerals.
Pretty self-explanatory, right? You put in the drip, then just chill until it takes effect.
Does it have any hydration benefits?
The focus of Drip and Chill is to fast-track nutrients into your bloodstream, so hydration isn't necessarily the main goal. However, it does claim to make you feel rejuvenated and full of energy, so the overall effect is the same.
Now, there are some obvious questions here. Most of them can be boiled down to just one word. Why?
We asked our doctors and nutritionists for their insights on the Drip and Chill phenomenon.
Would you ever need a IV Vitamin Infusion?
Dr Dan Robertson doesn’t think it’s necessary. “While some vitamins can only be administered by injection, this is certainly not the case for the majority of them,” he said. “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 Drip and Chill 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?
Our resident nutritionist, Will Hawkins, 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 Drip and Chill, 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.”