Review: Oral IV Hydration Supplement
A couple weeks ago I was sent a sample of a new product called Oral IV. When I first heard about it, I thought it sounded kind of weird. I am a needle phobe, so the idea of an IV for hydration was a little scary. But this is a product you take by mouth so I figured it would be interesting to check out.
When I got it in the mail, I was surprised by how much interest I had in this supplement. I’m always using supplements like Nuun and drinks like coconut water to rehydrate me after workouts so the idea of taking a vial of highly concentrated electrolytes is very appealing. And that’s just what Oral IV is – a small container of highly concentrated electrolytes to deliver rapid hydration to your cells.
So what the heck is in this stuff?
According to the company, Oral IV is a proprietary formula of crystalloid electrolytes and trace minerals, such as sodium, potassium and magnesium, in purified water. Oral IV utilizes natural sources of known trace minerals which are chosen and then combined via a proprietary process to optimize how the body utilizes water and electrolytes.
How do you take it?
The package says you can take the vial as is or with water. In order to give it a proper review, I took the product three times. Two times with water and one time without. It doesn’t taste like anything, so it was fine in water. It doesn’t replace the volume of water, so I figure if I’m going to hydrate why not do it right and actually hydrate with water, too. Ya know what i’m saying?
I took the Oral IV in the morning when I was feeling rather parched. It definitely helped me feel better and my hunger pangs went away, which is often a sign of dehydration. But it could have also been the glass of water I drank with it. Hard to really say.
The time I took the Oral IV without water was also in the morning. I felt fine, but I definitely prefer it with water. I like how hydrated I feel afterwards but I don’t know if it’s me just thinking I am more hydrated or if I really am because I drank a supplement with a glass of water. Tough call.
The next time I took this product was after my soccer game. I felt good after taking it but again I took it with a glass of water and its hard not to feel good after drinking a full glass of water.
Oral IV was developed by a physician who has done a lot of research on hydration and its role in athletic performance. He wanted to put Oral IV to the test and for the past several years it has only been available to law enforcement and the U.S. Military. It just recently was put on the consumer market and is currently only available online through their website. It costs about $12 for a pack of 4 which is steep but if you are training for a serious event, you might want to try something as serious as this.
So, does it work?
Honestly, I can’t say for sure. But I do know that I feel better after I take it and I gave one to a friend who is training for an Ironman to see what she thinks of it. When she gets back to me with her feedback, I will let you all know. If you are curious about this product, I encourage you to check it out for yourself and see what you think. I’d love to know your thoughts. I am not sure how often I would buy something like this, but if I was training for a hardcore triathlon or endurance race I would probably keep a pack of these in my training bag.
Do you take hydration supplements after a workout? Which ones? Post in the comments and let me know.
**Disclosure: I received a free sample of ORAL IV for review. That is all.**