Have you ever heard of Oral I.V.?
I had not heard of this product, but given that the nature of my job as a fitness instructor is fairly dependent on adequate hydration, I jumped at the opportunity to try it out. You're probably wondering, what is Oral I.V.? From their website:
Oral I.V. is meant to aid in hydration and recovery, especially during and after very intense exercise. The timing of receiving my samples was perfect - I was about to begin my craziest week of teaching yet, 14 classes to be exact. To me, that's a lot for anyone, but was a lot especially for me, still a newbie. On days that involved more than one class, I would add a vial to my water bottle, either before class or after.
The pros? Oral I.V. is tasteless, odorless, colorless.... I tried a few drops on their own, and they just tasted like water. Adding a vial to my water couldn't have been easier. I loved that their was no weird smell or taste. Another major pro? No dehydration headaches during that insane week. And I love that there's no sugar, caffeine, or preservatives in each tube.
The cons? One small one, and one big one. The small one is that I don't know beyond a shadow of a doubt if Oral I.V. is what kept me going that week. My thirst was unquenchable and I was downing water like it might dry up! I also tried to get as much extra rest as possible, even napping when my 2-year-old napped, something I rarely take the time to do.
The big con? Aside from the price ($11.99 for a 4-pack), I feel like the information on the website is not crystal clear about what Oral I.V. actually does. I said that the tube was like drinking water.... that makes me question if there is much more than water in there.
The bottom line? I feel that I would need to use Oral I.V. over a very extended time period to know for sure if it is necessary in my recovery routine. However, I can tell you that it certainly didn't hurt anything!
What are your go-to hydration and/or recovery methods? If you have used Oral I.V., what are your thoughts?
*Full disclosure - I received two 4-packs of Oral I.V. to review. I received no other compensation, and all reviews and opinions are my own.*