Is an IV Infusion really the route to recovery?
There was a time where being on a drip was a matter of life or death. Over the past couple of years however, it seems a drip is the must-have fashion accessory; you may have seen the likes of Cara Delevingne or Rihanna hooked up to one for an infusion of vitamins in a bid to recover from a night of alleged partying. (I’m popping “alleged” in there because, for all I know, they could have been playing Trivial Pursuit the night before and, frankly, either way it’s none of my business).
So Balance was both intrigued and excited when it got the call to take a trip to Dr Sarah Shah’s central London Artistry Clinic, where they do everything from dermal fillers, to lip enhancement, to the treatment du jour.
Straight off the bat, the glamorous Dr Sarah is busy; her clinic was teeming with business, while the good doctor and her staff are so funny and friendly, ITV2 is missing a trick if they don’t set a new reality show in there (All Filler, No Killer? You can have that one – no charge).
I opt for the Athlete Sport treatment (for those with a hectic lifestyle), lay back on a table and get hooked up. It’s relatively painless (trust me, I burst into tears if someone so much as opens a bottle of lemonade), plus I get to relax for a good 30 minutes (as a dad, this was true bliss) while the cocktail of vitamins courses through my veins.
Dr Shah tells me later I may feel completely energised or borderline soporific. Here’s the rub: I didn’t really feel either. Maybe it’s because I don’t drink (and haven’t done for years) or because these days, the closest I get to partying is another game of musical statues followed by a buffet, but truth be told, I couldn’t really feel a real difference.
It seems that I’m very much in a minority: friends who’ve had the same treatment walked away feeling like post-spinach Popeye. And, on the plus side, my next wee was the sort of luminous lemon yellow that could have lit up London for a week.
However, as someone who only very recently discovered what Rihanna was really singing about with her hit song Umbrella, I now have a wild theory about her ditty Lemon.