I volunteered for a needle (for health)

In my unending quest to A) try new things and B) be healthy, I found myself volunteering to get a needle in the butt during a recent trip to New York. Let me explain.

Fluid Water Therapy (near Flatiron) offers colonics and IV infusions as well as booster shots. You may have heard about this relatively new IV drip craze: mostly rich, hard-working and hard-partying individuals who don’t have time for sleep but have the money for an IV drip full of vitamins use this service to feel better after long bouts of travel and, mostly, drinking. The IV service is apparently extremely effective – kinda like mainlining Gatorade +  multivitamins, I guess. I wasn’t feeling that idea and besides I didn’t really need it (especially for the price, which can run you more than $100 for a process that takes about an hour), but I was interested in the booster shots. Remember a few years back when gossips sites reported that Madonna took B12 shots every time she was feeling under the weather?  It sounded like an extreme, weird rich person thing to do, but it turns out that out it’s a lot more accessible these days, and I wanted to give it a try. You know, for the experience, and so I could tell you guys about it! And hey, if it made me feel like Superman, even better.

At Fluid there are a range of shots you can choose from – chock full of B and C vitamins and hydration-boosting concoctions – but the one I chose was Glutathione. This is an anti-oxidant found in plants and animals that has anti-inflammatory properties (great for someone who works out too much and always has sore muscles) as well as immunity-boosting properties, and supposedly works anti-aging wonders. I did my research on this place and this shot before getting it – there are no known negative side effects for a healthy person in getting a Glutathione shot. The woman who gave us our shots was professional, friendly, and told us anything we wanted to know about the process. She also made it painless and fun – I would highly recommend going to see her if you want to give it a try. Now, you don’t have to get your shot in your butt cheek – you can also choose the upper arm, but in some cases, the shot makes you mildly sore in the area and besides, it’s a less painful process in the bigger, fleshier part of your body. It was almost completely painless, and kinda funny when I had my friend record the process:

Butt needles, in the name of science.

Butt needles, in the name of science.

I think that the shot is much like taking a vitamin—or any other health practice—in that you have to do it regularly to really capitalize on the effects, but I will say I spent a weekend schlupping around in the rain, with a sick friend, and traveling in those germ boxes known as airplanes and I didn’t get sick. I felt pretty good and still do, with little muscle soreness and a general increase in energy. I would, and will definitely do it again.

Thoughts? Am I crazy, or would you try it? Let me know in the comments!


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