We sat down with Dr. Graber of ASAP IV’s to talk all things wellness, performance and recovery. Dr. Graber is a MD physician practicing locally in the SD area
What is ASAP IV’s and how did you get started?
ASAP IV’s is a mobile IV hydration company, we got started in early 2019. We specialize in mobile and customized IV therapy solutions for a variety of conditions ranging from basic hydration, acute hangover recovery, wellness therapies, athletic performance recovery, and immunity boosting.
Why ASAP? What is so unique about you?
We call ourselves ASAP because we feel like our treatments are available as soon as possible, providing customized IV therapy solutions to you in the comfort of your own home, on your time, at your convenience.
We all live busy lives, and don’t always have the luxury of going somewhere else – especially a doctor’s office, or an emergency department. At ASAP IV’s, we thought there was a legitimate market need that we wanted to help serve San Diego with.
Why is an IV better than drinking fluid?
Most people think they’re drinking enough fluid but actually live in a state of chronic dehydration. The average recommendation is 8 glasses water a day, which most people don’t meet, and even if they are it may not be enough. IVs go straight into your bloodstream to directly get you fluid and get you to an appropriate baseline.
What would you recommend in combination with IV’s to support a healthy lifestyle?
Recovery is the biggest predictor of performance. More and more people are turning to recovery options to help fuel their performance. We love places like Livkraft because they offer a variety of recovery solutions for all types of performance needs. Some of our favorites include the Whole-Body Cryotherapy at Livkraft which acts as a systemic anti-inflammatory, aids muscle soreness and speeds up recovery time. The Normatec Compression boots at Livkraft is another great treatment to speed the body’s natural recovery process. The compression techniques aid in the removal of lactic acid, reduce inflammation and boost circulation. In combination with IV’s, these treatments along with the others at Livkraft, help support a healthy lifestyle and get your body back to its optimal working condition.
How often would you recommend IV’s for performance results?
As with everything in medicine, appropriate use is always a top concern. Periodic supplementation with IV’s, especially for high intensity athletes, immediately before or after competition is highly beneficial. That may be monthly for most athletes, or more frequently for more endurance athletes. This in combination with a healthy and well-balanced diet, normal vitamin supplementation, and proper recovery (which is why we love Livkraft) is good to maintain an appropriate baseline for high performance.
What would you recommend for a performance boost?
With athletics and working out, from a fluid and electrolyte standpoint, IV’s are extremely effective in accelerating recovery. Frequent heavy exertion from physical fitness uses a lot of energy, and can actually lead to increase susceptibility of your immune system to getting cold and flu viruses (especially during the Fall/Winter months when Cold/Flu season is at its height!). A Vitamin C Boost can help build your immune system and act as a preventative measure from getting sick (studies show it is actually the most effective in reducing cold/flu episodes in higher endurance athletes).
To help treat myalgias (muscle aches), accelerate muscle recovery, and potentiate strength building, we formulated the ASAP Athletic Performance recovery to include Calcium, Magnesium, and an Amino Acid Blend. Calcium and Magnesium are essential electrolytes which assist muscles in achieving their peak performance. They are needed for optimum muscle contraction, and Magnesium helps in the treatment of pain as well. Additionally, we include a customized blend of amino acids (which are the building blocks of protein synthesis in the body) to help stimulate muscle growth.
All of these help make the ASAP Athletic Performance IV Therapy an ideal recovery modality when incorporated into any athletic fitness routine.
A quick 3 minutes in Whole-Body Cryotherapy at Livkraft can be a great pre-workout endorphin boost or post-workout recovery to boost performance as well.
What’s your go-to IV?
My go-to IV is the Athletic Performance Recovery IV package. I feel like it keeps me at optimal performance for my job, keeping me hydrated in combination with allowing my muscles to appropriately recover. I’m always outside enjoying San Diego and this package keeps energized and motivated to get back out there tomorrow.
How long will it take to start feeling an improvement?
The IV takes a couple minutes to place, and the bag takes 30-40 to minutes to drip in, although most people say they feel the effects within the first 10-15 minutes.
What are your favorite nutrient add ons?
Vitamin C – helps with wellness and cold and flu prevention
B12 – gives an energy boost and helps fight fatigue
Magnesium – helps prevent muscle fatigue, aches and cramps
IV hangover cure, does it really work?
Yes. With a hangover, fluid is one of the most beneficial things to immediately get into your body. Most people feel the effects of the IV within 10-20 minutes. In addition to boosting hydration, Toradol is a powerful anti-inflammatory medication and Zofran is an anti-nausea medication. In combination with the fluid, this blend is an efficient and effective way to reduce negative symptoms of hangovers.
If you really want to accelerate recovery, try out our ASAP recovery package which adds Magnesium and B12 to further promote recovery and have you feeling your best.
Before your IV, sweat out all the toxins from the night before in Livkraft’s Infrared Saunas. The infrared is 7x more effective than traditional saunas for detoxification, releasing 20% toxins and 80% water during each sweat, compared to 3% toxins and 97% water in traditional saunas. After your sweat session, you’ll replenish any fluid lost with your IV, adding in extra nutrients to have you feeling revived and recovered.
How long do the effects last?
Most people feel the effects immediately and say it lasts for a couple days.
I’ve been traveling a lot, any IV’s to help with jetlag?
Jetlag can be one of the negative consequences of frequent traveling. I definitely recommend our Meyers Blend to reset your internal clock to recovery and feel your best. To reduce fluid retention after flying or long travels, book a Normatec Session at Livkraft! Normatec helps decrease any water accumulation, reduces inflammation, and improves circulation.
Float Therapy at Livkraft is also a great way to destress and decompress after traveling, relaxing both mind and body. It’s the only time your body is anti-gravity, so you’re taking all tension off your head, neck, and spine while allowing all muscles and joints to completely relax. Travel can also be exhausting; setting aside the proper time to recover will leave you feeling refreshed and renewed.
Best IV to detox?
We recommend the Immunity Boost, our wellness and flu prevention blend which includes Zinc and Vitamin C. This blend also helps to get you back to an adequate hydration baseline with fluid. This in combination with the Infrared Sauna at Livkraft is the perfect detox combination.
Can I make a custom blend?
While we have our standard blends, we can definitely make a custom IV blend if there are certain vitamins or supplements you’d like to incorporate.
How can I book with ASAP IV’s?
We offer individual or group sessions in the comfort of your own home. We can coordinate day of or days before depending on your schedule. Additionally we have pop-up locations at Livkraft Wellness, be sure to follow @livkraftwellness and @asapivs on Instagram for any pop-up announcements!