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By Shanan Kelley

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A stop at one of Treat’s Wellness Centers for IV drip therapy before or after a flight has become a travel must-have. But what happens when your layover isn’t long enough for a full IV infusion? When time is of the essence, the answer is intramuscular injections for energy and immunity in a flash.

Vitamin C is an essential nutrient and antioxidant that plays an essential role in wound healing, preventing cell damage, building collagen and producing important neurotransmitters. While this important nutrient can be had from vitamin C-rich foods like strawberries and citrus fruit, there are times when receiving a higher-dose injection can be incredibly beneficial — for example, when nutrient absorption is a challenge or when the immune system has been taxed. Vitamin C is a well-documented booster to the immune system and has even been shown to shorten the duration of the common cold. It can also be a huge help when healing from burns and recovering from surgery and injuries. While it is always a good idea to talk to your doctor before embarking on a new therapeutic modality, vitamin C injections are generally considered safe for most people. And the shot itself takes only a few moments, making it the perfect pre- and post-flight immune booster.

Treat tip: When visiting warmer locales where your sun exposure will be increased, we recommend bookending your trip with vitamin C injections to promote the skin’s ability to protect itself and recover from sunburns and heat rashes.

Vitamin B12 is a water-soluble vitamin that plays a critical role in brain function and the production of DNA and red blood cells. Deficiency in vitamin B12 is common, especially for those who follow a vegan or vegetarian diet, along with those who are elderly or have diseases that affect the gut, such as Crohn’s or celiac disease. An intramuscular injection of vitamin B12 is an easy and effective way to get optimal B12 levels quickly. Anecdotally, people claim that B12 gives a quick energy boost, and can even help with weight loss and mood. And with the significant role B12 plays in brain health, macular function, bone health and mental wellness, it’s worth asking your doctor if B12 shots could benefit you. B12 injections are considered very safe and are generally well-received by healthy individuals. As with vitamin C, B12 injections are virtually painless and administered quickly.

Treat tip: We recommend vitamin B12 injections for travelers who need to arrive at their destinations feeling energized and awake. When your time between flights is tight, use the Treat app to schedule your appointments ahead of time to avoid feeling rushed.

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