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o you know what Glutathione is? effort to ensure a relaxed ambiance for the lounge experience. Chances are you don’t so here is a crash course. Tejada describes the lounge – with similar models in Broward Glutathione is an antioxidant that counteracts bad things and Palm Beach Counties – as offering concierge-like service the that happen to the human body. When the body shows signs of moment guests walk through its doors. deterioration, humans can take steps to counteract failing health. “We teamed up with a leading group of medical experts to Glutathione is part of the equation. create the best IV nutrient infusions in a high-end lounge setting,” Emmanuel Trenche, spokesman for Fort Lauderdale based Tejada said. Liquivida Lounge, said glutathione is essential to a healthy immune The lounge offers seven nutrient IV drips, giving guests a system. variety of options to improve their wellness. Executives seeking “Not having enough glutathione contributes to oxidative stress, to sharpen performance and relieve stress have their brand while which plays a major role in the mechanics of complex disorders,” other drips are offered that improve the appearance of skin, nails Trenche said. “In other words, oxidative stress affects the and hair; power cell defenses and even cure hangovers. composition and strength of your cell exposing you to disease.” All with the help of glutathione. At Liquivida Lounge, IV infusion with glutathione is available. “It’s one of the best anti-aging nutrients out there,” said The antioxidant is administered intravenously providing needed Newman. amino acids for the human body. Explaining how glutathione works in lay terms, Newman said: Doctor Howard Newman oversees the Liquivida Lounge “It grabs free radicals and makes them inactive.” operations in Coconut Creek in northwestern Broward County. Free radicals cause cell damage and interfere with normal cell Newman swears by the therapy’s results. Aside from IV infusion function, Newman said. Smoking, he said, causes free radicals. being the fastest way to restore health, glutathione, “When the body has certain stresses, it needs more Newman says, is an effective remedy. glutathione,” Newman said. “We’re getting good results with it,” A normal session takes anywhere between 30 Newman said. “It works well in women and to 45 minutes for the IV to be administered, men.” Newman said. Patients typically kick The Mirror Magazine visited three back in a reclining massage chair with different Liquivida Lounge locations flat screen televisions to watch during to observe and participate in the therapy. therapy. Prices vary depending on your In addition to rehydrating the body, selection. There are drips for many glutathione helps with skin lightening, different conditions. During our visit said Newman, giving some patients a to the Pompano Beach location, a “glow” and more energetic feel. Liquivida Lounge staff member pinched Celebrities such as Rhianna, Kim the arm of a reporter to determine a level Kardashian and Simon Cowell have - Dr. Howard of dehydration. successfully used IV therapy, said Newman. Newman “A lot of the patients are dehydrated,” On its website, the lounge lists several VIP Newman said. testimonials. Patients, Newman said, come in through referrals. “Those IV drips were amazing. I can’t even begin Cash and credit cards are accepted, Newman said, but to describe in words how great I felt after leaving Liquivida because Liquivida Lounge is classified as a wellness spa, standard Lounge, especially 2-3 days later. That massage chair sure didn’t health insurance, does not apply. hurt either,” said MMA fighter Steve Montgomery. “That’s just for catastrophic [insurance],” Newman said of the Flight attendants, professional athletes and busy corporate health care coverage offered in Florida under the Affordable Care executives fit the usual profile of an IV therapy patient, said Act. Emmanuel Trenche, marketing and public relations manager at Liquivida Lounge. The important thing to remember, Trenche A Lounge For Rejuvenation. said, is glutathione IV treatments slow down the aging process. “While glutathione is a naturally occurring molecule that is Tucked away in a shopping plaza off A-1-A in Fort Lauderdale’s found inside every cell of the body, levels decrease with age and Galt Mile is a lounge where drinks are served in untraditional low levels can cause many serious diseases,” Trenche said. “It has methods. This lounge focuses on wellness and nutrition and the been found to act as an antioxidant to other antioxidants as it has drip comes intravenously. the ability to maximize the activity of vitamin C and vitamin E.” Welcome to the future of healing. Not to be left out, Millennials, have a drip targeted for their “We created the Liquivita Lounge concept to bring nutrient IV lifestyle. Labeled “Rise and Shine,” this drip is customized for therapy to the masses,” says founder Samuel Tejada, a Broward society scene stealers recovering from a party hangover. County firefighter and paramedic. “Hungover? Bounce back and get moving quickly,” reads a page Raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Tejada now calls Coconut in a promotional Liquivida Lounge brochure. Creek home. He launched his premium wellness spa setting earlier What makes the Rise & Shine drip so effective? Liquivida this year after hearing a lot of positive buzz from similar startups officials point to Taurine, the drip’s most powerful ingredient. in Los Angeles. Taurine is an amino acid that works with electrolytes and The idea of voluntarily sticking a needle in your arm is still a bit Magnesium, a metal, and Chloride, a halogen, to detoxify cells. daunting for some so Tejada and his investors have made every

“We’re getting good results with it. It works well in women and men.”

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