Product Review: Oral I.V.

I was recently given an opportunity as a Sweat Pink Ambassador to review a new hydration product: Oral I.V. The makers bill it as “Water’s Wingman”, and a hydration aid when used with other liquids.

Compact and secure, Oral I.V. is great for travel.
Compact and secure, Oral I.V. is great for travel.

According to their website, I could expect the following:


We continue to receive glowing testimonials from ORAL I.V. consumers who train hard, work hard, and are committed to peak performance. ORAL I.V. provides benefits such as:

  • Natural Ingredients
  • No sugars or stimulants
  • Aids existing methods of hydration
  • Lightweight and portable
  • Contributes to peak performance*
  • Improved focus and concentration*
  • Shorter recovery times from exercise and exertion*
  • Increased endurance*

* Based on reports from actual ORAL I.V. consumers. This statement has not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Greg and I tried it between a pair of workouts in a “two-a-day” situation – we finished our run and then sipped down the little vial of Oral I.V. before heading on to our P90X workout for the day. We noticed that it tasted like slightly salty water, but that was the only thing we really noticed.

We did not experience anything out of the ordinary, results-wise. We seemed no worse and no better after having taken the Oral I.V. along with water.

I tried it again one day after an evening of adult beverages, thinking that since I was dehydrated I might benefit from a hydration aid. I felt reasonably refreshed, but again, I couldn’t say that the Oral I.V. was a noticeable boost to how I felt.

I asked to be sent the nutritional information, but was not able to procure those details, so all I know about the product is that it contains “a proprietary blend of crystalloid electrolytes and purified water”. Not sure what that means, exactly. Without knowing specific ingredients, however, I’m not likely to keep using it.

After some casual Googling, Oral I.V. seems to be a product much ballyhooed by tactical personnel, first responders, “preppers”, athletes and Carnie Wilson, so take those endorsements as you will. While I did not experience the impressive results other did, you may find their testimonials helpful.

If you want to try Oral I.V. for yourself, you can use the code “fitness” on their website for a 10% discount.

I was provided the sample of Oral I.V., free of charge, for the purposes of this review. All opinions are my own.

UPDATE: After publishing this post, I received the following explanation about ingredients from ORAL I.V.

Regarding ingredients, ORAL I.V. is comprised of a proprietary formula of crystalloid electrolytes and trace minerals – such as sodium, potassium and magnesium – in purified water. Because the formula is proprietary, we do not provide a full list of ingredients. However, ORAL I.V. utilizes all natural ingredients in their elemental form and there are no sugars, stimulants or artificial additives of any kind.
To be fair, I don’t understand any of that.