If you’re keeping abreast of new and innovative health and wellness trends, you probably already know the buzz around town is about intravenous therapy, or IV therapy for short. This new treatment allows you to get your vital nutrients in an unconventional way. Instead of taking supplements with water, you can receive your vitamins and minerals directly into the bloodstream.
Taking the intravenous route offers fast delivery of nutrient-filled fluids, medications, and electrolytes that are critical for instant rejuvenation of the body. Hospitals, emergency rooms, and health centers are realizing the value of the therapy when it comes to hydrating the body and restoring wellness and vitality. Furthermore, taking vitamin drips on a regular basis can enhance your health and quality of life.
What is IV Therapy?
IV therapy, also known as intravenous therapy, is a current wellness trend. But this principle of body rejuvenation dates back to centuries ago. Then in the 1970s, Dr. John Myers developed an infusion therapy known as the Myer’s Cocktail. Essentially, it allows individuals to be treated by an infusion of liquids through a vein.
Some people even see intravenous infusion as a life-saving medical breakthrough since it not only restores health quickly, but it also boosts the immune system to promote long-term health. It has also gained popularity over the last few years and continues to spark the curiosity of those looking for natural ways to stay healthy. Not to mention, those, including celebrities, who received this treatment have experienced the array of benefits it offers.
Why the Body Needs Adequate Nutrients
Macronutrients such as carbohydrates, proteins, and fats are not enough to keep the immune system healthy and functioning at optimum levels. It is necessary for the body to get its daily dose of important vitamins and minerals. These essential micronutrients help with the development of strong bones and teeth and good vision. They also work to convert food into energy as well as help the body heal and rid itself of toxins. Eating a balanced diet can help provide a variety of nutrients in the right quantities.
However, many Americans are undernourished because they fail to maintain a balanced diet or cannot afford to. Since a lot of people do not get the recommended daily amount of the nutrients needed to sustain their health, it places them at risk of common illnesses such as the cold and flu. Long-term deprivation of vital nutrients can lead to chronic illnesses caused by vitamin and mineral deficiencies. As such, they may take nutritive supplements to bridge the gap.
Getting Vital Nutrients Through Supplements
While taking oral supplements is an alternative to getting the nutrients directly from the foods, it is not necessarily as effective as many people think. First, the body must break down and process them before they can be absorbed into the bloodstream. Nutrient loss also occurs during this process, allowing the body to only receive fewer vitamins and minerals. Health experts say only about 50-60 percent absorption occurs. The remaining nutrients get flushed out of your body.
The reason for this is that certain factors may affect your body’s ability to retrieve nutrients in the stomach. These factors include your age, physical makeup, current health status, family history, and genetics. Certain food products and medication may also interact with the supplements you take, preventing you from getting adequate amounts of vitamins and minerals.
In other cases, not taking a combination of certain vitamins or minerals can result in nutrient loss. For example, calcium should be taken with vitamin D. The reason why is vitamin D helps absorb calcium. Similarly, vitamin C enhances the absorption of iron by the body. There are also other vitamins that help with the absorption of certain nutrients and need to be taken together.
An Effective Way to Stay Healthy
Things are quite different with IV therapy. It is designed to flood the body with nutrients quickly and more effectively than the traditional way of taking oral supplements. Undergoing an IV nutrient therapy session allows your body to receive a higher concentration of the vitamins and minerals themselves. The fluid is infused directly into the bloodstream, delivering 100% of the nutrients it is intended to provide within just minutes.
Patients usually feel the positive effects in minutes because this method bypasses the digestive tract and the digestive process altogether. Patients at a hospital who are too sick to eat or are experiencing severe deficiencies can benefit immediately from the intravenous delivery of the vital nutrients they need.
Where is Infusion Therapy Performed?
The therapy is offered right here in the comfort of our office. Receiving a potent solution of vitamins and minerals into your bloodstream at once increases uptake into the body cells. This same method can also be used to deliver liquified medication to sick patients and is particularly beneficial in emergency cases. The entire process is safe, and the professional will monitor you during the process to ensure the nutrients are being administered at the proper rate.
What Nutrients are Inside the Vitamin Drips?
An IV drip can contain a single vitamin. However, it can contain a cocktail or concentrated mixture of various nutrients. We can tailor your treatment to ensure you get the right amounts based on your needs. Notwithstanding, any one of the following may be administered by itself or as a combination mixture or cocktail:
- B vitamins
- Vitamin C
- Amino acids
What are the Different Types of IV Drips?
The drips provided at our office are not all the same. We are proud to offer a variety of fluids for various types of conditions. Some of the common ones are:
- Myer’s Cocktail
- Stress & Anxiety
- Quick Calm IV
- Pain Relief IV
- Hydration IV
- Weight Loss IV
- Wellness IV
- Quick Calm IV
- NAD Therapy IV
- Ketamine IV
- Hangover Relief IV
Conditions IV Infusion Therapy Can Help Treat
Nutrient deficiencies weaken the immune system and make the body more vulnerable to sickness. Intravenous therapy can be used as a preventative and “curative” treatment for many kinds of health issues. Among the conditions patients find relief from are sinus, pain, respiratory tract infections, muscle spasms, allergies, flu, hangovers, overactive thyroid, and countless others.
Many people are also turning to IV vitamin infusion to alleviate chronic dehydration caused by an illness or intense sports activity. Others choose it for cosmetic benefits.
The Many Benefits of IV Therapy
This therapy is fast-acting since it infuses the right amount and type of nutrients you need straight to the bloodstream. As such, it is also a great way to restore electrolytes lost through dehydration. Undergoing routine therapy is also a good way to prevent malnutrition along with the host of illnesses associated with an undernourished immune system. This is one reason why some patients take IV drips simply to boost their immune system. These are healthy people who understand the value of preventative health care.
Detoxification is another important benefit. We can include antioxidants in your drip to eliminate built-up toxins which are known to cause various illnesses and reduce overall health over time. Antioxidants also neutralize free radicals in the body. An energy drip can help boost performance and enhance focus and concentration when you need it the most. Many athletes and active individuals find it valuable for reducing tiredness and fatigue as well as keeping them in the game.
Other benefits include the following:
- Better moods
- Improved sleep
- Helps control weight gain
- Less frequent mood swings
- Shorter healing and recovery time
- Reduce anxiety and depression
- Increase in cognitive functions
- Improvement in physical performance
How Often Should I Get IV Therapy?
Our professional is the best person to help determine how frequently you should undergo this therapy. But if you’re looking to enhance your health and life the natural way, getting treated on a regular basis can help you to achieve this.
There is generally no risk of taking vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants to boost your immune system, health, and overall well-being. Think of it as taking your oral supplements the intravenous way. Of course, proper supervision and monitoring by a medical professional are necessary to ensure the fluids are not delivered too quickly.
Am I a Good Candidate for IV Therapy?
While almost anyone can be a good candidate for this treatment, our healthcare provider is the best person to decide if it is suitable for you. However, it can be an ideal solution if you are chronically ill or dehydrated. Persons who may not be treated include those taking certain medications, who have liver or kidney problems, or who have trouble with congestive heart failure.
Nevertheless, you don’t have to be sick to opt for IV treatment. In fact, it’s probably more helpful to use it as a preventative measure against illnesses. Remember, it is just like taking your supplements, only you’re getting it directly into the bloodstream to optimize nutrient intake and enhance your health. It is important to note that taking this treatment is not a replacement for your daily meals. You will still need to continue consuming a balanced diet, but you must take into consideration that you are getting some of your micronutrients by way of IV drips.
Optimize Your Health!
Cleanse and restore balance at Metabolix Wellness Center with our hydrating IV infusions that are rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and electrolytes. IV therapy is not one-size-fits-all. We can customize each drip to match your needs. Our caring staff will provide your treatment in a sterile, safe, and compassionate environment. Contact us today to book your appointment at our office in Clearwater, FL. We look forward to speaking with you!