A topic headlining the media lately is “IV Vitamin Therapy: The Latest Celebrity Health Fad”. It much more than a fad, and for many people other than just celebrities. Our previous blog topics have touched on what IV vitamin therapy is and why it is used, now we would like to discuss how it is used and how it works.
IV vitamin therapy is a method of feeding vitamins, minerals, and other natural substances directly into the bloodstream which bypasses the digestive system. This is the main advantage of IV nutrition. When substances are given orally they must be processed through the stomach and the intestines. Many substances may be rendered inactive in the digestive tract, or may not be well absorbed due to poor intestinal function. Directly administering nutrients to the body allows for higher than normal blood levels. These increased levels can provide an immediate therapeutic response by correcting deficiencies that may arise from a disease state.
Many people ask, “Can’t the same results be achieved by a shot?”. The answer to that is no. An intramuscular shot cannot achieve the same level of nutrients in the blood stream. The capacity is smaller, and the size of the shot would be extremely large. IV therapy allows for 100% absorption and a cellular level. Vitamin shots are effective, however while attempting to obtain an optimal nutrition status all around, IV therapy is the best option. The amount of a nutrient that is needed for a desired therapeutic effect often exceeds the amount that the body normally is able to absorb. Magnesium for example, can be taken in high doses orally. However, large doses can cause loose stools or diarrhea. With IV therapy, the therapeutic effect of the high dose without the side effects can be achieved. In fact, 1 to 6 grams, can be given without this particular side effect occurring. This is the case with many very important nutrients, allowing individuals to experience optimal health and achieve a greater nutritional status than if they were to take oral supplements.
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