Vitamin IV Therapy: The Pros and Cons

October 16, 2019 0 Comments
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Would it surprise you to learn that in the United States,  almost 95 percent of the population is not getting enough vitamin D?

Every cell in your body requires vitamin D for your body to function properly. Vitamin D is one of the many vitamins that it’s hard to get adequate amounts of through food.

Vitamins like magnesium, Vitamin A, Vitamin D, and Vitamin E are also hard for the body to absorb, so taking these supplements in pill form isn’t necessarily effective.

Being deficient in these vitamins and minerals can have an effect on major systems in the body like detoxification processes, immune health, and hormone production.

What’s the Solution?

Vitamin IV Therapy. You may have heard of IV supplements used as a hangover cure, but they are gaining ground as more than that.

They are now being included as regular regimens and can be administered anywhere from your doctor’s office to your own office via a registered nurse. As with any treatment, it is important to weigh the pros and cons before deciding whether or not IV Therapy is right for you.

The Basics of Vitamin IV Therapy

A professional will administer the IV Therapy. If you have it delivered, a nurse to administer the treatment will be included in the cost.

  • An IV drip delivers vitamins directly into your body through a needle.
  • IV drips take about 20 to 30 minutes to administer.
  • A single IV drip costs around $100 for one nutrient.  The price increases with each additional nutrient.

The Pros of IV Supplements

1. IV supplements are the most bioavailable type of supplement.

Absorption of supplements and food happens in the gut via a properly functioning digestive system, which then releases them into the bloodstream. If you have a leaky gut syndrome or other gut problems, an IV drip can be a more efficient vitamin delivery system as this system bypasses the gut.

2. Customization and convenience.

We can customize your IV drip specifically to your body’s needs. All of your supplements can also be administered in one dose.

3. They can help keep you hydrated.

A liquid salt solution carries the nutrients in an IV drip. This solution instantly hydrates your body and will boost your electrolyte levels.

4. They are fast-acting.

IV supplements are the answer to many short term health issues. If you have an important event coming up but feel tired or like a cold is coming on, you can add a higher dose of a supplement like a vitamin C to boost your energy or your immune system.

5. They can slow the aging process.

The addition of glutathione to an IV drip can create youthful and radiant skin.  Glutathione acts as an antioxidant in the body to fight off free radicals that increase wrinkles and other signs of aging. The effects of glutathione are more powerful when added to a drip than taken orally.

The Downside of IV Supplements

1. They can be dangerous.

While all of the nutrients contained in a drip are healthy when given at a higher dosage than necessary nutrients can become dangerous. Each individual has a unique biochemistry.

Even if you have the same diagnosis as someone else, your body’s nutritional needs and treatment plan are specific to you. If you don’t know exactly what you need, IV supplements can quickly become dangerous.

Consulting with your doctor and running labs before opting for an IV drip is essential. Your doctor will determine your specific nutrient deficiencies and what your ideal dose should be.

2. They are not a long-term solution.

Although they are great in a pinch, IV supplements are not a replacement for a good lifestyle and eating habits.

Working with your doctor or healthcare provider to fix the systemic function issues within the body will increase your likelihood of absorbing nutrients from whole and healthy foods. At that point, an IV drip is unnecessary.

3. Not all Vitamin IV Therapy Companies are the same.

Make sure that your IV comes from a reputable distributor. There is no need to put your health at risk or to drip unneeded or questionable additives into your body.

4. Immediate reactions may occur.

If you are generally sensitive to procedures or medications or you get a drip from a less-than-reputable facility, you are placing yourself in a higher possibility of risk for reactions.

5. This may all be a placebo effect

It is entirely possible that the noticeable improvement in health many feel after an IV drip may not be due to the IV at all. They may feel better because they believed that they would.

So, in one study, half of a group of fibromyalgia patients were given an IV solution with vitamins and half without. Both groups showed improvement.

Contact Us Today

Interested in learning more about how Vitamin IV Therapy could help you with your specific situation?   Neighborhood Wellness is glad to help!

Our goal is to get you feeling better than you’ve ever felt before. Schedule an appointment, and one of our providers will take the time to look at your specific situation and discuss whether IV Therapy would benefit you.

We may even have other ideas and suggestions for treatment that will help you get back to your best!

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Our goal is to get you feeling better than you’ve ever felt before. Schedule an appointment, and one of our providers will take the time to look at your specific situation and discuss whether IV Therapy would benefit you.

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