IV Nutritional Therapy
What Is IV Nutritional Therapy?
Intravenous (IV) refers to the administration of vitamins and micronutrients into the body through the vein. The use of intravenous (IV) nutritional treatment to promote overall health and well-being is becoming more common in healthcare. Years ago, IV bags may have only been given to a patient if they are rushed to the hospital in a critical state. Now, it is regularly utilized to boost the body’s capacity to absorb key nutrients straight into the cells where they are required, resulting in a variety of health advantages.
The benefits include, but are not limited to:
● Increased Immunity
● Physical Endurance
● Enhanced Energy Levels
While IV nutritional treatment can be referred to as IV vitamin treatment or IV micronutrient therapy, the goal remains the same: Supplementing the body with vitamins and minerals to improve health and general well-being.
In recent years, intravenous nutrition treatments have been incorporated into a variety of lifestyles as well. For example, some athletes are given intravenous vitamins following their games to help them recuperate faster. Women and men interested in the aesthetic benefits will often receive IV infusions to boost their skin’s radiance, by combating dryness caused by dehydration. Ultimately, the main reason individuals seek IV vitamin treatment is to manage specific medical diseases; some research suggests that supplementary IV vitamin delivery may help improve symptoms of fibromyalgia, migraines, hypertension, among other things.
How Does IV Therapy Work?
Most individuals get their vitamins and micronutrients through their diet, while some people may additionally take multivitamin supplements. When vitamins and micronutrients are consumed orally, they go into the stomach and intestines, where gastrointestinal enzymes break them down and allow them to be absorbed into the circulatory system. A portion of these compounds are absorbed into the gastrointestinal system; what is not absorbed passes through the body and is expelled as feces. In addition, most chemicals ingested from the colon travel via the liver for further processing before being distributed throughout the body.
A person’s metabolism, age, heredity, and interactions with other items taken orally are all variables that influence the number of vitamins absorbed in the gut. A large portion of the vitamins and micronutrients consumed orally are wasted, with just a tiny amount reaching the remainder of the body. Therefore, the body does not gain the full advantages of these chemicals when taken orally as food or other supplements. Minerals and vitamins are injected into the body through the veins in IV vitamin treatment. Vitamins and minerals are administered this way to prevent metabolism in the gut and ensure the most efficient utilization of nutrients by the body.
Components of a Typical IV Micronutrient Infusion
A standard IV micronutrient infusion may contain a range of compounds. The components of IV micronutrient infusions are usually adjusted to the rationale for their administration; different diseases or medical conditions may necessitate a specific mix of IV vitamins and micronutrients. Additionally, the components of an IV vitamin bag can be customized based on the person’s needs getting the infusion. Some people tolerate particular components better than others, while a few are intolerant to certain chemicals.
A typical IV vitamin infusion bag includes:
● Folic Acid
● Vitamin B Complex
● Vitamin B12 (Hydroxocobalamin)
● Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid)
These vitamins are usually suspended in a 0.45% sodium chloride solution. The variety of combinations containing these vitamins and minerals are given identifiable names, including:
● Myers Cocktail – The general “starting point” for IV nutrition.
● Immune Boost – Contains additional antioxidants, such as glutathione & acetylcysteine to strengthen immunity.
● Metabolism Boost – Contains the amino acid L-carnitine to boost energy and promote fat-loss.
● Recovery Enhancement – Contains taurine, a powerful electrolyte, to decrease muscle soreness/damage and improve endurance performance.
● Chelation Therapy – Contains edetate disodium dihydrate to remove/prevent accumulation of heavy metals.
● Lipid Exchange/Vascular Support – Contains phosphatidylcholine to support cardiovascular/mental/sexual/hepatic health.
● Oxidative Therapies – Contains a high-dose of vitamin C (ascorbic acid) to kill cancer cells.
● Hydrogen Peroxide – Prevents growth of aerobic organisms and stimulates the production of white blood cells to improve symptoms associated with COPD and asthma. Also increases glucose storage to stabilize levels associated with type 2 diabetes.
Possible IV Infusion Side Effects
IV infusions are typically safe and have few negative effects. When adverse effects do occur, they may result from inadequate antiseptic conditions during the delivery of the infusion. In addition, hypersensitivity responses to one or more of the components in an infusion may cause certain negative effects.
For example, magnesium infusion bags might induce a flushing feeling over the head, neck, and chest. In certain persons, potassium supplementation can also cause cardiac excitability and arrhythmias. As a result, patients having an infusion for the first time should have it titrated gently, and adverse effects should be thoroughly monitored. If any adverse effects are discovered, the infusion should be stopped immediately.
Administration of IV Vitamin Therapy
In most cases, IV vitamin infusions should be administered in a professional context, such as a doctor’s office or another appropriate outpatient facility. In addition, to reduce the danger of infections or other consequences, the infusion should only be given by knowledgeable people about the procedure. The following is the usual procedure for administering an IV vitamin infusion bag:
● The patient will be comfortably seated or lying down.
● The upper arm or forearm should be wrapped in a tourniquet so that the veins below it become exposed and swollen. At times, the back of hand is used for insertion if a vein cannot easily be found.
● Once a good vein has been chosen, the skin surrounding it is thoroughly sterilized with an alcohol-based wipe.
● After the skin is dry, an IV line is carefully inserted using a suitably sized needle containing a cannula/catheter.
● Once the IV line is in place, the tubing may be attached to it so that the connected bag’s contents flow into the patient’s bloodstream.
● The rate at which the IV vitamin bag empties into the body varies; most IV vitamin bags are set to flow for 30 to 45 minutes.
Living a healthy lifestyle requires focusing on the body’s nutritional needs. Beyond hydration, IV therapy gives your body the vitamins, minerals, and amino acids to remain nourished and fresh. At Ayuh Wellness Center, our IV nutrition therapy delivers bioidentical vitamins and nutrients directly into circulation, bypassing the digestive tract. This administration method ensures 100% bioavailability for immediate comfort and benefits, as opposed to only a fraction being absorbed orally. Even though many doctors disregard IV treatment as a preventative measure, it has been beneficial in treating a wide range of ailments, from chronic fatigue to cancer. So if you are trying to get rid of a hangover from last night or treat typical cold and flu symptoms, we are here to help. Our IV treatments can also be tailored to your body’s specific requirements and vitamin inadequacies, for an even more personal experience.