written by Dr. Nadine Khoury ND
Dr. Lindsey Campbell, ND and myself are licensed to provide IV Therapy treatments. Naturopathic Doctors go through an extensive training and licensing process to be able to provide individualized IV therapy prescriptions. They create your IV formula based on your individual needs.
Please keep in mind that not all Naturopathic Doctors are licensed to provide this treatment.
WHY GET IV TREATMENTS?
In this treatment nutrients are delivered directly into the bloodstream. This method bypasses the digestive system and allows for higher concentrations of nutrients to be absorbed and utilized by the body. A typical treatment lasts for approximately 60-90 minutes. If you are finding that you are not getting benefit from your supplement routine, you may have absorption issues. IV treatment not only helps you actually get the benefit from high dose vitamins, minerals and antioxidants but it will also help to heal your gut for better absorption in the future.
During treatment a sensation of warmth is most commonly experienced. Afterwards a general feeling of relaxation and an increase in energy can be expected. This rejuvenating method of nutrient delivery can boost your immune function, improve mood and stress resilience, increase physical stamina as well as mental, improve focus, improve cognitive function, boost fat burning potential by stimulating metabolism, support thyroid function and combat fatigue. It also powerfully supports detoxification which causes an improvement in hormonal health.
Further details on what you can expect to experience will be discussed prior to the initial treatment. Generally, a series of treatments are required to notice positive improvements and the frequency of treatments is determined depending on each individual case.
It has long been used for conditions such as:
Fatigue is one of the most common health complaints treated with IV nutrient therapy. Often associated with chronic stress, fatigue can often reduce one’s quality of life.
There are many possible causes of fatigue and some include poor nutrition, prolonged stress, following a cold or flu, IBS and inflammatory bowel diseases, celiac disease, anemia, and hormonal imbalances found with an underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism), PMS, menopause, and adrenal dysfunction.
Mental & Athletic Performance Enhancement
During exercise and during time of cognitive exertion our bodies convert carbohydrates, proteins, and fats by using enzymes that depend on certain nutrients for proper functioning. These include: magnesium, b-vitamins, vitamin c, selenium, L-taurine, other amino acids and zinc. When we push ourselves to the limit for years and years, we start to require larger amounts of these nutrients to feel like ourselves and feel like we are functioning optimally. In addition, muscle fatigue after strenuous exercise results in part from oxidative stress caused by free radicals that are produced. Anti-oxidants such as glutathione can help reduce these free radicals.
IV nutrient therapy helps to :
– Boost mental and physical performance and increase strength
– Reduce fatigue and improve recovery time
Cold / Flu and Immune Function
Our bodies are constantly exposed to the damaging effects of free radicals. This damage plays an important role in the development of inflammation and many chronic illnesses, such as cancer and cardiovascular disease. Our bodies have built-in antioxidant systems to help us deal with free radicals but we also depend on antioxidants from outside sources. These come in the form of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients that serve to protect and repair cells from damage. Free radicals can also compromise our immune systems. Antioxidants that reduce the damage caused by free radicals help to support the immune system in fighting off infections such as the cold and flu.
High dose IV Vitamin C is used to help decrease the duration of the cold and flu, as well as reduce the severity of symptoms. B-complex vitamins, such as Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) and Vitamin B12, have also been used for this purpose. The combination of these vitamins may be responsible for boosting your immunity so your own immune system can fight off the cold or flu more effectively and you feel better faster.
Despite eating a healthy diet, in some cases the intestines may not be adequately absorbing nutrients from food, leading to nutrient deficiencies. This is otherwise called intestinal malabsorption. It is usually associated with health conditions that cause inflammation damaging the absorptive surfaces of the intestines. Genetic predisposition, allergies, and autoimmune conditions lead to an inflammatory response.
Some of the most common conditions are:
– Inflammatory bowel diseases such as Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis
– Celiac disease
A sensitive digestive system may make it difficult to take these nutrients as oral supplements.
IBS and food allergies can also be associated with nutrient deficiencies.
Wound Healing After Surgery
Collagen provides structural integrity and support for the skin. Collagen production in the body depends on nutrients such as Vitamin C and Zinc. During and after surgery the body requires these nutrients in large amounts. Vitamin C taken orally in high doses may cause diarrhea making it difficult to achieve the effective levels required and is best accomplished through IV administration. Treatments before and after surgery are recommended for optimal effects.
Other conditions that IV nutrient therapy may benefit include:
Hormonal imbalance: PMS, PMDD
Endometriosis and dysmenorrhea
Following bariatric surgery
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