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How Does IV Therapy Fit Into The Amazing 4 Pillars of Health?

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Utilizing IV Therapy in the 4 Pillars of Health

The four pillars of health are nutrition, detoxification, hormones and lifestyle. At Bay Wellness Centre, we address each of these pillars when we are treating our patients with the programs that we have developed.

Almost all of our programs also include some form of IV therapy, and that is because nutrient IV’s have many benefits and allow us to address many symptoms and conditions at once.

Since IV therapy is 100% bioavailable, we are able to increase our patients’ nutrient status very quickly and efficiently. We are bypassing the first pass metabolism of the digestive tract, allowing the vitamins and minerals to get directly to the cells quickly and efficiently.

We consider IV therapy to be a part of the detoxification pillar and the nutrition pillar. Occasionally, after the this treatment, if it is indicated, we can do a glutathione push. Glutathione is the major antioxidant in the body; think of it as the little garbage scoop that goes around cleaning up the toxins and debris. Increasing glutathione in the body increases the body’s ability to metabolize the toxins, foods and hormones that it encounters on a daily basis.

How is IV Therapy Used?

IV therapy is tailored to the individual person, condition and symptoms at that time. For example, we are able to add amino acids for athletic recovery, or increased lysine to treat HSV (herpes) outbreaks. We build the IV’s specifically for each patient, typically starting with a base of normal saline and then adding in each individual vitamin, mineral and amino acid based on their needs at the time of their appointment.

What Conditions Does IV Therapy Treat?

IV therapy is a fantastic tool for treating many conditions because we are addressing the intracellular nutrient status. As mentioned above, we are bypassing the digestive tract and getting the nutrients directly in to the cell where they are needed most.

Some Conditions That IV Therapy Can Be Used To Treat:

  • Acute colds and flus
  • Chronic muscle pain
  • Some specific subsets of depression, anxiety
  • Fatigue and Chronic fatigue syndromes
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Chronic digestive concerns
    • Ulcerative colitis
    • Crohn’s disease
    • SIBO
  • Chronic infectious sinusitis
  • Asthma
  • Chronic hives
  • Chronic infections of viral, bacterial, or fungal origin
  • Withdrawal from narcotics, anti-depressants, benzodiazepenes
  • Migraine headaches
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Diabetic peripheral neuralgia
  • Improving athletic performance and recovery after strenuous exercise
  • Dehydration

What Can Be Used In IV Therapy?

Although we tailor all of our IV’s specifically to our patients. These are the vitamins and minerals that can be added:

  • Vitamin B Complex
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin B12
  • Vitamin’s B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B7, B9
  • Lysine
  • Selenium
  • Zinc
  • Calcium
  • Magnesium

What are the side effects of IV Therapy?

The side effects of IV therapy are typically very positive. They include increased energy, reduced pain, improved stress management and improved sleep quality.

Occasionally patients can taste the vitamins while the IV is being administered or can experience a feeling of euphoria. There is a possibility of a small bruise at the injection site as well.

IV Therapy and Naturopathic Treatments

It’s important to note that IV therapy is typically not a treatment on its own. IV therapy is used as an adjunctive treatment, along with a full treatment plan.

We always include well-rounded treatment plans for our patients including addressing the four pillars of health. As mentioned above, we utilize IV therapy when working to correct detoxification and nutrition.

The frequency that IV therapy may be used is different for every condition as well. For more severe and chronic conditions, we may begin with IV therapy weekly to support the nutrient status, and then spread out the treatments as symptoms diminish.

IV therapy can also be used surrounding travel plans to support the immune system.