The Benefits of Nutrient IV TherapyJune 4, 2019
The Benefits of Nutrient IV Therapy
Many people like to boost their nutrition and body through the use of nutrition and supplements. This helps to sharpen one’s mind and improve performance. However, when supplements are taken orally in pill form (as is often the case), the effect is decreased somewhat as it has to go through your digestive system before making its way around your body and into your blood, helping your cells. You’re losing nutrients in the process!
With nutrient IV therapy, this loss is no longer an issue. We directly administer the nutrients, vitamins and minerals, into your bloodstream through an IV infusion. This bypasses the first pass metabolism in the digestive system and liver, giving your blood the nutrients directly. By doing this, we are able to administer 100% absorption of those nutrients, to give the highest effect.
What kind of nutrients are there?
Nutrient IV Infusion Therapy allows us, as naturopathic physicians, to tailor your treatment specifically to you. We are able to change the combination of vitamins and minerals in the nutrient IV depending on what our goal of treatment is. For example, if you’re someone who suffers from Crohn’s disease, Celiac’s disease or colitis, you are not absorbing your nutrients as efficiently as someone without those conditions. By giving you the nutrients you need via IV, we are able to improve your health much faster. This allows us to treat the root cause of the issue (malabsorption) to resolve symptoms (low energy) quicker than if we were just giving oral treatments.
At Bay Wellness Centre, we do not administer fat soluble vitamins, such as Vitamin A, D, E, or K via nutrient IV. We also do not administer iron by injection. If an iron infusion is necessary, a referral can be made for Mainline Infusion by a naturopathic physician or a family physician.
Conditions Treated With Nutrient IV Therapy
Many conditions can be addressed using nutrient IV therapy. This is not to say that we will only do nutrient IV therapy; we use this form of treatment as an adjunctive treatment.
Any type of malabsorption condition can benefit from Nutrient IV therapy; some examples are:
- Crohn’s disease
- Celiac’s disease
- IBS/ IBD
- Chronic constipation or diarrhea
- Food sensitivities or leaky gut
Nutrient IV therapy can also be a great addition to treatment plans that are focused on managing stress, replenishing lost nutrients (i.e. athletes), and resolving skin issues, such as ageing skin.
What About ‘Immune Boosting?’
Nutrient IV therapy is a great addition to supporting your immune system. The term “boosting your immune system” is not quite accurate. When we administer nutrient IV therapy for supporting the immune system, we are using nutrients such as ascorbic acid (vitamin C), lysine and zinc, as they have been shown to have anti-viral actions in the body. When our goal is to support the immune system, we use higher amounts of these nutrients, in addition to B vitamins and other minerals. Nutrient IV therapy to support your immune system can be administered as soon as you feel cold or flu symptoms beginning, or before and after flying on airplanes.
How Can I Begin Getting Nutrient IV Therapy?
At Bay Wellness Centre, the naturopathic physicians will do a consultation with you to determine your needs and goals of treatments. From there, the physician will determine the correct “cocktail” of nutrients and recommend at what frequency the nutrient IV therapy should be administered.
We must do a consultation prior to administering nutrient IV therapy for our patients safety and in responsible practice of medicine.
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