Receiving vitamins intravenously has become an increasingly popular trend, especially among celebrities.
Intravenous (IV) vitamin therapy is a method of administering vitamins and minerals directly into the bloodstream. ‘Alternative therapy’ clinics recommend this for a wide range of conditions including cancer, hypertension, chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD), asthma, fibromyalgia (widespread pain), chronic fatigue syndrome, diabetes, hepatitis, depression, Parkinson’s disease and macular degeneration.
Our clinics humbly claim vitamin injections boost energy levels and stimulate the immune system, as well as helping with stress, jetlag and sleep problems. As one of the providers of these injections, our medical team customized the formula of vitamins depending on the needs of the patient.
But the most popular formula is the ‘Myer’s Cocktail’ which consists of high doses of magnesium (not a vitamin), B vitamins and vitamin C, and is purported to treat a wide range of clinical conditions, from acute asthma attacks to cardiovascular disease.
We always inform our clients that: “By directly administering nutrients to the body higher than normal blood levels can be achieved. These increased levels can provide an immediate therapeutic response by correcting deficiencies that may arise from a disease state.”
However, some population groups may in some situations benefit from a supplement of modest amounts of specific nutrients. Examples include pregnant women, or those trying to conceive, who are recommended to take 400 µg /day of folic acid to prevent neural tube defects; children under 5 who are recommended to take vitamins A, C and D; and the over 65s who are recommended to take 10 µg/day of vitamin D. Such supplements are always given orally.
We raise a few vital questions and answers for this matter, please keep reading.
Does it have any health benefits?
Vitamins and minerals are naturally found in food and are generally consumed alongside other nutrients in a food matrix. The matrix can influence the extent of the nutrients’ absorption, both positively and negatively.
In an alternative therapy journal, Alternative Medicine Review, IV nutrient therapy has been reported to be more effective and better tolerated than conventional medical therapies for conditions such as asthma attacks, migraines, fatigue (including chronic fatigue syndrome), fibromyalgia, acute muscle spasm, upper respiratory tract infections, chronic sinusitis, seasonal allergic rhinitis, cardiovascular disease and other disorders; however this is based on anecdotal evidence (Gaby 2002).
Intravenous nutrients are used in hospitals for patients who are too sick to eat or in the treatment of a severe nutrient deficiency involving a particular nutrient. The requirement for such infusions and the amount given needs to be carefully assessed and monitored by use of appropriate blood tests. In these instances nutrient injections are vital to help keep people alive or to correct the adverse effects of deficiencies.
Vitamin B12 deficiency anemia, which is purported to be treated or prevented by intravenous infusions, is usually treated with intramuscular (not intravenous) injections of vitamin B12 (NHS Choices 2014). Intravenous therapy is unnecessary.
Are there any risks?
It is well established that vitamins and minerals can be harmful in excess, especially fat soluble vitamins that are stored rather than excreted by the body.
For example, large amounts of vitamin A can cause liver and bone damage and at very high doses vitamin E may interfere with the absorption of other vitamins. Also of concern is that the clinics providing these injections don’t have access to their clients’ medical records so they would be unaware of any pre-existing conditions that may be adversely affected by these injections or any other contraindications.
Injecting anything into the blood stream also comes with risks such as ‘air bubbles’ in the syringe that can transfer to the blood stream, allergic reactions and infection, which are more likely to occur if the person administering the injection is not properly qualified. At present, there are no regulatory processes governing safety in such clinics.
Vitamins should only be administered via the veins by qualified health professionals, to people who are too ill to feed themselves or those that have been diagnosed by their GP or medical specialist as having severe (typically single nutrient) nutritional deficiencies.
Because vitamins and medications are delivered directly to the cells that need them, IV drips have the potential to impact and improve the function of a wide variety of body systems. Based on our patients health improvement we provide the benefits detail as below:
Benefit #1: Improved Wellness
Wellness encompasses more than just your health. In fact, wellness refers to the diverse range of factors that contribute to your overall wellbeing and includes everything from your emotions to your environment.
IV drips can improve physical wellness and improve aspects of emotional wellness, such as depression or anxiety, by giving your body the tools it needs to stay in top condition. When your body has the ideal balance of vitamins and nutrients for normal function, you’ll feel better, get sick less frequently, and enjoy mental clarity.
Every day, your body requires a certain intake of vitamins and nutrients to maintain normal function. While the exact level varies from person to person, the demands of daily life can make it difficult to ingest adequate amounts of these essential vitamins. Even when using multivitamins, your body does not absorb all the nutrients due to the metabolic process. On top of that, some people have impaired absorption that reduces the ability to effectively convert nutrients into usable energy for cells.
Benefit #2: Accentuated Beauty
Our Beauty IV is formulated with a special blend of vitamins, nutrients, and antioxidants that improves the health and strength of your skin, hair, and nails. Our formula is designed to detoxify your body and rejuvenate your appearance from the inside out.
Unlike topical creams and oral supplements, IV therapy contains antioxidants to target and remove free radicals, which are molecules that contribute to aging and tissue damage. IV drips contain ingredients such as biotin and glutathione to naturally reduce the appearance of wrinkles, repair UV damage, and help your body remove toxins.
Benefit #3: Improved Athletic Performance
Athletes are always seeking that next record and that next goal, pushing their bodies to the limit to succeed. Intensive training is very demanding on the body, requiring more nutrients and vitamins to maintain peak performance.
Workouts are not only tiring on muscles, but exercise also leads to the gradual buildup of free radicals. IV drips for athletes are designed to flush out free radicals, promote healing, provide fast and thorough rehydration, and maintain muscle and tissues. These IV drips also contain amino acids, the building blocks of proteins that help the body during the recovery and muscle building process.
Benefit #4: Fast Hangover Relief
Alcohol is a diuretic, meaning that it dehydrates and removes nutrients from your body. Tissues in your body shrink, especially in the brain, which leads to headaches and muscle aches. At the same time, your liver produces toxins that can lead to body-wide discomfort. Excessive alcohol consumption – especially when fluids are not being replaced – dehydrates the body more quickly and leads to the symptoms of a hangover.
The symptoms of hangovers start when the blood alcohol level dips near zero and can last up to 24 hours. Staying hydrated is the best way to prevent a hangover, but if you’ve already woken up with a pounding headache and a sour stomach, you’ll most likely be looking for a way to relieve symptoms quickly.
Hangovers are hard on the body but recovery doesn’t have to be. Drip Hydration’s Hangover IVs contain electrolytes, saline solution, vitamins, and anti-inflammatory and anti-nausea medication. This combination of ingredients rehydrates and detoxifies your body and restores nutrients and electrolytes lost during drinking. The medications in this IV, meanwhile, bring relief from your symptoms within an hour of treatment.
Benefit #5: IVs Can Support Healthy Weight Loss
Our Weight Loss IV treatment is formulated with a unique blend of vitamins, fluids, and lipotropics (fat-burning compounds) that help your body break down fat naturally and help you burn calories faster.
However, this therapy is not a weight loss solution on its own. Our Weight Loss IV is most effective when used in conjunction with healthy eating and regular exercise.
Drip Hydration delivers weight loss IV treatments directly to you whether you’re at the gym, the track, or on a rest day at home. Treatments rehydrate your body and restore vitamins lost during exercise to support healthy recovery between workouts.
Benefit #6: Treatments Can Help With Addiction Recovery
Drug addiction is a disease in which an individual compulsively seeks out drugs and cannot control their usage. In the early stages, people may think they have control over their usage, and in some cases, usage may seem like nothing out of the ordinary.
Over time, however, larger and larger doses are needed to achieve the ‘feel-good’ sensation that comes with drug use. Drug addiction can impact personal relationships, friendships, and employment.
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