What is IV therapy and is it right for me?
IV Therapy for Energy
Maybe you’ve seen your favourite celebrity in an IV lounge, or have heard of IVs being used for everything from anti-aging to hangovers. So what is IV therapy all about anyway? Let us at Natural Choice Medical Clinic break it down for you!
IV therapy stands for Intravenous Therapy. It’s an infusion of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants right into the bloodstream. By delivering these nutrients straight into the blood, you maximize their absorption – no need for the digestive system to do the work! The result is a potent dose of compounds to optimize your health.
This is especially important for energy and fatigue. When you’re stressed, your body actually slows down digestion. In “fight or flight” mode, your blood is largely shunted to your muscles, which your body thinks it is going to use at any moment to run from danger. So people under chronic stress have decreased nutrient absorption! In addition, stress actually uses up your B vitamins! B vitamins are used by the adrenal glands (your stress glands) to produce adrenaline. So if you’re using up all your Bs, there is less available to make neurotransmitters like serotonin, dopamine, and GABA to combat stress in the brain. IVs also provide other important stress-busting nutrients. Vitamin C can actually decrease levels of cortisol – your stress hormone – if you have enough of it in your system, and magnesium is wonderfully calming, helping to lower blood pressure and decrease stress.
One of the treatments we offer at Natural Choice is the Myer’s Cocktail. This blend contains B vitamins and vitamin C for energy, selenium and zinc for immunity, and magnesium for stress relief, among other nutrients. The Myer’s Cocktail is a favourite among busy professionals, busy parents, and anyone who feels run down, burnt out, and is trying to get back on track with their energy and health. Generally done once a week, it’s a boost you can quickly feel, compared to months of doing adrenal support or stress managing supplements.
For those who are significantly burnt out or dealing with a chronic illness, the Adrenal IV may be the best option for you. This treatment is boosted with higher doses of B vitamins like B5, B6, and B12, extra vitamin C and amino acids for immunity and energy, and a powerhouse antioxidant – glutathione! Glutathione supports liver detoxification, is anti-aging, and delivers a powerful energy punch!
If you’ve been pushing yourself too hard for too long, call Natural Choice Medical Clinic in Guelph to book an Initial IV consult appointment to talk with one of our Naturopathic Doctors about IV therapy!
Dr. Aleksandra Gasinski, ND