Intravenous (IV) therapy is a relatively new treatment used in the healthcare industry to rapidly deliver nutrition, including critical nutrients and minerals, into the bloodstream. The goal of treatment is to improve hydration, health, and appearance via improved systemic health.
Medical aestheticians and beauty specialists offer IV nutritional therapies to help patients achieve many goals. Just one or two treatments might help you improve the appearance and texture of your skin, reduce signs of aging, and simply feel better, too. Explore the facts about this treatment option in today’s post.
WHAT IS IV VITAMIN THERAPY?
IV therapy is a form of systemic support that delivers critical nutrients directly to the bloodstream, including vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and hydration. These nutrients include vitamins C, D, E, minerals like potassium, magnesium, and calcium, as well as essential amino acids like omega-3 and omega-6.
Poor diets and exhausting schedules mean many Americans are chronically nutrient deficient; IV vitamin therapy achieves optimal levels of vitamins, minerals, and more.
Some formulas also contain other ingredients demonstrated to play a role in or improve overall systemic health. Examples include glutathione, Methionine, Inositol, and choline (MIC). These substances all empower better body functioning, allowing you to fight signs of aging, boost weight loss, increase your energy, improve your recovery time, help to prevent illness and so much more.
Ultimately, IV vitamin therapy is a rapid-response optimized health support response designed to improve every part of your body from the inside out. Used appropriately and customized to each patient, it has the power to boost self-healing, resolve chronic hydration, increase energy, and improve appearance in just a single one-hour treatment.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
IV vitamin therapy is delivered by intravenous line directly into the bloodstream. Your treatment provider starts with a consultation, identifying the best formula for your needs and/or customizing ingredients. Providers then place a small needle into the back of your hand or your harm, and connect it to an IV infusion machine.
The treatment process then begins. Your prescribed nutrients and substances, along with saline and/or hydration, slowly begin to enter your bloodstream.
Most infusions take just one or two hours to fully complete. During this time, you are welcome to relax, lie down, browse the Internet on your mobile device, read, sip a cold or hot drink, or even catch a quick catnap. The clinic is arranged to be relaxing and inviting for patients receiving treatment.
INTRAVENOUS THERAPY VS. ORAL THERAPY
IV therapy is preferred to oral therapy for a few specific reasons. Primarily, it bypasses the need for first-pass effect in the liver, as well as reduces strain on your kidneys. In oral treatment, both of these reduce bioavailability, meaning your body is able to use less of the medication, vitamin, or minerals you ingest. You must take a higher dose and wait longer to feel the effects or see improvements.
When we deliver these substances via intravenous infusion, nutrition and hydration enters the bloodstream directly. Nutrient levels in the blood rise much faster, improving your health status almost instantly. Some patients report feeling better within as little as 30 minutes!
IS IT NEW, SAFE, AND EFFECTIVE?
The concept of using IV as a delivery method for beauty improvement may be new, but IV infusion itself is not. Doctors have used IV infusion in hospitals for decades to treat patients with dehydration, heart, liver or kidney disease, excessive vomiting, and a long list of other conditions. They know that IV infusion is the fastest method we have for delivering critical ingredients to the body.
IV vitamin therapy is overwhelmingly safe for most patients. Because it relies on the same methodologies as in-hospital medication infusion, we already know how to use it safely and reliably in patients. This also means we have significant research proving how effective it is, how low its risk profile is, and why it’s so beneficial.
For example, this study from 2002 showed that the “Myers Cocktail,” which contains magnesium, calcium, B vitamins, and vitamin C, significantly benefited patients struggling with a wide range of health concerns. It concluded that vitamin and mineral infusion was a “safe and effective treatment” for patients.
One Cancer.gov study showed that high-dose vitamin C infusion was not only safe, but extremely effective at improving quality of life for patients. Vitamin C is a common component of IV therapy formulas for cosmetic and overall wellness. It acts as an antioxidant in the body, boosting immune function and reducing free radicals.
Overall, most studies reflect a safe and reliable treatment profile for IV therapies when delivered by a qualified medical professional. Your provider must have the skill and experience needed to prescribe and deliver your treatment while adhering to all healthcare industry “best practices” for safety.
CAN IV INFUSIONS HELP ENHANCE A YOUTHFUL APPEARANCE?
Yes! In fact, one of the most common reasons patients seek out IV vitamin therapy is to slow the signs of aging, speed metabolism, or improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, blemishes, age spots, and skin tone. Proper hydration and nutrition is a critical component of appearance; IV infusions can help you look your best from the inside out by improving your overall wellness.
AN EFFECTIVE DEHYDRATION/REHYDRATION TREATMENT OPTION
The ideal goal is to live a balanced life, eat a healthy diet, and drink plenty of water, but it’s unrealistic to expect patients not to indulge once in a while. If you feel yourself suffering the consequences, there’s no shame in seeking out a healthy fix.
Spent a little too much time at the club this weekend? You may have heard that IV therapy can also reduce fatigue, nausea, and dehydration after drinking or excessive physical activity. This is accurate!
The right IV therapy can reduce symptoms from hangovers and dehydration, or even over-exertion, by flushing toxins from your body and re-hydrating your cells at the same time. Patients who come in for IV hangover treatments often begin feeling better within as little as a few minutes.