Do you often wake up still feeling sleepy? Maybe your hair and skin lack the shine and glow that they once had. Does a night out leave you feeling hungover the next day? These are just a few reasons why so many people today are choosing to use IV therapy. And if you’re near Pasadena, Optimal Health and Wellness is the best place for all your IV infusion needs.
IV Infusion Therapy
The Science Behind the Trend
We’re all familiar with the role of IVs within a medical setting. You go to the hospital or an urgent care center with some sort of ailment, and they put in an IV to make sure your body is hydrated. In the past few years, getting an IV has gained popularity outside of medical settings, as well.
The difference is, these IVs won’t just hydrate you. They’ll also give you an infusion of various vitamins and minerals to help your body get important nutrients it may be missing.
The History Of Infusion Therapy
Infusions Outside the Hospital
The first IV vitamin drips were developed in the 1970s when Dr. John Myers began treating patients with various ailments with what became known as the Myer’s Cocktail. This cocktail included magnesium, calcium, vitamin B12, vitamin B6, vitamin B5, vitamin B complex, and vitamin C. The doctor found that a surprising number of ailments and illnesses responded positively to high concentrations of vitamins and minerals, especially when the patients came back to get this treatment multiple times.
Oral Vitamins vs Infusions
The reality is that most of us don’t take in as many vitamins and minerals as our bodies need. Even for those of us that do manage to eat a healthy diet, our food simply doesn’t contain the same amount of nutrients that it did several generations ago. And while oral vitamins are still an option, absorption is limited.
When you take vitamins orally, it goes through your digestive tract and your body can only absorb a maximum of 50%. On the other hand, when you get vitamins and minerals delivered to you intravenously, your body is able to absorb up to 90%.
Additionally, most people have a difficult time retaining vitamins and minerals. This can be a symptom of aging as well as many disorders. Most people try to combat this by increasing their oral vitamin intake to no avail because of the low absorption rate of oral vitamins. And if you are one of the many people in America who have a difficult time retaining vitamins and minerals, your body won’t react the way you are hoping to oral vitamins.
The Vitamin Flood
So why take vitamins intravenously if you have a difficult time retaining them? That is, if your body will allow the vitamins to leave your system eventually, what is the point of getting IV therapy?
Dr. John Myers explains it like this: infusions flood your system with healing vitamins and minerals. Yes, people whose bodies are deficient in a specific vitamin will likely eventually push the vitamins out of their system and run deficient again. But in the meantime, the high dose of vitamins and minerals allows all the cells in the system to bathe in these vitamins and minerals, take them in, and heal themselves.
IV Therapy for the Healthy Body
If You Aren’t Sick, Does It Still Help?
We’ve looked at how vitamin infusions can be useful for people with various illnesses, but what about people who are healthy? Is it still a useful way to revitalize your body?
When vitamin infusions first came into practice, they were used to treat illnesses and chronic vitamin deficiencies. But in today’s world, IV therapy has grown in popularity to treat hangovers, reduce stress, and give your skin and hair some shine. It can be used as a way to rehydrate after an intense game of basketball, to boost your immune system, or to give you extra energy.
Vitamin infusions are more widely available than ever before. At one point, infusions were only available in hospitals. Now, IV infusion centers seem to pop up everywhere. Instead of having to go to a stressful, clinical environment like a hospital, people can stop in to a luxury wellness center that will make them feel pampered.
If you are near the Pasadena area, stop in to Optimal Health & Wellness, where we offer vitamin injection and IV therapy in addition to a host of other naturopathic and holistic treatments.
Stars like Adele, Chrissy Teigan, and Rihanna swear by the benefits of this therapy, and it’s no surprise. Just getting through the week of work can be exhausting in today’s world. Plus, consider all the social norms our bodies engage with that were once not so popular. Where once adults only had to get through the workweek, we’ve now added in jetting around through time zones, staying up all night partying, doing exhausting fun runs, concerts so loud they vibrate your bones, taking the kids to all their events, and many more stressors.
Why Choose Infusions?
Today’s world is not the same one that Dr. Myer’s once created vitamin therapy for. With new designer drugs, amped-up activities, and more responsibility than ever before, of course adults of today are feeling more exhausted and stressed out than ever.
And when you add in the fact that our food contains significantly fewer vitamins and minerals than generations before? The answer is obvious. Your body simply isn’t getting the nutrients it needs to live the adventurous life that you want to live.
Getting a Drip
What to Expect
So, you’ve made the decision to get vitamin infusion therapy. You’ve researched the available centers in your area and chosen one to try. What should you expect from your treatment?
Once you arrive at the infusion center, you will check in and meet with a knowledgeable health care worker. This individual will ask you a couple questions about your health to ensure that you don’t have any medical conditions that could interact with infusion therapy. It’s important that you let the health care worker know about any conditions you might have because it will help them determine which infusion cocktail will be best for you.
You also should tell them about any medications you are on, prescription and over the counter, and any vitamins or supplements you are taking. The health care worker will explain the different cocktail options to you. They will help you figure out exactly what benefits you are looking for in your infusion therapy and figure out which blend of vitamins and minerals is best suited to your needs. And don’t worry – just like going to a regular doctor, everything you tell your health care worker will remain confidential per HIPAA guidelines.
Some vitamin therapy spas have a range of specialty drips offered to choose from. Some common options for pre-made solutions are hangover cures, immunity boosters, and metabolism blasters. Other wellness spas create specialty cocktails for every individual based on the specific benefits they are seeking. Be sure that you do some light research on the wellness center you’re going to so you know what to expect in this arena.
Once you and the health care worker decide on the treatment that’s best for you, you’ll be taken to a more comfortable and relaxed setting. One of the best parts about getting vitamin infusions is that even though all the medical equipment used is exactly the same as the medical equipment you would see in a doctor’s office or a hospital, the setting is much different.
That’s because wellness centers like Optimal Health and Wellness are aimed at giving you a calming, spa-like experience. The goal is not simply to improve your health through vitamin infusions, but to help you reduce your stress by introducing you to a peaceful environment where you can relax and allow stress to melt from your body.
Depending on the type of infusion treatment you choose, you can be done with the infusion in as little as 30 minutes. Once it’s done, you can simply carry on with the rest of your day. There won’t be any side effects, and you won’t feel tired or worn out. Just the opposite, in fact, because you’ll begin feeling the benefits and positive effects of your mineral and vitamin infusion almost immediately.
Once It’s Done
If you’re coming in with a hangover, you’ll start to feel relief as the infusion is running, and you should be feeling completely back to normal soon after it finishes. If you often feel tired and run down and come in for an immunity boost, you’ll notice during the day and throughout the week that you feel more energized and present than normal.
Vitamin infusion is a great self-care practice because it introduces into your body exactly what your body needs. Most people feel revitalized and full of energy by the time their infusion is finished!
The Reality of Infusion Therapy
Is It Right for You?
It’s clear that there are more than enough celebrities and influencers swearing by the healing properties of IV therapy. But is it the right choice for you? You aren’t jet-setting around the world or performing in front of crowds like those celebrities. So why would a “regular person” really need infusion therapy?
No matter what you do with your life, if you’re feeling like you could use a boost of energy, you deserve to benefit from infusion therapy. Life is exhausting. Whether you’re a stay-at-home parent, a salesperson, or a corporate executive, taking care of everything that you need to is difficult. It’s easy to talk yourself out of self-care by looking at how much harder others have it. But it’s time to let go of that self-doubt and judgment.
No matter who you are or what you do, you deserve to feel your very best. You deserve to experience life with all the vibrancy it has to offer and with your body in the best condition it can be. The reality is that everyone can benefit from getting their vitamins and minerals replenished. Even if you don’t go to extremes to exert yourself, your body is still not getting the vitamins and minerals you need. Replenishing your body with all the necessary nutrients will have it working its very best.
For more information on vitamin infusions, contact Optimal Health and Wellness in Pasadena, California. We’d love to talk to you and answer any questions you have about this treatment or any of the other health and beauty treatments we offer. Call today and schedule a consultation to improve your overall wellness.