Oftentimes, no matter how hard we try to achieve nutritional goals with a balanced diet, many of us fall short of getting the recommended daily intake of many vitamins and minerals. Over time, depleting our reserves of nutritional resources can have a detrimental effect on our health. For some, vitamin supplements may provide some of the building blocks for good health, but for many people, treatments like IV therapy can offer a more customized and effective solution. At Optimal Health and Wellness in Pasadena, CA, we offer several IV treatments to help you reach your optimal health.
Why Would a Patient Need IV Therapy?
IV therapy is an intravenous treatment that directly delivers vitamins, minerals, amino acids, peptides, and hydration to your bloodstream. An IV treatment is generally more effective than taking vitamin supplements because IV treatments bypass the digestive tract, which can interfere with the absorption of certain nutrients. With an IV, your body has a direct line to all the nutrients and hydrations required for good health.
But why would someone need IV therapy? To be clear, most people make good candidates for this treatment, even people in generally good health. This treatment is both a restorative and a preventative treatment that can promote better health, particularly in terms of your immune system and other major body systems. Even better, this treatment can be customized to your needs, so there is generally an IV option for everyone. Some common reasons to use this treatment include:
Chronic or Temporary Dehydration
Most people are dehydrated without even realizing it. If you wait to drink water until you are feeling thirsty, then you might not be getting enough water each day, especially if the weather is extremely hot or cold, you’ve been very active or sweaty, or you have been drinking other beverages that make your body lose water more quickly.
Dehydration can quickly affect your overall health by slowing down certain processes in your body, such as digestion and healing; dehydration is also known to cause poor memory and concentration and has a big impact on the health of the skin and internal organ tissues. IV treatments are all formulated with an intensely hydrating solution, so even if you are treating other concerns, dehydration will also be addressed during your treatment.
About 90% of Americans have some type of nutritional deficiency, either from chronic stress, poor diet, or difficulty absorbing certain vitamins or minerals. One of the most common deficiencies, for example, is Vitamin D deficiency, which is why many grain products are enriched with Vitamin D; similarly, many dairy products are also fortified with calcium. But even if your diet consists of all the right fruits, vegetables, and fortified products, there’s a pretty good chance you may still have lower than optimal vitamin and mineral levels.
A nutritional deficiency can have a massive impact on your health over time. For example, people who have certain deficiencies may lose hair, have brittle nails, become fatigued, or even have poor memory or concentration. IV therapy is a good option for people who may have a nutritional deficiency since the high level of vitamins and minerals in an IV treatment will immediately infuse your body with important nutritional resources. When your body has enough vitamins and minerals, good health will generally follow.
You may have a weak immune system if you are easily sick with colds, touches of flu, or other illnesses. Some people with weak immune systems are also more likely to have severe health conditions. Your immune system is your body’s main defense against illness, but to operate effectively, your immune system requires certain vitamins and minerals. This is another way in which a nutritional deficiency can cause you problems over time.
Many IV treatments are formulated to address poor immunity by delivering a high level of immune-boosting vitamins and minerals to the body. Nutrients like Vitamin C and zinc are very important to a well-functioning immune system, along with several other nutrients. By infusing your body with a high level of immune-supporting nutrients, your immune system will be more prepared to battle bacteria and viruses.
Fatigue and Poor Memory
Fatigue and poor memory are two symptoms that often go hand-in-hand. If you’re dealing with long-term fatigue from stress or nutritional deficiencies, then the chances are good that you’re also dealing with poor memory and concentration. Fatigue caused by nutritional deficiencies is easily remedied by using B Vitamins and other nutrients to support your energy reserves and brain health.
For many people, having daily stressors isn’t enough to cause long-term fatigue. Usually, the underlying cause of fatigue is linked to a lack of nutrients in the body that makes the bodywork harder to function each day. People who do not have a balanced diet that meets all nutritional needs, such as vegans and vegetarians, may face symptoms of fatigue simply because they are not getting enough iron or other minerals each day.
Many people are surprised to learn that good mental health is also linked to having a balance of necessary nutrients in the body. The brain is just like any other organ in the body and requires certain resources to function correctly; this means that if you are having a nutritional deficiency, you may also be experiencing symptoms like anxiety, depression, insomnia, irritability, and more. Optimal brain health and mental health can be supported by an adequate intake of Vitamins C, B, and D, as well as zinc and iron.
Intense Athletic Activity
Whether you’re training for your next 5k run or you are an athlete competing in high-level competition, you may likely be pushing the limits of your body to such an extreme that you are depleting many of your nutritional resources. Many vitamins and minerals are necessary to support the constant activity of athletic training, particularly for muscle and stamina recovery. IV treatments are also important so athletes can maintain a good level of hydration and electrolytes to support good athletic performance.
What Can You Expect From Treatment?
If you’ve ever had an IV line at a hospital, then you are already familiar with what this treatment will be like. Your IV cocktail will be placed in an IV drip, which will take about 30 minutes to one hour to complete. Many people nap, watch a movie or read a book during this treatment. Overall, this treatment is considered comfortable.
Many people like to have this treatment once a month or every other month to address their health concerns and maintain their desired results. The results of this treatment may last for several days to several weeks depending on which IV treatment you are using. We can help you customize a treatment plan so you can meet all of your health goals.
What IV Treatment Options Do You Have?
IV therapy comes in many different varieties that are formulated to address virtually all major health and wellness concerns. Many of these IV treatments are multi-functional cocktails that can address multiple health concerns at one time, particularly for boosting the overall wellness and performance of the body. Some of your treatment options will include:
- Meyers Cocktail
- Multivitamin Mineral IV
- Hydrogen Peroxide
- Ozone Therapy
- Chelation IV
- High Dose Vitamin C IV
- Alpha-Lipoic Acid
- Phosphatidylcholine Therapy
- Silver Hydrosol
- Immune System Jumpstart
IV treatments can address concerns with immune health from detoxifying the body with antioxidants to supporting athletic recovery to even helping with weight loss. These treatments can even be used to relieve pain like fibromyalgia or help with faster recuperation after serious illnesses. The goal of each of these treatments is to optimize your wellness for better health.
Which Treatment Is Right for You?
While you always have the option of mixing and matching your IV treatments to address all of your wellness concerns, it’s generally a good idea to select only a few treatments that will focus on key concerns. Supporting your immune system, for example, can support other processes in your body. The best way to determine which IV treatment is right for you is to attend a consultation so we can assess your general health and your health goals.
Optimize Your Health
IV therapy is quickly becoming a popular treatment option for those who want to promote better health and address health concerns that are not being adequately met with traditional treatments. For example, if your daily multivitamin simply isn’t giving you enough nutritional support, then IV treatment may be a good option for you. Contact us at Optimal Health and Wellness in Pasadena, CA to schedule your consultation today.