Intravenous Nutrient Therapy

Nutrient IV Therapy

A healthy diet rich in vitamins and minerals is the best way to nourish your body.  But there are instances when the body has trouble obtaining these nutrients through natural digestive functions. Conditions such as stress, a medical illness, or food intolerances can inhibit the absorption of important substances such as calcium, magnesium, zinc, selenium, vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B12, C, folic acid, glutathione, or biotin.

In these cases, injecting those nutrients directly into the blood stream may be the best option to ensure that your body is getting what it needs. This is the goal of IV nutritional therapy.

Uses of IV Therapy

Here is just a short list of some of the numerous ways that IV therapy can improve your health:

  • Detoxification
  • Immune system support
  • Eye health
  • Heart health
  • Anti-aging
  • Many other uses

The two most common types of intravenous vitamin therapy are the Myers’ Cocktail and high dose vitamin C.  Intravenous therapy, more commonly referred to as IV therapy, is a medical treatment designed to infuse various fluids, vitamins, nutrients or other healthy substances directly in to the bloodstream through an IV drip

Myers’ Cocktail

The Myers’ Cocktail is an intravenous (IV therapy) injection used to treat a variety of health conditions. The cocktail was named for the Baltimore, Maryland doctor who invented it – Dr. John Myers. The Myer’s Cocktail injection that has used in the treatment of a variety of medical conditions, some of which include:

  • Depression
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Fatigue
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart disease
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Asthma

What’s In Myers’ Cocktail?

The vitamins that make up Myers’ Cocktail typically include:

  • Vitamin C
  • Magnesium
  • B Vitamins
  • Calcium
  • Zinc

Why Is Myers’ Cocktail Effective?

Many vitamins and supplements, when taken as a pill or liquid by mouth, are destroyed by the acid of the digestive tract. In other cases, patients may have a poor ability to absorb the nutrients. Injecting the vitamins directly into the blood stream allows the nutrients to be easily absorbed by the body. Vitamins are a key component to functional medicine because the approach believes that many conditions can be reversed or prevented by correcting the root cause of illness in the body. This means addressing nutritional deficiencies, environmental toxins and other biologic factors.

Side Effects of Myers’ Cocktail Injections

For the most part, side-effects are mild and temporary and not everyone will have any or all of these. Some of the most common side effects include: A gentle warming sensation in the body that starts in the chest. Visual acuity or colors look brighter—as if “someone turned the lights on”

High Dose Vitamin C Therapy

High dose vitamin C infusions are a common variety of IV therapy. Vitamin C therapy has been used to treat a variety of health conditions.

What is Vitamin C Therapy?

Vitamin C therapy is a special variety of IV therapy. Most people have received some form of IV therapy in their lifetime, typically receiving fluids during a hospital stay. Vitamin C infusions are delivered nearly identically to all other forms if intravenous therapy. Vitamin C therapy may be used by some providers in the treatment of:

  • Common colds
  • Heart disease
  • Chronic pain
  • Joint pain
  • Acute viral infections
  • Fatigue

Some providers also utilize high dose vitamin C therapy to help aid the body’s natural recovery process. Like all forms of IV therapy, the amount of vitamin C that will be prescribed varies depending on the nature of your ailments.  Vitamin C therapy is commonly considered a form of micronutrient infusion.

How Does Vitamin C Therapy Work?

As the name implies, vitamin C therapy is delivered intravenously. This means that a small IV drip is inserted to the arm and delivers steady amounts of a vitamin C for a short period of time. Some vitamin C treatment plans consist of multiple sessions.
Vitamin C therapy is most often performed in a medical office setting and is administered by a medical professional. The amount of time taken during a session will vary depending on the condition being treated and the amount of vitamin C being delivered.
Vitamin C infusions feature few side-effects and are generally a painless procedure. Before beginning any vitamin C therapy, it’s important to make note of any medications of supplements you are currently taking.

The body works best when all hormones are in balance.  Women need DHEA and testosterone too!  Don’t forget your thyroid and adrenals.  When using natural estrogens, remember that the body needs to maintain a balance.  That is why estrogen alone is not recommended.  It can cause symptoms of estrogen dominance, like development of breast cancer, fibrocystic breast disease, weight gain, headaches, bad temper, chronic fatigue and loss of interest in sex, among other symptoms. Using all the hormones together, as needed for each individual, will result in symptom resolution, increased feelings of wellbeing, and an overall improved state of health.

Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy combined with lifestyle modifications, changes in diet, and increased levels of exercise will have a positive impact on your health, improve your quality of life, and help you look better and feel younger. A comprehensive approach is needed to optimize your health, renew your energy levels, and restore your body. Hormone replacement therapy requires a holistic approach in an attempt to slow down the aging process, stay healthy, and have more productive years.

When you start hormone replacement therapy, it is important to take it slow and start with low doses.  It is easy to take more than your body needs to function optimally.   Work with your health care provider to determine your individual dose and optimal route.  The key is to be patient and titrate up slowly to ensure you stay within normal, physiologic doses

Don’t wait to start taking bio-identical hormones.  Estrogen therapy in younger postmenopausal women is associated with a decisive reduction in all-cause mortality”(Sarrel et al, 2013).  You can’t prevent something after it happens. Remember not all bioidentical hormones are equal. To gain maximum benefits from BHRT they must be administered properly.  Call 239-425-2900 today to learn more about hormone replacement therapy.
Philip M. Sarrel, Valentine Y. Njike, Valentina Vinante, and David L. Katz.  The Mortality Toll of Estrogen Avoidance: An Analysis of Excess Deaths Among Hysterectomized Women Aged 50 to 59 Years. American Journal of Public Health: September 2013, Vol. 103, No. 9, pp. 1583-1588.
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