How IV Nutrition Can Give Your Health a Boost

If you can’t imagine why someone would voluntarily get an IV, then you probably haven’t heard about the benefits of intravenous (IV) nutrition. IV nutrition involves administering vitamins and minerals directly into your bloodstream via IV infusion. The ingredients in an individual infusion vary depending on your desired outcomes, which can include treating a health condition, improving your stamina, or simply feeling better. 

The main advantage of IV nutrition involves delivering the nutrients directly into the bloodstream. Doing so avoids interference from digestive enzymes, which break down food or vitamins before your body absorbs the nutrients. This process results in your body absorbing only about 50% of the available nutrients. However, IV delivery allows you to absorb a much higher concentration of nutrients, as much as 100%, since they’re bypassing your digestive tract by directly entering your bloodstream.

The IV nutrition specialists at BodyWorks Medical Center in Carol Stream, Illinois, can help you reach your wellness goals. They consider factors such as your diet, lifestyle, medications, medical history, and symptoms to formulate an IV infusion that’s right for you. While helping you feel better, the team at BodyWorks Medical Center prioritizes infection control and standard IV treatment protocols to ensure that you safely achieve the best results. 

Read on to find out the ways that IV nutrition can make a positive impact on your overall health and wellness. 

Treat chronic illness

You can use IV nutrition to help treat chronic illnesses and viral infections like the flu. Many patients achieve these results with an IV formulation of vitamins and minerals known as a Myers’ cocktail, named after John Myers, MD, a pioneer in the field of IV nutritional medicine. The main ingredients in this formulation include magnesium, calcium, B vitamins, and vitamin C. 

In addition to expediting healing, a Myers’ cocktail can facilitate relief from a wide range of conditions that include fatigue, fibromyalgia, muscle aches, depression, stress, migraines, allergies, concentration problems, and acute asthma attacks. Treatment via IV nutrition is especially important when individuals experiencing these conditions can’t digest food or swallow vitamin pills. 

Improve your appearance

You can rejuvenate your skin with an IV formulation that includes glutathione. Glutathione is an antioxidant that includes the amino acids glutamine, glycine, and cysteine. Antioxidants fight free radicals, which contribute to the aging process.

While the body makes this antioxidant naturally in your liver, these levels peak in young adulthood and decrease as you age, just when you need them most. The good news is that you can increase glutathione levels with IV nutrition. Restoring higher levels of glutathione increases collagen production, which helps reduce fine lines and wrinkles that occur with aging. 

Boost your energy 

Because of poor diet, improper absorption, and stress, about 10% of people in the United States lack appropriate amounts of certain important vitamins and minerals, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). These missing nutrients often include vitamins C, D, B6, and B12, as well as iron. IV therapy can be effective in replacing the levels of these missing nutrients effectively and rapidly. The effect can make you feel more energetic and awake. 

Restore hydration 

An antioxidant IV formulation can be an effective delivery method to restore hydration after a period of intense exercise, excessive alcohol intake, or ongoing diarrhea or vomiting. For athletes who perform in hot environments, pre- and post-performance hydration can enhance performance and help prevent heat exhaustion. 

If you’re at risk for severe dehydration due to illness or other drastic factors, IV nutrition for hydration can help you avoid this potentially life-threatening condition. Rehydration by IV nutrition can also help fight jet lag and exhaustion that results from daily stress and overexertion.

Find out how IV nutrition can help you achieve your health and wellness goals. Schedule an appointment online or call our office for a consultation.

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