IV Vitamin Treatments – An injection of Truth
What is IV Vitamin Therapy?
IV Vitamin Therapy is exactly what it says on the bag, no more, and no less. You take some vitamins, or in some cases minerals and amino acids as well, you measure the doses, mix them in a solution of saline, which is essentially sterile water and sodium chloride, and hook it up to a vein, usually in the arm or hand, where it enters the bloodstream directly.
But why would you bother going to the trouble when you could just pop a multi-vitamin with your breakfast? And what’s the point of taking extra vitamins at all? Well let’s break it down.
Many people in today’s modern world are actually missing some of the essential nutrients required for normal functions in the body. This generally due to a poor diet, or the poor quality of food consumed by many, with plenty of low quality and poor-nutrient-dense food making up a high portion of the ‘average’ diet in countries like Ireland, UK and America. Even foods traditionally rich in vitamins, minerals and other nutrients, like many fruits and vegetables, are providing less and less nutritional value due to accelerated and modified growth and production processes in many parts of the world. This is important, because the human body needs external sources of these nutrients, we cannot make many of these compounds ourselves and so we rely on food as the main source. So the point of supplementing with vitamins is simply to make sure that your body has enough to cope with the demands of living and performing.
Organic fruits and vegetables can provide an excellent source of vitamins and minerals.
Note the key word here: Supplementing.
Ideally you would get all of your nutrients from food, but as mentioned, this can be difficult. So when supplementing with anything you should always make the best effort to establish a healthy lifestyle first, and supplement second simply as a helping hand, not as a main source.
So, we know now WHY supplementing vitamins is sometimes helpful, but why not just pop a multi-vitamin tablet?
In general terms anything you ingest, or eat, will not reach its intended target (the cell) in one piece, or even in the same quantities you took it in. As things pass through the digestive system, many of the nutrients are destroyed by the stomach acid, neutralised by other components, lost through something like leaky gut or poor gut health, or excreted by the body before reaching the desired spot. A rough estimate is that around 20-30% of the nutrients (vitamins and minerals) you ingest will reach the cell for absorption. Also, many of the ingredients used in today’s multi-vitamin pills are not in their bioavailable form, meaning that while these synthesised vitamins might be almost identical to their naturally occurring form, they cannot be absorbed or used for purpose by the body.
There are many different forms of supplementation available, with differing efficacy.
The absorption can increase to about 60% when you consider something like intramuscular injections, such as your typical B12 or B-Complex shot. However this can take slightly longer to take effect as it is absorbed through the tissue.
When you introduce a nutrient directly into the bloodstream, through IV treatment, you can in theory achieve up to 100% absorption of the nutrient into the cell. So when comparing IV Therapy to something like a multivitamin, the key consideration is how much of the stuff is in fact getting to where it is needed.
On top of this, using IV Therapy allows you to tailor specific ingredients and quantities for your own requirements, something which is difficult to do with other forms of supplementation. .
So far, IV Therapy sounds great, like an amazing cure-all, right?
Vitamins, minerals, amino acids; these are the ingredients which can contribute to overall health and wellness, but they are not cures for disease, or treatments for illness. None of these substances are magic drugs which stimulate superpowers or perform miracles. Let us take a helicopter view of these kinds of therapies.
Life presents various challenges to the human being. We have physical challenges, building a house, playing with the children, running a 100m Olympic sprint. We have mental challenges, dealing with stress at work, solving problems, educating ourselves. We have emotional challenges, building relationships, managing psychological health and developing as people.
In the modern world these challenges are magnified by things like lack of movement and exercise on a daily basis, huge pressure to perform and provide financially, poor food sources and general bad habits born of convenience. All of these challenges require the human body to operate at peak performance to deal with them effectively, but as the challenges grow bigger we often lose the resources to manage them, and we know that this results in a decline in physical and mental performance as we get tired, physically less strong and even develop chronic disease and illness as a direct result of our poor health.
Physical, mental and emotional performance are all affected by your levels of general wellbeing.
This is where simply improving how ‘well’ you are can help. If a deficiency of a certain vitamin, or multiple nutrients, is contributing to a decline in your general health, this leaves you even more vulnerable to the challenges mentioned above, and many people experience a spiraling deterioration over time as they cannot keep up with the rate of decline. Restoring the balance of nutrients in the body can help bring you back to a state of homeostasis, or general wellness, and this can equip you with the tools you need to manage all of the challenges mentioned above. This is where IV Vitamin Therapy can be of real benefit to a person, by helping to restore a natural balance. Not by treating conditions, but by replacing what has been lost.
Now this is not to say that this is the only way of achieving this balance, of course there are many other things that can help, such as an improved diet, regular exercise, mindfullness and things of this nature, which again is why we refer to IV Therapy as a supplement. But when used correctly and appropriately, and combined with proper education of the person receiving the treatment, this is a fantastic tool for helping to improve your overall health.
If you would like more information on the IV Vitamin Therapy performed at NuaCell, please don’t hesitate to contact the team to learn more.
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