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So why go IV?

Most people generally consume their vitamins and micronutrients through their food; some people may also take additional multivitamin supplements. When vitamins and micronutrients are ingested orally, they go down to the stomach and intestines, where they are broken down by gastrointestinal enzymes and then absorbed into the bloodstream. There is a limit to how fast these substances can be absorbed from the gastrointestinal tract; what is not absorbed continues through the body and is excreted as stool. Also, most substances absorbed from the intestine pass through the liver for more processing before it goes to the rest of the body. Other factors that impact the amount of vitamins absorbed from the intestine are an individual's metabolism, age, genetics, and interactions with other orally consumed products. Ultimately, a significant amount of the orally ingested vitamins and micronutrients is lost, and only small amounts pass to the rest of the body. As with most of the vitamins and micronutrients going to waste, the body does not derive the full benefits of these substances when they are orally ingested as food or other supplements. 

With IV Vitamin therapy, the minerals and vitamins are administered into the body through the veins. By this route of administration, vitamins and micronutrients avoid the metabolism in the intestine. Also, the substances get into the bloodstream and around the body faster as they are not limited by how quickly they can be absorbed, as is the case with oral application. Ultimately, only small amounts of vitamins and micronutrients go to waste during IV Vitamin therapy; most of it is absorbed and used by the body. As a result, the body gains the vitamins and micronutrients' full benefits when administered through the veins rather than by mouth.

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FAQ's

When should you receive an IV micronutrient infusion?

There are no definite answers regarding who should take intravenous vitamin infusion therapy. A person may start with an IV vitamin therapy if their healthcare provider recommends it. Other considerations that may warrant the need for IV vitamin therapy are the following: 

  • Individuals suffering or recovering from illnesses; IV vitamins may help boost the immune system and speed up recovery. 

  • Individuals who feel run down and have chronic low energy. 

  • Individuals with mood disorders such as depression and anxiety. 

  • Athletes before and after major sporting activities. 

For the most part, anyone can receive an IV vitamin infusion. The components are generally well-tolerated, and the risks of adverse effects, though present, are mild. 

 

What are the Components of an IV Infusion?

There are a variety of substances that may be in typical IV infusion. Most times, the IV micronutrient infusion components are tailored to the reason for its use; different illnesses or medical conditions may require a particular combination of IV vitamins, medications and micronutrients. Additionally, the components of an IV bag may also be tailored based on the needs of the individual receiving the infusion.

Are there any negative side effects?

Intravenous vitamin infusions are safe, with minimal side effects. Some side effects may occur as a result of hypersensitivity reactions to one or more of the ingredients in an infusion. For example, magnesium in an infusion bag may cause a flushing sensation around the head, neck, and chest areas. Should any side effects occur, your trained IV nurse will adjust and titrate your drip accordingly.

What happens if I have a reaction to my infusion or shot?

Allergic reactions to micronutrient therapy are extremely rare. However, our nurses are trained to identify and treat a reaction, should one occur.