You might have heard of vitamin infusion therapy – it’s all the rage with celebrities such as Rihanna, Rita Ora and Madonna. It has hit the headlines as the new wellness trend, designed to provide a range of health benefits including anti-aging, allergy relief, weight loss and even relief from serious illnesses such as cancer. But what is it, and how does it work?
What Is Vitamin Infusion Therapy?
In an ideal world, our diet would provide us with all of the vitamins and nutrients we need to live as healthily as we can. However, modern living and agricultural practices make this very difficult.
Many of us are struggling with the basics, such as getting enough fresh air, sunlight and sleep, never mind eating a highly nutritious diet including the recommended 7-9 portions of vegetables AND 2-3 portions of fruit per day.
Our modern agricultural practices are also depleting the soil of its nutrients, meaning that the food we eat isn’t as nutrient-rich as it once was.
Taking supplements is something that many of us do to top up those vitamin levels, but it’s believed that our bodies can absorb as little as 10% of the vitamins we consume. This means that many of us are not getting the vitamins and minerals we need – it has been found that 94.3% of the US population do not meet the daily requirement for vitamin D, and 42% of the population are deficient in it. This is a massive amount of people who are struggling to get the nutrients they need through their food and supplements.
Vitamin infusion therapy bypasses the digestive system, and the vitamins, minerals and amino acids go directly into our bloodstreams – delivering results faster and more efficiently. This way, the body can absorb 100% of the nutrients.
How Does Intravenous Drip Therapy Work?
During IV drip therapy, you are hooked up to a drip which delivers a combination of saline solution, vitamins and electrolytes through a small catheter directly into the bloodstream. There are a variety of different vitamin drips available, each of which provide different results.
Because your body receives a higher dose of the vitamins and nutrients than you would through your diet, the benefits are much higher. The saline solution is also extremely hydrating, and there are many different types of IV vitamin infusions…
Vitamin B12 is vital in various processes in the body, and participates in all red blood cell production, regulating sleep and mood, functioning of the nervous system, and helps in the maintenance of the brain, heart and eyes. If you don’t get enough B12, you can experience nasty effects such as chronic fatigue syndrome, red blood cell deficiency and nerve issues.
B12 is found in animal products, and in order to be absorbed by the body it must bind with a molecule produced by the stomach called the ‘intrinsic factor’. This means that a significant portion of the public are deficient in B12 – vegans and vegetarians are susceptible given their diet, and people who suffer from intestinal ailments (such as Crohn’s disease) are often deficient too.
A vitamin B12 infusion helps to replace levels of B12 in the body, boosting health and providing other benefits such as:
- Breaking down carbohydrates, fats and alcohol
- Enhancing beauty by promoting healthy hair, skin and nails
- Counteracting damage caused by free radicals.
A B12 IV drip can be hugely beneficial, replenishing these building blocks for a healthy neurological and cardio-vascular system.
We’ve all heard of vitamin C; it’s incredibly important for our general health. It is a building block for our bodies, helping to create collagen (which literally holds our bodies together!) and has an incredible antioxidant effect.
High doses of vitamin C has been shown to have an even more amazing result – it can help with cancer treatment. Intravenous vitamin C can help to kill cancer cells – vitamin C reacts with a molecule produced by cancer cells forming hydrogen peroxide, which then damages cancer cells’ DNA and makes them more susceptible to chemotherapy.
Vitamin C IV drips have other benefits too – they can boost energy, have an anti-aging effect and can help to fight viruses and bacteria.
Vitamin D IV Therapy
If you’re feeling rundown, you may well be suffering from a vitamin D deficiency. Known as the sunshine vitamin, it is produced in the body in response to the skin being exposed to sunlight. It is in very few foods – oily fish, red meat and eggs. This means that if you don’t spend enough time in the sunshine (without sunscreen, and not through a window – they block the important rays) then you’re likely to have a deficiency.
Vitamin D is essential because it regulates the amount of calcium and phosphate in the body. These nutrients are needed to keep bones, teeth and muscles healthy. In fact, a lack of vitamin D can lead to bone deformities.
Our modern lifestyles mean that many of us are likely to be deficient – a lack of time spent outside and our diets can easily lead to a vitamin deficiency. A vitamin D drip tops up your levels and results in better overall health.
Nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD+) can be thought of as like the gas in your car – it is the fuel for metabolic reactions in your body. It is required to metabolise carbohydrates, fats and amino acids and keep your body running. It’s incredibly important but can be depleted easily, for example, through exercise, illness or aging.
Boosting your levels of NAD+ through NAD+ drip therapy has many benefits including:
- Anti-aging – NAD+ is vital in creating anti-aging enzymes called sirtuins which ‘switch off’ genes that promote aging. This means younger looking skin and hair.
- Better exercise performance – increasing your NAD+ levels means that it takes longer for your body to tire during exercise, leading to better athletic performance.
- Protecting and repairing DNA – this can help to protect your body against degenerative illness and disease.
- Reducing inflammation – this protects your cells from damage and improves overall health.
NAD+ can be found in certain foods, but an NAD+ IV drip is a sure fire way to boost your levels.
Cocktail IV Therapy
Why enjoy the benefits of just one vitamin when you could enjoy the benefits of many? There are lots of different vitamin cocktails available now, and it’s possible to get them prepared specially to suit your needs.
The most popular IV cocktail, though, is the Myers’ Cocktail, pioneered by John Myers. It includes magnesium, calcium, B vitamins, and vitamin C. It is effective against asthma attacks, migraines, fatigue, fibromyalgia, muscle spasms, colds, sinusitis, allergies and depression and anxiety.
This is an incredible boost for mind, body and spirit and can leave you feeling invigorated and ready for everything!
Dehydration can cause all sorts of nasty effects, from headaches and nausea to dizziness. It stops us from being at our best, whether at work or when exercising. Dehydration can be caused by overexertion – and I’m sure we’re all guilty of not drinking enough water when we’re busy. Food poisoning and jet lag can also easily lead to dehydration – and is part of the reason why we feel so low after a long flight.
IV hydration therapy helps to decrease toxicity and improve organ function, helping your body to work more efficiently – it can flush out toxins, which then reduces recovery time (if you are ill) and enhances performance.
Everyone knows that it’s important to stay well-hydrated, but it’s not always that easy. IV hydration will give you the extra boost you need. Athletes use IV hydration both before intense exercise – so that they perform at their very best – and after to rehydrate properly. This helps your body to recover properly so you get stronger, fitter and ready for anything.
IV Hangover Cure
It’s easily done – a quick drink after work on Friday night can descend into shots and cocktails at 3am. You wake up the next morning, exhausted and with a sense of dread. You have a pounding headache, your stomach is turning and your mouth is dry. You feel as though you are paying for the night before!
It doesn’t have to be this way.
A hangover is caused by the ethanol in your drinks. It is a diuretic, which makes you wee more and so you get dehydrated. This also strips your body of important nutrients and minerals, which is why you feel so tired and irritable. Not good if you had lots of exciting plans for your Saturday.
A hangover IV drip could be the cure you’re looking for. This miracle cure does all of the following:
- Rehydrates you – this helps to flush the toxins from your body and gets rid of the dehydration symptoms, like that pounding headache.
- Restores nutrients – helping your body to go back to normal function and reducing tiredness.
- Pain relief.
- Rids you of that sickness with anti-nausea medication.
There is no reason for a hangover to ruin your day anymore – a hangover drip is the fast, effective way of battling even the most stubborn hangover.
IV Nutritional Therapy
IV nutrition is an incredible way of ensuring that your body has all of the nutrients it needs to perform well. Most people are deficient in at least one nutrient, and it can lead to us feeling sluggish, under the weather and susceptible to illness. However good your diet is, it’s really hard to make sure that your body is getting everything it needs.
With IV nutritional therapy, you can select the particular set of nutrients that your body is deficient in. The IV system means that the nutrients bypass the digestive system and your body can absorb and utilise them immediately. You immediately feel the benefits as your body uses these nutrients it desperately needed for jobs such as:
- Collagen production – helping your skin to look fresh and bright and protecting you from injury.
- Antioxidants – these get rid of those pesky free radicals which damage your cells and lead to injury.
- Protecting and repairing your DNA – helping to protect against illness and other issues.
IV Iron Therapy
Iron is a very important mineral in the body, and makes up hemoglobin which is the substance that helps blood to carry oxygen throughout the body. If you don’t have enough iron, you cannot make enough hemoglobin and you may develop iron deficiency anemia.
Iron deficiency affects many people, and has unpleasant symptoms such as tiredness and lack of energy, shortness of breath, heart palpitations and headaches. Severe iron deficiency can increase the chances of developing heart issues – maybe even heart failure.
Vegetarians are more likely to have an iron deficiency due to their diet, but it can affect anyone.
Fortunately, IV iron therapy can counter these nasty symptoms by boosting iron levels immediately. Within a few hours, you’ll begin to feel the benefits, such as increased energy and easier breathing. This is so much faster than with an oral supplement, which would have a lower dose and takes your body much longer to digest and utilise.
- You’ll notice the results when exercising – iron encourages proper muscle growth, so you’ll feel better, faster, stronger.
- Good iron levels also boost energy metabolism; your body can extract energy from food better so you will feel more energetic and ready to go.
- Your muscle function will be improved – iron is vital for supplying oxygen to muscles, keeping them toned and elastic.
- Increased brain function – the brain uses approximately 20% of the blood oxygen, so proper supply through higher iron supplies stimulates cognitive activity. Great news for that test or big work project!
- Eliminates fatigue caused by low iron.
- Boosts immunity – red blood cells are necessary for providing oxygen to damaged tissues and cells, so iron helps the healing process to happen.
Get your heart working the way it should with an iron infusion.
Who Can Benefit From Vitamin Therapy?
Everyone can benefit from a visit to an IV clinic! Most people are stressed or anxious, run-down, sleeping poorly or too busy to ensure that they’re eating the right food. Intravenous vitamin therapy replenishes the lost vitamins and minerals which are needed to feel energetic, well and strong.
They’re also great for people who travel regularly, those who like to exercise and anyone who might have overindulged the night before!
Which IV Infusion Therapy Is Right For Me?
There are many different IV infusion therapies available, and it’s important to find the one that’s right for you. Here at Blu Vida we offer ten customised IV vitamin therapies, to cover a huge range of health and beauty needs. Whether you want to burn more fat, increase your libido, manage cancer symptoms or cure your hangover, there is an IV therapy just for you.
How Much Does IV Therapy Cost?
The publicity given to IV therapies by celebrities can make it seem as though they are extremely costly and out of reach for most people, but that’s not the case! Therapies range in price and there will be one to suit your budget.
What Happens During An IV Therapy Appointment?
During the appointment, a drip will be administered. This involves a small needle entering your vein, through which your ideal mixture of vitamins and nutrients will enter your bloodstream. This takes 45-60 minutes and is a relaxing, restful experience.
How Often Should I Have Intravenous Vitamin Therapy?
This depends on your goals! Some people choose to have IV therapy after a particularly grueling workout, some every four weeks or so when they feel their energy levels dipping and some when they know they have to be at their very best for work.
In Summary: The Key Benefits Of A Vitamin IV Drip?
- They allow your body to absorb 100% of the vitamins and minerals, compared to the miniscule 10% absorbed orally.
- They enhance beauty and lead to better skin, hair and nails by replenishing vitamins needed to make these look healthy.
- Vitamin C IV therapy can kill cancer cells and reduce the negative effects of chemotherapy.
- They keep your bones healthy, leading to better strength.
- They help you to perform at your very best during exercise, by ensuring peak hydration and allowing your body to repair itself more quickly. Your muscles strengthen more quickly, you are less susceptible to injury.
- They give you an antioxidant boost; this keeps you healthy at a cellular level and you’re less likely to get ill.
- They get rid of your hangover!
These are just some of the enormous number of benefits you can get from vitamin infusion therapy. They are an incredible plus for your overall general health, without having to take medication.
Finding An IV Drip Center Near Me…
After reading about all of these amazing benefits, you’ll be ready to book your appointment. You can book your IV drip therapy online today!