Vitamin IV (intravenous) therapies have recently grown in popularity. Many major cities have seen an increase in specialty IV Clinics, Drip rooms and even IV Truck Popups! But, when should you get an IV and is it worth the hype? First off, IV therapies can be customized to your specific needs and is why I always tell patients they should get their IVs at a medical clinic, like a naturopathic office. This will allow them to create your unique IV protocol based on your unique health. Just like anything, one size does NOT fit all, especially when it comes to IV therapy. Secondly, IV therapies can be extremely helpful when you are sick with the flu but can be even more beneficial if they are done more often to help reduce your risk of getting sick in the first place. IVs can be a great way to bypass your gut and really get the essential nutrients directly into your body. This allows vitamin IVs to be a more direct way of providing nutrient support to your body. So when should you consider getting a Vitamin IV?
- Energy Boost
- Strenuous exercise training (Cross Fit, Half/ Full Marathon Training, Hiking, Biking, Triathlons, etc.)
- Jet Lag
- Anxiety Disorders
- Sleep Disorders
- Anti- Aging
- Weight Loss
- Chronic stress
- Optimizing overall health
- Viral Conditions like Mononucleosis (EBV)
How often should you get an IV?
The frequency of your IVs varies based on your overall health, your targeted goals as well as the time constraints as IVs typically take anywhere between 30 minutes to an hour. IVs can be used as quick fixes but if you are looking to use IVs to optimize your overall health I typically recommend to my patients that they should return for weekly IVs for 1-2months. This allows the body to receive proper hydration and provides adequate nutrient status that can really make a difference that patients can actually feel!
Things to look for in your Vitamin IV?
Although like I said the ingredients in a vitamin IV should be tailored to your specific health needs, below are just a few ingredients to look for and why.
- B – Complex– improves metabolism and energy
- Vitamin C – powerful antioxidant and contains antiviral properties. It also improves tissue healing.
- Calcium Gluconate – An electrolyte that supports heart function and contractility
- Dexpanthenol (B5) – improves energy and supports adrenal function
- Dextrose– Carbohydrate that helps support energy and metabolism
- Glutathione– antioxidant that helps support immune function
- L- Carnitine– improves metabolism by enhancing fatty acid oxidation
- Lysine– An amino acid that is a powerful antiviral
- N- Acetyl- Cysteine – An antioxidant that also reduces congestion
- Magnesium – reduces muscle cramps. Supports normal cell function and the body’s energy production and helps with help sleep and anxiety disorders
- Proline- helps repair and maintain connective tissue heath
- Taurine – essential for protein synthesis and muscle health