WHAT IS IV VITAMIN THERAPY?
ALLY - RN, BSCN
You might’ve seen your favourite celeb post about “vitamin cocktails” on Instagram, but you might still be wondering what the heck is a “vitamin cocktail”?
UNDERSTANDING IV VITAMIN THERAPY
IV vitamin therapy uses certain mixtures of vitamins, nutrients, and solutions to improve overall health and wellness, and, in some cases, treat medical conditions.
IV vitamin therapy should be performed only with the guidance and supervision of a licensed professional.
These specialty IV formulas can provide hydration, vitamins, antioxidants, and amino acids to wherever you need them the most. Depending on what your body needs, the concentration that’s infused into your body can increase hydration, support your immune system, reduce stress, and more.
The first IV vitamin drips were developed by Dr. John Myers in the 1970s. Dr. Myers is responsible for the creation of the Myers’ Cocktail, which is arguably the most popular and well-known IV cocktail.
These vitamin drips provide your body with a higher concentration of vitamins. Vitamins can be less effective when taken orally as they’re broken down in the stomach and digestive tract. When you receive a vitamin cocktail, your body absorbs up to 90%, whereas vitamins taken in pill form are significantly less.
By combining the power of different nutrients, vitamins, and minerals, these IV cocktails are designed to help you feel your best, no matter what.
WHO CAN BENEFIT FROM IV VITAMIN THERAPY?
Anyone can benefit from IV vitamin therapy as there are different cocktails for a number of needs.
That being said, IV vitamin therapy is most beneficial for people who can’t get enough vitamins and minerals throughout the day. This could be for many reasons, such as a medical condition or an inability to consume enough food.
Depending on what your body is lacking, vitamin cocktails can be developed and administered for your specific needs. Pretty cool, right?
Many people have claimed that IV vitamin therapy can enhance overall wellness, even if you don’t have a vitamin deficiency. There are specialty clinics that offer IV vitamin therapy for the following:
- Achieve healthier skin
- Eliminate bodily toxins
- Support your immune system
- Treat migraines & headaches
- Increase energy levels & reduce fatigue
- Alleviate symptoms of stress, anxiety, & depression
- Treat dehydration (after extreme exercise or excessive alcohol consumption)
- Supportive therapy for conditions such as: asthma, allergies, migraines, high blood pressure, fibromyalgia, diabetes, heart disease, etc.
Other reported benefits of IV cocktails include burning fat, beating jet lag, and overcoming a hangover. However, data is still being collected.
It’s best to discuss potential treatments with your doctor if you have specific questions or are looking for treatments for a specific condition.