The use of intravenous (IV) infusion therapy has been a staple of patient care for decades, serving as a quick and reliable solution for dehydration, nutritional deficiencies, and the administration of medications to prevent or treat certain potentially life-threatening conditions. deadly.
These days, it’s not uncommon to see IV therapy used in a quasi-lifestyle health setting, whether it’s on-demand or mobile IV clinics that promise fast cures for hangovers, or wellness brands that promise to transform your health and vitality.
There are so many of these trendy IV therapies that it can be hard to tell which ones are credible – yes, some IV therapies can be really effective!
Intravenous therapy has been valued by the medical profession for years as a means of symptom management, and now it may finally gain a place as a viable avenue for overall well-being and to boost the immune system as part of treatments for Cancer.
Below, we outline the backstory behind the growing popularity (and relevance) of IV nutrition therapy and the many ways it promotes improved health and well-being.
IV nutritional therapy has become popular because of the link between micronutrients and health problems.
It is essential to fill up with water-soluble vitamins such as vitamins B and C every day.
Although these are readily available from a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, we often do not consume enough of them to meet the recommended daily vitamin intake.
Some of our lifestyle choices like alcohol, excessive caffeine, stress, and smoking can also deplete our body’s supply.
The consequence is that when we get sick, we may not have enough of these essential vitamins to speed up the healing process.
In recent decades, longevity and overall health have improved; however, micronutrient deficiencies have increased.
A national survey conducted between 2003 and 2006 assessed the health of 16,000 Americans and 19 micronutrients.
The results indicate that the adult population in the United States is deficient in essential vitamins and minerals, ranging from vitamin B6 and niacin to copper, selenium and vitamins A, C, D and E.
Vitamin deficiency leads to problems such as increased inflammation, decreased immunity, surgical complications and affected post-operative recovery.
These deficiencies are also thought to contribute to chronic diseases, mental health issues, and autoimmunity.
In 2012, the US-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated that more than half of the US population had diabetes or obesity and more than 50 million had an autoimmune disease.
If you eat more of certain foods like citrus fruits and vegetables, or take supplements, you can increase your vitamin intake, but there’s a limit to how much you can eat before you get an upset stomach.
The amount of nutrients absorbed by the gut is often rather suboptimal due to various digestive issues.
One method to ensure that we get substantial doses of essential vitamins is to inject it into our veins, a direct path to our system.
Nutritional Benefits of IV Therapy
IV nutrition therapy works well to provide the right amount of vitamins that our body needs.
Improved absorption and bioavailability are key benefits of IV therapy, opening the door to better treatment options.
For example, the 2003-2006 National Health and Nutritional Examination Survey found that patients showed greater progress in the areas of wound healing, fistula closure, nitrogen balance , strength and activity during recovery when given intravenous micronutrients.
Outside of hospitals, IV therapy has shown even greater potential in its range of benefits.
Nutritional IV Therapy is used daily by health care providers certified in its use to treat everything from allergic rhinitis and asthma to immune disorders, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, chronic fatigue syndrome, drug toxicity. heavy metals, migraines, hormonal imbalances, insomnia, anxiety, depression, and more.
IV nutrition therapy opens up a new avenue of treatment for many patients who have trouble with oral medications or who need a quick boost of vitamins to boost the immune system or help prevent jet lag.
While intravenous therapies help to optimize general well-being, they are also suitable for patients suffering from severe inflammatory reactions, allergies, food intolerances, gastric bypass or gastritis.
Here are some common examples:
> Iron to remedy iron deficiency anemia.
> Magnesium to fight hypertension and discourage eclampsia and premature labor.
> Energy and metabolism boosting treatments to prevent Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), depression and accelerate weight loss efforts.
> The use of powerful combinations of vitamins and minerals to treat postoperative malnutrition, particularly after sleeve gastrectomy, gastric banding or bypass surgery.
> The use of L-carnitine and other nutrients has been shown to reduce fatigue and muscle soreness after training in extreme athletes.
> Intravenous use of sodium edetate to aid heavy metal detoxification.
> Short-term IV therapy with deoxycholic acid to help dissolve cardiac and carotid plaque and significantly improve lipid profiles.
Eight things to watch out for
If you are considering IV nutrition therapy, remember that some clinics do it better than others.
Here are some key things you should pay attention to before and during your treatment session.
> If you are asked to choose your “IV Cocktail” from a menu, run!
A real health facility will perform diagnoses even before you can begin treatment.
> A credible practice will also tell you that informed patient consent is required.
> Before receiving treatment, a full panel of blood tests should be performed.
The health care provider should review the patient’s chart and make a diagnosis based on symptoms before recommending IV treatment.
> Precautions and research are necessary to prevent possible allergies and to determine the recommended daily intake.
Staff should monitor key vitamin and mineral levels (such as iron) to ensure they remain within safe limits.
> Providers should know the osmolality (the concentration of dissolved particles of chemicals and minerals such as sodium and other electrolytes) for intravenous fluids, signs of discomfort, how to manage complaints, and effects unwanted during the procedure.
> A member of staff must be present during the session and always have an emergency trolley at hand.
> In order to maintain the integrity of the ingredients, the infusions should only be prepared a few hours before the treatment, and not the day before.
> UV protectants should be used on light-sensitive antioxidants and, if possible, use essential nutrient compounds without preservatives.
Datuk Dr Nor Ashikin Mokhtar is a consultant obstetrician and gynecologist and functional medicine practitioner. For more information, email [email protected] The information provided is for educational and communication purposes only and should not be construed as personal medical advice. The information published in this article is not intended to replace, supplant, or supplement consultation with a medical professional regarding the reader’s medical care. The star makes no warranties about the accuracy, completeness, functionality, usefulness, or other assurances of the content appearing in this column. The star disclaims all liability for loss, property damage or bodily injury suffered directly or indirectly as a result of reliance on this information.