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Benefits of IV hydration, vitamin and nutrient therapy

ThriveMD IV TherapiesHydration:

An estimated 75 percent of North Americans are chronically dehydrated and fail to drink the minimum amount of water per day recommended by health and nutrition experts. Not good, considering water is second only to oxygen as the most important nutrient to the human body. The body is made up of about 70 percent water, which plays a vital role in nearly every bodily process; water is essential for proper digestion and circulation, numerous chemical reactions, nutrient absorption, waste elimination and flexibility of the blood vessels. It regulates body temperature and benefits the skin by acting as an internal moisturizer, keeping the skin moist, supple and clear, as well as preventing premature aging due to toxic buildup. It is estimated that even a 2% decrease in hydration can decrease mental acuity and lead to sub-optimal metabolic function.

How much water is enough?

Individual needs vary depending on factors such as climate, diet and exercise level, but an adequate amount of water is about 10 to 12 full glasses per day. Here’s an ideal way to calculate: Body weight/2 = ounces of water per day divide your body weight in half, then drink that amount in ounces (one ounce equals two tablespoons or 30 milliliters). Remember that even if you do not need the full amount, drinking water adds no calories to your diet and can be great for your health.  This number may still be low (some sources report 2/3 of an ounce of water for every pound of body weight) and does not account for increasing needs for times of exercise, illness or environmental variations (dry in the winter).

At thriveMD we understand that drinking this much water (or more in times of need) can be difficult every day and we have many options for hydration. These IV therapies can be done by themselves or as part of a package of IV therapies done over several weeks. You will be amazed at how much better simply being hydrated can make you feel!

IV Vitamins and nutrients:

Our doctor formulated IV protocols use proprietary blends of high quality vitamin and nutrients delivered directly to the blood stream where they can be used by the body to assist in the proper cellular metabolic function.

Why are IV vitamins better than vitamins taken orally?

A good example of this can be seen when looking at vitamin C. As the oral dose of vitamin C is increased the serum concentration (the actual amount available to the cells of your body) approaches an upper limit. This limit is a result of both; saturation of gastrointestinal absorption as well as a sharp increase in the amount excreted by the kidneys. When the oral dose of vitamin C is increased 12 fold, that is, from 200 mg/day to 2,500 mg/day the plasma concentration increases only 25% from 1.2 to 1.5 mg/dL. The highest serum concentration of vitamin C reported following oral administration is 9.3 mg/dL. In contrast IV administration of 50 g/day of vitamin C resulted in an average peak plasma levels of 80 mg/dL. These results are typical of many of the vitamins and nutrients our body needs.

These results are even more significant when considering the fact that the anti-viral effect of vitamin C has been demonstrated at a concentration of 10-15 md/dL, a level achievable with IV but not oral therapy.

IV hydration, vitamins, nutrients, amino acids and anti-oxidants have shown great promise in the treatment of some of the most difficult medical conditions. Conditions such as chronic migraines, chronic pain, fibromyalgia, asthma, chronic fatigue, depression and others have all benefited from IV therapy. There is current research being done using IV glutathione’s anti-oxidant properties to relieve the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease! Glutathione is the bodies primary intracellular anti-oxidant, it plays a vital role in immune function via white blood cell production and is a potent anti-viral agent. Glutathione levels normally decrease as we age; it is involved in cellular differentiation and is thought to combat the aging process. It is also a strong anti-cancer agent.

Glutathione is just one example of the many beneficial IV therapies offered at thriveMD. Taking glutathione as a pill does not boost cellular glutathione levels, since it breaks down in the digestive tract before it reaches the cells. However, intravenous glutathione therapy is very effective in boosting intracellular levels of glutathione.

Our most common IV protocols are listed in the menu above.

Come in to discuss your needs with our team and we will tailor a nutritional iv specifically for you.